The City of Ljubljana actively follows the principles of equality, inclusivity and accessibility which are reflected in all its policies. Special attention is dedicated to all those who are particularly vulnerable due to their particular individual circumstances. This includes all those who continue to suffer misunderstanding, prejudice or unfair treatment because of their sexual orientation or gender expression.
With the goals of significantly reducing homophobia and empowering lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people (LGBT), the City of Ljubljana addresses special care and attention to the LGBT community. It offers diverse support to the development, organisation and implementation of projects and programmes for the LGBT community. The City offers them financial (funding through annual public tenders) and spatial support.
In 2014 a new gay-friendly cafe opened under the Mayor’s patronage on City premises near the main entrance to the City Hall. It also supports and organises various awareness-raising actions. In cooperation with NGOs and experts, the City of Ljubljana has published a brochure entitled Rainbow Ljubljana, which showcases an active and productive LGBT community in Ljubljana and introduces various activities by Ljubljana’s LGBT community. Currently, the City is implementing a project entitled ‘LGBT-friendly certificate’. This idea originated within the City’s Health and Social Care Department, and the entire project has grown in close partnership with NGOs. The purpose of the certificate is primarily to raise public awareness.
The Certificate will be awarded to all public and private organisations that inform their co-workers on LGBT-related themes. In this way they ensure within their organisation: a better understanding of the basic human rights of all people (including LGBT people); an inclusive environment for LGBT-colleagues; raised awareness among staff regarding the provision of products and services for LGBT users; increased sensitivity to detecting violations of the rights of LGBT people in the workers’ and consumers’ environment.
The City of Ljubljana is proud of the established partnerships with various LGBT organisations through years of joint actions. Thus, the Mayor is the Patron of the annual Gay Pride parade. Besides, last year, the City of Ljubljana was co-organiser of a European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) conference. The City is aware of the need to support activities that promote wider social relationships towards the LGBT community. City support also manifests itself through the rainbow flag, which flies from the facade of City Hall for special events.
It is the City of Ljubljana’s hope that other Slovenian cities follow its good practices and that perhaps its certificate will be extended to other towns and cities and even become a national project. Its best practices have high visibility beyond national borders – presentations of the City’s activities abroad are always well received, and the City has also been welcomed into the European Rainbow Cities Network.
Via multiple smaller steps the City of Ljubljana will be able to achieve major shifts in people’s minds and certainly contribute significantly to reducing homophobia, and perhaps even contribute to a national systemic solution.
|Award category:||the public sector as partner for a better society - supra-local and local level|
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|Keywords:||LGBT, accessibility, inclusivity, equal opportunities, awareness raising, NGO support, education of organisation leaders, Rainbow Cities Network|
|Short English description:||With the goals of significantly reducing homophobia and empowering lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people (LGBT), the City of Ljubljana addresses special care and attention to the LGBT community. It offers diverse support to the development, organisation and implementation of projects and programmes for the LGBT community.|
|Organisation:||Municipality of Ljubljana|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:||1-5|
|EU membership:||EU member|