To promote inclusion of LGBTI+ people in society and the recognition of their rights, by opposing discrimination and stereotyping, while also making LGBTI+ communities more resilient.
LGBTI+ people still face discrimination and exclusion by wider society. Religious, community and political leaders play a key role in shaping a negative public opinion. They use anti-LGBTI+ rhetoric that reinforces stigma and, to some extent, instigates violence against LGBTI+ persons. Their views are echoed by the media in a sensationalist way. LGBTI+ communities suffer from this exclusion and fear for their safety.
Strong in Diversity focuses on engaging those who oppose LGBTI+ rights in dialogue and building alliances with them, as well as strengthening the resilience of LGBTI+ communities. Together with local organizations and supportive mentors, the program aims to achieve wider social acceptance of LGBTI+ people by constructively changing the tone and content of public discussions regarding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE).