Queering the Family: Attitudes towards Lesbian and Gay Families and Relationships in Northern Ireland

Queering the Family: Attitudes towards Lesbian and Gay Families and Relationships in Northern Ireland

February 2014

ARK is hosting a seminar titled ‘Queering the Family: Attitudes towards Lesbian and Gay Families and Relationships in Northern Ireland’.

Date: 25 February 2014
Time: 12pm-1pm
Venue: NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast

The seminar will be followed by a sandwich lunch. Nicola Carr, Siobhan McAllister and Gail Neill will use data from the 2012 Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey to explore public attitudes within the context of broader discourses that often underpin policy discussions on ‘the family’.

To register for this free seminar email info@ark.ac.uk or

phone 028 7167 5513

LGBT Creating Inclusive Workplace Programme

LGBT E-Learning - Creating Inclusive Workplaces Programme

In 2011, the findings from the Rainbow Project research report, ‘Through Our Eyes’ – Experiences showed that some 40% of respondents from the public sector had heard negative comments about LGBT people in the workplace. The CYPSP LGBT subgroup recognises the value and potential of the PHA/SHSCT e-learning programme which has been designed to increase awareness of legislation, misperceptions and barriers faced by LGB and T individuals in the workplace.


For more information click here to read the ‘Creating Inclusive Workplaces’ programme

To access the training click here

Northern Ireland’s first LGBT Health Conference Held

LGBT conference

Regional planning and developments to support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) population in Northern Ireland has taken great strides in 2013 as the Rainbow Project, Here NI and Cara-Friend held Northern Ireland’s first LGBT Health conference on 27th March 2013.

This event took place in the Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast to explore key issues for LGB/T children, young people and their families including the barriers to monitoring sexual orientation, mental health and educational needs of young people sexual health, and transgender issues. There were a number of workshops to address these issues and they were supported by a number of prestigious speakers from the LGBT community who highlighted the range of issues evidenced through research findings which are affecting LGB/T Families and the mental health of the LGB/T population.

The event was supported by the Public Health Agency (PHA) who stated that “the PHA recognises the importance of addressing the Health and Social Wellbeing Inequalities experienced by LGB&T and were delighted to be able to support the event. The PHA was delighted to see such a great interest in the event and commend Rainbow Project, Here NI and Cara Friend for working in partnership to make the conference happen”.

Hopefully the first of many, the conference will prove to be vital for increasing the visibility of the LGB/T population in Northern Ireland. Many of the issues will also aid the recently established CYPSP LGB/T multi-agency group, led by the PHA, as they continue to plan what difference they can make to the outcomes of this group of children and young people.