Welcome to the Diversity Europe website, dedicated to (sexual) diversity in Europe. Here you will find a wealth of information and tools designed to raise awareness about LGBT+ issues. We hope this inspiring material will encourage and assist you in discussing these issues with young people, friends, and family.
The aim of this the Diversity Europe website is to initiate open and respectful conversations. It consists of videos divided into three sections: bullying, coming out, and interviews. Each section has a variety of videos followed by relevant questions to facilitate discussion. There are also introductory questions, additional exercises, explanations of sexual diversity in simple terms, as well as a list of organizations supporting LGBT+ youth in your country.
The Diversity Europe videos have been created to generate discussions that are accepting of all persons, regardless of their beliefs. It is only through open and honest discussions that we can create a world of peace and productivity. Film is a powerful medium for social awareness. It can take us places we cannot go physically and bring us into contact with people we might never meet in person. A film can be watched over and over again. It can be stopped and rewound. It can be ahead of its time, and still be there waiting when the rest of us are ready to engage with it. It is a medium that can speak to both the young and the old. It can carry its message around the world. These videos can be watched in classrooms, living rooms, and teen bedrooms, on computers, cell phones, and even watches.
Our intention is to present these characters and situations honestly and with real-life complexity. The initial questions accompanying each one-minute video serve as discussion springboards. You then are encouraged to ask further questions, which will take various directions, depending on the responses you receive.
For instance, you might ask, “Why does someone who is gay feel the need to tell people?” You might ask those watching the video with you, how they would feel as any of the characters in the scene. And what they would do. It is important to keep in mind that all those involved in each situation, be it positive or negative, are dealing with their own complex past and set of emotions, regardless of their sexuality. The key is not to expect or demand certain responses, but rather to calmly examine all sides of the debate, so as to achieve the most empathy and understanding. An instant shift in opinion or belief is not necessary.
The Diversity Europe website is an outcome of the project Visionary Youth (YQE). It is produced as a guide for people working with youth to raise awareness about sexual diversity.