Rainbow Hub

Self-Support Groups

Within the Rainbow hub project, there are 8 self-support groups that hold their regular meetings in the Rainbow hub community center and online. These groups are open and new participants can join at any point.

BRAVELAB - LGBTI YOUTH GROUP

BraveLab is a self-support group for young people between 14 and 29 years of age. The group is a safe space for young people, where they can meet and discuss important topics, such as realisation of their LGBTI identity, coming out, family relationships, problems at school and at the workplace, mental health, HIV/AIDS prevention etc. BraveLab’s goal is to become an incubator for confident, able and brave young leaders of the LGBTI community by providing them with a space to develop their skills, exchange ideas with peers and most importantly – to build faith in their own power.

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Facilitator of the self-support group for young people between 14 and 29 years of age - BraveLab is Lilly Dragoeva who has over 15 years of experience in non-formal education as a volunteer, youth worker and trainer. Lilly is passionate about social justice, youth empowerment and civic education. Currently, Lilly Dragoeva is Executive Director of Bilitis Foundation.

 For more information and if you are interested in the LGBTI Youth Group - BraveLab, please contact Bilitis Foundation at email: [email protected]

QUEERFEMME

QueerFemme is a self-support group for lesbians, bisexual and trans women, as well as non-binary people. Its goal is to provide safe space, where participants can share and feel supported. The group meets twice a month and discusses important for queer Bulgarian women topics, related to the LGBTI and feminist communities and chosen by the participants.

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Gloriya Filipova is Project Manager at Bilitis Foundation and is the facilitator of QueerFemme - self-support group for lesbians, bisexual and trans women, as well as non-binary people. She is a LGBTI and women’s rights activist who works on grassroots level and is involved in the organization of many large public events and protests related to LGBTI and women’s rights.

For more information and if you are interested in the QueerFemme group, please contact Bilitis Foundation at email: [email protected]

T.I.A. – TRANS, INTERSEX AND ALLIES

T.I.A. is a self-support group that aims to provide safe space for trans*, non-binary and intersex people. Participants meet twice a month to share and discuss important for them topics, such as coming out, transition, legal gender recognition etc., as well as providing support for each other.

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Pol Naidenov is the facilitator of the T.I.A. group meetings - self-support group that aims to provide safe space for trans*, non-binary and intersex people. He the first openly intersex activist in Bulgaria. Pol is founder and currently Co-Chair of Bilitis. He is also founder and Board Member at Organisation Intersex International – OII-Europe.

For more information and if you are interested in the T.I.A. self-support group, please contact Bilitis Foundation at email: [email protected]

Self-support group for people living with HIV

During each meeting, carriers of the virus can share their achievements, hardships and challenges in a safe space and in this way receive and provide to others emotional and moral support.

This self-support group unites people that come across similar problems, regardless of whether it’s a disease, relationship problems or essential life changes. In this format are being shared common adversities related to HIV and experience after the confirmed diagnosis. Some of the advantages of being part of this group are: decrease in the feeling of loneliness, experiencing guilt, isolation and judgment, feeling of empowerment and control over the situation, improvement of the ability to cope, as well as the feeling of being important and adaptation to the new situation in the life of HIV patient, developing skills for openness and sharing, reduction of stress, anxiety and tiredness etc.

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The meetings of the self-support group for people living with are facilitated by Aleksander Milanov - clinical social worker, experienced in the consultation of patients with socially significant diseases, children and young people in risk, foster parents and adoptive parents. Aleksander Milanov is also expert at GLAS Foundation.

For more information and if you are interested in the Self-support group for people living with HIV, please contact GLAS Foundation at email: [email protected] 

Group for support of parents, relatives and friends of LGBTI people

These group meetings are for families with gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans* children, as well as for parents, relatives and friends that are suspicious about the sexual orientation or gender identity of people close to them and want to overcome the problems in communication and build full-fledged relationships. During the meetings, participants have the chance to find out more about what LGBTI is and to fight their fears and prejudices so they can accept and unconditionally love the people close to them. The topic of homosexuality is associated with a lot of myths, distrust, shame and pressure from the society. Specific information and sharing of personal experience in a friendly environment help participants overcome their complicated feelings and build healthy and happy families and relations.

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Simeon Vasilev is co-facilitator of the group. Simeon is Chairman and Co-founder of Gays and Lesbians Accepted in Society foundation in Bulgaria - GLAS Foundation since 2014. Simeon is an activist for the rights of women and lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. He has over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector and background of public relations and event management.

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Dimitar Pizhev is co-facilitator of the group for support of parents, relatives and friends of LGBTI people. He has a master degree in Multimedia and mass communications from the State University of Torino, Italy. He has vast experience with marketing and communication agencies and media. Since 2018 he’s responsible for the project implementation at GLAS foundation.

For more information and if you are interested in the Group for support of parents, relatives and friends of LGBTI people, please contact GLAS Foundation at email: [email protected] 

Work It OUT Club – corporate equality group

Meetings aim to gather in a friendly environment professionals, specialists, managers and HR experts from all levels to exchange experience and ideas, to give each other professional support, as well as to discuss topics, related to the challenges of turning the local working environment into a more diverse and open to differences environment.

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Dimitar Bogdanov is co-founder of GLAS Foundation (GLAS - Gays and Lesbians Accepted in Society) and is co-facilitator of the meetings of the Work It OUT Club together with Simeon Vasilev. Dimitar has many years of experience in the fields of public relations, marketing and media, and since 2015 he has been managing projects at the GLAS Foundation.

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Simeon Vasilev is co-facilitator of the group. Simeon is Chairman and Co-founder of Gays and Lesbians Accepted in Society foundation in Bulgaria - GLAS Foundation since 2014. Simeon is an activist for the rights of women and lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. He has over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector and background of public relations and event management.

For more information and if you are interested in the Work It OUT Club – corporate equality group, please contact GLAS Foundation at email: [email protected] 

LGBTI Families

LGBTI Families is a group, focused on LGBTI partners and their families. The aim of the group is to provide the opportunity of shared experiences, mutual aid and information.

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The group of LGBTI families is facilitated by Veneta Limberova. The group is aimed at LGBTI partners and their families, and its goal is to provide an opportunity to share experiences, mutual assistance and information. Veneta is chairman of the LGBT Youth Organization "Deystvie" and part of the Rainbow Hub project team.

For more information and if you are interested in the LGBTI Families Group, please contact Youth LGBTI Organisation "Deystvie" at email: [email protected]

Rights in Action Group

The group aims to organize trainings and workshops to get acquainted with the strategies for achieving social change beyond advocacy: organizing communities, protests, interruptions, organizing campaigns and more. Participants will have the opportunity to get involved in the planning and implementation of campaigns and initiatives.

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Doroteya Stefanova is the facilitator of the Rights in Action group and the burnout prevention group for activists. She has experience as an LGBTI youth worker and trainer on the topics of queer-feminism, LGBTI rights and inclusive education. Her fields of interest are social justice and queer-feminism. Doroteya is part of LGBTI Youth Organization "Deystvie".

For more information and if you are interested in the Rights in Action Group, please contact Youth LGBTI Organisation "Deystvie" at email: [email protected]

Prevention of "burnout" for activists

Тhe group meets once a month. Organize discussions and workshops to effectively deal with burnout and promote a culture of self-care. The aim is to provide an environment that provides an opportunity for long-term sustainable participation of activists.

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