Midlands LGBT+ Project is designed to support and provide spaces for LGBT+ adults in Laois, Kildare, Offaly and surrounding areas. Established in February 2021, we host regular monthly social meet ups, peer support groups, pride and awareness events, and support for parents of LGBT+ young people.
Through these activities we hope to help create a well needed sense of community for LGBT+ people in the midlands, and reduce isolation felt.
The project also works towards ensuring the wider community is as inclusive and diverse as possible, where LGBT+ feel safe and can thrive in their communities through LGBT+ Inclusivity and Diversity training for schools, businesses and organizations.
LGBT+ Community Development Outreach Worker
Christina (she/her) joined us in 2021 as our LGBTI+ Community Development Outreach
Worker. In her role, Christina coordinates all of our adult LGBT+ projects and is responsible for the creation of midlands LGBT+ awareness events, support groups, and increasing LGBT+ visibility in the Midlands. Christina has a BA in Social Care and a Postgrad in NGO Management and Development. She has been involved in LGBT+ and community groups for over ten years.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 086 0757985
LGBT+ Community Development Assistant
Sam (he/him) started out as a volunteer in the early days of the project and is now one of our community development assistants. Sam helps deliver schools workshops, and facilitates our monthly film screening group and our online trans group. As a Laois-born transgender man, he is passionate about making the midlands a home for trans people. When not working, Sam is an animation student. His passions include good books, weird movies, sharing art, and petting dogs.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 086 0350637
Offaly Social Group Coordinator
Ian (he/him) was born and reared in Portarlington, Co. Laois. He is currently working as a civil servant. Working as the secretary for the LGBT+ Committee in our office, he was eager to get involved with volunteering and living back to his own community. Ian is responsible for coordinating our Offaly Social Group and outreach in Offaly, he helps with events and is one of our befrienders.
Laois Social Group Coordinator
Shauna (she/her) is one of our new volunteers. She grew up in Athlone, Co. Westmeath and has recently moved to Laois. As an out and proud gay woman for the last 15 years, Shauna has a passion for helping people and knows that we still have a lot of work to do to ensure the LGBTI+ community feels included and accepted. When not volunteering, she loves writing songs and watching her two kittens get up to mischief. Shauna’s role as a volunteer is helping to coordinate our Laois Social Group, helping with events and helping to deliver LGBT+ Workshops in schools.
Book Club Volunteer
Róisín (she/her) is one of our new volunteers. She is a Laois native who joined our group upon moving home with her wife. She works as an English teacher and is eager about helping people and providing safe spaces for them. Róisín has a deep passion for literature and can often be found wandering the aisles of book stores or curled in a corner lost in another world. She works as a Befriender for Midlands LGBT+ Project and is involved in Crystal Queer, our queer book club.
Book Club Volunteer
Annie Moore (she/her) is originally from Donegal, now living in county Offaly with her partner. She is working in homeless services in the midlands. When not at work or volunteering, Annie likes to spend time walking and exploring the trails the midlands have to offer. Annie also occasionally makes an attempt (fearfully!) at skateboarding. She was delighted to hear about the midlands LBGT+ project and is excited to have the opportunity to get involved in the local community!
Mia Fitzpatrick- Mackay
Mia (she/they) is a volunteer who will be working as a Befriender and helping with different aspects of the Midlands LGBT+ Project. They are a lifelong Laois native and resident. They’re a happily married pet parent who can usually be found spending time painting, creating digital art, gaming, or cuddling with her pets. Being a young pansexual non-binary person with a disability means that they understand how deeply important visibility and representation are when it comes to the overlap of these marginalised groups. As a result, they are eager to give support to the LGBTQIA+ community.
Micaela (she/her) is a new volunteer with the Midlands LGBT+ project. Originally from Moate, Co. Westmeath, she is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Art in South Dublin, and loves all things film, art, poetry and singing. As a proud queer person from a rural town, Micaela often felt she had to find resources and platforms talking about the LGBTQIA+ community by herself. She is excited to be able to provide a part of this communication for young LGBT+ people, and to help let them know that they are not alone in their experiences.
Joan Bolger is manager of Portlaoise Community and Family Resource Centre. She has worked in the community sector for the last 30 years in various roles and organisations across the Southeast, Northeast, and Midlands.
Social Inclusion, Human Rights, Family Support, and Equality are key components of Joan’s work. These are reflected in the work of Portlaoise CFRC with children, young people, adults, and families.
Cllr Aisling Moran
Aisling Moran lives in Killeen, County Laois with her children Charlie, Alex and Millie, and my partner Fiona. She has been married, divorced and subsequently come out as a proud gay woman over the last 10 years. It has been quite a journey!
She declared herself as a runner in the Laois Local Council Elections of May 2019 and was voted in by the people of the Graiguecullen / Portarlington Municipal District. She has always had a passion for helping people, so feels honoured to be in a position to represent the interests of the people of Laois as best she can.
Thankfully since the passing of the same sex marriage referendum in 2015, the LGBTQ+ community has become more visible in every facet her life. She feels it is refreshing to see her children growing up in an Ireland that strives for equality for all.
Clive is the Regional Director of Youth Work Ireland Laois. Originally from Vicarstown in Co. Laois, Clive developed his love of youth work while supporting the development of Vicarstown Youth Club. Clive is the Chairperson of The Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival, Treasurer of LGBT Ireland, Secretary of People’s First Credit Union, and a member of the National Youth Committee within the Irish League of Credit Unions. Clive is passionate about youth engagement and development within Laois.
Steven (he/him) is the Services Development Coordinator for LGBT Ireland. Steven is an experienced Social Care professional and comes with over a decade of work and voluntary experience working with LGBTI+ and Social Care services. Steven is currently undertaking a Masters in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.