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Rochdale Asian LGBT Group

Rochdale Asian LGBT Group

Within Asian families, being gay is often associated with feelings of shame and disgrace, and is sometimes even seen as an illness. This makes ‘coming out’ a terrifying prospect for people in the Asian community, whose families tend to track them down if they try to leave for a new life.

The members who attend the group have the opportunity to share experiences and discuss family pressures. It can often be very comforting just to know you aren’t alone and that there are other people in your community who are having the same difficulties that you are.

Some people have spoken about feeling anxious about being seen in the Gay Village, that being there may get back to their families. This support group gives them a safe haven where they can socialise, in a place that doesn’t give anything away about what kind of group they are visiting.

The meetings are both educational and social.  Guest speakers attend some of the meetings discussing mental health, sexual health as well as a general discussion group amongst the members.  Socials include trips out, coffee mornings and curry nights.

If anyone wants to know more about the group or would be interested in details on any future sessions, they can contact Adrian by emailing adrian.palmer@rbuf.org.uk Or please call Mr Ali 07867770502

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Published: 21-Sep-2017

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