There is an "invisible" community of young people in Bulgaria, for which only 2 alternatives exist: (i) a life spent in hiding or (ii) fleeing the country in pursuit of a better life abroad. This is the LGBTI community. Those who stay behind experience a hostile social environment that often leads to mental health disorders, psychological and substance abuse, depression, thoughts of suicide or actual acts of suicide. Absolutely no support resources of any kind currently exist in the country.
Initially, we have 3 pragmatic goals in mind: (i) a national, licensed crisis intervention helpline and chat app for LGBTI youth, their parents and allies, staffed by trained professionals and volunteers; (ii) an LGBTI Center which will provide licensed professional help (psychological, medical, legal) , suicide prevention, peer networking and support, and a "safe space" for youth at risk, in addition to a venue for community events, meetings, a cafe; (iii) public awareness-raising campaigns.
A significant and tangible improvement of the lives of a marginalized group of young people in Bulgaria and hopefully a better and more accepting society!