Seminar in Athlone to highlight safety and policing issues for the LGBT community

It is a basic right to feel safe and protected from physical and verbal abuse, bullying, and threats, no matter what your background and identity is. While attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT ) people have changed and improved over recent years, LGBT people are still experiencing homophobia and transphobia because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Irish research has indicated that more than half of all LGBT people have experienced verbal abuse and more than one-fifth physical violence. However, many incidents are currently not being reported.

These are some of the issues that will be discussed at a seminar tomorrow, Saturday May 26 from 11am-2pm in the Athlone Springs Hotel. An exciting panel of Irish speakers will take part in the seminar and through inspiring presentations encourage ideas for the best ways forward.

This seminar is organised by LGBT Diversity to highlight community safety and policing issues facing the LGBT community in the West and Midlands. LGBT Diversity is a coordinated national response, by twelve LGBT organisations to develop the capacity of the LGBT sector. It facilitates organisations and activists to collectively mobilise and engage with the LGBT community and wider society in order to advocate strategically and effectively on gender identity and sexual orientation issues.

For further information on the seminar and to reserve your place please contact LGBT Diversity by emailing [email protected]. Participation is free - but places are limited.

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