Midlands LGBTI+ Project is a brand new project, designed to support and provide spaces for LGBT+ adults in Laois, Kildare, Offaly and surrounding areas. We have 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 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 organisations.
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 and has been involved in LGBT+ and community groups for over ten years.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 086 0757985
Trans Group Facilitator
Sam (he/him) is one of our new volunteers. When not volunteering, he spends his time drawing, reading, or recruiting stray cats. As a young trans man and a life-long Laois local, he will be helping to coordinate our 18+ trans peer support/social group, open to anyone who is transgender, non-binary, intersex or questioning.
Email: [email protected]
Andrew (he/him) is a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, and lives in Laois with his partner 3 years. He works in Social Media, but also volunteers for Youth Work Ireland, and Alone. He is quite active within the LGBTQIA+ Activist community, and has also setup a thriving Employee Resource Group in his workplace for LGBTQIA+ employees! Andrew looks after our LGBT+ Workshops in schools, he is one of our befrienders and event organisers and he is often the person posting on our social media channels.
Offaly Social Group Coordinator
Ian (He/Him) was born and rared in Portarlington Co. Laois, currently working as a civil servant. From working as the secretary for the LGBT+ Committee in my office he was eager to get involved with volunteering and giving back to my 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 feel 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.
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 I understand how deeply important visibility and representation are when it comes to the overlap of these marginalised groups. As a result, I am eager to give my support to the LGBTQIA+ community.
Joan Bolger is manager of Portlaoise Community & 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 in the work with children, young people, adults and families.
Tom is a proud member of the LGBTQI+ Community. He grew up in Laois and is currently owns a business in Kildare. He is delighted to be a part of this group and is passionate about developing the LGBT+ community in the Midlands. Tom is excited to bring his ideas to the group and bringing our community together.
Cllr Aisling Moran
My name is Aisling Moran. I live in Killeen, County Laois with my three children Charlie, Alex and Millie, and my partner Fiona. I have been married, divorced and subsequently come out as a proud gay woman over the last 10 years. It has been quite a journey!
I declared myself as a runner in the Laois Local Council Elections of May 2019. I was voted in by the people of the Graiguecullen / Portarlington Municipal District. I have always had a passion for helping people so I feel honoured to be in a position to represent the interests of the people of Laois as best I can.
Thankfully since the passing of the same sex marriage referendum in 2015, the LGBTQ+ community has become more visible in every facet of life. It is refreshing to see my 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, 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.