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Thursday 15 November 2018

LGBT section launched in library

Mandi Tighe, Gorey Youth Needs; cathaoirleach of Gorey Municipal District, Cllr John Hegerty; Karen McCann, Gorey Youth Needs; Dearbhla Ni Laighin, executive librarian; Sheila Barrey, CYPSC; and Cllr Malcolm Byrne at the launch in Gorey Library
Mandi Tighe, Gorey Youth Needs; cathaoirleach of Gorey Municipal District, Cllr John Hegerty; Karen McCann, Gorey Youth Needs; Dearbhla Ni Laighin, executive librarian; Sheila Barrey, CYPSC; and Cllr Malcolm Byrne at the launch in Gorey Library
Those who attended the launch of a dedicated collection of books and DVDs exploring issues of relevance to the LGBT community in Gorey Library

Brendan Keane

Gorey Library has opened a new section specifically tailored to exploring issues of relevance to people within the LGBT community.

The Cathaoirleach of Gorey Municipal District Council, Cllr John Hegarty, performed the launch and his colleague on the local authority Cllr Malcolm Byrne also spoke at the event.

A key message underlining the importance of inclusion and how the library was making a very progressive step forward was conveyed by all of the speakers who included Executive Librarian, Dearbhla Ní Laighin, and Karen McCann from Gorey Youth Needs.

The idea to develop the new section was formulated by the LGBT Steering Committee which is composed of various local agency representatives including: Gorey Youth Needs CLG; Gorey Family Resource Centre; Tusla; HSE; FDYS and Teni (Transgender Equality Network Ireland).

Around 40 people attended the launch and they were impressed by the extensive range of LGBT items now available in the library.

Commenting on the launch to this newspaper Ms McCann said the new section has a very wide range of material and she thanked everyone involved with the library for fully embracing the idea when it was first put to them by the steering committee.

'The key message from all of this is one of inclusiveness and that was highlighted on the day as well,' she said.

Ms McCann praised the steering committee members and acknowledged them for their hard work and dedication.

'They are a great bunch of people who really work hard for the benefit of the LBGT community,' she said.

The new library section offers practical support books and DVDs in addition to material touching on mental health and general well-being as well as fictional work specific to the LGBT community.

'The library could not have been any more supportive of it and everyone is very grateful for that,' said Ms McCann.

Those interested in finding out more about the LGBT section can do so by contacting 053-9421481 or goreyib@wexfordcoco.ie

Gorey Guardian

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