During the last decades, we’ve witnessed significant progress in both legislation and the general attitude towards LGBT+ identities. In many ways, we can appreciate living within a pioneering country in terms of LGBT+ rights.
Yet the fight is far from over. LGBT+ people are still subject to remarkable inequality compared to the broader population, which is apparent in statistics on health, well-being, mental health, inclusion in the labour market and educational institutions. These statistics can to a large extent be attributed to minority stress – a well-described stress related condition that is unique to minorities living in a society ill-equipped at embracing diversity.
That’s why LGBT+ Denmark continues its domestic effort.
To remedy minority stress, we work on both the individual and societal level. The resources of the individual LGBT+ person must be strengthened, but the norms and conventions of the dominating culture must also be expanded and made more capable of containing minority identities. Therefore our projects aim at both the individual person through creating safe communities, social support, and counselling, as well as the institutions, where everyone should feel equally included.
We strive to make our projects as geographically available as possible. We work together with municipalities throughout Denmark to secure that LGBT+ people in Frederiksberg as well as Frederikshavn have the same conditions for a safe and healthy existence.
Children and young people
We fight for LGBT+ children and youth in all of Denmark. Bullying, loneliness, and stigma continues to characterize the life of too many children and young people, whose gender identity and/or sexual orientation fails to meet the norms of society.
Through the youth programme, AURA, LGBT+ Denmark seeks to create a local safe oasis for young LGBT+ people under the age of 18 in all of Denmark. The project seeks to secure sustainable facilities, where young people via community and inclusion can strengthen their own resources and coping abilities within broader society.
Furthermore LGBT+ Denmark works in and with the primary school system to better the well-being of LGBT+ youths and increase the awareness of the fact that too many LGBT+ youths are being socially marginalized. We do this through knowledge gathering, campaigns, educational materials and curricula, and skill developing courses for teachers.
Health and wellbeing
The Danish LGBT+ population is subject to significantly more negative health figures compared to the background population, especially in regards to mental health including depression, anxiety, stress, and loneliness. These statistics function as the backdrop for all of LGBT+ Denmark’s work. A number of projects are however specifically aimed at improving the mental health of LGBT+ people.
These projects include our LGBT+ counselling, which provides advice to LGBT+ people and their next of kin by telephone, in writing, and physical appearance; The project FART, which among other things upskills the LGBT+ competences of other counselling services; TRANSIT – a group counselling service for transgender, nonbinary, and gender diverse people; as well as the health campaign and website LGBTsundhed.dk aimed at both LGBT+ patients and healthcare professionals to secure a more well–informed and safer meeting of the two.
Labour market and workplaces
About half of all LGBT+ people hide their identity at the workplace. This is due to the fear of stigma and discrimination. LGBT+ Denmark fights for a more inclusive labour market through a number of projects.
Empatisk Arbejdsmarked (Emphathetic Labour Market) is an upskilling certification programme, which offers public and private workplaces courses in how to improve the working environment and work practices to be more LGBT+ inclusive. LGBT+ Denmark also offers single courses and lectures on LGBT+ living conditions, rights, challenges, and solutions to companies and institutions.