Newsletter 13th April 2011

Welcome to this weeks Newsletter. April Showers are upon us, but at least the evenings are longer and brighter. 

DIVA Magazines Thanks so much to the girl who passed in the DIVA magazines this week. If you fancy coming in during the warm weather and taking advantage of the garden in LINC for a coffee and a read then you are more than welcome. Bring your lunch the tea and coffee are free! LATE LINC Tina could do with some more volunteers to go on the Rota for LATE LINC. If you can give a couple of hours of your time once a month or even once every 6 weeks to come into LINC on Thursday night e-mail tina@linc.ie The Sexual Health News We are fortunate enough to have a LINC profile in the Spring Summer edition which is attached for your convenience. There are some interesting articles for you to catch up on and can we take this opportunity to Thank Catherine Byrne of Health Promotion for including LINC in this issue Rainbow Support Services Wish to seek to recruit an LGBT Youth Officer, (18 hours per week) To work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Young People (aged 1325) in the Sexual Orientation & Sexual Health Youth Peer Education Project and LGBT Youth Groups in the Mid West region. Follow link for more details: http://www.facebook.com/OUTthereVictoria? sk=info#!/notes/rainbow-limerick/wish-to-recruit-an-lgbt-youthofficer/10150154021058328

Call for Submissions – BoLT Magazine Issues 8 & 9 BoLT magazine has always been proud of trying to expand, to look past horizons and leap over barriers. So far, we have focused on our Irish LGBTQ community, and most of our pieces have been from people living on the island of Ireland. For issue 8 we have decided to spread our wings and ask for submissions from people living around the world who have an Irish connection. We would particularly welcome submissions on experiences of Irish people living abroad or travelling, as well as LGBTQ or women’s activism across the world. Whether you have a story that you would like to share, an opinion piece or a profile of an exciting project that you have been involved with we would be delighted to hear about it. And with Issue 9, we intend to bring the focus back to our communities in Ireland, giving special priority to people outside the well-documented, resource-rich urban areas of Ireland. We are looking for people to talk about what it is like to be LGBTQ in their local region, their town, village or county. Is there a difference between your experiences in rural and urban areas in Ireland? Are some areas more supportive of LGBT lives? What does ‘local’ mean to you? We know that there are diverse experiences of coming out, creating families and building lives, and we want to hear about them. We would particularly welcome submissions from women and trans masculine spectrum people in rural areas. If you are a group that provides services to local LGBTQ women or trans masculine people in rural communities in Ireland, we would love to profile you and work together to increase the visibility of LGBTQ people outside the big cities. We would like to call for submissions for both our eighth and ninth issues to highlight the diversity of our LGBTQ women’s community at home and abroad. As always, we also encourage you to write about other pressing issues you feel you’d like to write about. And if you want to become a regular writer, talk to us about that! We are always looking for people to come onboard! The deadline for submissions for issue 8 is May 11th, 2011 and for issue 9 is July 13th. Written submissions can be stories, poetry, opinion pieces, book/film/music reviews and interviews. Written submissions should be no longer than 1500 words. For written submissions, please contact us at editor@boltmagazine.ie New Study To Track LGBT Progress. A large-scale project has been launched to document the social and legal advancement of the LGBTI community in Europe. ILGA-Europe has announced plans to issue a report entitled 'Rainbow Europe: ILGA-Europe Annual Report on the Situation for LGBTI People in Europe' on their website next year. The report will focus on the social, political, and legal changes that take place regarding LGBTI rights and will track new legislation and policies, statements by politicians and other prominent individuals, lawenforcement activity, court activity, research and polls, and any other developments in the LGBTI movement. In addition, it will highlight any

relative discussions or advancements at places like the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the European Union, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. ILGA-Europe Communications Manager, Juris Lavrikovs hopes that the report will help advance LGBTI rights across the continent. "We believe this will be a valuable tool to advocacy work on the national level as the advocates at the national level will be able to compare their countries, to measure their national situation and developments to established European standards and consequently build stronger claims and arguments," he said. Project founders are hoping that individuals and LGBTI organisations will help with data collection and encourage all to post any new information via their website. The report is set to be published in early 2012.

Peer Support Groups
Bisexual Women’s Drop In This Happens every Friday from 7.30pm in LINC. There'll be no Bi women's drop in this Friday, we're going to take a wee break for a few weeks for Easter & the Women's Fun Weekend. We resume on May 6th for three more facilitated sessions, the others will be on May 13th and 20th. It's up to the group then to decide how they want to continue after that, but, a monthly get-together is what's been spoken about at this point. Phoenix Youth Are really busy with their Rapping Project which will culminate in them doing a live performance in The Peace Park in July. We will let you know nearer the time so that we can drum up support for them. In the meantime new members are always welcome. Again you can just come along on Wednesday between 6 and 8pm or you can contact LINC first and speak to Tina who will make contact with Gillian (Our BRILLIANT youth worker). “Cold feet” as it were would then be warmed and the group will always give you a friendly welcome Thursday from 6 until 8pm 21st April Date For the Diary. Put this in your diaries if you are interested in joining the Knickerbocker Glories for their first monthly get together. The name says it all here for this fun group of formerly “older women” “Phase two” That’s gone by the board now with a more vibrant name which will reflect the fun outlook of these women. Come along and be a Glorie woman!!!!!

Other Peer Support Groups
Waterford LGBT Parents Support Group Waterford Area Partnership on Wednesday 11th May at 7pm

Training/Activities
Creative Writing Classes Due to unforeseen circumstances, the facilitator of the creative writing classes is unable to continue for the foreseeable future. Due to the high volume of interest we will continue these classes, please contact LINC immediately if you are interested in facilitating the creative writing sessions.

Events
Ann Summers Party
In the not too distant future we are organizing an Ann Summers party in LINC. So show your enthusiasm on Facebook or by giving us a call or an email to let us know that you will be interested in coming. We’re really excited to be having what could prove to be a real fun night so we want to gauge interest before we make final plans

Kerry LGBT Project CIT LGBT

Tickets are €40 and can be bought from Niall Taylor (Pride Committee) or Kolyn Byrne (Joanna Ryde) or also available @ Dignity Bar Waterford behind the bar, just ask a member of staff. Don't forget to vote :) http://gayinsoutheast.com/2011-awards-nominations/

Lifelong Learning Festival Monday April 11 to Sunday April 17, 2011
During the festival all events are free and accessible to everyone. Learning is promoted as fun with events including performances, debates, taster sessions, tours, displays and demonstrations. They take place right across Cork in a variety of venues indoors and out, including on water, and in shopping centres, libraries, museums, resource and community centres, parks, sportsgrounds and on the streets. Attractive free festival programmes are widely distributed and will be available from late March from all library branches, shops and all the organisations involved. The full programme also appears on-line here. http://issuu.com/learningforum/docs/lifelong_learning_2011-fri_18_march For further information please contact: Tina Neylon, Festival Co-Ordinator Email: learningfestival@corkcity.ie Tel 021 492 4527

Taking Place 28th April to 2nd May 2011 See www.corkwomensfunweekend.ie

Slam Dunkin Divas
Slam Dunkin' Divas are a lesbian basketball team in Manchester (UK). They are quite new team - about 2 years old more or less. They are organising a womens basketball tournament as part of our Annual Multi-sports event (Manchester Pride Games) in June and we are looking for teams/or individuals to would like to come and play. Please contact Anne at slamdunkindivas@googlemail.com

Pop in for a Coffee Mon, Tues & Weds from 11am until 3pm and Thurs 11am until 8pm 

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