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Let us start by wishing all our members a Happy Pride Month. We pride ourselves in Portlaoise GAA on being an inclusive GAA club that is open to people from all walks of life. Although the majority of our members are not part of the LGBTQI+ community, we have a duty to be allies to those in the club who are a member of the LGBTQI+ community and to those who may be struggling with their sexual orientation or identity, and do our very best as a club to support them. We hope this leaflet will help you to become more informed on the topic and help make everyone feel at home in Portlaoise GAA.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans+ and intersex people.
Sexual and romantic attraction to other people.
A woman who is attracted to other women.
Someone who is mainly attracted to people of the same gender.
Someone who is attracted to more than one gender e.g. both men and women.
Someone whose attraction is not limited by sex or gender.
Someone who is attracted to people of the opposite gender.
Our deeply felt internal experience of our own gender.
How we show our gender through our clothing, hair, behaviour, etc.
Someone whose gender identity differs from the sex they were given at birth. Trans+ includes non-binary people.
People whose gender identity is not exclusively male or female.
CISGENDER A person whose gender identity matches the sex they were assigned at birth.
People who are born with variations in their sexual anatomy or their hormonal patterns, variations that are not seen as fitting in with typical male or female bodies.
Bullying based on prejudice or discrimination towards LGBTQI+ people.
HOW SHOULD YOU RESPOND IF A PERSON COMES OUT IN THE CLUB?
Most young people come out to a friend or another trusted individual before coming out to family. Sometimes this trusted individual is a coach or a teammate. All caoches need to be prepared for the possibility of a player coming out and the following points will support preparations: We as a club communicate a message to all students that diversity is welcomed and respected. LGBTQI+ young people and other minority groups should be clear that they are valued, and that their identity doesn’t affect their ability on the pitch. It is critical that a young LGBT person discovering their sexual orientation or gender identity feels supported and valued, regardless of whether or not they come out.
Often a young person experiences intense fear of rejection by their family and consequently finds it easier to come out to others first. A positive experience of coming out to others, where they are met with acceptance, is critical to safeguarding the young person’s mental health and well-being; it can also lessen the young person’s fear of disclosing to their family and friends.
HOW TO REACT IF YOU ARE BEING BULLIED OR HEAR SOMEONE BULLYING OTHERS IN THE CLUB?