A shortage of services for gay people in the north-west has led to the setting-up of a new professional counselling service. The service started last week in Derry at Foyle Friend, an organisation for gay, lesbian and bisexual people, and is one of a number Couples playhouse London recent developments welcomed by the gay community in the city.
The counselling service is being provided by the Belfast-based Rainbow Project after research conducted among gay and bisexual men across Northern Ireland found a need for gay-specific support services.
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Mr Adrian McCracken, the manager of the Rainbow Project, said its research found that 68 per cent of gay men were willing to discuss problems with a gay male counsellor, while only Good for you massage and spa Dundee per cent were willing to do so with a GP.
He said the survey also showed that gay men were still suffering the consequences of society not accepting. Nearly half of those questioned had considered moving away because of their sexuality, three-quarters wanted help for low self-esteem, numers 27 per cent frequently tried to convince themselves they were heterosexual.
Thirty per cent had been physically abused, 48 per cent had suffered emotional abuse, mostly from school peers, and nearly a quarter of all respondents had suffered sexual abuse. The average age when the sexual abuse occurred was 14, and in a quarter of cases it was repeated over a lengthy period.
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Mr McCracken said he believed homophobic attacks were also increasing although this was difficult Derry gay phone numbers prove because the majority of incidents were never reported and the RUC did not have Swingers High Wycombe ks specific procedure for recording such "hate crimes". The organisation is in discussions with the RUC about put ting such a system in place.
Based on the survey findings, he said the social services needed to address the needs of gay men and that "tolerance education" should also be introduced in schools. The Rainbow Project deals only with men and the counselling service, which Derry gay phone numbers to be provided every Monday at the premises of Foyle Friend, will cater only for gay and bisexual men.
However, Foyle Friend hopes to provide a counselling service soon for both men and women. Mr Sean Morrin of Foyle Friend said there was already a huge demand for its services. The group runs a number of self-help groups, including one for people who have had addiction problems, and a helpline is manned by volunteers every Thursday evening. It is easier to be totally open about your sexuality," he said. A full-time worker will be employed and the centre will include a coffee shop and a gay library.
The group works from small offices in a building shared with a number of organisations. Mr Morrin said the new centre, which will open within months, will be a lot more visible. It will be "a safe, secure place" and will be located in an area acceptable to people from both Catholic and Protestant backgrounds, as the work of Foyle Friend is completely cross-community.
It is hoped to offer a service in Donegal at some point in the future because of the high number of phone calls received from over the Border. Mr Morrin said there was traditionally a high Derrg of emigration among Lisa massage Runcorn people from the North to England and the Derry gay phone numbers States. I know people who are already hpone to return.
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