European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

Call XIII (data-collection of LGBTI discrimination in education)

In 2015 ILGA-Europe implemented the XIII call for proposals within its Documentation and Advocacy Fund. This call focused specifically on data-collection of discriminatory practices, including bullying, faced by young LGBTI people in the area of education and ways to overcome them. The total number of grants awarded under this call is 8. The fund is supported by the government of the Netherlands and an anonymous donor.

The specific goal of this call

is to support projects in the European region to:

  1. Collect data on school bullying (this topic should only be explored by organisations operating in countries where there is a proven gap of information in this area. Candidates should therefore provide strong evidence that the project would have an added-value in their context). There have been a lot of studies and data recently regarding school bullying. However, the picture is not complete yet.
  2. Exploring the specific barriers faced by trans and/or intersex children and youth in the education system and identifying needs in this area.
  3. Collecting and analysing data on teachers’ and administrative staff’s competence and attitudes in the field of LGBTI issues.
  4. Identify how curricula and textbooks refer to LGBTI issues.
  5. Explore how the school environment is inclusive of LGBTI students and teachers’ needs.

Infographics for the launch - click for bigger size.


The following organisations implement projects under this call:


Bilitis (Bulgaria) - Towards Building of LGBTI-Inclusive School Policies in Bulgaria

Contact information:
Mladost 2, block 235, entr. A, apt. 26,
1799 Sofia, Bulgaria
Contact person: Monika Pisankaneva

Grant amount: EUR 7000

Period of implementation: January – December 2015

The project was aimed at raising the awareness of the Ministry of Education, the Educational Inspectorates, and Principals of secondary schools based in Sofia about the existing deficiencies of school internal policies (Codes of Conduct) and their limited capacity to deal with cases of homo-, bi-, or transphobic harassment at school. 


PROUD (Czech Republic) - Czech Schools through Looking Glass: National Research on Homophobia and Transphobia

Contact information:
Opatovická 166/12
110 00 Prague 1
Czech Republic
Contact person: Lada Hajdíková, Zdenek Sloboda

Grant amount: EUR 6185

Period of implementation: January – December 2015

The project was aimed at reducing the lack of representative national data on homophobia and transphobia in schools through realization of representative quantitative research among pupils, together with attitudinal interviews with teachers. Outcomes will be analysed and disseminated through various means to boost change in discourse among stakeholders and in schools.


TENI (Ireland) - Transforming Schools: Documenting Transphobia in Secondary Schools in Ireland

Contact information:
4 Ellis Quay, Dublin 7,
Tel: +353 1 873 3575
Contact person: Broden Giambrone

Grant amount: 6920 euro

Period of implementation: January – December 2015

The project was aimed at documenting cases of transphobia and exploring the specific barriers faced by trans and gender variant young people in secondary schools (second level) in Ireland.


COGAM (Spain) - LGTB-phobia in the classrooms 2015: Are We Educating in Affective and Sexual Diversity?

Contact information
C/ De la Puebla, 9.
28004 Madrid, Spain.
Tel: +34915221686; +34617710929
Contact person: Sara Guilló

Grant amount: 6884 euro

Period of implementation: January – December 2015

The project was aimed at demonstrating how LGTB rights are violated every day in Secondary Schools in Madrid and at evaluating how LGTB-phobia goes beyond the context of the school and breaks into the LGTB students’ private life through social networks (cyber-bullying).


House of Diversity and Education (Lithuania) - No Identity Bullying in Schools

Contact information:
L. Asanaviciutes g. 4 – 198
LT-04301, Vilnius
Contact person: Monika Zalnieriute

Grant amount: 6883 euro

Period of implementation: January – December 2015

The project was aimed at filling an information gap and collecting empirical data on LGBTI school-bullying in Lithuania to provide robust basis necessary for effective evidence-based policy-making and development of mandatory policies for addressing LGBTI bullying in schools.


MGRM (Malta) - Research-based Assessment of the National Educational Policy on Trans, Gender Variant and Intersex Children

Contact information:
32, Parish Street,
Mosta MST 2021,
tel: +356 99255559
Contact person: Gabi Calleja

Grant amount: 7000 euro

Period of implementation: January – December 2015

The project was aimed at assessing the immediate impact on schools of Malta’s new national Educational Policy on Trans, Gender Variant and Intersex Students. Following the development of specific indicators, in consultation with policy-makers, the project will base this assessment on attitudes and approaches of schools to trans, gender variant and intersex children and youth, and their families in order to ascertain the effectiveness and sustainability of the policy.


TransFuzia (Poland) - Transitions of youth in school environment

Contact information:
Noakowskiego 10, lok. 66
00-666 Warsaw, Poland
Contact person: Wiktor Dynarski

Grant amount: 5815 euro

Period of implementation: January – December 2015

The project was aimed at creating a comprehensive report on Polish policies (or lack of policies) or regulations on the topic of recognizing primary, middle and high school students in their preferred gender.


Transfuzja (Slovakia) - Safe and inclusive school environment for transgender children and youth

Contact information:

Karpatská 2, 811 05 Bratislava,


Tel: +421 948 287 980

Contact person: Romina Kollarik

Grant amount: 6972 euro

Period of implementation: January – December 2015

The project is aimed at examining the experience of transgender children and youth in the school environment in Slovakia and at creating the practical guidelines on the matter for children, parents, and school authorities.