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A Safe Place for LGBTQIA Youth

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Around 50 young people attend weekly group meetings at Samtökin ’78, the National Queer Organization, Vísir reports. “We make a great effort to create a safe environment for the kids and of course one hundred percent trust,” says Hrefna Þórarinsdóttir, the program’s director. The meetings are held at Samtökin ‘78’s headquarters in central Reykjavík.

Samtökin ´78 and the City of Reykjavík have extended their educational and service agreement, ensuring the continuation of the organization’s support until 2020.

The centre’s youth group gives children aged 13-17 an opportunity to attend a wide range of programs, whether they fall under the LGBTQIA umbrella or are simply curious. Meetings are held every Tuesday from 7:30 until 10 in the evening. “We’ve had YouTube nights, baked, held sexual education classes, all kinds of things,” says Hrefna. “There they are given the opportunity to meet other young people with similar ideas.”

The meetings started as a pilot project open to those 13-25 and it was later decided to model them after traditional youth centres and limit the age range. Hrefna states the project has been very successful.

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