A Vigil of Lament and Hope – St German’s Cathedral

Tonight (19 June 2016) the Isle of Man LGBT community came together as one. Together we stood shoulder to shoulder and showed solidarity in mourning the senseless loss of life in Orlando on 12th June at the Pulse nightclub.

Thank you to St German’s Cathedral, Peel especially Kathryn Thubron who did a wonderful job, thanks also to the Chief Minister, Members of Tynwald and the Isle of Man community for attending. It was a true time of reflection and the turn out was amazing.

The condolence book will remain in the Cathedral until 26th June if anyone would like to send a message to the community in Orlando.

Here is a selection of photographs taken before tonight’s service.

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St German’s Cathedral Chooses Love

On Sunday 19th June at 8pm, there will be a special candlelit Vigil at St German’s Cathedral, Peel in memory of the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. The vigil is being held in solidarity with the LGBTI community and those impacted by this violence. The names of those who lost their lives will be read out and there will be a book of condolence that will be sent to the families of those involved.

13461128_1084073015002796_1305273929_o Announcing the vigil, a Cathedral spokesperson said “We are encouraging everyone and especially the LGBTI community on the island, to come and light a candle, to have some time for reflection and to pray for peace.”


Photos thanks to @mark1photos

IDAHO Day – 17th May 2016

The LGBT Youth Group have very kindly offered to host IDAHO Day this year. The Group are busy raising funds for the Cafe and their planned activities – one of which is to send a small group to Liverpool to attend their first Pride.

There will be refreshments and one of Catriona’s delicious rainbow cakes! Any donations will be gratefully received!

We hope to see you there – everyone is welcome and please get the message out to your friends and families.

Come on down for and support the LGBT Youth down at Cafe Laare!


What is IDAHO day?

It was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally.

In under a decade, May 17 has established itself the single most important date for LGBTI communities to mobilise on a worldwide scale.

The Day represents an annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to the alarming situation faced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people and all those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms.

May 17 is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal, with 1600 events reported from 1280 organizations in 2014. These mobilisations unite millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is not one centralised campaign; rather it is a moment that everyone can take advantage of to take action.

The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia has received official recognition from several States, international institutions as the European Parliament, and by countless local authorities. Most United Nations agencies also mark the Day with specific events.

Homophobia in Manx Schools – Survey 2016

The Manx Rainbow Association has published a survey to establish the level of homophobic bullying within our schools and to determine what, if anything, is being done by the schools to prevent it. The Manx Rainbow Association has worked closely with the LGBT Youth group for a number of years and stories from these members have prompted the Association to look into the problem further.

One of our biggest problems with Isle of Man schools is that we don’t have any figures to work with unlike our UK counterparts. At a diversity meeting last month a head teacher stated that their school had no problems with any type of homophobic bullying which doesn’t tally with what we are hearing from the students.

The Chair of the Manx Rainbow Association, Caroline Brand says…

“It is vitally important for our children to be safe when they attend school and for any child that is a member of the LGBT community this can often prove to be extremely difficult. The effects of using derogatory language have been proven to have a direct impact on mental health, self-confidence and academic potential and can stay with the person for decades, truly disrupting their lives.  This is not acceptable AT ALL but from speaking with young members of our LGBT community it is common and many of them feel let down and that they are not supported.

The Manx Rainbow Association would like to see this tackled head on and from the top. The results of the survey will be made public and we would urge all schools on the Island to look into their policy regarding homophobic bullying, to actively engage with their LGBT students and most importantly send out a message that it is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. “

Teachers are our most powerful tool in the fight against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. The Government needs to ensure that all new teachers are trained on tackling all types of bullying as part of their initial teacher training. School heads need to lead from the front and visibly demonstrate their commitment to tackling bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity and every member of school staff, teaching or not, needs to be proactive in challenging bullying and prejudice wherever it occurs. – STONEWALL

Click here to take part in the Homophobia in Manx Schools – Survey 2016

For more information, please contact:

Lee Vorster – Press Officer
Office: 01624687255
Mobile: 07624263613

Gay in the UK – a new BBC3 Documentary looking for participants

Are you LGBT, aged between 16-34 and live in a small village, hamlet, coastal town, suburb, Island, mountain or anything in between?

Do you have a story to tell about what it’s like being gay in the place you live?

Maybe it’s positive, maybe it’s not, either way we want to know about the reality of your life being gay in the UK.

Our LGBT presenter will be travelling across the UK and wants to meet those with interesting stories to tell. If this is something you’d be interested in being involved with, please email your details and a short paragraph about yourself (no more than 300 words) to

Note: We appreciate that the Isle of Man isn’t in the UK however we feel that as we are TV licence payers our stories should be heard.

Transgender Resource Links Go Live

We are pleased to announce that the Transgender Information Resource Page is now live.

Information is provided under the following headings:

  • Support Groups and Information
  • Medical and Healthcare
  • Culture and Community
  • History and Politics

We hope that members of the Transgender community find this information useful.  If anyone has anything further to add then please get in touch.