First shelter for homophobia victims to open in Rome

Refuge LGBT project of Red Cross and Gay Center on French model

(ANSA)- Rome, June 16 - The first shelter in Italy for young adult victims of homophobia and transphobia is to open in Rome, associations said Tuesday.
    'Refuge lgbt' is an initiative of the Rome province chapter of the Italian Red Cross and the association Gay Center with support from the Lazio regional authorities. The unique shelter will provide temporary accommodation for gays and transsexuals who have been victim of violence or discrimination as a result of their sexual orientation and need a safe place in which to rebuild their lives. Qualified staff will provide free support to residents including psychological and legal assistance and school and professional counselling, in conjunction with local social and cultural services. "The Refuge Lgbt project is aimed at victims of discrimination, offering not only accommodation and support but also a genuine starting point for regaining control of their lives," said Red Cross Rome President Flavio Ronzi, announcing an upcoming fundraising event for the shelter on June 18.
    "Starting from Rome, we want to create a network along the lines of the French model that inspired us," he continued.
    The project draws on the experience of the French association Le Refuge, which offers temporary shelter and support to young victims of homophobia and transphobia in cities across the country.


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