LGBT Awareness Week 2019 Programme


We have a week jam packed with events for you this year, we hope that they spark interest, encourage engagement, and raise the visibility of issues facing the LGBT community.

Event Guide

LGBT Awareness Week is a joint effort by several

community organisations, to bring visibility and awareness

to LGBT people and their families in Northern Ireland.

This year’s theme is Justice and Safety.

Every event listed is wheelchair accessible.


International Day Against

Homophobia, Transphobia and

Biphobia Service

Changing Attitude Ireland

St George’s Parish Church, High St

5 pm

Delivered by Rev. Paul Jeffery of the

Mountpottinger Non-Subscribing

Presbyterian Church, featuring music from

Saint George’s Chamber Choir.


LGBT Awareness Launch

Cara-Friend, The Rainbow Project,

TransgenderNI, HeRe NI

Cafe Cuan, 161-165 Cromac St, Belfast,


10.30 am

Please join us for the launch of LGBT

Awareness Week at Cafe Cuan!

Tea, coffee and scones will be available, as

well as the programme of events.



Community Talks Back

Changing Attitude Ireland

Belfast Trans Resource Centre, 98

University Street, BT7 1HE

5 - 7 pm

As part of LGBT Awareness Week,

Transgender NI and The Rainbow Project will

be hosting a Community Talks Back session

with Rainbow's Advocacy Officer to discuss

issues within Justice and Policing, and the

impact they're having on trans communities

in Northern Ireland.

This is an opportunity for trans communities

to lead the conversation and raise issues

affecting them relating to justice and

policing in a safe and private manner. The

PSNI has not been involved in organising this

event, nor will any police officers be in

attendance while this discussion is taking

place. We will use the experiences and

issues you share to inform our work with the

PSNI and ensure that your views and

concerns are heard within the justice and

policing system. If you are interested in

coming along, please contact or by telephone at

0300 302 3202.


Lady Justice and Social Justice


109 - 113 Royal Avenue

7 - 9 pm

Hear from a panel of LGBT+ women about

their personal and professional experiences

of the law and social justice.

In partnership with Women’s Regional



Transgender Awareness



Galway House, 165 York Street, BT15


10 am - 12 pm

This workshop is being run by UNISON as

part of LGBT Awareness Week and is open to

all. It will give participants an understanding

of definitions, gender identity v sexual

orientation, societal attitudes, pronouns,

legal obligations for employers and service

providers as well as look at how to support

someone transitioning in school or in a

workplace. It will also outline current

pathways and services to signpost

appropriately. It will be delivered by Alexa

Moore, of Transgender NI.

Please book a place at



Knowing Your Rights


Belfast Trans Resource Centre, 98

University Street, BT7 1HE

3 - 6 pm

We're working together with the Equality

Commission and The Rainbow Project to

host a casual information session on access

to rights in Northern Ireland during our

regular drop-in on LGBT Awareness Week.

We'll have lawyers from the Commission in to

advise on what to do if you've been

discriminated against, what legislation exists

to protect you and how to get recourse to

justice, while Aisling from The Rainbow

Project will be there to offer information on

the advocacy services she provides as well

as outlining the options available to victims

of hate crime.


QUB Prism Information Day

QUB Prism

Queens University Main Tower Site,

Room 02/002

3.30 - 8 pm

Queens PRISM are holding an information day

as part of IDAHOBT.

3.30pm - 4.30pm will be Queer Belfast 1917 at

the Main Tower Site Room 02/002.

5.00pm - 6.00pm Jeff Dudgeon Lecture in

the Physics Building Bell Lecture Theatre


6.20pm - 8.00pm will be a celebration event

in the Queens Film Theatre.

All welcome.


From IVF to Abortion - why

Reproductive Justice is an LGBT


Alliance for Choice

Cathedral Quarter Shared Workspace –

First Floor Board Room 109-113 Royal Ave

Belfast BT1 1FF

6.30 - 8.30 pm

Reproductive justice is being used as a

framework by activists to build a broad

intersectional social movement

re-interpreting the meaning and practice of

reproductive rights with multi-issue

perspectives and agenda for action.

Reproductive Justice focuses on outcomes;

how can we ensure better lives for women

and pregnant people, healthier families, and

sustainable communities. Reproductive

Justice provides the opportunity to critique

the status quo through several lenses

including LGBTQI+ struggles and joins the

abortion rights struggle to other health and

social justice movements.


Fiona Bloomer Ulster University

Emma Campbell Alliance for Choice

Naomhán O’Connor Transgender NI


Danielle Mackle

Queen’s University Belfast

Refreshments will be provided

To book a place e-mail

and use ‘RJ Talk’ as subject line

OUTStanding Youth Work

Youth Action

14 College Square North, BT1 6AS

10 am - 1 pm

If you work with young people and would like

to learn how to better broach LGBTQI+ issues

in a positive and non-awkward way, this

workshop is for you. We developed the

OUTStanding resources in partnership with


Please contact

to attend.

Supporting LGBT+ People in Care

Home & Home Care Settings


UNISON, Galway House, 165 York

Street, BT15 1GD

10 am - 12 pm

This workshop is being run by UNISON as

part of LGBT Awareness Week and is open to

all. Research indicates that older LGBT+ are

often afraid to be out in care homes or in

situations where home care workers and

other health professionals come into their

homes. This can impact on their sense of

identity and mental health. This workshop

will introduce participants to guidelines

produced in partnership with RQIA to

support care homes and home care staff to

be fully inclusive in their person centred care

of LGBT+ people. It will be delivered by

Fidelma Carolan, UNISON.

Please book a place at



Are The LGBTQ+ Kids Alright?

Belfast LGBT Centre and Belfast Trans

Resource Centre in partnership with the

Equality Comission for Northern Ireland

The Factory @ The MAC, 10 Exchange

Street West, Belfast, BT1 2NJ

9.30 am - 1.30 pm

The goal of this event is to highlight the work

of various LGBT organisations in protecting

young LGBTQ+ people in education.

This issue will be a hot topic following the

discussions considering the 'No Outsiders'

programme in Birmingham around educating

about LGBTQ+ issues. A panel discussion on

the day will consider such issues as; why

creating a supportive and accepting

environment is important in education, what

the effects of prejudice and bullying are, how

to raise awareness of the efforts of the

LGBTQ+ sector to change the education

environment, and practical tips and

measures on how schools/teachers/support

staff can create a more inclusive and

proactive response to the needs of LGBTQ+

children and young people in schools.

There will also be workshop/networking

elements to the conference.

Tickets available via Eventbrite.

Coffee With A Cop for the LGBT+



Costa Coffee, Castle Place

4 - 7 pm

As part of LGBT awareness week on the 17th

May there will be several ‘Coffee with a cop

for the LGBT+ community’ events taking

place across the region.

These will be in Belfast, Derry/Londonderry

and Newry. These events have been

organised by local Neighbourhood Policing


The aim of these events is to help improve

engagement between the LGBT+ community

the Police and to encourage the reporting of

hate crime, domestic violence and other

issues affecting the LGBT community.



Belfast LGBT Centre

4 - 7 pm

Join us to paint your nails and make a stand

against homophobia, biphobia and


Use your creativity, take some time for self

care, and wear your politics on your nails.

We'll provide the nail polish, you bring the


Inspired by NAILit4IDAHO 2019


Film Night - “The Miseducation

of Cameron Post”

Youth Action & HERe NI

Youth Action 14 College Square N,

Belfast BT1 6AS

8 - 11 pm

In 1993 after teenage Cameron is caught

in the backseat of a car with the prom

queen, she is sent away to a treatment

centre in a remote area called God's

Promise. While she is being subjected to

questionable gay conversion therapies,

she bonds with some fellow residents as

they pretend to go along with the

process while waiting to be released.

There will be some time for discussion

after the film.

This is a women only event




Coffee with a Cop for the LGBT+



Costa Coffee, Damolly Retail Park

11 am - 2 pm

As part of LGBT awareness week on the 17th

May there will be several ‘Coffee with a cop

for the LGBT+ community’ events taking

place across the region.

These will be in Belfast, Derry/Londonderry

and Newry. These events have been

organised by local Neighbourhood Policing


The aim of these events is to help improve

engagement between the LGBT+ community

the Police and to encourage the reporting of

hate crime, domestic violence and other

issues affecting the LGBT community.

Equal Families Equal Love


The 343, 431-437 Newtownards Rd,


10 am - 12 pm

HERe NI are pleased to invite you to the

Equal Love, Equal Families event.

This will be a chance for all families to come

together to hear stories about identity,

difference and acceptance. There will be

story telling and arts and and crafts to

promote discussion and encourage learning

in a child friendly way.

Tickets can be found on Eventbrite.

Family Fun Day

St Columbs Park House

12 - 3 pm

Come along and enjoy the fun with a

creative range of activities for all the

family including a bouncy castle, craft

stalls, outdoor activities and a dog


LGBT Awareness Week

North-West Launch

Holywell Trust

12.30 pm



Official launch of LGBT Awareness Week in

the North-West. All welcome!


Love Life and Legal

The Rainbow Project

Foyle LGBT Centre

2.00 pm

Need advice with Housing, Benefits, Legal

matters or hate crime? Pop in! Free

advocacy service.

Film Screening

OUT North West & Into Film

Nerve Centre Derry

5.00 pm

OUT North West in partnership with Into Film

present a film screening and discussion

suitable for all ages. Everyone welcome!



Check Your Cervix - Self

Sampling For HPV

Foyle LGBT Centre

6.00 pm

Launching an exciting new testing method

for HPV which you can do YOURSELF! In

partnership with WHSCT. Rapid HIV &

Syphillis testing also available.

Activism Throughout the Years


Maldron Hotel

7.30 pm

A discussion looking at how LGBTQ+

Activism has progressed over the years from

an intergenerational point of view. Guest

speakers include Jerry Buttimer and local

activists of all ages. #weallbelong


justLOVE meeting: A Response

to Exclusive Church

Changing Attitude Ireland

The Gallery, The Playhouse Theatre


1 - 2 pm

A lunchtime event with the Reverend Andrew

Rawding. Helping to create a place for

everyone in God’s Church and overcome the

exclusion experienced by LGBT+ people for

so long. This is a Changing Attitude Ireland

event run to coincide with the Church of

Ireland General Synod taking place this

week. Lunch/refreshments will be available

for purchase during the event. Admission

free. All Welcome


Guildhall Square

5 pm


To remember with love all who have lost

their lives through violence and suicide

on this annual International Day Against

Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and

Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

Thank you to all the

organisations and individuals

that helped put this calendar


Park Youth Games Night

St Columbs Park House

7 pm

For 14+ - Video games, movies, board

games and team games. Refreshments



Derry’s Alternative Eurovision

IPSC, Foyle Pride, Unison

Maldron Hotel

7.00 pm

A fantastic night of cheesy performances

with a tacky trophy for the winner. All money

raised will go directly to Medical Aid for

Palestinians (MAP). Derry says no to Israeli

Apartheid and Pinkwashing of Eurovision.

Can’t make it? No worries – the event will be

streamed LIVE worldwide. Love Eurovision,

Hate Apartheid!

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