What is LBGTQ+?
Coming to college is a daunting and intimidating experience. It can be even more difficult and isolating if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or have just recently started to question your sexuality. Regardless how you feel about yourself and the people around you, coming ‘out’ and being ‘out’ can sometimes be a nerve wrecking time.
LGBTQ+ On Campus!
There are a number of ways which LGBTQ+ are active on campus. The number one way is through the LGBTQ+ SOCIETY. The LGBTQ+ society can be a source of support, understanding, fun, friendship and even refuge. The LGBTQ+ Society aims to create a safe place for you, so you can be yourself. Whatever your sexual orientation, they are there to make you feel welcome. Look out for the LGBTQ+ Society during your Fresher’s’ Week / Orientation Week / Clubs and Socs Day.
Please keep in mind is that while the LBGTQ+ society is indeed a society for those who are in the LBGT community it is an INCLUSIVE society. LBGTQ+ allies are people who although may not be LGBTQ+ themselves; they believe in LBBT rights or have LGBTQ+ friends and would like to come along for support!
If anyone has any questions or would like to contact the LGBTQ+ society you can do so by emailing them in confidence at firstname.lastname@example.org!
If you think you might be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender and are looking for support in college you can contact your Welfare and Equality Officer, Lauren ENglish-Adams who will be more than happy to provide any help or guidance you need.
If you need to urgently speak to someone in confidence you can use the National LGBT Helpline: 1890929539 Mon to Fri 7-9 and Sat-Sun 3-6 or visit www.lgbt.ie
Get in contact with clubs and societies or your welfare officer to join WIT’s LGBTQ+ society, for more information http://www.facebook.com/wit.lgbt
Substance abuse and Addiction
Whilst no group in society is immune to substance abuse, some groups are more at risk. Unfortunately, this is true for the LGBTQ+ community. This is mainly because of the mental health disorders that develop as a result of abuse, discrimination, rejection and ostracism.
Here is a library of substance abuse and addiction resources designed to help the LGBTQ+ community. See here – https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/resources/lgbtq/