Provost of Trinity gives a shoutout to ShoutOut

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The Provost of Trinity College Dublin gave a shoutout to ShoutOut in an address today entitled "Identities in Transition  - Constitutional Peace Building". Speaking about the emphasis in universities on innovation and entrepreneurship in the  fields  of civic engagement and human rights Provost Patrick Prendergast pointed to  ShoutOut  as  an example.

"Last year for instance, Trinity students established Shoutout, an anti-homophobia  and anti-transphobia initiative aimed at establishing workshops around sexual  orientation and gender identity in secondary schools, in order to lessen stigma and  reinforce a message of equality."

Present for the address was Chancellor to the University and former President of Ireland  Mary Robinson. Here at ShouOut we're proud to have received a mention from the big kahuna himself.  Long may Trinity College's culture of diversity and innovation inspire others.

See: http://www.tcd.ie/provost/addresses/2014-02-03_TIDI.php for the entire speech. Thanks to Orlagh Ennis for pointing it out!

 

ShoutOut visits the Scouts!

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We  paid a visit to the Scouts after receiving a request for one of our workshops.

Eoin Egan (a former scout himself, and current ShoutOut volunteer) pictured with Scout Master Ger Hennessy.

Aughrim Street Scouts, located in Stoneybatter in Dublin, recently got in touch to ask for one of workshops. They were interested in finding out more about LGBT issues and wanted to ensure a supportive environment for young LGBT scouts. We were delighted to oblige and last Wednesday 29th January three of our wonderful volunteers visited the group and facilitated a workshop. It was a very positive experience with brill feedback from the scouts themselves and our volunteers. LGBT language and supports were discussed with particular enthusiasm shown form the scouts themselves  for their pride flag (pictured) which our volunteers were told was the biggest in the den! The group were kind enough to give our volunteers cute T-shirts too. At a time when the Boy Scouts of America still upholds a ban on "open or avowed" homosexual adults it is  encouraging and admirable to see Scouting Ireland take a proactive approach to LGBT youth issues to ensure a supportive environment for all their young scouts brothers and sisters.

Special thanks to Scout Leader Ger Hennessy [pictured left] for contacting us.

Loads of Volunteers Trained

 

  1. The atomic number of cadmium.
  2. The number of Ptolemaic constellations.
  3. The total number of minutes in an NBA game.

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Yes, 48 is a magic number....It also happens to be the number of volunteers that turned up for our first training session for Dublin-based volunteers. Horrah, rejoice, exclaim! Here's a sample of just two of those noble 48 who will be delivering the workshop across schools in Ireland. We wish them luck.

 

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Noble Volunteer #. 1

Hey all, I'm Muireann and I'm 23 years old. I just finished college last year and lived and worked in San Francisco for the Summer. Volunteering with ShoutOut is something I enjoy doing because as a young gay person I think that it is important to be visible. I went to a school where there was absolute silence about gay issues and I just didn't feel comfortable to  come out. It's of great value to have the chance to chat to students and give them the space to talk about or ask questions about LGBTQ  issues. I've already done two workshops with ShoutOut and can't wait to do more.

Irish schools now must have a policy about homophobic bullying

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As reported in The Journal: Cyberbullying and homophobic bullying policies now mandatory for schools

The Department of Education has published new anti-bullying procedures to replace guidelines that have been in place since 1993. The Department of Education has published new anti-bullying procedures that are required to be adopted... Following consultation with parents and students, each school must develop its own individual policies before publishing them on the school’s website.

We applaud this much-needed policy change and look forward to delivering even more workshops this school year as secondary schools work to integrate the new policy framework into their school communities.

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Bullies: My SHOUT OUT Story

YouTube celeb James Mitchell of JamesMitchellTV caught Shout Out on Facebook and as he says:

Now naturally because I'm such a self-centered person, all I could think of automatically was "Oh my God, why don't I share my school experience with everyone?" Get the tissues, we're going to have a teenaged moment: nobody understands meeee! But actually I think because of social media and online communities like YouTube, Twitter and Tumblr, I think a lot of you watching will understand me, and will feel better knowing that somebody actually got through it.

No need to grab a hankie, but great to watch anyway: Bullies: My SHOUT OUT Story.