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RAINBOW WEEK event guide 2012


DIT’s society for students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, and their friends. The society holds weekly social events, as well as highlighting issues LGBT students are faced with. New members are welcome to join at any time on www.ditlgbt.com or by email on lgbt@socs.dit.ie

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monday 6 feb Rainbow Week Launch

DIT Rainbow Week is organised by the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Society and is the highlight of Semester 2 for the society. The society is open to all students, whether they identify as straight or LGBT, and this year has seen a huge increase in its membership, due in part to straight allies showing their support for their LGBT friends. The LGBT Society have been working really hard on bringing new speakers for this year’s Rainbow Week, joining up with other DIT societies for events, coming up with fun ways to highlight LGBT student issues in college, and generally opening up Rainbow Week to a broader audience than in previous years. This years speakers will focus mainly on homophobia, and transphobia, and fundraising events will be held to raise money for Aware. We’ll be launching Rainbow Week during the day in DIT Aungier St, with lots going on so come down and take part!


monday 6 feb 6pm His name is Rebecca

Rebecca De Havalland was born Eamon Tallon and grew up knowing something wasn’t right. After many years of trying to pinpoint just what that was, he realised – he was meant to be a she. Rebecca became the first transgender person in Ireland to undergo full gender reassignment. Her journey is a fascinating story of highs and lows. Join Rebecca as she speaks about her life as Eamon, then Ross and from Ross to Rebecca. DIT Aungier Street Room 3-081 Light refreshements after


tuesday 7 feb 4pm Coming Out Workshop

“I’m gay” probably two of the most frightening words for a LGBT person to say for the first time. Bearing your true self can be scary, confusing and powerfully overwhelming. “What will my parents say?”, “What will people think of me?” are two of a multitude of questions that an LGBT person constantly has running through their minds. Join us for a casual conversation about the unique experience of coming out. This workshop is geared towards LGBT students who may be looking to talk with peers in a safe, inclusive space. DIT Aungier Street Blackbox Theatre


tuesday 7 feb 7pm Homophobia in Irish society USI LGBT Rights Officer Siobhรกn McGuire hosts a panel discussion on homophobia and LGBT representation in different walks of life in Irish society. Guests include Anna Rodgers (Producer of Growing Up Gay) and Senator Katherine Zappone. DIT Aungier Street Room G-022 Light refreshments after


wednesday 8 feb 8.30am Rainbow Bake Sale “Sugar and spice and all things nice.�

The DIT LGBT and Nutrition societies join forces for a rainbow themed bake sale to raise money for Aware. DIT Cathal Brugha Street DIT Mountjoy Square DIT Kevin Street


wednesday 8 feb 8pm Over the Rainbow Quiz

Fabulous quiz-mistress Panti hosts our Quiz Night in aid of Aware in her fine establishment - Pantibar. There’s great prizes up for grabs in both the raffle and quiz from Nandos, Lush, Havana Tapas Bar, Foam Café & Gallery, Lemon Jelly Café, Burritos & Blues, Irish Film Institute, Lunatic Fringe, Stephen Thomas Male Grooming, Pantibar, Boojum and many more! €25 per team of 4-5 & student friendly prices at the bar! Pantibar 8 Capel Street Dublin 1


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thursday 9 feb 6pm TENI speak on transphobia

Louise Hannon and Broden Giambrone of the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland visit to speak about transphobia, and their own experiences of it. For more information see; www.teni.ie www.fb.me/TransEquality Room number G-022 DIT Aungier Street Light refreshments after


thursday 9 feb 8.30pm Rainbow Week Closing Party All good things must come to an end! Dance goodbye to Rainbow Week for another year with LGBT Soc and DJ Soc at the closing party in SOLAS. Come early for some surprises! Student friendly prices at the bar!

SOLAS Bar 31 Wexford Street Dublin 2


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CampingSoc Supporting the LGBT campers!


about Aware Aware’s mission is to create a society where people with depression and their families are understood and supported, are free from stigma and have access to a broad range of appropriate therapies to enable them to reach their full potential. Aware is a voluntary organisation formed in 1985 by a group of interested patients, relatives and mental health professionals, whose aim was to assist that section of the population whoses lives are directly affected by depression. 400,000 different people suffer from depression in Ireland at any one time but many hide their condition and never get help. Sadly, over 500 people take their own life each year. Since its foundation in 1985, Aware has been working energetically to bring support to depression sufferers and their families, and to dispel the myths and misunderstandings of this devastating illness.

Helping to Defeat Depression


thank you Thanks to all the volunteers that make Rainbow Week happen, the Socities office staff - Anita, James and Teri, all of our sponsors, DIT DJ Soc, DIT Nutrition Soc, DIT Sign Language Society, Panti, Rebecca De Havalland, Siobhรกn McGuire, Sentator Katherine Zaponne, Anna Rogers, Louise Hannon, Broden Giambrone, the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland, Una Mullally, Kate Hartley, Aware, the Irish Film Institute, and you for reading this!


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