LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

XV call: Data-collection on the Situation of Rainbow Families in Europe

The call was implemented in 2016-2017 and specifically focuses on data-collection regarding the situations of rainbow families, including same-sex couples, families with trans parents and single LGBTI parents, across Europe.

It focuses on the lack of recognition and on discriminatory practices when it comes to the partnership and parenting rights of rainbow families. More specifically, selected projects aim to document:

  1. The non-recognition of co-parents of children born to rainbow families or adopted by them.
  2. The lack of access of rainbow families to adoption and to foster parenting.
  3. The lack of recognition of the rights of trans parents, in particular when they have gone through a change of legal gender, regarding guardianship, school activities, social benefits, etc.
  4. The lack of access to reproductive health and rights for rainbow families.
  5. Forced sterilisation of trans people, disabling them from having children.
  6. The lack of access to social rights as a partner. 
  7. The lack of access to goods and services accessible to different-sex couples (housing, consumption goods, hotels, etc.).
  8. How cases of discrimination have a cross-border aspect (e.g. recognised couples in one country that are discriminated against in another country).

The following organisations implement projects under this call:

Bilitis (Bulgaria): Documentation of situation of rainbow families in Bulgaria

Contact information:

E-mail:  bilitis@bilitis.org

Phone: +359 884 503 298

Web-site: http://www.bilitis.org

Contact person: Monika Pisankaneva

Grant amount: 7000 EUR

Period of implementation: March 2016 – April 2017

The project was aimed at conducting a qualitative research on the situation of rainbow families in Bulgaria and publishing a report in the form of a book for non-commercial use to fill in an important information gap. The research highlights typical challenges and human rights violations that the rainbow families are facing, and their expectations towards changes of the legal framework, which will improve their status.

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Háttér Society (Hungary): The situation of rainbow families in Hungary

Contact information:

E-mail:  hatter@hatter.hu  

Phone: +36 70 530 3844

Web-site: http://hatter.hu

Contact person: Bea Sander

Grant amount: 6920 EUR

Period of implementation: March 2016 – March 2017

The project mapped the legal and social situation of same-sex parents and their children in Hungary via an online survey and interviews. The research explores various forms of de jure and de facto discrimination in accessing fertility treatments and adoption, as well as everyday discrimination in various fields of life. Special attention is given to experiences with educational institutions: interviews with parents are complemented by interviews with teachers to better understand their attitudes.

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Transvanilla (Hungary): Transparenting – Documentation of the Parenting Situation of Trans Persons in Hungary

Contact information:

E-mail:  orbank@transvanilla.hu

Phone: +3630406-66-33

Web-site: http://transvanilla.hu

Contact person: Krisztina Orban

Grant amount: 7230 EUR

Period of implementation: March 2016 – April 2017

The aim of the project was to map the parenting situation of trans persons in Hungary.  The project is set up on two pillars: data collection and advocacy. Data collection was implemented through a questionnaire, personal interviews and group discussions. The objective of the fact-based advocacy is to increase awareness of organisations already working on family issues and to engage with policy/decision makers to identify potential allies among them.

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LGBTI Resource Center (Italy): Italian Rainbow Families Census

Contact information:

E-mail:  centro@risorselgbti.eu

Phone: +393492301084

Web page: http://www.risorselgbti.eu

Contact person: Dafne Spirlì

Grant amount: 6756 EUR

Period of implementation: March 2016 – February 2017

The project is aimed at conducting census rainbow families in Italy with the scope to produce a report to advocate for the rights of rainbow families in Italy.

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Trans-Fuzja (Poland): Family Comes First. Being a Trans Parent in Poland

Contact information:

E-mail:  izabela.jaderek@transfuzja.org

Phone: +48 22 658 18 02

Web-site: http://transfuzja.org

Contact person: Izabela Jaderek

Grant amount: 6900 EUR

Period of implementation: March 2016 – February 2017

The aim of the project was to map issues (both legal and social) related to family life of trans people in a comprehensive way, specifically in the context of postponing legal transition due to existing or planned family matters. This mapping will be achieved through a qualitative study of 8–10 trans people who have already started a family or a planning to do so. Complementary to the study, a legal analysis will follow to determine how many of obstacles reported by trans people are within the actual law or legal proceedings.

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ACCEPT Association (Romania): Family Diversity and the Struggle for Equality

Contact information:

E-mail:  accept@acceptromania.ro

Phone: +4021 252 56 20

Web-site: http://www.acceptromania.ro

Contact person: Carolina Marin

Grant amount: 6505 EUR

Period of implementation: March 2016 – May 2017

Project aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of the legal framework in place, with a view to highlight the lack of recognition/discriminatory practices. It provides tools for evidence based advocacy by documenting the situations of rainbow families, breaches in their rights, and recommendations for improvement of policy/practice. Additionally, the project is aimed at supporting ACCEPT in developing its network of partners promoting equality for rainbow families (through one public event) and by encouraging the sharing of best practices and case law examples from the region.

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