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LGBT Awareness Week NI brings visibility and awareness to LGBT people and their families in Northern Ireland. It is a joint effort by several community organisations, and this year’s theme is Visibility. Monday 14th May LAUNCH Foyle Launch of LGBT Awareness Week  12:30pm - 2pm  Holywell Trust  10-12 Bishop Street Derry~Londonderry Official launch of LGBT Awareness Week in Foyle, launched by Cllr Sandra Duffy, with guest speakers and refreshments.

Belfast Launch of LGBT Awareness Week  5:30pm - 7:30pm  Belfast City Hall  Official launch of LGBT Awareness Week in Belfast. Welcome offered by Rt Hon Lord Mayor Cllr Nuala McAllister, and guest speaker will be author and journalist Lyra McKee, who received praise for her courageous article ‘Letter to my sixteen year old self’. Tea, coffee, and traybakes provided.

ShoutOut LGBT Workshop  6pm - 9pm  Ballymac & Rose- mount Youth Club  An interactive, dynamic and informative session where the facilitators explore LGBTQ+ terminology, give people a chance to share stories and learn from each other, and have a discussion about things like what it means to be a good ally as a young person. Open to 12-18 year old only.

Tuesday 15th May HEALTH & WELLBEING Community Map Launch  1pm start time  Foyle LGBT Centre  Volunteers in the Foyle LGBT centre researched safe, inclusive spaces for the LGBT+ community and have designed a handy map to display these. Thanks to all volunteers and service users for their input. Refreshments provided.

HEReNI Afternoon Tea

Bisexuality Awareness

 2pm - 4pm  HEReNI Community Space, Belfast LGBT Centre  Do you experience isolation or loneliness, it’s helpful to talk to someone in times of need. If you are a lesbian or bisexual woman you are invited to an afternoon tea with friends at HERe NI where there will be a warm welcome, tasty food and good craic. You should RSVP Grainne on / 02890 249452.

Forget the Myths and misunderstandings - come along to learn more about your own, family or friends bisexual orientation.

Wednesday 16th May EDUCATION AND THE WORKPLACE Supporting Transgender Young People in School & Youth Settings

LGBT+ Youth Forum & Exhibition  5pm - 8pm  The Playhouse  Derry-Londonderry

 6:30pm - 8pm  Belfast LGBT Centre 

Cara-Friend, GenderJam, Youth Action NI and OUT North West co-host this regional youth forum to mark LGBT Awareness Week. Open to all LGBTQ+ young people aged 12-25. OUT North West, in partnership with Street Talk @ the Playhouse will also launch an exhibition as part of the youth forum. It will feature work created by 12 LGBTQ+ young people, exploring barriers between young people and police using photography, film and spoken word.

 10am - 12:30pm  UNISON  Galway House 165 York St, Belfast Half-day workshop targeted at youth workers, educational welfare officers, social workers and school-based staff but open to all. Guidance developed by SAIL & GenderJam promote good practice in including trans young people attending schools or youth organisations. This workshop will be delivered by SAIL & GenderJam. Attendance is free but please book for catering numbers: or education-and-training

Trans Drop-In Day  12pm - 6pm  Belfast Trans Resource Centre  Are you or your family member trans, non-binary or questioning? You’re very welcome along to the UK & Ireland’s only trans community centre for support, information and a chat! Open to all ages.

UNISON & The Rainbow Project Well-Being Day  12pm - 2pm  UNISON  1 Clarendon Street Derry~Londonderry

Hate Crime Advocacy Drop-In  2:30pm - 5pm  Belfast LGBT Centre  The Rainbow Project will be hosting drop in session in Belfast LGBT centre with the Hate Crime Advocate - Aisling Twomey. If you have been a victim of homophobia or transphobia, discrimination, abuse or sexual violence. Come along and find out support and information is available for you.

Gender Reveal & Clothes Swap Bank  5pm - 8pm  Foyle LGBT Centre

An opportunity for young LGBTQ+ people to explore their gender expression through creative art-make-upistry and sharing of and swapping of clothes. This will be a safe and supportive space for anyone aged 12-18yrs who would like to meet other trans and non-binary people. If you are interested in attending or would like to donate clothes please contact Shauna by emailing or call 02871283030

Tenx9 Storytelling Night ”Truly, Madly, Queerly” Stories of Activism  7pm - 9pm  UNISON  Galway House 165 York St, Belfast

LGBT+ rights today are the result of many years of struggle and activism and often those stories get lost. Nine people involved in LGBT+ activism in the 70s - 00s will recount tales of bravery and hidden lives - heroics, hysterics and histrionics. Great opportunity to reminisce and for those younger activists to learn and understand. Free; BYO. Speakers:

Thursday 17th May


Focus on LGBT Rights Lunch & discussion with Equality Commission and Lyra McKee  12.15pm - 1.15pm  Black Box  Green Room Passionate about LGBT rights? We don’t need an audience, we need participants! We’d like to hear your views, experiences and ideas. We’re bringing experts from the Equality Commission to set the scene and answer your questions. Lyra McKee, author and journalist, will give her perspective. Come and talk to us about LGBT rights and being LGBT in Northern Ireland. Sandwiches, tea & coffee available from 12. Free; please book online at focus-on-lgbt-rights.eventbrite.

Coffee with a Cop Foyle  1pm start  Foyle LGBT Centre  Come and meet with some of the Foyle PSNI officers in a comfortable, informal setting and get advice on all things safety and reporting hate crime. Refreshments provided.

Free Banner Making Workshop  3pm - 4:30pm  Foyle LGBT Centre  Identify as female and/or femme non-binary? We’ve launched an exciting new project funded by Artichoke (the folks who brought us The Temple) to commemorate 100 years since the suffrage movement. We’ll be working with an artist to create a bespoke banner and will be participating in the final event on 10th June. For more info check out and to register email

Coffee with a Cop Belfast  6pm - 8pm  Costa Coffee  Castle Place

The PSNI’s Central Belfast Neighbourhood Team supported by the PSNI LGBT+ Network will be a hosting a ‘Coffee with a cop’ session at Costa in Castle place. Our aim is to enable members of the LGBT+ community to be able to engage with police officers in a neutral environment and to hopefully feel more confident in reporting hate crime. Come and chat with us about Pride, hate crime or whatever you like.

Writing Rainbows Podcast & Zine Launch  7pm - 9pm  Foyle LGBT Centre  Our Foyle LGBT Creative Writing Group have been working with a Writer in Residence through the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin to partake in an exciting new project. The group will be launching their new podcast and exclusive zine, as well as showcasing some of their work so be sure to come along and grab your limited edition copy

Friday 18 May th


Free Banner Making Workshops

 10am - 12pm 1pm - 3pm  Foyle LGBT Centre 

“Are you coming out?” Park Geeks Game Night  7pm - 11:30pm  St Columb’s Park  House, 4 Limavady Rd Derry/L’Derry, BT47 6JY A night of Games, food and craic! Open to all young people under the age of 18 For more info contact eliza@

“JOURNEYS” LGBT History Discussion  7pm - 9pm  Sandinos (Back Bar) Water Street  Derry~Londonderry This informal event in Sandinos will be a chance to take a look at our LGBT History over the last 25 years from members of the LGBT community in Foyle.

See previous page’s listing.

LGBTQ+ Youth Celebration of Diversity  6pm - 9pm  Belfast LGBT Centre  Cara-Friend host a social evening and party for all LGBTQ+ identifying young people aged 12-25. Come along and celebrate the diversity of our community! Open to non-members.

Saturday 19th May FAMILIES

Free Banner Making Workshops

 10am - 12pm 1pm - 3pm  Foyle LGBT Centre 

See previous page’s listing.

Baby Rave & DISCO  Baby Rave (0 - 3 yrs) 12:30pm - 2pm DISCO (4+ years) 2:30pm - 4pm  Crescent Arts Centre University Road  Belfast The Same-sex Family Group is holding a Baby Rave and DISCO as part of the LGBTAW celebrations. The Baby Rave is aimed at younger children with softer music and sensory toys. The DISCO is aimed at older children with cool beats, instruments and inflatable fun. Please join if you are a lesbian, gay or bisexual parent or carer! RSVP to Grainne on or 02890 249452.

Queerspace  Community Forum 2:30pm - 3:30pm Social Drop-In 3:30pm - 6pm  Belfast LGBT Centre  Community Forum - informal discussion open to all about current issues and news affecting LGB&T people in Northern Ireland followed by tea and coffee and social chat. Feel free to share your thoughts with those attending.

Strictly Come Dancing OUT2DANCE  7:30pm - Late  Belfast City Hall  The Rainbow Project are hosting Strictly Come Dancing in Belfast City Hall by kind permission of the Rt Hon Lord Mayor Cllr Nuala McAllister as one of her nominated charities. The City Hall will be lit up Rainbow especially for the occasion. The theme this year is Movies & Musicals, the volunteer dancers will be moving and shaking their tail-feathers to all the best movie and musical tracks! Tickets are available now at


Family Fun Day  1pm - 4pm  St Columb’s Park  House, 4 Limavady Rd Derry/L’Derry, BT47 6JY

Changing Attitude IDAHOT Church Service  5pm  St. George Parish Church, High Street, Belfast

Thank you to all organisations and individuals who helped put this calendar together.

The annual IDAHOT service, organised by Changing Attitude Ireland. The Preacher will be Rt Rev Trevor Williams, former Bishop of Limerick, with music provided by the St Georges Chamber Choir. All welcome.

Throughout the Week Underexposed Exhibition - An insight into the lives of LGB&T people in NI  Fri 11 - Mon 21 May  Royal Victoria Hospital Main Concourse  (Grosvenor Road end) Queerspace and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust are exhibiting photographic works from the hugely successful Underexposed Exhibition.

Accessibility Key  

Step-free, accessible WC Manual ramp available, accessible WC.  Upstairs or otherwise largely inaccessible

This programme is supported by Belfast City Council.

Venue Addresses Belfast LGBT Centre 

 CQHQ, 23-31 Waring Street, Belfast, BT1 2DX

Belfast Trans Resource Centre 

 98 University Street, Belfast, BT7 1HE  Detailed access info:

Foyle LGBT Centre   Orlan House 20 Strand Road Derry~Londonderry BT48 7AB

LGBT Awareness Week 2018 Calendar  

This is your handy guide to the events taking place during LGBT Awareness Week 2018!

LGBT Awareness Week 2018 Calendar  

This is your handy guide to the events taking place during LGBT Awareness Week 2018!