International youth exchange in Berlin, 2-9 May 2022
What is this project about?
Discussing masculinities in an international queer group: With this project, we will bring together 26 young LGBTIQA+ people living in 5 different countries (Armenia, Croatia, Germany, Latvia and Russia) in Berlin for a week of reflection, exchange and empowerment.
In media and society, a lot of the masculinities we see are harmful – stories of violence, aggression, hypercompetitiveness or sexual objectification. We also see mainly heterosexual and cisgender masculinities. Queer people who are or were perceived as men often defy those expectations through their sexuality and their gender identity. However, harmful concepts of masculinity are also present in LGBTIQA+ spaces.
In this youth exchange, we invite you to share your own experience with masculinity as a queer person and to develop different approaches to masculinity that allow for empathy, connection, solidarity, and an open mind. During the week, you will:
Share your own upbringing and experience with gender, sexuality and masculinity
Get to know the connection between patriarchy, sexism, misogyny, masculinity and discrimination against LGBTIQA+ people
Talk about masculinity and exclusion mechanisms in gay/queer spaces
Learn about and exchange on critical and caring masculinities, feminism and gender diversity
Talk about emotions, empathy, health and their connection to masculinity
Get creative through drag, theatre and movement to question concepts of masculinity
Get to know queer history and queer spaces in Berlin
Meet queer artists and activists and learn about how to get involved in queer communities and movements
A diverse queer community. A lot of people – not only cis men – are confronted with norms of masculinity. Therefore, this project wants to include the experience of a wide range of queer people – for example trans* and nonbinary people, drag kings and queens, gay and bi men, lesbian and bi women and people of all genders who have been faced with expectations of masculinity.
Outcome. Guided by the facilitators, you will create videos, social media posts or other creative and communication materials to share our own views and perspectives on masculinities.
COVID-19: We are not sure yet how the pandemic will look like in May and things might change spontaneously. At the moment, we do believe we can organise the exchange. We will of course also follow all hygiene regulations that are necessary to keep the group safe.
The program as well as food is for free. If you want, you can also sleep with the rest of the group at our accommodation, or if you live in Berlin, you could also just come to the venue everyday. This project is funded by the European Commission through the program Erasmus+ and the City of Berlin.
Who can participate?
Be queer or questioning! This project is made by LGBTQIA+ people for LGBTQIA+ people or those who are still on discovery for their sexual or/and gender identity. With this project, we want to create a safer space for all of those of us who identify with being trans*, inter*, non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual and queer.
People with multiple discriminations prioritized. We will prioritize applications by LGBTQIA* people who also experience other forms of discrimination (e.g. racism, classism, ableism). We also want to include diverse identities within the LGBTIQA+ community. We will do our best to make the project a safer space and take the individual needs of the participants into account. Unfortunately, the accommodation is not accessible by wheelchair.
Vaccinated or recovered. Due to the constantly changing situation around COVID-19 and due to the security of all participants, we can only accept people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (with one of the vaccines accepted by the EU) or recently recovered from COVID-19 to this project.
Living in Germany and be between 18 and 30! Our partner organisations in Latvia, Croatia, Armenia and Russia already found participants. Unfortunately we cannot make exceptions in terms of age due to our funding.
Be able to participate in the whole period 2-9 May 2022! Due to our funding, we cannot reimburse you for your travels or other expenses if you arrive late to the project or leave early.
Apply now - we have 1-2 more free places!
This project is funded by the European Commission.
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