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Pride event to be considered for Clare

A PRIDE event for Clare is being explored as part of an initiative to give a voice to members of the LGBTQ+ community in this county.

An online survey has been launched this week by LGBTQ+ Clare to establish the needs of this community in the Banner County and to look at how its visibility can be boosted. The organisation is particularly interested in hearing about how connected members feel as a community. They are also asking whether they feel their identity and/or gender are understood and respected, or whether they experience discrimination.

The survey results will help to assess what services and supports would improve local engagement and community spirit within the LGBTQ+ community in the Clare area. The organisations involved also hope to use the survey results to organise activities and opportunities including social meet-ups, political participation, campaigns and possibly a Pride event in Clare.

“The aim is to make the supports and services that are available for LGBTQ+ people in other parts of the country available to you in Clare, whether you’re in Killaloe, Kilfenora or Carrigaholt,” explained Meabh Sexton of LGBTQ+ Clare. “Considering the pandemic, now more than ever, it is important to have these local services. We don’t want members of the community traveling to other counties to avail of services that could be provided here in Clare and we need people to engage and reach out within the LGTBQ+ community.”

The survey is anonymous and confidential, although the findings may be published and used to inform the work of the organisations involved. No one will be identifiable from any report or publication arising from the survey.

“This is Clare reborn,” added Njabulo, another member of LGBTQ+ Clare. “We are ensuring our visibility and taking up space in society with pride. For so long, we have been invisible. We really encourage members of the LGBTQ+ community in Clare to take this survey. This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard. We know there are LGBTQ+ people in Clare of all ages, we know disability activists who are LGBTQ+ and we know too that there are LGBTQ people of migrant, Traveller and Roma backgrounds in Clare and we want to make sure that we hear every voice and view possible. Hopefully this survey can help us set up ways to communicate and build a supportive LGBTQ+ community across these differences.”

The county-wide survey has been launched by LGBTQ+ Clare, and is a short-term project run jointly by Clare Women’s Network, Clare Public Participation Network (PPN), Clare Local Development Company (CLDC) and Rape Crisis Midwest, and funded through Clare County Council.

The survey will be available until the closing date of March 31.

It can also be accessed via the Clare PPN website, Clareppn.ie, Facebook and Twitter.

LGBTQ+ Clare can be contacted by email at lgbtq.clare@gmail.com.


About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

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