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5 days ago

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As we draw to a close on LGBTQIA+ Awareness Week 2024, we'd like to spotlight the ongoing health inequalities in Northern Ireland which face members of our diverse community.Whether it's access to fertility treatment for same-sex couples, tackling waiting lists for mental health and gender affirming care services, or ensuring community members have confidence accessing services, we have a lot still to achieve. Cara-Friend offers LGBTQIA+ Awareness Training and have engaged with many health practitioners, if you work in the health care sector and would like to speak to us about potential training or engagement please contact admin@cara-friend.org.uk ... See MoreSee Less
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7 days ago

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Today is #IDAHOBIT2024, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia. Hate crime, both online and in person, are at some of the highest levels Northern Ireland has ever seen, while online prejudice and discrimination have grown exponentially over the past 10 years. We are part of the international struggle against hatred, promoting love, equality, diversity and inclusion for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Alongside our sector partners The Rainbow Project, Here NI and others we will continue to campaign and advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, challenging prejudice in all it's forms. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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Did you know some individuals have been on a waiting list for gender affirming healthcare for nearly six and a half years?The Gender Identity Service in Northern Ireland has been systemically broken for many years, due to inadequate funding and staffing. The service is also outdated and requires urgent reform.This LGBTQIA+ Awareness Week we are calling for gender affirming care to be reformed, adequately funded and staffed. Healthcare is a human right and trans healthcare saves lives. #IDAHOBIT2024 ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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Did you know that conversion practices are still conducted in Northern Ireland?Conversion practices attempt to change or suppress an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity. Research shows that these discredited and dangerous practices may be conducted within a spiritual, mental health, youth work or educational context. These practices can have huge negative health impacts on the people who are subjected to them. This can include increased levels of shame and guilt, increased risk of drug and alcohol abuse, depression, and even suicide. This is abuse which can not be consented to.Cara-Friend, along with a broad network of organisations, are calling for a full ban on these practices. Such a ban must include both sexual orientation and gender identity, with no loopholes for conversion practices within a spiritual context. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Did you know that in Northern Ireland homophobic and transphobic hate crime is at some of the highest reported levels on record? This LGBTQIA+ Awareness Week we wish to draw attention to this fact, and the shocking statistics you're seeing on screen now.If you have experienced hate crime regarding your sexual orientation or gender identity, actual or perceived, and would like support reporting this to the PSNI, please contact our colleague Jake Ferris, the Advocacy Officer at The Rainbow Project. Jake may be contacted via jake@rainbow-project.org #IDAHOBIT2024 ... See MoreSee Less
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