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ARCHIVE FOR July, 2013

Hate Crime – LGB&T Advocate

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The LGB&T advocate is there to support men or women who identify as LGB or transgender and their families to report homophobic/transphobic hate incidents and crimes.  It also helps people who experience homelessness, risk of homelessness or other housing difficulties as a result of homophobic and/or transphobia to access support.
Homophobia & transphobia can be verbal, physical, spiritual and or sexual – it can feel like harassment, it can hurt, it changes that way you are/behave and makes you feel unsafe.  You can report homophobia and/or transphobia to the PSNI no matter how big or small.  In fact the small stuff is often the most important because it’s an indicator of a problem and if addressed at the right time can stop other more serious things happening.
Get in touch via gro.tcejorp-wobniarnull@ycacovda or moc.inrednegsnartnull@aibohpsnart to make an appointment, make a report or just to find out more.
Harriet Long
LGB&T Advocacy Officer

Education Programme

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We will be starting a very varied education programme in September to run through Winter.  Courses on offer will include Maths, English, Guitar Lessons, Spring Clean you life using bach/flower remedies and much more.  We will be issuing more info soon on dates, times and how to register.  Watch this space….

ADOPTION RULING

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The Court of Appeal has ruled that (unmarried and) same sex couples and couples in a civil partnership can now be considered as adoptive parents. The challenge to the adoption law was brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Court has agreed that preventing someone from even being considered to adopt because of their relationship status is discriminatory. The Court said that the Department (DHSSPS) put forward no justification to exclude same sex couples from being eligible to adopt and that preventing couples in a civil partnership from adopting is “absurd and irrational”.

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