On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the LORI Association held a seminar called “The problem of LGBT youth, homo/bi/transphobic violence, and the recommendations for school staff” in Rijeka. The seminar was designed for teachers and expert associates in Primorje-Gorski Kotar and Istra County schools. The aim of the seminar was to provide educational workers with relevant knowledge to more efficiently combat discrimination and violence against children and youth and effectively protect young people right to education in a safe environment.
The seminar covered the most important LGBT topics, terminology, LGBT human rights, coming out, and common forms of homophobia and transphobia—not only the visible, but also subtle forms unnoticed by those who don’t have to face them. One of the topics was abuse, especially bullying of LGBT youth in schools. In the interactive part, participants shared their experience and perception of the position and visibility of LGBT youth in schools. During the discussion, the participants also spoke about the opportunities to tackle the issue of LGBT human rights in education and inform and sensitize the youth in order to reduce violence and bullying.
The large turnout of seminar participants attests not only to the general interest, but also a great necessity to talk and learn about the topic in primary and secondary education.