#StayAPP! is the Arcigay program for the reduction of discomfort and isolation in* young LGBTI under 28
The youthful period is among those in which LGBTI people are most vulnerable: identities are in the making, and they are in often hostile contexts. In this period the link between autonomy and social integration becomes particularly important for young people, whose ability to fully live themselves * and their lives is limited by the quality of the relationships on which they still depend in fact: with family, with peers, at school. The family, the primary place of life, is not always supportive in the moment of self-discovery as homosexual or transsexual peopleindeed, sometimes it is definitely a source of anxiety and guilt. Non-LGBTI peers often use the rejection of the "different" other as confirmation of their own equally fragile and developing identity. The school is often unable to handle the difficult climate that LGBTI people experience due to homo-transphobic bullying: usually she does not see, and if she sees she postpones it, also crushed by the weight of a recently growing opposition against any form of educational intervention to protect differences and gender equality.
StayApp was created to deal with the homo-transphobic context in which LGBTI people grow up and is therefore a project aimed primarily at the under 28 youth target and aimed at reducing the minority stress and discomfort, through an app that geolocates the phenomena of homo-bi-transphobia, and provides a point of reference for individuals potentially at risk.
The planned actions
Specifically, the project plans to:
- Create a geolocated reporting system of homo-transphobic events, both anonymously and in traceable form, with the possibility of indicating the life contexts in which this occurred;
- Provide an up-to-date mapping of “secure” and “insecure” contexts, also monitoring the commitment against homo-transphobia in these contexts, with particular reference to schools;
- Activate a network of "antennas", i.e. voluntary * Arcigay able to intervene on the reports received, both as support for the victims and as an intervention on the context, when requested by the victims.
- Development and management of the App. Expected budget 13,500 euros;
- Training courses aimed at the local "antennas" to support those who report and intervene on reported situations. Expected budget 11,500 euros;
- Expense reimbursements to local "antennas" for actions to support young people who report and/or ask for help. Estimated budget of 5,000 euros.
To see the path that Arcigay has made up to now, all the activities carried out, and learn more about the topic, click here.