Lockdown can be rough on your mental health.
The social isolation is real, but if you’re a gay, bi or trans man looking for ways to connect while we see out the latest Covid-19 restrictions, The Gay Project have just announced a suite of new online services that could help.
The new range of social groups for men in Cork includes a book club, a writers club, coffee social groups, seminars and online classes, as well as a Facebook group called Munster Gayze. These services offer a much needed social outlet for GBT+ men in Cork to socialise with their peers during the lockdown.
“We know that these services can help combat isolation for folks who might be finding the added isolation of Covid-19 challenging,” said Community Development Worker with the Gay Project, Michael O’Donnell.
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“Our services offer a digital space where GBT+ men in Cork can be out and proud of who they are. We’ve found that this is especially relevant for older men.”
It’s very easy to get involved. The services are completely free to attend and confidentiality is assured from all staff delivering the service. The groups are facilitated online so people from any part of Cork can attend.
The Gay Project is a Cork-based NGO set up to support, celebrates and advocates for gay, bi+, trans and queer men. Ailsa Spindler, the Co-ordinator of the Gay Project, says: “Like everyone, we’ve recently been adapting our services to Covid-19 restrictions and this has enabled us to reach more people than ever”.