About us

We are an initiative group working on a voluntary basis. All assistance is provided free of charge.

For us is important that LGBT people feel safe, therefore we don't disclose names and personal details of those who have turned to us for help.

We are ready to be near in a difficult moment and constantly to care of the well-being of the LGBT community. To do this, we conduct public and closed events, the goals of which - improving self-conscience LGBT people, giving them a sense of community and capturing their attention to the issue of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia in Belarusian society.

 

The initiative group «Identity and Law» is a group of three human rights activists, who want to improve lives of Belarusian LGBT-people. Belarusian legislation doesn’t approve of homophobia and transphobia. However, in real life LGBT-people are subject to prejudice, e.g. in course of hate crimes investigations.Cessation of existence of injustice and violence in our society is important to us.If you face discrimination and need help we can provide it anonymously and free of charge.

 

Fields we work with:

 

Homophobic and transphobic hate crimes

Quite often homophobic and transphobic hate crimes are not punishable, thus people don’t believe in justice system and don’t report to the police. 

But not a single crime should be left unpunished, especially when there is always a chance for getting impartial investigation. We have successfully handled quite a number of LGBT hate crime cases. Homophobia has been acknowledged in court as an aggravating circumstance. 

We will support you if you resolve to file a police report.

Discrimination in Health Care and at workplace

Openly gay people as well as those who have been outed without their consent may face ridicule, rudeness and even threats at their workplace. In some cases, e.g. for transgender people, employment is almost impossible. 

Health Care staff often rely on their personal prejudice when they work with LGBT-people. 

We are developing a database of tolerant medical workers and employers to make your life safer.

Vulnerability in difficult life situations

Sometimes relatives and friends turn away from people who come out or undergo forced outing and there is no one to rely on. LGBT-teenagers are kicked out of their houses, grown-ups have no one to share their problems with, nowhere to get at least a token of kindness. These problems comprise an important part of LGBT-issues. 

We can provide you with psychological support and temporary shelter, where you can overcome the crisis. 

Raising the level of solidarity within the LGBT-community

LGBT-people need safe space for holding lectures, exhibitions, educational events and entertainment. 

We want the LGBT-community to be united, this is why we are regularly planning different exiting and safe events where everyone can feel comfortable and engaged. 

Your identity doesn’t deprive you of your rights.
Our team
Natallia Mankouskaya 
Natallia Mankouskaya 
Coordinator of human rights area.
Darja Traiden 
Darja Traiden 
Coordinator of the information and cultural areas.
Victoria
Victoria
Coordinator of social support area.