LGBTQ+ Quality Mark

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North Monastery Co-educational Secondary School are teaming up Belong To to achieve the LGBTQ+ Quality Mark.

  • From September 2022 onwards we will work on an initiative to support and raise awareness of LGBTQI+ issues in our school community  and our wider community.
  • LGBTQ+ Quality Mark designed to support and accredit LGBTQ+ Safe and Supportive Schools.
  • In Ireland, 73% of LGBTQ+ young people reported that they do not feel safe at school. However, research shows that effective school-based interventions can improve the lives and experiences of LGBTQ+ students.

IRIS Ally Support Group

Our LGBTQ+ support group known as the IRIS Allies within our school meet every Tuesday at 1.05pm for various activities, discussion, treats and more. The support group is made up for students and staff within our school community.

Stand Up Awareness Week 2023

More information coming soon…

Timetable of Events

Activity 1: to be confirmed…
Activity 2: to be confirmed…
Activity 3: to be confirmed…
Workshop 1: to be confirmed…
Workshop 2: to be confirmed…
Celebration: to be confirmed…

Local and National LGBTQ+ Supports

Cork Gay Project – Sawmill St, Ballintemple, Cork, T12 CX32

T 021 430 0430 / 087 1646 072

We provide information, support and resources for the gay, bi, queer and trans community. From our community centre in Cork we provide a range of resources including free condoms and lube, LGBT books, magazines and DVDs, LGBT and general health leaflets – we also provide support by phone and email. The centre is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12 – 3pm for resources and info and every evening for events.

LINC – 11a While Street, Cork City

LINC is a resource centre in Cork city for Lesbian and bisexual women. We run a full programme of activities and have other supports based in the centre such as an alcohol and drugs support group. Monday to Wednesday 11am to 3pm and Thurs 11am to 8pmT 021 – 480 8600

Gender Rebels

T 087 366 9055

Gender Rebels Cork is a group based in Cork City which advocates for and supports all transgender, non-binary, intersex and gender non-conforming individuals.

BelongTo Youth Service – Parliament House, 13 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

T 01 670 6223

BeLonG To is an organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) young people, aged between 14 and 23.

Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) – Unit 2, 4 Ellis Quay, Dublin 7

T 01- 873 3575

Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) is a non-profit organisation supporting the transgender community in Ireland in all its variety.

Bi+ Ireland

​Bi+ Ireland aims to create a space where bi+ people can make friends, access peer support and reduce any isolation they may experience. We aim to increase the visibility and presence of bi+ people in Ireland and to create diverse, vibrant and welcoming communities.

UP Cork Gurranebraher & Churchfield Youth & Community Resource Centre – Gurranebraher Rd, Gurranebraher, Cork

T 086 044 3745

UP Cork is a youth project for LGBTQ young people aged 15-24 years. Meets twice weekly.

Terminology A-Z

LGBTI+ terminology can feel like a minefield when you have no previous knowledge, and terms change over time. We have put together a glossary of common words to get you started. Please remember that the best way to determine someone’s preferred identity or pronoun is to simply ask them.

  • LGBTI+: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans+ and intersex people.
  • Lesbian: A woman who is attracted to other women. Some non-binary people may also identify with this term.
  • Gay: Someone who is attracted to people of the same gender.
  • Bisexual: Someone who is attracted to more than one gender e.g. both men and women.
  • Pansexual: Someone whose romantic and/or sexual attraction towards others is not limited by sex assignment, gender identity or gender expression.
  • Queer: An umbrella term used to describe people who are not heterosexual and/or cisgender. Queer was used as a slur against the LGBTQ+ community for many years and still can be. However, the word has been reclaimed by LGBTQ+ communities and many now embrace the term. Check if someone is comfortable with this term before referring to them as queer.
  • Asexual/Ace: Someone who experiences limited or no sexual attraction.
  • Transgender: A term describing a person’s gender identity that does not match their assigned sex at birth. This word is also used as an umbrella term to describe some groups of people who transcend conventional expectations of gender identity or expression.
  • Intersex: This is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of natural bodily variations that do not fit typical binary notions of male and female bodies, for example, variations in genetic, hormonal, or physical sex characteristics.
  • Sexual Orientation: Sexual and romantic attraction.
  • Gender identity:  Our deeply felt internal experience of our own gender.
  • Heterosexual: Someone who is attracted to people of a different gender.
  • LGBTQ+ bullying:  Bullying based on prejudice or discrimination towards LGBTI+ people.
  • Gender expression: How we show our gender through our clothing, hair, behaviour, etc.
  • Cisgender:  Someone who is not transgender or non-binary. 
  • Non-binary: People whose gender identity is neither exclusively woman or man or is in between or beyond the gender binary.