Insight Matters has the pleasure to present our new personal development course. The course lasts for 3 weeks starting on Tuesday 26th March at the Healing House. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me!
The first time I went to a gay bar was the Candy Bar in Soho in London, I was 23 years old. I had an extremely sheltered upbringing as my parents were Jehovah’s Witnesses so stepping into a gay space where I was going to meet another lesbian for the first time in my life was quite simply terrifying for me! Sure enough what I saw was more than I could handle at the time – butch, femme, suits, ties, leather, chains, shaved heads, torn T-shirts, studs, tattoos, piercings… I remember my brain was struggling to take it all in! I remember being anxious as I asked myself again the questions that were haunting me for so many years… “Is this really me? Am I really a lesbian?” It was a brand new world for me and I remember feeling very far from being proud as I felt frightened, confused and painfully inadequate.
Most members of our community would have similar stories of when they first came out as we didn’t have an alternative. Many of us overcame the initial nerves and awkwardness by sheer brute force often fuelled by alcohol and drugs which led to a multitude of other issues such as addiction and STD’s.
Imagine for a minute if your first experience of the LGBTQ community was in a safe, nurturing and supportive environment? Where you would have an opportunity to explore your sexuality and become self-aware and connect with other women who have just started their journey of self-discovery.
During the 3 week course emphasis is put on the importance of self-awareness, goal-setting, planning, decision-making, problem solving, good communication, building relationships, wellness and contributing to the community.
Many LGBTQ people are marginalised and isolated from their family and community through the “coming out” process which is often the culmination of many years of soul searching and great pain. This often results in leaving school early, working in low paid jobs and leading to huge lack of confidence and personal wellbeing. As a consequence this often manifests itself in alcohol and drug abuse and lack of opportunity. Lesbians face unique barriers within the LGBTQ and the greater community and this course is designed with their needs in mind.
The course creates an opportunity for women to explore alternatives in their lives, to develop self-confidence, to do things in a new way and to make solid plans to reach their goals. It is a way to discover more about yourself, your own abilities and what may be holding you back from living life to your full potential.
For more information go to www.insightmatters.ie