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Drop-in center for LGBTI persons in Belgrade

Tailor-made to support community’s needs

Welcome to the first Drop-in center for LGBTI persons in Belgrade!

We are open every working day from 16 to 20.
The address is not public. To visit DPC and use the services, reach out via:

 060/6010102

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What is DPC for?

DPC is a safe space for LGBTI community members.

Services that are being provided in DPC are custom-made to respond to specific needs of the community. We strive, first and foremost, to react in cases of emergency, with problems occurring due to violence and discrimination, as well as to offer comprehensive support in these cases. We are here for you, if you are in need of:

  • Protection from violence and discrimination
  • Assistance in reaching out to institutions (e.g. healthcare, social welfare services, etc.) if you are facing difficulties due to your sexual orientation and/or gender identity
  • Counseling
  • Legal support
  • Personal hygiene maintenance

 

Services offered in DPC are continuously available, professional and free of charge.
In the DPC there are also peer support groups available, which are being formed depending on the needs, common topics and number of group members.

DPC hosts and peer counselors are available to LGBTI beneficiaries, while experts from targeted areas – law, security, healthcare, including sexually transmitting infections, social welfare, etc. – will be present, in line with the schedule.
We are constantly endeavoring to enhance cooperation with state institutions (which are and should be available to all of us) to come up with systemic, long-term solutions to existing challenges. This is precisely why referral to institutions in charge for particular issues, in line with previously defined means and models of cooperation, is another service being offered within DPC. 

    

 

How DPC came to life?

The need for a place where LGBTI community members can get adequate aid and support in a safe space by (primary) LGBTI persons as peers and experts closely familiar with all the specificities of the community is recognized thanks to years-long experience of field work and originated exactly from LGBTI persons facing various difficulties.

Hence, EGAL has initiated years-long advocacy process for aiming to establish a mentioned set of services. This had to be done in a way which would also be used for institutional recognition of challenges LGBTI persons are facing.

It is important to stress out that the space DPC was established in is offered by the City of Belgrade authorities, based on letters of support to the cause that came from relevant state institutions, independent bodies and international community. This gesture is an important milestone in human rights protection in Serbia in general – it was a historic moment where institutions, for the first time, have heard and reacted to topics that are crucial for LGBTI community – protection from violence and discrimination, services free from fearing secondary victimization and discrimination, a safe space for empowerment.

Elaboration and establishment of DPC services was supported through the project “Support in LGBTI community” by: Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia within the program European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) and Office for Cooperation with civil society organizations of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.