“Growing up Queer” by Helsinki Committee’s
The project “Growing up Queer” by Helsinki Committee’s
Youth Group in Belgrade, which aimed to educate young people about
gender, sexuality and discrimination against members of LGBTIQ
community, was successfully implemented in September 2013.
The project consisted of seminar and exhibition. The
exhibition was opened on the 24th of September in Cultural Institution
Parobrod, in Belgrade and was very well attended with more than one
hundred visitors at the opening ceremony. Using photography and film as
key media, the exhibition presented resistance to the socially expected
gender roles and to obligation of heteronormativity during childhood
The second part of the project included a two-day
lasting seminar for secondary school students. Thirteen participants,
mostly from Belgrade but also from Novi Sad and Inđija, were present
during both days. The first lecture was held by members of the Helsinki
Committee’s Youth Group Petar Korac, Dunja Nesović i Asja Lazarevic.
This introductory lecture had the purpose of explaining the distinction
sex/gender and introducing the LGBTIQ acronym. Dušan Maljkovic from the
Center for Queer Studies held the second lecture on
(non)heteronormativity of the society. After both lectures, a short
movie about victims of verbal and physical violence and bullying was
screened and a discussion followed.
During the second day of the seminar, Miroslav
Caksiran, deputy of editor-in-chief of the portal mingl.rs, hold a
lecture on gender representation in media. Participants interacted
actively, analyzing different commercials and media blogs. After that,
Vladislava Vojnovic held a workshop concerning gender roles in
fairytales. Participants had the assignment of modifying existing
fairytales by changing some stereotypes, reversing sex, gender, playing
with sexuality, religion or nationality of the main characters.
After this workshop the final discussion and seminar
evaluation took place, where the participants brought up positive
thoughts about the seminar and stated the wish for further involvement
in similar projects.