Casa+ users are extremely vulnerable and fragile people; understanding their needs means listening to them and giving them support, as well as a dignity often denied to them because of repeated episodes of discrimination and isolation.

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Her name is Filomena, she is Italian and she is an educator at Casa+, a project designed by the Italian Red Cross – Local Branch of Rome. Casa+ offers temporary shelter and protection to LGBTQIA+ youth.

What she enjoys the most about her job is offering people hospitality, refuge and protection.

The advice she would give to people who work with LGBTQIA+ refugees and LGBTQIA+ people is to collaborate and to confront each other in order to use a working methodology based on reciprocity, knowledge exchange and synergy with the aim to build a more welcoming and inclusive society.

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Rainbow Welcome! visual universe

Rainbow Welcome! visual identity has been developed by Alison Roger France, in collaboration with PLS and all the partners. 

She studied the complexity of sexuality, sexual orientations, genders, gender expressions, identities, sexual characteristics, fluidity between the various spectrums, etc. She also adopted a reflective creation process including refugees’ journey in life and on earth to finally come with those organic forms whose nasting, movements and textures aim at illustrating the multiplicity and complexity of each and all individuals. Of course, the colours of the LGBTIQ+ flag have been used. The whole is wanted to be dynamic, intriguing and … positive. Our message is the one of reception and inclusion, as stated in our motto “Rainbow refugees, WELCOME!”.