Sinn Féin’s Caoimhe Archibald has expressed concern over the lack of provision of support for LGBT young people in East Derry and particularly in rural areas.
Ms Archibald said, “Recently I was contacted by a constituent which led me to look into support for LGBT youths and I was shocked by the lack of provision in the area.
“There is fantastic work being done by groups like the Rainbow Project and Cara-Friend but unsurprisingly these are based in the larger urban areas like Belfast and Derry, with some outreach. However in the Causeway Coast and Glens area, and in particular the Coleraine area, there is very little support for LGBT people of any age.
“The issue of LGBT rights is again being raised through a Marriage Equality motion in the assembly next week, disappointingly yet again this is being blocked by a DUP petition of concern. It is essential that this legislation is introduced as soon as possible but practical efforts are also necessary to ensure information and support is available to all of those who need it.
“The recently approved Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 has tackling social isolation in rural areas as one of it’s underlying aims and it is important that LGBT issues are included and addressed through this.” Crioch