Drachma, in collaboration with the European Network of Parents of LGTI+ Persons (ENP) will be gathering parents and activists from different parts of Europe, to focus on three themes:
• Education and Inclusion
• Religion and Homo/Transphobia
• Parents – the price we pay!
For many, our role as parents transforms us into activists because we are moved from deep within our hearts, to bring about the necessary change in our societies and communities. In becoming more outspoken in public and advocating for change in policy and legal frameworks, parents often have to pay a high price. Yet the deeper concerns of such parents are the ones that impact the physical and mental wellbeing of our LGBTI+ children, who often experience discrimination, violence and prejudice, among other challenges – so Parents will continue to Speak from their Heart!
During the morning session, there will be three panels with Q & A sessions, each panel will include perspectives from different parts of Europe that will highlight on the key issues being faced and the respective actions taken, so that more parents may learn from one another and adopt common best practices.
The programme here attached indicates the speakers and moderators of each panel session.
We hope you will join us and listen to parent testimonies that are having impact across Europe.
Professor Andrew Azzopardi
Professor Nadia Delicata
Fiorenzo Gimelli, Agedo, Italy Maria Augusta Santos, Amplos, Portugal Sigga Birna Valsdottir, Iceland Colette Farrugia Benett, Malta
Ruta Trumpickiene, Lithuania Siyma Kuzmin, Turkey Marisol Ortiz Torrent, AMPGYL, Spain Piotr Zbikonski, “My, Rodzice”, Poland
Anna Marie Mifsud, Drachma – Malta Theo Kuipers, the Netherlands Andrea Rubera, Cammini di Speranza, Italy Myriana Kizevski, Grupa Izadji, Serbia
09.35 First panel: Education and inclusion
09.55 Second panel: Religion and Homo/transphobia
10.35 Third panel: Parents – the price we pay!
11.05 A synthesis and response