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Number of people seeking LGBT help on the rise

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first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Print Facebook NewsHealthLimerickVideoNumber of people seeking LGBT help on the riseBy Editor – October 16, 2018 1518 THE number of people seeking LGBT support from the Gender Orientation and Sexual Health (GOSHH) service in Limerick has increased by more than 100 per cent since 2014.Since the 2014 marriage referendum, the number of LGBT people availing of the service has increased from 40 to 86 people annually.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The service, which is based on Davis Street in the city centre, caters for a wide number of people from various backgrounds who have to deal with societal judgement on a daily basis.GOSHH LGBTI Project Support Worker Patrick McElligott said that the stigma and assumptions surrounding the community still persist and are a very real issue.“In Ireland, everyone is protected in the eyes of the law. There is, however, a very large difference between the words in the law and the experience of a person in their society,” Mr McElligott said.He said that there is still an assumption that if someone is homosexual that then they are less of man or a woman.“There is a message that there may not be space for a man to be emotional and with women, there is a treatment that if they are a lesbian then they are a different kind of woman, a less emotional woman,” he explained.The total number of people looking for support from GOSHH has risen from 175 in 2015 to 204 in 2017. The organisation has supported 177 people so far in 2018. The figures show a rise in the number of LGBT clients and a fall in the client load in other departments.Mr McElligott attributed the increase in the number of people willing to get help to the fact that “there is now a space to reach out”.He also believes that the process of educating society on LGBTI issues is a slow process.“Sometimes I wish that we could flick a switch and this would be okay. It would be really nice in five years if we could move closer to that place of acceptance,” he said.The organisation also works with client families.They attempt to build self-worth, self-esteem and self-confidence, while with the families it is about giving them space to ‘come out’ with the person.“We all know what it is like to come out. Everyone has to come out whether it is about your first boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, pregnancy – in any situation where you feel anxiety about telling someone something,” Mr McElligott said.GOSHH ran multiple workshops and seminars during Limerick mental health week and they can be contacted on (061) 314 354. Linkedin TAGSGOSHHLGBTlgbt issueslimerickMental Healthmental health week Previous articleEarls and Mathewson doubts for Gloucester visitNext articleWatch: Samaritans outreach programme gets a boost Editor center_img Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Pak presenting alarming picture on bilateral ties

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first_imgNew Delhi/Islamabad: India on Thursday termed Pakistan downgrading diplomatic ties with it as an attempt to present an alarming picture to the world about bilateral relations, and urged Islamabad to review its decision.The Ministry of External Affairs said India regretted the steps announced by Pakistan on Wednesday and asserted that its decision on Jammu and Kashmir is an internal affair. The ministry said Pakistan negatively perceiving India’s developmental move is not surprising as the neighbouring country has utilised such sentiments to justify its cross-border terrorism. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”The Constitution of India was, is and will always be a sovereign matter. Seeking to interfere in that jurisdiction by invoking an alarmist vision of the region will never succeed,” the MEA said in a statement. India on Monday revoked Article 370 of the Constitution removing special status to Jammu and Kashmir and has also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Reacting to the decision, Pakistan on Wednesday expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria, soon after deciding to downgrade the diplomatic ties with India over what it called New Delhi’s “unilateral and illegal” move. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”Recent decisions by the government and Parliament of India are driven by a commitment on extending Jammu and Kashmir opportunities for development that was earlier denied by a temporary provision in the Constitution,” the MEA said. It said the intention behind Pakistan’s announcement on downgrading diplomatic ties was to present “an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties”. “The government of India would urge Pakistan to review the steps so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved,” the MEA said. Pakistan has suspended the Samjhauta Express train service with India, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced on Thursday, a day after Islamabad downgraded the diplomatic ties with New Delhi. The Samjhauta Express train service was suspended earlier this year, due to escalating tensions between the two neighbouring countries. However, the service was later resumed. The minister made the announcement as passengers were waiting at the Lahore station to board the train to travel to India. However, Pakistan said on Thursday that it remains committed to complete the much-awaited Kartarpur corridor despite its decision to downgrade the diplomatic ties with New Delhi.last_img read more