“Resource LGBTQIA Moscow”, centre for social, psychological and cultural projects, Russia

 Mission statement:

We work in order for LGBTQIAs to be completely integrated and represented in Russian society; we aim to resist discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics on the basis of the values of equality, respect and tolerance in order to promote self-acceptance, self-respect and freedom of self-determination, to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life, the social and psychological well-being and the health of LGBTQIAs and to free society from xenophobia.

Our aims are to provide social and psychological support to members of the LGBTQIA community, to LGBTQIA families and the parents and loved ones of LGBTQIAs; to support social and cultural initiatives which focus on empowering the LGBTQIA community; to work with specialists of the helping professions by informing, enlightening and building tolerance towards the LGBTQIA community; to promote the rights of LGBTQIAs in Moscow.

A short history and our achievements:

The story of our organisation starts with the LGBT psychological support group which we have been running in the same format in Moscow since October 2011.

In the autumn of 2012 the “Resource” initiative group was formed. New psychological services were introduced: free individual psychological counseling for LGBTs, regular psychological workshops, legal seminars as well as the photo-therapeutic art project “Revealing your identity”.

In the autumn of 2013 “Resource LGBTQIA Moscow”, the centre for social, psychological and cultural projects, was created. The scope of LGBTQIA support groups was expanded to include separate support groups for women, men, LGBTQIA parents and LGBTQIA activists. An intervisor group for psychologists working with LGBTQIAs was instituted. New cultural projects also sprung up: language clubs for LGBTQIAs (at present English, French and Spanish are available), very recently a sign language course was initiated; there are also film showings in German and in English. The “Rainbow lamp” literary club for LGBTQIAs is very active: they have published 4 books and two collections of writing by LGBTQIA authors and also hold presentations and performances.

In 2015 we began regularly holding peer support groups for trans* and gender non-conforming people and are actively working in this field by providing training programmes and seminars on trans* issues for specialists and a broader audience.

In 2015 the “Game space” development club was opened. It started as a training programme for volunteers but later became a project in its own right – team building programmes for the LGBTQIA community.

In 2016 a support group for women focusing on health issues and preventive measures for HIV began its work as well as a support group for bisexuals. The year 2017 saw the rise of the youth support group.

As of the year 2014 we have been expanding our range of services for LGBTQIA families and now the Family Club offers monthly events, such as peer support groups, psychological workshops, legal seminars, entertainment events and community-building activities for future parents.

We regularly conduct events for the parents and loved ones of LGBTQIAs and provide free individual psychological counseling.

In November 2014 “Resource LGBTQIA Moscow” organised and hosted the First LGBTQIA Family Conference in Moscow.

The Second and Third Family LGBTQIA conferences took place in November 2015 and 2016. The Conference has become a unique landmark event not only for the LGBTQIA community, friendly specialists, but also for activists and specialists from other Russian regions. Two collections of articles based on the materials of the Second and Third Family Conferences have been published.

The aim of the conference is to bring the attention of specialists of the helping professions and the public to LGBTQIA family issues and the discrimination LGBTQIA families experience from the government and society; to consolidate and strengthen the LGBTQIA community, its allies and supporters.

The Third Family Conference was attended by over 300 people, half of them specialists. We have created and are sustaining a close-knit professional community of LGBTQIA-friendly specialists in Moscow who are able to competently work with the LGBTQIA community.

In the autumn of 2014 we started a new psychological art project for LGBTQIA families called “Display of intimacy”. The result of this project was a photo exhibition successfully held in Moscow, Yekaterinburg and St. Petersburg in 2015. The following art project dedicated to family equality and the “Family stories. A revelation of meaning.” was held in 2016. The exhibition toured five Russian cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Murmansk, Samara and Krasnodar. Heterosexual families took part in this project alongside LGBTQIA families. The aim of the photography project was to show the value of family regardless of the sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity of the partners.

Our photography exhibitions have been welcomed in Ukraine, Finland, Portugal and Switzerland and were displayed at prominent international LGBT events.

In 2015 and 2016 “Resource” held strategic sessions where we established a clear structure of the organisation, developed our charter and determined the values and mission of the organisation.

The “Resource LGBTQIA Moscow” centre works closely with the “Rainbow Association”, the LGBT Sport Federation, the “Stimul” initiative group, the “Light of the world” LGBT Christian fellowship, the Moscow Community Centre and the “LaSky” project. We also offer support to the LGBT Network, Coming Out and the Side by Side festival in Moscow.

At present we conduct around 40 events per month and each event is attended by 7 – 30 people. Our active community consists of over 1000 people. We are active in social media and the media at large. We create videos and films about our work and collaborate with journalists and bloggers.

“Resource LGBTQIA Moscow” is a community of like-minded people and colleagues. It is important for us that we acknowledge the diversity of the participants at our events and support the plurality of the formats of our work; to establish horizontal connections and keep a line of communication open with other communities, groups and organizations. We strive to create a safe space for all our participants and every voice counts.

Abbreviation expansion: 

LGBTQIA – Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Trans* / Queer / Intersex / Asexual

A film about “Resource”.

This is a film about what we do and who our activists and friends are.

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