Korea is a culturally conservative society; therefore, heterosexism and homophobia are prevalent in the homes, schools, religious centers, and streets. Consequently, LGBTQ teens are very likely to be in danger of emotional, verbal, and sometimes physical abuse/violence. As a result, they face psychological problems such as depression, low self-esteem, and high risk of committing suicide. Despite the demand, there are no free counseling centers, hotlines, or shelters in Korea for the LGBTQ teens.
Street Counseling (Phase I) of Rainbow Teen Safe Space will offer a multi-dimensional support system by providing crisis intervention, counseling teens for socio-psychological pain and trauma, and restoring relationships between queer teens and their parents/peers. We will create a Safe Space so that queer teens can feel accepted and affirmed.
Through surveys and data collected from Street Counseling, we will make plans to establish a shelter. Simultaneously, we will bring awareness to the needs and dilemma of queer teens in Korea.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).