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Limerick charity train professionals to deal with LGBTI+ discrimination

A LIMERICK based charity has been working with professionals to ensure young people who are part of the LGBTI+ community are not discriminated against in the workplace.

GOSHH (Gender, Oirentation, Sexual Health and HIV) works to broaden the understanding of LGBTI+ issues by professionals in the Midwest.

It comes as young people who are part of the LGBTI+ community continue to face discrimination, victimisation, and limited understanding by the people around them.

GOSHH has been carrying out free workshops with a wide variety of participants that includes professionals from teachers to psychotherapists to youth workers.

GOSHH LGBTI+ Support Project Worker, Patrick McElligott says the training addresses the need for other services to be able to deal with the issues that can arise in the workplace for the LGBTI+ community.

“The main part of the training is giving people the skills to recognise their own strengths when it comes to gender and orientation,” he adds.

The workshops cater for group and individual training, with 20 places available in each workshop.

Patrick explains “it’s quite an intensive programme. It’s a day long and we have a lot of personal development in it, so we feel 20 is the appropriate amount for that.”

Each training is followed by a full evaluation process that includes how well the exercises work and how the training goes forward.

By checking the feedback from the participants and looking at the effectiveness of the exercises over a long period of time, GOSHH can decide if they can improve their training in any way.

Because the workshops are funding dependent and the charity cannot be sure if the funding will be provided in the future, they try to hold as many workshops as possible with two more coming towards the end of this year and two scheduled for the beginning of next year.

Mr McElligott adds, “I think there is still a perception of unfamiliarity around LGBTI+ topics and experiences and more representation is quite important, so that translates media, TV, radio, magazines, and newspapers having a more diverse approach to reporting.

“It’s the same as with mental health, it needs to be spoken about more.”  

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