LGBTI poster event in Clonmel raises awareness of bullying

LGBTI poster event in Clonmel raises awareness of bullying

Clonmel Community Resource Centre in Kickham Street hosted an LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex) Health Project as part of the HSE’s Social Inclusion strategy. 

This strategy seeks to eradicate inequalities regarding access to health for marginalised communities, of which LGBTI is one. 

As part of this work the project received funding from the Tony Ryan Fund for Tipperary via the Community Foundation for Ireland. This fund was aptly titled “Sense of Belonging”. Part of this fund was to hold a poster event as a measure to combat bullying in relation to the LGBTI community and to raise awareness. 

The LGBTI Project Health worker, Gerard Sweetman, liaised with local schools and Youth projects to get a sense of current views around LGBT and how to prevent bullying.

Above - Winners in the anti-bullying poster competition, organised as part of the LGTBI Health Project at the Clonmel Community Resource Centre.

The anti-bullying poster event attracted 32 entries. The categories were 8-10 years, 11-13 years and 14–18 years and judging proved to be a challenge, as entrants had made insightful depictions and statements such as “It’s okay to be different” and everyone being the same “in different ways”.

The winners were 8-10 Years – Saoirse Hickey; 11-13 Years – Molly Furlong;14-18 Years - Cian Morrissey. 

The younger categories will be merged onto one poster and delivered to local schools for display if they wish. The older category will be delivered to Secondary schools and youth services across Tipperary.

A special award was made for “Identity and Belonging”. The winner, Conor Hogan, cleverly portrayed an image of a person wearing one word “Pride”. It is a powerful image stating that no matter what gender, sexuality, race, religion you are, be proud of who you are.

The winners are congratulated and thanks are extended to everyone who participated in the competition, those who attended on the day and helped to make the event a success.

Special thanks are extended to Eleanor Prout, Clonmel Youth Information Centre; Community Gardaí Keith McIntyre and Eamon O'Keeffe; Shanice Hickey, Clonmel Youth Project, and Clonmel High School, for their help and input in the lead-up to the event.

The organisers are also grateful to Tesco Clonmel and SuperValu, Clonmel for their generous donations.