The University of Brescia (Italy) and Lambda Warsaw (Poland) are proud to announce that the European Commission has granted co-financing to their project proposal Come Forward: Empowering and Supporting Victims of Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes. The project will be developed within the framework of the programme Rights, Equality and Citizenship 2014-2020.

The project will be developed by the consortium which encompasses 22 partners from 11 different European countries: University of Brescia (Italy), Lambda Warsaw (Poland), Çavaria (Belgium), Bilitis (Bulgaria), GLAS (Bulgaria), Zagreb Pride (Croatia), Praksis (Greece), Colour Youth (Greece), Háttér (Hungary), LGL (Lithuania), GES (Spain), University of Girona (Spain), Galop (United Kingdom), Avvocatura per i Diritti LGBTI (Italy), TGEU (Germany), ILGA Europe (Belgium), Office for the Commission of Human Rights (Poland), Institute for the Equality of Women and Men (Belgium), Human Rights House (Croatia), Human Rights Monitoring Institute (Lithuania), Greek Ombudsman (Greece), Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights (Bulgaria), and Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities (Belgium).

It focuses on the issue of anti-LGBT hate crime through a mix of different objectives, such as increasing the number of dedicated front line reporting centres by building capacity of civil society and official partners on local and national levels, improving the access to specialised support by building capacity of victim support service providers, sharing good practices, strengthening cross-border and multi-agency partnerships, and raising awareness and empowering victims.

- The issue of anti-LGBT hate crime has increasingly been recognised by international organizations, as well as many governments across Europe, but, despite this, trans-border efforts to tackle this phenomenon are yet to be cohesively developed. In order to successfully combat it, an effective multi-agency response, addressing both underreporting and the provision of accessible victim support services, is needed. “Come Forward” will fill this gap - said Piotr Godzisz from Lambda Warsaw, the Scientific Leader in the project.

This is not the first transnational project on LGBT rights coordinated by the University of Brescia.

- We are honoured to be granted another co-financing by the European Commission, just after the project “Bleeding Love” has ended. It proves that we did a good job in the past, but that a lot is still to be done to combat prejudice and violence targeting LGBT communities. The University of Brescia is ready to take an active role against anti-LGBT hate crime with this project - affirmed Giacomo Viggiani, representing the University.

The project, which will last 24 months, is scheduled to start in December 2016.