On June 15-24, 2013 Centro Studi ed Iniziative Europeo (CESIE) organized a training course ‘Let’s Bridge the Gap! – LBTG’ within the framework of the Youth In Action Programme of the European Commission under the action 3.1. The Training was held in Palermo from June 15-24 where 42 youth workers from 15 different countries (Italy, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldavia, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Netherlands, Ukraine) got together in order to discuss the topics of: sexuality, discrimination, stereotypes and issues related to the LGBTIQ community(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Intersexual, Queer). Georgia was represented at the training by 4 participants from Europe Our House. The main objectives of the training were as follow:
• to analyse the stereotypes &ideologies on sexuality-related issues; • to promote democratic & EU values, active citizenship, non-formal education and human rights in the fight against prejudices and all attitudes leading to exclusion &marginalization; • to tackle sexuality issues proactively by including youth leaders and youth organizations & promote awareness; • to support young people’s personal development and promote inclusiveness of youth service for marginalized groups – openness, dialogue, commitment of equality and tolerance, acknowledgement of diversity.
The project was being implemented in parallel of the National Pride in Palermo. The participants of the training contributed to this event with different performances at the Pride Village, a flash-mob in the heart of Palermo, as well as with an organization of CESIE truck for the Pride and participation in the activities on the truck. This video – last activity of the LBTG project – is the evidence of that week, between non-formal education, creativity, and pride of being yourself.