Today it was announced that the USI are doing something really thoughtful to promote inclusion of and the rights of our LGTBQ+ community.
Along with the NUS, they have released the incredible rainbow GAA gloves. The campaign, which is called Share the gLove, helps to show their support and to raise awareness of the high rates of depression among the LGBT community.
Profits from the glove will be divided among two charities; 50% will go toward Aware NI, and the other 50% will go toward the Rainbow Project, an organisation who provide support for LGBT people and their families in Northern Ireland.
Ruairí Mooney, who helped create the Share the gLove initiative and who plays Gaelic football said:
“This initiative will help everyone to feel accepted and welcome into the GAA community. The Share the gLove campaign will aim to use the high profile platform that GAA sports provides to show solidarity and support for LGBT+ players and fans. Share the gLove provides an open goal for people to do show their support for the LGBT+ community as well as the mental health charity, Aware NI."
Conor Loughran, LGBT officer for NUS-USI said:
“Share the gLove is a very innovative and positive initiative which we hope will capture the imagination of the Gaelic sports world and wider society too. We want to see as many people wearing the gloves and promoting Share the gLove as possible on social media and elsewhere, so that it can have the biggest impact possible.”
The gloves can be bought here.
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