Launch of new youth Gay Straight Alliance project

Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson pictured with some of the young people who attended the launch.
Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson pictured with some of the young people who attended the launch.

The Rainbow Project in Derry and teamed up with the Western Education and Library Board’s Youth Service Inclusion Unit to launch a new ‘Gay, Straight Alliance’.

The new initiative was launched at Café Nervosa in Derry City Centre recently and was attended by Mayor of the city, SDLP Councillor Brenda Stevenson.

The new group will be facilitated by Youth Workers from WELB and the Rainbow Project.

It will run every Thursday night, from 7pm to 9.30pm, at Café Nervosa.

Anyone interested in combatting homophobia and transphobia, and aged between 16 and 23 years old, is urged to come along to the weekly events.

A spokesperson for the organisers of the project said:

“The group will explore these issues and aims to make a difference by working on social action projects at a local level.”

Twelve young people organised and delivered the launch with over 50 young people attending. During the event four local artists performed including Johanna Fegan, Quentin Wylie, Susie Blue and Lotti.

Danielle Collins, WELB Inclusion Youth Worker, said:

“The launch showcased local young talent and highlighted the importance of a Gay, Straight Alliance.

“Members of the focus did an excellent job and worked well together to launch this new group with the aim of providing a safe, supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and their straight allies.”

For further information about the Gay, Straight Alliance, the Western Eduction and Library Board Inclusion Unit or to find out about upcoming events, please contact Yvonne McKeever or Danielle Collins , Youth Workers with the Board on 028 7131 3555 or email danielle.collins@

welbni.org.