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Family State Secretary Andreas Bothe reacted with concern to the results of the study by the German Youth Institute on the problems of young lesbian, gay, transgender, transsexual and intersexual people. Young, queer people in Germany are still often discriminated against. Andreas Bothe said: “Young people in particular must be able to grow up regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity without discrimination and defamation. We want to strengthen diversity and tolerance. ”The study therefore also offers the opportunity to give a new impetus to the political discourse about necessary improvements for queer young people.

In the past few years, the German Youth Institute has repeatedly published results that have given the development of youth work in North Rhine-Westphalia impetus for further development.

"We want queer young people to be able to live without discrimination," emphasized Bothe. That is why the country will continue to intensify educational and anti-discrimination work in schools and youth work. "We support education and tolerance projects in schools and youth work, as well as projects for senior citizens." The aim of the new state government is to improve the concrete worlds of life and experience for queer young people. "It is important to us that the young people find sheltered areas with educational support, in which they can exchange ideas," said Bothe. The country would also like to found an “Alliance for Diversity and Equal Opportunities”.

The Ministry for Children, Family, Refugees and Integration currently supports 16 offers. The new state government will continue to support projects that take active action against discrimination of all kinds.

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