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Find Your Tribe

For most young people, realising you are LGBT+ can feel isolating, there are moments when you just want to it in with the crowd. For some, that feeling of isolation is compounded by growing up in a remote area with a seeming lack of available support services. Peter Dunne spoke to a group of young people from rural areas who told how access to youth groups made all the diference.

CHARLIE is 15 years-old and attends Dundalk Outcomers, a social and befriending support group for LGBT+ people.

I grew up in Dundalk, County Louth and I identify as transgender.

At first when you’re in the closet it feels scary thinking about telling people but when you eventually come out, it feels so much better. Once got the strength to come out to my friends, it was like a chain reaction. Through that, some of my friends started to get the strength to come out themselves.

When told one of my cousins that was trans, she was like ‘Come to this LGBT+ centre, it’s a really good place’. On that first day was really nervous going in, but as soon as sat down and everybody started talking to me, felt welcome.

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In this special edition, our community's younger members take over for the annual Youth Issue. Our guest editor Emily profiles a group of young activists leading the charge for a new Ireland. We celebrate 15 years of the awesome BeLonG To, the national organisation supporting LGBTI+ youth while one of their subgroups, The LadyBirds, tackle the lack of awareness around women's sexuality and sexual health. A young asylum seeker in Direct Provision tells us of his struggles with homophobia while LGBT+ people in rural areas speak about the effects of isolation and how youth groups helped them find confidence. We top things off with a preview of the upcoming Science Of The Kiss exhibition, part of GCN's takeover of the Science Gallery. This is a good one!