The Rainbow Project to unveil new art work celebrating LGBT Awareness Week

A previous Foyle Pride Parade making its way across Craigavon Bridge into the city centre.
A previous Foyle Pride Parade making its way across Craigavon Bridge into the city centre.

The Rainbow Project in Derry will next week unveil a piece of art marking Northern Ireland LGB&T Awareness Week.

The art work will be unveiled at the The Rainbow Project’s Foyle Office in the city centre next Thursday, May 14 at 7pm.

It has been described as a “bold, creative illustration which depicts Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) history as well as hopes and expectations for the future”.

It has been designed by representatives from groups within The Rainbow Project as well as young people from the Derry area and Enniskillen.

Speaking about this upcoming week of events, Natalie Corbett, Advocacy Officer with The Rainbow Project said: “This year we are refocusing this week with a new name and a new vision - LGBT Awareness Week NI 2015 - Challenging Prejudice - Promoting Inclusion.

“We hope that during this launch, we will look towards a more accepting society through promoting inclusion for LGB&T people living here, while remembering that homophobia and transphobia still remain all too common and can have a devastating effect on people’s lives.”

Members of The Rainbow Project will be joined at the launch by Hilary McCollum, a celebrated local writer who will be speaking on LGB&T history. Everyone is welcome to the event.

There will be a range of events in the community with an interactive exhibition of the artwork arriving at Northside Shopping Centre on Monday, Quayside Shopping Centre on Tuesday, Derry Central Library on Wednesday, Rathmore Centre on Thursday and St Columb’s Park House on Friday.

The film ‘Pride’ will also be screened in the Nerve Centre at 6pm on Tuesday May 12. The travelling exhibition will then be in Holywell Trust for a week, beginning on May 18.