The staff of Cara-Friend recently took part in a European LGBT conference in Athens, Greece. Organised by the local branch of AEGEE- Europe, the European Students’ Forum, the event ran from March 17th-20th. Participants, in addition to Cara-Friend from Northern Ireland, attended from across Europe, including LGBT organisations from Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, and the Netherlands.

Speaking about the trip, Youth Development Manager, Declan Meehan said: “Participating in the AEGEE-Europe LGBT conference in Athens gave us a great opportunity to learn more about the experiences of LGBT communities across Europe. It also allowed us to make connections with other similar organisations that can be utilised in the future. Sharing our experiences of running our LGBT-specific youth service in Northern Ireland was also valuable for other participants. We met with a youth organisation in Athens, called Colour Youth, and this was a great chance to share learning and advice with one another.”

During the course of the conference the participants took part in a number of workshops, dealing with issues such as homophobia, equality and privilege.

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