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Saturday 13th October 2012: Trans* Community Forum in Tralee, Co. Kerry

posted 8 Oct 2012, 07:29 by Kerry LGBT Project   [ updated 8 Oct 2012, 07:32 ]

Trans* Education & Advocacy [TEA] is a new grass roots community organising collective committed to working collaboratively on specific issues, actions and events to support, engage and empower the trans* community in Ireland.

Our goal is to advocate for trans* rights and help bring positive social change for trans* people.

Trans* Community 

Forum in Tralee

Trans* Education & Advocacy Community Forums
Thanks to support and funding from the Equality Authority, TEA will carry out a national consultation with the trans* community through 12 Trans* Community Forums in large towns and cities around the country.

Saturday 13 October 2012 
Tralee Community Development Project
Rock Street Business Centre, Upper Rock Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry 

For further details, please contact:
Cat 01 442 0723 or 087 766 1770
All members of the trans* community, including trans* and gender-questioning people, partners, spouses, significant others, families, friends and allies, are welcome to attend and participate in the Forums.

This broad consultation is intended to reveal the current issues within trans* communities in different parts of the country and seeks to draw out actions that are necessary both locally and nationally to bring about positive change. In addition, the consultation process will provide opportunities for networking, engagement, empowerment, community activism, and leadership development.

The information and inputs from each forum will be collated and used to inform future trans* advocacy work by TEA and other groups and organisations. Forums will also take place in Athlone, Carlow, Castlebar, Cavan, Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, Limerick, Sligo and Waterford during October and November 2012.

Forums are free with sandwiches/refreshments provided. Changing facilities are also available.

TEA would like to thank the Equality Authority for its help in supporting the active participation, engagement and empowerment of trans* people across Ireland.


17th to 21st October 2012: Volunteer at the International Lesbian and Gay Association Annual Conference in Dublin

posted 8 Oct 2012, 07:21 by Kerry LGBT Project

ILGA Europe is coming to Dublin and there are some great volunteering opportunities (particularly for Russian speakers!)


The theme of this year's annual conference is advancing LGBTI equality in challenging economic times.  There is such an exciting range of speakers, plenaries and workshops on the issues affecting LGBTI people in Europe today. The event will attract over 300 international delegates and is an honour for the community to be hosting here.  


GLEN is helping organise the conference and we are looking for volunteers for a day or a half day (minimum) on one or more of the conference days Tuesday 16th  through to Sunday 21st lunchtime. Shifts will run from 8.30 to 1.30 and 1.30 to 6.30, and people are welcome to come for more than one session or day. Volunteers will also receive additional complimentary access to part of the conference and complimentary meals.


Volunteer roles include: meeting, greeting and directing delegates around the venue; preparing delegate packs; providing local information on tourism and transport (information to be provided to volunteers); IT support; and helping ensure timetable runs to schedule.


Also, we particularly require some Russian speakers who can act as translators. They will be needed for the plenary sessions which will be an hour and a half each. The plenaries are on:

·         Thursday (18th) from 9.30 to 11.00 and from 11.45 to 13.00

·         Friday (19th) from 11.30 to 13.00

·         Saturday (20th) from 9.30 to 11.00 and from 16.30 to 18.00

·         Sunday (21st) morning from 9.30 to 11.00. 


Again, anyone who can volunteer for any session or multiple parts of this would be MOST welcome.  


To find out more contact Orla Howard at 087 2453055 or


Oct 19th 2012: ‘On Being Gay and Catholic in Germany Today – A Positive Assessment’ an evening with Dr Michael Brinkschröder

posted 8 Oct 2012, 06:03 by Kerry LGBT Project

Dear Friends
The two speakers below from The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups will be in Dublin soon for the International Lesbian and Gay Association Europe – ILGA Europe – Conference.  I have taken the opportunity to invite them to address a gathering separate from the Conference and would appreciate it were you to pass this invitation around your friends.
Hope to see you there and apologies if you receive this email more than once!
Brian Glennon

You are cordially invited to a presentation, followed by a discussion, taking place on Friday, October 19th at 7.30 pm
in the Trinity Suite of the Mont Clare Hotel, corner of Merrion Square, Dublin 2, near the end of Nassau Street
‘On Being Gay and Catholic in Germany Today– A Positive Assessment’ with Dr Michael Brinkschröder
Dr. Michael Brinkschröder (Munich, Germany). Michael is a Roman Catholic theologian and sociologist, male Co-President of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups. He was founder of the Munich Queer Catholic Mass and the Gay Theologians working group and is editor of the journal "Werkstatt Schwule Theologie". His dissertation was on "Sodom as a Symptom. Same-sex sexuality in the Christian imaginary".
‘An Introduction to the Work of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups’ with Ms Susan Murphy
Ms Susan Murphy (Preston, UK). Susan is the secretary of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups and a member of Evangelical Fellowship of Lesbian and Gay Christians, Changing Attitude, and the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement.
Contribution Euro 10 to defray expenses.

Ciarrai Amach backs Cork City Council’s Landmark ‘Gay Marriage’ Vote July 2012

posted 10 Jul 2012, 10:27 by Kerry LGBT Project   [ updated 10 Jul 2012, 10:27 ]

Ciarrai Amach, the Kerry LGBT Project that supports lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people across Kerry, is delighted that their neighbouring County Council has backed ‘gay marriage’.

History was made in the Republic of Ireland on Monday night when Cork City Council became the very first local authority to vote for gay marriage which happened at the end of their council meeting. It was passed unanimously without any debate by any member, regardless of their political persuasion. A similar motion has already been passed by Belfast City Council. 

Martin Greenwood, Chair of Ciarrai Amach, who will next month have his own same sex Civil Partnership in Kerry, said ‘this action will hopefully trigger other local authorities to put forward and adopt similar motions, to help support a full legislative and constitutional change for same sex marriage’. ‘It’s just about any two people having the same rights and opportunities as any other two people who want to get together, regardless of what gender they are’ said Martin.  

Ciarrai Amach is a community and voluntary based organisation that promotes the rights and visibility of the LGBT community in Kerry and earlier this year, the group were finalists in the Kerry Community Awards 2012.

Ciarrai Amach is a partner with many community bodies across Kerry, including Family Resource Centres, North & East Kerry Development, South Kerry Development Partnership and Kerry Council Community & Voluntary Forum. For further information please contact the project number on 086 078 8260 or google ciarraiamach.

Martin Greenwood

Chair, Ciarrai Amach

086 22 88 313                                                                                                                                                                                                              10th July 2012

More than One Civil Partnership every day as Minister Ruairi Quinn says civil marriage is next step July 2012

posted 10 Jul 2012, 06:28 by Kerry LGBT Project   [ updated 10 Jul 2012, 06:28 ]

More than one civil partnership a day – 738 civil partnerships in total – has taken place since they first became available in April 2011.


Civil Partnerships have been a resounding success. Almost 1500 people have entered civil partnerships in Ireland since they became available just over a year ago” said Kieran Rose, GLEN Chair. “Lesbian and gay couples are celebrating their love and commitment in front of family, friends and communities all across Ireland”.


“These couples are the pioneers who are transforming the perception of lesbian and gay relationships all across the country.By their public acts of love and commitment they are laying the foundations for further progress towards civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples” said Rose.


Minister Ruairi Quinn became the latest member of the Government to reiterate his support for gay marriage saying this morning that “the Labour party has always supported gay marriage. The reality was that the constitution defines marriage andin order to have full gay marriage we would have to have constitutional referendum”.


Minister Quinn went on to state the GLEN and the Labour Party shared a strategy of implementing marriage-like civil partnership and building on the success of that that, to move now to the next step of civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples.


Building on the very large numbers of lesbian and gay couples celebrating civil partnerships in 2011, a further 404 people from almost every county in Ireland and from 34 countries worldwide have entered civil partnerships in the first six months of 2012.


The figures for the first six months of 2012, provided by the General Registrars Office show that:

·         202 couples entered civil partnership in Ireland in the first six months of 2012

·         the 404 people entering an Irish Civil Partnership in the first six months of 2012 came from Ireland and from 33 other countries throughout the world, including the UK, Brazil, Australia, the Philippines, Poland and the United States.

·         couples entering civil partnership in the first six months of 2012 live in 23 of the 26 counties in Ireland

·         people of all ages entered civil partnerships: most were aged between 31 to 40, followed by those aged between 41 to 50. Five people were aged between 18 and 20 and 6 people were over 70 years of age.

In total, 738 couples have entered civil partnerships in Ireland from April 2011 when they first became available to the end of June 2012. These couples are from every county in Ireland and from 62 countries worldwide.


These figures do not account for the many more hundreds of Irish citizens who were married or entered a civil partnership abroad whose marriages and civil partnerships are automatically recognised in Ireland as Civil Partnerships.


Meanwhile, Cork City Council, in a historic first, last night became the first local authority in Ireland to vote for gay marriage.  The vote was passed unanimously.


“This is a further sign of the growing political and public support for civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples. Ireland is quickly evolving to supporting civil marriage as the next step for lesbian and gay couples. We would like to congratulate Cork City Council for their leadership and support” said Rose.


“To move to marriage now and provide full Constitutional equality for lesbian and gay people is not a massive legislative leap; it is an incremental step building on the success of Civil Partnerships” concluded Rose.

Google Announce ‘Legalize Love’ Campaign to support gay marriage.July 2012

posted 9 Jul 2012, 05:40 by Kerry LGBT Project

Google announced on the 7th July a new campaign ‘legalize love’ which aims to inspire countries around the world to support lesbian, gay and bisexual people and to legalize same-sex marriage.


“This is a very significant development, including for us here in Ireland” said Kieran Rose, GLEN Chair.  “Google, as one of the world’s leading companies and a critically important employer in Ireland, has thrown its corporate weight behind the campaign for full constitutional equality for lesbian and gay people.”


Public, political and now corporate support is evolving and recognising that it is good for individuals, for families, for a country, and now for business, to ensure that lesbian and gay people are treated equally” said Rose. “Building on the success of civil partnership, the next incremental step for equality in Ireland is civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples.”


Speaking at an international conference on LGBT people and the workplace in London, Google’s Mark  Palmer-Edgecumbe said “we want our employees who are gay or lesbian or transgender to have the same experience outside the office as they do in the office.” Google’s campaign started rolling out in Poland and Singapore on Saturday.


Google’s initiative in campaigning actively for equality for their lesbian and gay staff clearly indicate that equality and diversity are important for any country who wants to attract and retain new knowledge and hi-tech companies and industries.  “Equality and diversity are not just good for business, they are good for the economy as a whole” said Rose.


“Ireland, in enacting progressive equality legislation for LGBT people, and most recently comprehensive civil partnership legislation based on civil marriage, has a strong track record in implementing equality for lesbian and gay people” continued Rose. “Now is the time, building on those successes, to move to the next step of constitutional equality for lesbian and gay couples and families”.


GLEN also strongly welcomed the support for gay marriage announced by Minister for State Brian Hayes, who said at the weekend that he was “in favour of same-sex marriage. I’ve always held that view.”


LGBT people in Ukraine and join Noise along with other LGBT groups to protest outside the Ukrainian Embassy on Elgin Road, Ballsbridge on Wednesday the 4th of July at 18:30.

posted 3 Jul 2012, 09:01 by Kerry LGBT Project

Hi everyone,

We hope you enjoyed Pride as much as we did! If you did please help us to ensure that people in the Ukraine can express their identities too.

On July 3-6, 2012, The Ukrainian Parliament has scheduled a reading of legislation which would ban "homosexuality promotion". Another similar bill which would provide for criminal penalities for so called ?homosexual propaganda? is also pending. This proposed legislation would have a devastating impact on the lives of LGBT people in Ukraine it would also have a huge impact on the rights and civil liberties of all people living in Ukraine. This legislation has cross party support in Ukraine and, unbelievably, is supported by the Freedom of Speech and Information Committee of the Ukrainian parliament.

As we just enjoyed our own Pride celebrations here in Dublin we ask you to show your support and solidarity with LGBT people in Ukraine and join Noise along with other LGBT groups to protest outside the Ukrainian Embassy on Elgin Road, Ballsbridge on Wednesday the 4th of July at 18:30.

Map here:,+Droichead+Na+Dothra,+Dublin+4&gl=ie&t=m&z=16

Bus routes to the Embassy (bus stop 415)are:
120 Towards Parnell St.
18 Towards Sandymount
4 Towards Monkstown Avenue
7 Towards Loughlinstown / Cherrywood
8 Towards Dalkey

Nearest Dart stop: Lansdowne Road

We will be handing a letter of protest into the Embassy for the attention of the Ukrainian ambassador. In the mean time please sign this petition and consider contacting the Department of Foreign Affairs here in Ireland asking them to issue a statement on the matter.

Love and noise,

The Noise Team

Just Carry One social media campaign funded by the Department of Health National Lottery fund and supported by SpunOut.ie_ Competitions

posted 2 Jul 2012, 12:58 by Kerry LGBT Project

Just Carry One is a Dublin AIDS Alliance social media campaign funded by the Department of Health National Lottery fund and supported by which aims to promote the importance of condom use among young people. 

A number of competitions are currently running on the Just Carry One Facebook page (, which we thought might be of interest to your fans. 

Please feel free to share the campaign and/or competition details on your page and if you need further information, please feel free to let us know. 


posted 2 Jul 2012, 11:44 by Kerry LGBT Project

If this is not of interest to you, but you feel this may be of interest to another organisation in your area please pass on this information to them.

Lenrec Ltd is a national Clothing and textile recycling company that have been working with National Schools, Secondary Schools, Clubs, Residents Associations , Parishes and other Community Organisations around Ireland for the past 8 years.


Lenrec Recycling is offering your Organisation the following: Clothing     1 x 10 kg bag = €5.50                 Mobiles:  
 €2.00  Per Mobile Phone 

We collect New/Used unwanted Men’s Women’s, Children’s Clothing, Household textiles i.e. (Curtains, Towels etc.,) Shoes, Handbags, Belts & Soft toys etc.,   (any condition once they are clean).

 You may have as many collections through out the year as you wish. Please do not put mobile phones in the same bag as the textiles as they are counted separately.

 A lot of the organisations have found it helpful to put a note in their Parish news letter, asking the community to help them raise funds by dropping bags of textiles at the collection point. This is just a different way of raising funds without asking people for financial donations.

 If your organisation would like to go ahead with a collection we would organise a date which suited you and us to collect the clothes and textiles. This ensures that items are collected on the day organised and at the time specified. An Organisation would let us know the exact address of the collection point and also we would need the name and telephone number of the person from the organisation who will be responsible for the collection on the day. We would also need to know who the cheque should be made payable to and where it should be posted to.

 We guarantee collection on the date.

 On the day of collection the items will be weighed and an invoice will be issued with the weight collected by the organisation. This is then taken back to our office and processed. You would receive your cheque within 3/4 weeks.

 If you wish to book your Organisation for this promotion, please phone Deirdre or Gerry on either of the numbers below, Monday to Saturday between 9am and 9pm.

 “Clothes Recyclers”

Tel. No 056 7708197    Tel. No:   087 1771229 Fax. No:   056 7702817

Co Reg: 347059


Invitation to free screening of 'Call Me Kuchu' - the life of Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato Tuesday 3rd July 2012 Lighthouse Cinemas

posted 26 Jun 2012, 11:39 by Kerry LGBT Project

Invitation to free screening of 'Call Me Kuchu' - the life of Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato

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GLEN, Front Line Defendersand the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland are pleased to bring the award-winning documentary film "Call Me Kuchu" to Dublin for a special invitation screening onTuesday, 3 July at the Lighthouse Cinemas. 

There will be a directors in dialogue discussion with the directors Katherine Fairfax-Wright and Malika Zouhali Worrall and fellow Director and SDGI Member Anna Rodgers.

With unprecedented access, "Call Me Kuchu" depicts the last year in the life of a courageous, quick-witted and steadfast man whose wisdom and achievements were not fully recognized until after his death. While heartbreaking, the documentary traces a narrative that takes the viewer beyond the chronicle of victimization depicted in international news media: it tells the nuanced story of David and Kampala’s kuchus as they work to change their fate, and that of other kuchus across Africa.

A story told in his words, David Kato’s final testimony lives on in this film, while his work is continued by the fellow activists he left behind. For more on the film, see

David had come to Dublin in 2010 as part of Front Line Defenders 2010 Dublin Platform and had long been supported by Front Line Defenders in his pathbreaking work in Uganda to protect and promote human rights for the LGBTI community in Uganda and in Africa.

Please see the invitation for more information, and pleaseRSVP to GLEN by email or to (01) 6728650 as soon as possible to reserve your seat. Seating is limited and you must be registered to enter the theater.

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