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Lesbian? Gay? Bi-sexual? Trans? Or Questioning?

If you are aged between 14 and 25, Gay and Lesbian Youth NI (GLYNI) will have something to offer! Our flagship group is based in Belfast City Centre where we provide an open social space to meet other young people who are LGBT or Q. The group has always adopted a peer led ethos and is run by the members, for the members. Volunteer leaders who are GLYNI members receive specialist training and play an active and important part of creating a safe, energetic, fun and innovative environment for all its members, where young people can be themselves, relax, meet new people who may have shared experiences and be able to offer the support and friendship that we all need sometimes; no matter what your sexual orientation or gender identity. Most importantly we want to offer a space in which young people who are LGBTQ can have fun, laugh, be themselves, embrace their uniqueness and live life to the full!

GLYNI is here to support all of our members and volunteers and we do this by offering opportunities to take part in social events run either in the LGBT Centre in Belfast or by local GLYNI groups and organisations across Northern Ireland, residential projects, activities and opportunities to travel internationally to represent Gay and Lesbian Youth NI and Cara-Friend as a pioneer in supporting young LGBTQ people all across Northern Ireland. We pride ourselves on giving as many opportunities and skills as we can to our young people; we want to see them succeed and thrive and take their place in society as proud and happy individuals who have unique talents and experiences to offer and share. At GLYNI we offer drop-in social sessions and also activities and workshops every week with the opportunity to take part in accredited training and gain skills and qualifications. What we decide to offer is always decided by the members of the group; we are here to facilitate the needs of our young people and give them the support they want or need to be able to reach their goals and full potential as important members of: families, friendship groups, communities, schools, colleges, universities, workplaces, churches, clubs, sports teams, and most importantly to have respect and pride in themselves!

We take great pride in groups and we encourage our members’ to progress to become volunteer leaders and show the impact becoming part of GLYNI has had on them, by giving back to our new members and allowing the group to continue to carry on what it does so well. GLYNI groups exist all over Northern Ireland and it is important to us that we are able to offer the same support and opportunities to all young LGBTQ, no matter where they are from. We would love to see our groups grow and also become an important part of their communities, welcoming diversity and the opportunity to make a difference.

There is nothing better than being free to be yourself, share time and experiences with friends, have a shoulder to cry on or to laugh hysterically on, be made to feel that you are someone who matters, someone who is important and has something to be proud of and a person who someone or many people are proud of; to be able to take a stand and know that you are not standing alone and most importantly to walk away at the end of the night smiling…and mean it!

Welcome to GLYNI, this is what we do!

GLYNI Promo Video 2014

Charlie’s Coming Out Story

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Upcoming Events

Dec
19
Fri
2014
5:00 pm GLYNI Drop-In (Belfast) @ Cara-Friend LGBT Centre
GLYNI Drop-In (Belfast) @ Cara-Friend LGBT Centre
Dec 19 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
A description of the event here.  This text is for placement purposes only.  A description of the drop-in, who it is for and what time itRead More
Dec
22
Mon
2014
5:30 pm GLYNI Youth Group @ Belfast LGBT Centre
GLYNI Youth Group @ Belfast LGBT Centre
Dec 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The GLYNI youth group meets every Monday evening at the Belfast LGBT Centre from 6:30pm onwards.  If you would like more information about our activities, pleaseRead More
Dec
23
Tue
2014
5:00 pm LGBT Switchboard NI
LGBT Switchboard NI
Dec 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday LGBT Switchboard NI operates it’s helpline and online chat support service. Call the Switchboard on 028 90 322 023, or emailRead More
Dec
24
Wed
2014
5:00 pm LGBT Switchboard NI
LGBT Switchboard NI
Dec 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday LGBT Switchboard NI operates it’s helpline and online chat support service. Call the Switchboard on 028 90 322 023, or emailRead More
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