Our Work

Events for the local LGBTQ community

The events we organize are part of our mission to create a local queer culture. Since 2017, we have tried to create safe spaces for the development, inclusion and acceptance of the LGBTQ community of Iași. From queer parties, film screenings, exhibitions, workshops, to awareness campaigns and solidarity with other causes, we manage to bring together people both from the queer community in Iași and allies in the community. We always enjoy meeting new people!

LGBTQ support group

Our support group for LGBTQ people is called Curaj (Courage) and it has been meeting once a month for over 3 years. It is coordinated by two psychotherapists, Andreea and Nicoleta, also known as Caramel Frames.

The support group is a safe space for people from the community who want a support system, from specialists or from the other participants, like people who are going through similar life experiences. Currently, group meetings are held online. When possible, the meetings will resume in person.

How can I join the group?

You can contact us at anytime at info@riseout.ro, and we will include you in a private Facebook group where monthly meetings are announced.

Organizing for Change

HIV rates among MSM and transgender people, grouped together by surveillance authorities, have constantly been on the rise. Data from the Matei Balș National Institute shows that MSM infection rates have more than doubled in the past decade (from 9.6% in 2009 to 24% in 2019). This serious situation has been caused by a lack of public will, vision and foresight in planning actions tackling HIV while addressing the needs of at-risk and marginalized communities. The root of the problem stems from a lack of political accountability, coupled with high rates of homophobia and the disregard for marginalized groups at the institutional level.

“Organizing for Change” aims to build a renewed commitment towards combating HIV/AIDS by investing in advocacy, community mobilization and preparedness, and support for the treatment and wellbeing of MSM, TG, sex workers and HIV+ people. This commitment will be actualized by the adoption of a key policy document – a national HIV framework.

“Organizing for Change” is a project financed by the Elton John AIDS Foundation..