Organised by members of the LGBTQI+ Youth Group, the week promises to be a colourful affair with music, games, art and plenty of colour!
‘We are all looking forward to what promises to be a very enjoyable and action-packed week,’ said Cathy Barry, LYS.
‘The young people have been very busy organising the week and after the challenges of the past two years, are looking forward to celebrating in person,’ said youth worker Cathy.
‘Although attitudes have changed there are still young people for whom ‘coming out’ can be a lonely and tough place and that is where our group helps’
While the Covid-19 pandemic and the various restrictions effected the general population, it was quite challenging for LGBTQI+ young people, particularly those who had not ‘come out.’
‘There were some LGBTQI+ young people, who had to hide their true selves or couldn’t meet up with friends (due to the restrictions) and this certainly effected their mental health,’ said Cathy.
Part of the wider Limerick Pride Festival, the Pride youth events are open to all young people regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation with full details available below:
For information on the Pride youth events please contact Cathy at cathy.barry@limerickyouthservice or call/text 087-3508572.
LGBT+ Youth Limerick is a partnership between LYS and GOSHH and is a group where LGBTQI+ young people can spend time, meet friends and access support and guidance.
The group has been to the fore in supporting young people who identify as LGBTQI+ and engages with parents and family members.
‘Although attitudes have changed there are still young people for whom ‘coming out’ can be a lonely and tough place and that is where our group helps,’ said Cathy.
The group meet weekly at LYS where LGBTQI+ young people can meet friends or access support and information on issues such as sexuality and gender.
A member of Youth Work Ireland and the Irish Association of Community Training Centre Organisations, LYS remains committed to connecting with young people and supporting them to reach their full potential.
GOSHH-Gender Orientation Sexual Health HIV ensures that the mental, emotional, physical and social well-being of everyone is promoted and sexual rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.