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This weekend, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will host Pink Training 2012. This is the largest LGBT training event in Europe, with delegations of students attending from almost all USI-affiliated colleges.

The event will be launched by Kathleen Lynch TD, the Minister of State for Disability, Equality and Mental Health. The launch will also be attended by Jerry Buttimer TD, a staunch advocate for LGBT rights.

Pink Training consists of a weekend of training modules on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. The event is the largest of its kind in Europe for third-level students and continues to be one of the most popular and the largest training event that USI runs in terms of attendees.

It is primarily for LGBT students, but is also open to LGBT allies. Workshops covered over the weekend include Coming Out workshops, Supporting a Friends who’s Coming Out, Looking after your Mental Health, Sexual Health, Trans* Awareness, Running an LGBT Society, Bisexuality Awareness, Being an LGBT Ally, Sexual Empowerment, lobbying and media skills.

Laura Harmon, Vice President for Equality and Citizenship said:

“It’s great to see so many delegates attending Pink Training this year from so many different colleges. It’s also fantastic to see many new colleges attending who haven’t sent delegates to Pink Training before. This is the largest training event that USI runs and we are proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the event this year. Students will learn about a range of issues pertaining to mental and sexual health over the weekend as well as issues relating to campaigning on LGBT issues. Pink Training provides a safe space for LGBT students to network and share ideas and the level of interest in the event this year has been unprecedented.”

Sam Ryan, Deputy President of UCC Students’ Union said:

“UCC Students’ Union are delighted to get the chance to bring Pink Training back to Cork. It’s a fantastic weekend where a diverse group of people come together to learn about LGBT issues and network in a safe space. UCC has a proud tradition in the area of LGBT rights with our LGBT Society being awarded the accolade of Ireland’s best college society earlier in the year. It’s an honour for UCC to be hosting Pink Training and we’re looking forward to a great weekend of learning and fun.”


For more information contact USI Media and Communications Executive, Ronan Costello, on 085-1164263 or email



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