Five members of a new group tackling a lack of LGBT+ visibility in Kerry spoke to Tadhg Evans about their urgent campaign

Over five months in 2018 and ’19, 138 people took part in research documenting LGBT+ life in Kerry. ‘Visible in Kerry’ – which Listowel Family Resource Centre commissioned in partnership with the HSE and KDYS. When it launched last month it handed the county some tough reading.

Many of the survey’s young participants described feeling unsafe at school and said they had suffered threats of physical assault because of their sexuality, gender identity, or both. While respondents reported feeling happier when they could be open about their identity, it remains common to feel uncertain, anxious, and even fearful of others’ reactions. Most adults surveyed reported positive experiences of being LGBT+ in Kerry, though many noted that rural life sets more challenges than urban life.

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Article is from The Kerryman edition of November 2019