Recent Updates

UPDATE ON THE NORTHWEST! JUNE 2013 Dear women...we've been experiencing a few set-backs up here in the Northwest, but fret not, we will be back with regular monthly meetings as soon as possible! We are now back online, so if you want to get in touch before the meetings start again (or after that, even!) do email us on firstoutnorthwest@gmail.com and we'll reply. We can also keep you informed of any social events happening in the region, or other LGBT groups that may be of interest to you. As soon as we have a start-up date for the monthly meetings we'll post it on this page, so do please come back and check. Take it easy, women :-)

When meetings restart, the dates for the rest of 2013 are: 1st August, 5th September, 3rd October, 7th November and 5th December.

First Out meetings in October will happen at Outhouse and North Leitrim Women's Centre at 7.30 on Thursday 4th. The meetings are open to all women questioning same sex feelings or attractions or coming out. The women attending the support groups are at many different stages in their lives. Some are married, some have children, some have only ever been in relationships with men, some have been dating women for years but have not been able to come out to friends and loved ones. Wherever you are in your journey please come along and join us!

If you are looking for ways to meet people in the LGBTQ womens community in Dublin Running Amach is the first place you should look: http://www.meetup.com/Dublin-LGBTQ-Womens-Social-Networking-Club There are a range of events to suit every taste and many events have a meet and greet for new participants.

Information about Facilitators

We call ourselves “facilitators” to indicate that we are not there in any kind of professional counselling capacity, but purely as individual women, who ourselves have been through the journey of exploring our sexuality, and who are now comfortable with our own identity. Although First Out is not a formal organization, we conduct the meetings within the same ethical framework as anyone else dealing with people who may feel more or less vulnerable at the time of attending. Usually there will be two facilitators at each meeting.

"It helped me to decide for myself what I wanted to do. I liked that there was no judgement about what the 'right' answer was. Instead there was the space to decide what the right answer for me was"

~ Alecia

Facilitors are guided by the following principles:

As you are the first and foremost expert in your own life, we will merely be giving you a space to talk freely so that you in time may reach your own decisions. We do not attempt to direct anyone, or expect any particular behaviour, outcome or result from any participant.

We will not engage in intimate relationships with anyone attending a First Out meeting.

No-one attending a First Out meeting will be discriminated against by any facilitator, whether on the basis of ethnic origin, religion, disability or any other conceivable factor.

We are open to feedback, whether positive or negative, from anyone who has attended a First Out meeting (See “Contact us” section).

We will never disclose any names and identities of anyone attending or any content discussed at a First Out meeting to any third parties and we ask that participants also honour this guideline.

Recruitment of Facilitators

If you are interested in becoming a facilitator for First Out please make contact with us through 'outhouse' (See “Contact us” section for contact details) to inquire about availability. Recruitment of new facilitators only takes place quite infrequently, as there are only three “posts” and we tend to stay on as facilitators for longer periods of time. The informal structure of First Out is reflected in our recruitment of new facilitators. New facilitators will be expected to attend a few meetings together with experienced facilitators initially, but will be equally involved in the running of these meetings. Any problems that arise and any questions that the new facilitator may have will be addressed along the way by the experienced facilitators. If everyone is happy with the contribution of the new facilitator, her role will become permanent unless problems arise later.

 

 

 

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