Why did a group of people in Russia want to ban LGBTI groups from using the rainbow flag (stolen from nature and the children, apparently), and how have movements like La Manif Pour Tous in France, protesting that sex education must ‘leave my gender stereotypes alone’ (not a joke), gained any serious support?
We’re working with ILGA-Europe on a project aiming to better understand the narratives around LGBTI equality across Europe, and how we can tell new stories that shift the way we think about family, gender binaries, and sex. We know that the way anything (such as the myriad issues involved in LGBTI equality) is framed shapes the way a person will respond to it: whether they respond positively or negatively, and what type of solution they believe is appropriate.
This is an exploratory project and we’re interested to understand what cultural and other contextual differences there are across the region.
Our research currently falls into three main areas of questioning:
- How do people in Europe currently think about LGBTI equality? Here, we’re particularly interested in attitudes and beliefs about LGBTI people and related issues that will help us understand the models that people use to reason about these issues.
- How is LGBTI equality currently framed in Europe? How do advocates, opponents, and the public currently talk about LGBTI equality? What can this tell us about how people think about these issues? Which issues are most contentious?
- What do we currently know about the effectiveness of communicating LGBTI equality? What has and hasn’t worked in advocating for (or opposing) LGBTI people? Has research been done prior to or following particular campaigns or advocacy to measure their effectiveness?
Do you know the answers to any of these questions?