Our mission is to create social space in which to construct a positive identity of the LGBTQ community as well as providing independent, professional and expert assistance in difficult and crisis situations.
Our Association was established in 1997; we work mostly regionally in Warszawa and the Mazovia District (Województwo Mazowieckie). Our members are mostly volunteers as well as professionals who offer their time working on our projects.
Our statutory aims are:
1. Conducting acivities relating to education, particularly social education leading up to tolerance towards homosexual, bisexual and transsexual (transgendered) persons.
2. Promoting good heath – physical, mental and social:
- constructing and fostering positive self-awareness and self-image of homosexual, bisxual and transgendered persons,
- propagating attitudes having as its aim the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases,
3. Promulgating and protecting freedom and human rights, in particular conducting activities relating to counteraction against discrimination, especially on the grounds of identity, sexual orientation and gender.
Lambda Warszawa is a member of the Polish Helplines Association (PTPT), Federation of Social Service Organizations Mazovia, Polish Network of Streetwork Organisations, International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA-Europe) and National Federation of Non-governmental Organisations.
What do we do?
We run an information and support centre for LGBT persons in Warsaw. It provides a helpline and anonymous internet counseling. It hosts support groups which provide opportunities to develop positive identities. These include groups for gay and lesbian persons with disabilities (in particular those hearing-impaired), a students’ group, women’s group, a psychoeducational group and a group for transsexual (transgendered) persons (conducted by the Transfuzja Foundation). We also provide legal, medical, sexual and psychological counseling. The centre hosts the biggest LGBT library and archive in Poland. It also organizes discussions, film shows, training sessions and meetings focusing on LGBT issues.
We monitor LGBT equality relating to persons living in Poland – we collect data on discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. Working in partnership with public institutions (the police, legal institutions, the labour police) we try to improve LGBT equality within the scope of their domains of activity. In cooperation with Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH) we prepare a regular research document “Report on Social Situation of LGBT People in Poland”. Volunteers associated with Lambda also provide information and counseling relating to anti-discriminatory laws in Poland and the European Union to all those interested.
We conduct /organize anti-discrimination and human rights awareness events and projects: “Zywa Biblioteka” (The Living Library), workshops and training sessions on discrimination issues for local NGOs, public authorities, the police and social workers. We have been actively engaged in the Council of Europe “All Different – All Equal” human rights campaign. We also provide manuals for those interested in preventing discrimination (e.g. trainers, local authorities, NGOs working for local development): “Przeciwdziałanie dyskryminacji. Pakiet trenerski” (Fighting discrimination. Trainers’ toolkit) and “Przeciwdziałaj dyskryminacji – to nie jest trudne” (Fight discrimination! – it’s not difficult!).
We run the hiv/aids prevention program "Safer Relationships". As part of the program, we have initiated harm-reduction programs operating in Warsaw-based clubs/ meeting places for LGBT community, helping to limit the damage done by sex-work and high-risk sexual behaviour. We also train bar/club staff in hiv/aids/ sti’s, harm reduction issues, and prepare them for the role of peer educators.
Additionally, we run a grant fund for LGBT oriented projects – Fundusz Stonewall (The Stonewall Fund) - the first and only one in Poland. Every year three up to five local projects aimed at the construction of positive identity of LGBT persons receive it’s financial support.
Stowarzyszenie Lambda Warszawa
ul. Żurawia 24a (lok. 4)
00-515 Warszawa, Poland
tel. +48 22 415 83 38
Contact for media:
Ms Yga Kostrzewa
tel. +48 668 376 722