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Are you age 18 – 30 and identify as LGBT?

If the answer is yes, then a new initiative from the School of Social Justice in University College Dublin may be of interest to you.

LGBT Empowering Realities is a new initiative that will be taking place over 6 Saturdays, from October to December 2013, running between 9.30am-4.30pm on each of these Saturdays. The programme is free of charge, and there is also an option to complete this programme for accreditation through UCD.

Facilitated by Aideen Quilty and Leslie Sherlock, the programme aims to facilitate empowerment of LGBT young adults aged 18-30 through challenging societal norms in a creative, interactive and peer supportive learning environment.

I caught up with Leslie Sherlock to find out more about this fantastic initiative, and this is what she had to say about it:

So what exactly is P2P LGBT Empowering Realities?

LGBT Empowering Realities comprises the first phase of a wider European collaborative project, which is being facilitated by the European Daphne funding stream. The P2P LGBT efforts will be carried out in three phases over the next year, and will take place in Ireland, Slovenia, Spain, Italy and England. UCD’s School of Social Justice is pleased to announce this first phase of the Dublin programme.

What issues/areas will be covered over the 6 sessions?

We will deconstruct and discuss concepts around identity and intersectionality, and look at societal norms, particularly the heteronorm and cisgender norm. We want to examine oppressions, such as heterosexism, cissexism and sexism. There will be discussions about various issues including homophobia, transphobia, stigma and minority stress. We hope to assess socio-political landscapes and LGBT activist efforts, and to facilitate resilience and empowerment among the participants.

Who is this course aimed at?

We would like to see a diverse range of LGBT young adults on the course, people from a range of backgrounds, experiences, intersectional identities and perspectives.  We welcome people of all genders, and those identifying as queer.

What format will the workshops take? And what can the participants hope to gain from attending?

All the sessions will be facilitated in an engaging and creative workshop format and as a safer space.  We envisage that participants will form close group and learn from one another over the six sessions.  The goal is for every participant to finish the course feeling more educated and empowered around their LGBT identity.

An open evening will be held on Thursday 26 September at 7.30pm in Room L532, Library Building, UCD (University College Dublin). This will provide an opportunity for all those interested to ask questions and learn more about the programme. Places on the course are limited to 25 maximum, so it is therefore advisable that anyone interested in participating attend the open evening. The application process will take place on the night. If anyone is interested in attending the course but cannot make it to the open evening, they can email Aideen at aideen.quilty@ucd.ie to register their interest.

The open evening event info is here

For more info on LGBT Empowering Realities, see their Facebook page

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