Bulgaria is a country in Eastern Europe (EU member since 2007) that we visited in November/December 2008. We worked together with the Bulgarian Gay Organisation Gemini whose mission is to reach inclusive social environment for homosexual, bisexual and transgender people in Bulgaria. The organisation works for diminishing of all types of legal, social, cultural and economical discrimination and victimisation against lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT). It was the second country we visited with the exhibition Facing Lesbian Lives and the video workhops. It was the first time that we did a training of trainers and now BGO Gemini will be able to use Participatory Video as a tool for empowerment.

Twenty participants can look back on a marvelous job they did: creating eight movies! that cover topics like challenges for same-sex couples due to the current family law and the struggle for equal rights; corrective rape = forced sex to 'cure' lesbians and transform them into straight women; and the right to choose your own partner. Topics that deserve discussion and action to create an inclusive society for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people in Bulgaria. By screening the results during meetings, it might contribute to raise awareness about issues that concern the LGBT-community; on a local level, but on a political level as well.

Results

My so-called future

Family Portrait

Making of part 1

You choose

For your own good

Making of part 2

And 4 shorties...

Shtr^k

Morning glory

Smilies

Baklitsa i drian Live

Stichting FLL