What Dreilinden does
The world over, people whose sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC for short) do not conform with social norms experience severe discrimination and violence. Their human rights are not effectively protected. All too often, they are threatened in their physical and psychological integrity. Women and girls are subject to multiple forms of discrimination. The work of Dreilinden is driven by the wish that this may change.
Not only to alleviate suffering, but out of the conviction that human societies are more liveable and stronger if binary gender roles are less fixed, and less hierarchically ordered.
Women, girls, and LSBTI (lesbians, gays, bisexual, trans* and inter*) people do not only have the same human rights as everyone else; their personality and special life experiences may enable them to make special contributions to society. It is a loss for everyone if they are not in a position to do so. All of this has special relevance if, besides gender based discrimination, other oppressive factors come into play, such as poverty and racism. Questions of our own sexuality and gender identity address essential aspects of our personality.
All human beings have much to gain if their personal development can include their sexuality and their gender preference. Thus, our treatment of gender and gender variance is a mirror of our culture’s humanity.