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    FORTNIGHTLY E-NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY THE LGBT NETWORK OF SERVICE PROVIDERS ndIssue 17 22 February 2006 Updates, Events and Campaigns

     th1. L.inc Special Events Group meeting 25 February midday thth2. 5 Alternative Miss Cork 26 February

    3. Deodykes activities group will be meeting at Inch Beach, East Cork Sunday

    26th February at 2 o'clock. th4. AFFINITY 4 Girls @ IFI 4 March th5. Gay Night in Bootsy Brogans, Water Street, Newry 4 March th6. OUTWEST Disco 4 March Castlebar alternative accommodation th7. Newry Rainbow Community March meeting 7 at Ballybot House 8. New Creative Art Project in Cork starting in March th9. Gay Clare & Clare Lesbian Line Social Nite/Disco Saturday 4 March

    10. L.inc Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Health Survey 11. The Rainbow Project Belfast gay/bi men only sexual health clinics, continue

    in March

    12. The Rainbow Project will host a major conference entitled “Out on your Own”

     an examination of the mental health of young gay and bisexual men. st13. Cloud 9 dance nite for women and male friends as guests 1 night thSaturday 18 March th14. Next meeting INTO LGBT Group 25 March

    15. Gay Switchboard Dublin is looking for volunteers, both male and female

    training will commence mid-April 06

    Opportunities

     th16. Training and Development Officer TUC London closing date 24 February

    17. Community Foundation wish to appoint a Chief Financial Officer based in thBelfast closing date 27 February

    18. Immigrant Council of Ireland: Co-ordinator for the Information and Support thService (Dublin) closing date 10 March

    National News

19. Rainbow Finance the first financial services company established to serve

    the gay community in Ireland

    20. Naked Volunteers needed for a new Play Safe Play Sexy Booklet aimed at gay

    and bisexual men

    International News

21. Portuguese push for same-sex marriage

    22. Thailand acknowledges its gay men

    23. Transgender event during ILGA World Conference

    To submit articles email Marie: admin@glen.ie

    Updates, Events and Campaigns

     th1. L.inc Special Events Group meeting 25 February midday

     Reminder about the first meeting for the Special Events Group in Link on

     Saturday February 25th at midday. A fun, brainstorming session!

     thth2. 5 Alternative Miss Cork 26 February

     thth The 5 Alternative Miss Cork 2006 will take place on Sunday 26 February.

     The Savoy Theatre Hosted by Panti cost ?15. Doors open 8pm tickets

     available from Bodega. All proceeds go to Aids Charities.

    3. Deodykes activities group will be meeting at Inch Beach, East Cork Sunday

    26th February at 2 o'clock.

     Please feel free to bring any games that can be played on the beach, warm

     clothes etc. The plan is, after a splash and a few games to walk to the village

     of Guileen and catch the second half of the rugby at the Pub, so

     anyone coming later will be able to meet up there!

     Directions: take the turnoff for Whitegate at Midleton before coming to

     Whitegate you come to the little village of Aghada (there is a Centra there)

     there's a road to the left toward Upper Aghada so just follow the road for few

     miles until you come to a crossroads, take the right to Inch.

     Any queries ring L.inC on 0214808600

     th4. AFFINITY 4 Girls @ Irish Film Centre 4 March

     th5. Gay Night in Bootsy Brogans, Water Street, Newry 4 March

     th Saturday 4 March privately organised Gay Night in Bootsy Brogans, Water

     Street, Newry which Newry Rainbow Community is supporting, Kick off time

     9.30pm.

     th6. OUTWEST Disco 4 March Castlebar alternative accommodation

     Disco will take place in the Failte Suite, Welcome Inn, Castlebar. Doors open

     10.30pm charge ?10. Welcome Inn is fully booked out for the night of the

     disco. Alternative accommodation Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, 094-

     9027111, Imperial Hotel, 094-9021961, Caragh House B&B, 094-9025239.

     th7. Newry Rainbow Community March meeting 7 at Ballybot House

     th The next meeting of Newry’s Rainbow Community will be on Tuesday 7 at

     Ballybot House at 7.30pm. Last month they had record numbers long may it

     expand!

    8. New Creative Art Project in Cork starting in March

     Suggestions so far for this project include; painting, batik, mosaic, drawing,

     handmade books, photography, clay work. Interested? Ring Bon at L.inc to

     book your place on 0214808600. Places are limited to eight people. 12 week

     course, 2 hours per week starting in March.

     th March 9. Gay Clare & Clare Lesbian Line Social Nite/Disco Saturday 4

     Gay Clare and Clare Lesbian Line Social Nite/Disco will take place on Saturday th 4 March in Brogan’s bar, O’Connell Street, Ennis 9pm admission ?5. For

     more information contact Diarmuid at 085-7212674.

    10. L.inc Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Health Survey

     L.inc are organising a survey into Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Health.

     All information is ANONYMOUS and will remain CONFIDENTIAL, please DO

     NOT put your name on the form. The envelopes will not be opened in L.inC,

     they will be passed on to the researchers for analysis. The Survey will be

     attached to this newsletter. Please fill it in and return by post to: L.inc, 11A

     White Street, Cork.

    11. The Rainbow Project Belfast gay/bi men only sexual health clinics, continue

    in March

     Rainbow gay/bisexual men only sexual health clinic, in partnership with the

     Royal Victoria Hospital, continue in March. For more information see

     http://www.rainbow-project.org/clinic.html

12. The Rainbow Project will host a major conference entitled “Out on your Own”

     an examination of the mental health of young gay and bisexual men.

     th The Rainbow Project will host a major conference on 29 March at the Hilton

     Hotel, entitled “Out on You Own” – an examination of the mental health of

     young gay and bisexual men. More information and a link to the booking

     form for the conference are available at the Rainbow Project website

     homepage http://www.rainbow-project.org

     st13. Cloud 9 dance nite for women and male friends as guests 1 night thSaturday 18 March

     Cloud 9 dance nite for women and male friends as guests (Blue Angel

     Room, Cork Opera House) is back in 2006 for 5 nights throughout the year. th The first night is Saturday March 18 (St. Patrick’s weekend) 10.30pm to

     2am. Tickets available in Loafers or at the half moon box office on the night.

     th14. Next meeting INTO LGBT Group 25 March

     th Next meeting of the INTO LGBT group will take place in Dublin on March 25

     3-5pm to contact them lgbt@into.ie or 087-6952839

15. Gay Switchboard Dublin is looking for volunteers, both male and female

    training will commence mid-April 06

     Gay Switchboard Dublin is looking for new volunteers, both male and female.

     Training will commence mid-April ’06. If you are interested in joining, please

     write to: The Director, Gay Switchboard Dublin, Carmichael House, North

     Brunswick Street, Dublin 7 or email: director@gayswitchboard.ie

    Opportunities

     th16. Training and Development Officer TUC London closing date 24 February

     This new role within the Management and Administration Department will play

     a central role in assisting the delivery of a high quality personnel and training

     service within a changing organisation. With at least 2 years’ of training and

     development experience in a similar role, the successful applicant will also

     need: A relevant qualification or demonstrate skills and experience,

     experience of designing and delivering creative training programmes and

     initiatives; for a comprehensive job description and application pack:

     http://www.tuc.org.uk/jobs Closing date noon, 24th February 2006

    17. Community Foundation wish to appoint a Chief Financial Officer based in thBelfast closing date 27 February

     The Community foundation for Northern Ireland wish to appoint a Chief

     Financial Officer to contribute effectively to the corporate planning and

     decision making processes with regards to the management of a large

     endowment fund and to take overall responsibility for finance, administration

     and personnel matters. Candidates must be qualified accountants with a

     minimum of 5 years’ management experience of preparing and presenting

     management accounts to a senior management team and contributing to the

     strategic development of an organisation. For more information and an

     application form;

     http://www.nijobs.com/jobdesc.asp?id=502568&MID=1804&keywords= th Closing date for receipt of applications Monday 27 February 2006

18. Immigrant Council of Ireland: Co-ordinator for the Information and Support thService (Dublin) closing date 10 March

     The Immigrant Council of Ireland is currently recruiting for a: Co-ordinator

     for the Information and Support Service. The successful candidate will be the

     co-ordinator of the ICI's Information and Support Services which provides

     information and support on immigration matters.

     The main duties will involve the co-ordination and development of the

     Information and Support Services, increasing the capacity of the existing

     service and networking with other relevant agencies and organisations as

     required. The ideal candidate should have 2-5 years experience of service

     provision/development.

     Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to:

     The Immigrant Council of Ireland, 2 St Andrew St, Dublin 2 or

     admin@immigrantcouncil.ie marking envelope or email: Reference:

     Co-ordinator. For further information or a full job description please email

     admin@immigrantcouncil.ie or telephone (01) 674 0202. Closing date for

     receipt of applications: 5pm, Friday, 10 March 2006.

    National News

    19. Rainbow Finance the first financial services company established to serve

    the gay community in Ireland

     The First Financial Services Company established to serve the gay community

     in Ireland. Rainbow Finance offers Financial Services to the LGBT Community

     throughout Ireland by providing expert advice in the following areas:

     - up to 100% mortgage life cover serious illness cover income

     protection/permanent health insurance pension planning car finance

     home/motor/travel insurance.

     For an appointment at a time convenient to you, please contact: Donna

     Tuohy, Rainbow Finance, 90 Ranelagh Road, Dublin 6.

     www.rainbowfinance.ie

20. Naked Volunteers needed for a new Play Safe Play Sexy Booklet aimed at gay

    and bisexual men

     Gay Health Network are looking for men whatever age, shape, size, colour

     and nationality, HIV negative or positive, to volunteer to pose in the nude

     with other men and be photographed in erotic positions. This is for the new

     Play Safe Play Sexy booklet aimed at gay and bisexual men. If you feel able

     to strip-off in company, please contact Gay Health Network, through David or

     Ronan by telephone at 10-8734952 or email gmhpoutreach@eircom.net for

     more information. There is no fee, but it can be your contribution to

     promoting HIV awareness and prevention in the community.

    International News

21. Portuguese push for same-sex marriage

     Marriage equality advocates in Portugal submitted a petition to Parliament last

     Thursday seeking civil marriage rights for same-sex couples. The petition

     bearing 5,000 signatures was delivered to lawmakers in Lisbon, according to

     Agence France-Press news report. Petitions with at least 4,000 valid

     signatures can influence the country’s laws, as parliamentarians must

     consider such initiatives. And decide whether or not to put the issues to a

     debate. Earlier this month two lesbians made headlines when they tried to

     register their marriage with civil authorities. The failed attempt helped to

     mobilise gay rights activists, who claim that the marriage law is inconsistent

     with the Constitution, which was revised in 2004 to prohibit discrimination

     based on sexual orientation. To read further:

     http://uk.gay.com/headlines/9627

21. Thailand acknowledges its gay men

     Thailand is to begin its first mass campaign to prevent HIV infection in gay

     men after a study found that the proportion of gay men who were HIV

     positive in Bangkok had jumped by 65% in the last two years, with HIV in

     under 21 year olds tripling. Thailand is hailed as a success story in curbing

     HIV infection, but did so only among heterosexuals. Realising that a lot of

     heterosexuals Thai men visited prostitutes, a policy of 100% condom use was

     inaugurated in the country’s brothels in 1991-2. This may have saved

     hundreds of thousands of lives. But it may surprise visitors to this gay-

     friendly country that similar condom campaigns were never conducted in the

     gay and transsexual communities; and that Thais also never tackled the huge

     problem of HIV among heroin and methamphetamine injectors. As a result

     nearly 50% of the country’s intravenous drug users have HIV. In 2003 the

     first ever HIV surveillance exercise among 1121 gay men in Bangkok revealed

     an HIV infection rate of 17% (about 50% higher than the rate in London). To

     read further: http://uk.gay.com/article/4413

22. Transgender event during ILGA World Conference

     th March, ILGA has organised a unique event: A conference On Monday 27

     solely dedicated to transgender people’s rights, with the participation of

     delegations coming from all over the world. From 30th March to 3rd April, the rd ILGA1 (International Lesbian and Gay Association) holds its 23 World

     Conference during the 2006 session of the UN Commission on Human Rights.

     This event will be preceded by pre-conferences on various themes: religion

     and sexual orientation and gender identity, health of homosexual and bisexual

     men and women and the situation of LGBT people at the workplace. A pre-

     conference on the rights of transgender people will take place on Monday

     27th March, coordinated by Armand Hotimsky, Founder of CARITIG (France).

     It will be the first time ever that such an international event will be organised

     on the issue, since it will welcome transgender people coming from all over

     the world. It will be preceded, on Sunday 26th March, by a day allowing two

     representatives of these delegations to introduce themselves. The

     organisation of such an event in Geneva, the seat of the UN Commission on

     Human Rights and the WHO, will be a unique opportunity to send a strong

     message to these international organisations. In doing so, we hope to raise

     public and institutional awareness of the various discriminations transgender

     people are suffering in the world. In the course of this event, the panelists will

     address the situation in various parts of the globe, touching

     issues as diverse as change of civil status, access to treatments,

     discriminations, psychiatric classifications, violence, etc. On this base, we

     hope to draft a declaration on transgender people’s human rights in order to

     present it to the United Nations Organisation. To read further:

     http://www.ilga-

     europe.org/europe/news/transgender_event_during_ilga_world_conference

    End of Network News

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