support in rural areas
and local politicians are among those who will receive
new information leaflets aimed at providing support
for gay people living in rural areas.
Cork Gay Project is to send out 20,000 multilingual
leaflets across Munster in mid-March as part of
its new campaign. Doctors, counsellors, local development
projects and school boards will also receive the
leaflets, which will carry information on the organisation's
helpline and other services.
leaflet will be translated into Irish and Polish
and will be dispersed initially in Counties cork,
Kerry and Tipperary. The leaflet drop will be followed
by an extensive poster campaign. The support group
revealed many gay people living in rural areas are
living "half lives".
development officer for the Cork Gay Project, Dave
Roche, said that rural areas, particularly in Munster,
were losing out because young talented gay people
felt compelled to move to urban areas because of
to the Irish Examiner/Red C opinion poll published
this week, almost one-in-four Munster residents
stated their belief that homosexuality was wrong,
compared with the national figure of one-in-six.
"All the evidence suggests that gay people in rural
areas can turn to drink and drugs and are prone
to bullying or even blackmail, for money or possible
even sexual favours," said Mr Roche. For information
you can visit www.gayhealthproject.com and www.gayprojectcork.com
The helpline number is 021 4271087