It is essential for us to foster an inclusive society where everyone can feel accepted and respected, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Discrimination against the LGBTQI+ community remains a significant issue. As educators, combined with empathy, we strive to improve and build a friendly and supportive environment for all.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to not only ask for assistance in order to fully comprehend and embrace our own identity, but also to assist our loved ones who want to be more supportive but are unsure of where to start. Frequently, they may feel confused by inclusive language and terminology and require some direction. Provided below is a compilation of resources and organisations that provide support and a welcoming local community that is ready to assist you and your family.
What Does It Mean to Be LGBTQI+?
LGBTQI+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, and "+" represents other sexual orientations and gender identities. Being part of the LGBTQI+ community means having a sexual orientation or gender identity that differs from the societal norm of being heterosexual or cisgender.
It's crucial to understand that being queer is not a choice; it is simply who someone is. Sexual orientation is an inherent aspect of their identity. By acknowledging this fact, we can foster an environment that promotes inclusivity and respect.
The Pride Society is a safe space for anyone in the LGBTQ+ and allies. Whether you want to make some new friends, educate yourself about the community, or have a space where others can listen, it's a space for you! Anyone with an open mind is welcome here. <3
Tips for Supporting the LGBTQI+ Community
Take the initiative to learn about different sexual orientations and gender identities. Read books, watch documentaries, or attend workshops that provide insight into the experience of LGBTQI+ individuals.
Use Proper Terminology
Respect people's preferred pronouns (he/him, she/her, they/them) and avoid making assumptions based on appearance. If you're unsure about someone's pronouns, ask respectfully.
Be Mindful of Language
Avoid using derogatory slurs or offensive language when referring to LGBTQI+ individuals or their relationships. Words have power; choose your words carefully.
Listen with Empathy
Create a safe space for open conversations by actively listening without judgment or interruption. Validate others' experiences and emotions.
Support LGBTQI+ Friendly Spaces
Encourage businesses and organisations that are inclusive towards the LGBTQI+ community by patronising them or recommending their services. Once such space is Q Café, a well established cafe in the centre of Prague.
Be an Ally
Stand up against discrimination and prejudice whenever you witness it. Use your privilege to amplify the voices of marginalized communities. Read how to be an LGBTQI+ ally by visiting the Human Rights Campaign Foundation report.
Help and Support
If you or someone you know is struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity, there are numerous resources available to provide guidance and support:
Joining local support groups in person provides an immediate sense of community and a safe space for sharing experiences. The internet also offers a wealth of online forums, chat groups, and social media platforms where individuals can connect with others and share similar experiences and organise meet ups and events.
LGBTQI+ Community Centre Prague - is a place where everyone is welcome to spend their free time, no matter their age, romantic and sexual orientation, or their identity. In the very heart of Prague, near the Old Town Square, at Železná 18. Open every Thursday from 15:00 until 21:00, but weekly programme events take place throughout the entire week.
Trans*Parent for trans rights and support for trans people and their families.
Praha Logos (in Czech) is for LGBTQ+ individuals who identify as religious. The group have regular Sunday services at an evangelical church, as well as more informal meetings during the week at local cafes and pubs.
Physical and Mental Health
Prague Pride offers help and assistance to LGBTQI+ people who settle in the Czech Republic. They organise all kinds of events that take place every week at their community centre in the centre of Prague. They can be contacted in English online or you can visit in person where they can offer you advice and referrals to relevant services.
S barvou ven (in Czech) helps individuals who are dealing with questions about their sexual orientation or gender identity and need advice on coming out. This service is also available for parents and friends of LGBTQI+ people who don't know how to support them.
The Trevor Project - Suicide Prevention, LGBTQ+ Counselling, Mental Health
Free anonymous sexual health testing and support can be found at The Lighthouse in Karlin.
News & Events
Throughout the year, there are numerous events happening in Prague and all around the Czech Republic.
Queers.cz is a news and events website for the LGBTQI+ community in the Czech Republic. They cover culture, events, community and marriage equality news and events that are happening within the Czech Republic and surrounds.
The highlight of the year is the Prague Pride Festival which takes place in early August. Střelecký Island is the home of the official Pride village and the week ends with a parade of support from Wenceslas Square to Letná plane ending in an afternoon and evening of concerts and DJ performances.
There are also many LGBTQI+ friendly clubs and queer club nights in and around Prague which are advertised regularly on social media. In addition, there is the Mezipatra Queer Film Festival to look forward to in the chilly month of November.
The internet offers a wealth of online forums, chat groups, and social media platforms where LGBTQI+ individuals can connect with others who share similar experiences.
Understanding and supporting the LGBTQI+ community is crucial for fostering inclusivity in our society. By following these tips, we can navigate conversations respectfully, and work towards creating a more inclusive world.
Let's celebrate diversity and embrace equality for all! 🌈