What is BraveLab?

BraveLab is the first safe space especially designed for young people from the LGBTI community in Sofia to meet and discuss important topics such as awareness of LGBTI identity, coming out, family relationships, workplace and mental health issues, HIV/AIDS prevention and other STIs. BraveLab’s goal is to become an incubator for building confident, capable, and empowered young leaders of the LGBTI community, giving them space to develop their skills, share ideas with peers, and most importantly, build up belief in their own strengths.

Since January 2018, young LGBTI people aged 15-29 have regular meetings at the Rainbow Hub – the first LGBTI community center in Bulgaria. There are over 120 young people who have joined the group already! The meetings take place twice a month or more and are usually attended by 20 to 30 people. The format of the meetings is different according to the topics which are being suggested by the youth. Different meetings may take the form of trainings, workshops and discussions, role play exercises and games, arts activities, movie screenings, discussions with different guests and speakers.

Among the first guests were Jay Gilliam, from the Human Rights Campaign in Washington D.C., who spoke about the work of HRC and the LGBTI community in the US, and shared his coming out story, as well as Alan Acosta, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Los Angeles LGBT Center, who shared his personal story and valuable moments from the history of the LGBTI rights movement in the USA.

Want to join us? If you are aged between 14 and 29, belong to the LGBTIQ+ community and want to become part of an inspiring and inclusive community, BraveLab is the right place for you! E-mail us at: l.dragoeva@bilitis.org

Due to Covid-19, the group holds its regular meetings online.