Youth Voice Journal (YVJ™) is the world's leading peer-reviewed journal publishing theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people and youth work. YVJ™ is published by RJ4All Publications and is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO and ERIH PLUS.

Nina Perger (2018) “When young LGBTIQ+ people speak up: “We are here!”



In this article, we are analysing young LGBTIQ+ demands as formulated during the project We are here! We act together, implemented by Slovenian Pride Association in 2017. The project was grounded in the framework of structured dialogue in which
young people are recognized and addressed as politically competent actors. The aim of the article is to look beyond dominant focus of LGBTIQ+ movements’ focus on marriage equality and to recognize the specific needs of LGBTIQ+ youth that may not be addressed by achieving legal recognition of samesex couples and/or by LGBTIQ+ non-governmental organizations alone, that is, without intervention of and cooperation with relevant institutional actors and decision makers. With that in mind, the main focus of the article is to take their call “We are here!” seriously, thus, demands, formulated by 36 LGBTIQ+ young participants during the project, are analysed. Besides the legislative aspect, their demands include addressing the 1) social issues, deriving mostly from their relationships marked with a relative dependency on primary social environment, hetero- and cisnormative structures of 2) educational and 3) health systems, re-producing conditions in which discrimination and violence are to be expected, and 4) lack of visibility in mainstream media.


LGBTIQ+ youth, LGBTIQ+ movements, social issues, educational system, health system, media representation



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Youth Voice Journal is an international, multidisciplinary, refereed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. In particular, the Journal aims to: - provide a medium, especially for young researchers and young academics, to inform debates around social policy through high quality research; - provide a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe with the aim of influencing policies and practices; - actively encourage and aide those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policy makers to contribute to the journal. Youth Voice Journal is published by RJ4All Publications and edited by Dr. Theo Gavrielides.

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This entry was posted on April 17, 2018 by in Citizenship.

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RJ4All Publications is a non-profit independent, publisher that was founded by Dr. Theo Gavrielides. It specialises in social sciences and research studies, has a  restorative justice series and is the publisher of the peer reviewed Youth Voice Journal.  


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