A safe space is created by school communities – parents, teachers, students. There must be such a space for everyone – Dominik Kuc from the GrowSPACE foundation emphasized on TVN24. Rainbow Friday is celebrated today in about a hundred schools in Poland.
Purpose Rainbow Friday campaign is to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth and express acceptance of the entire school community. Dominik Kuc from the GrowSPACE foundation talked about the initiative on Friday on TVN24.
– A safe space is not only a physical place – although, of course, Rainbow Friday takes place in schools – but this safe space is created by school communities, i.e. parents, teachers, students, and students – he explained.
He emphasized that “there must be a safe space for everyone in Polish schools, regardless of gender identity, regardless of psychosexual orientation.”
Kuc: Polish schools must respond systematically
As Kuc said, students “unfortunately very often experience violence from their peers.” – The scale in Polish schools is such that one in three people experienced peer violence at least once in a Polish school. It is not only physical or psychological violence, but also cyberviolence and relational violence, he said.
– On the other hand, young LGBTQ+ people have an increased risk of conditions such as minority stress or suicidal thoughts. 70 percent of LGBTQ+ youth have had such thoughts at least once. And this is an alarm signal for Polish schools to respond systematically to this, he emphasized.
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