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Supporting LGBTQI+ People in Northern Ireland

LGBTQI+ Community Development
Services & Events

Community Development Project

Cara-Friend is generously funded by Belfast City Council to run our Community Development Project for Belfast. This involves organising community events each year, advocating on behalf of the LGBTQIA+ community for the promotion of inclusivity, communications, training, and exploring the history of the LGBTQIA+ community. 

The LGBTQIA+ community is incredibly diverse, and we’re proud to serve that community. 

Community Events

Each year Cara-Friend works alongside LGBTQI+ sector partners and stakeholders from wider society to put on a range of community events. These include:

  • LGBTQIA+ Holocaust Memorial & Act of Remembrance – A sombre community gathering to honour the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides, including those oft-forgotten LGBQIA+ victims. (January each year).
  • LGBTQIA+ History Month – An annual month of events exploring the rich and varied history of the LGBTQIA+ community both in Northern Ireland and beyond. (February each year).
  • Outing the Past – The LGBTQIA+ History Festival – Outing the Past invites members of the community each year to present a short talk on an aspect of LGBTQIA+ history which interests them. (March each year)
  • LGBTQIA+ Awareness Week – An annual week of events when the LGBTQIA+ sector, as well as our partners and stakeholders, organise events and awareness raising activities to draw attention to the issues facing the LGBTQIA+ community, and how we can build a more equal society. (May each year)
  • Pride Season – Pride season is the biggest event in the annual LGBTQIA+ calendar and Cara-Friend seeks to support as many Pride events and gatherings as possible. (August each year)

If you would like to learn more about Cara-Friend’s Community Development Project or Events, contact our Community Development Manager, Adam Murray. 

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