The Roscommon Children and Young People’s Services Committee will host the launch of LGBT Friendly Roscommon 2017 on Tuesday next, March 21st in Hannons Hotel, Roscommon.
This three strand LGBT Friendly Roscommon Strategy will be officially launched by Journalist and Activist Una Mullally. Una has recently been appointed by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone to oversee the development of the government’s official strategy for young LGBT people in Ireland.
Having made a big impact on RTÉ’s “Only Gay in the Village” documentary, Roscommon native Will Keane will also speak at the launch.
LGBT Friendly Roscommon 2017 aims to support local service-providers, community groups and sporting organisations to become more LGBT-friendly. There are three strands to the plan:
Strand 1: LGBT Friendly Roscommon, 2017 symbol
A LGBT Friendly Roscommon 2017, which has been designed by Luke McEvoy, a student of Elphin Community College, as a tool to help make public spaces visibly more LGBT friendly. The rationale for a bespoke, Roscommon-specific symbol, is to encourage people to view issues affecting LGBT young people as locally relevant.
The symbol will be printed as a poster (A3 size), a postcard (A6 size) and as a sticker (A8
size) and will be distributed free of charge to service-providers, community groups and
sporting organisations throughout the county.
Strand 2: Awareness Raising Workshops
A series of awareness raising workshops will be delivered in towns across the county. Each
ninety minute workshop will be participatory and will seek to raise awareness of LGBT issues as well as
introducing The 4Ps Model to Create an LGBT-friendly Service as promoted by GLEN.
Strand 3: Template for Code of Practice
A template for an Organisational Code of Practice will be distributed that will enable
service providers and community groups that engage with young people to frame their
support for LGBT young people.
The launch will get under way at 2pm and all are welcome.