New LGBT group aims to cre­ate safe place in Val­leys

Cynon Valley - - NEWS - JES­SICA WAL­FORD jes­sica.wal­ford@waleson­

A NEW LGBT group has been set up in Porth.

The group, called Proud Val­leys, will meet at Pop Fac­tory on a Tues­day evening. it aims to cre­ate a safe and wel­com­ing place for all gen­ders, sex­u­al­i­ties, ages, re­li­gions and be­liefs.

The group’s goal is to cre­ate a car­ing com­mu­nity in Rhondda Cynon Taff where all can feel welcome, have their ques­tions an­swered and over­come iso­la­tion, prej­u­dice and other is­sues which LGBT peo­ple face on a daily ba­sis.

The group was created by ac­tive mem­bers of the LGBT com­mu­nity who felt there was no ac­tive or­gan­i­sa­tion in RCT or sense of com­mu­nity where LGBT in­di­vid­u­als could find ad­vice, sup­port and friend­ship.

They found that some of their mem­bers had ques­tions, needed emo­tional sup­port or were in need of be­ing with oth­ers where they are un­der­stood with­out prej­u­dice.

The group can now of­fer spe­cial­ist help from vol­un­teers, with back­grounds in ar­eas such as men­tal health and home­less­ness.

Proud Val­leys want to pro­mote LGBT rights as well as raise aware­ness and pro­vide a “safe space” for the com­mu­nity.

Chair­man Josh Davies, 24, from Peny­graig, said: “There needs to be an aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion for peo­ple to say it’s OK to be gay.

“They don’t have to be afraid to walk down the street hand-in-hand.

“For me, it’s about rais­ing that aware­ness to say it’s OK to be LGBT in the Val­leys.”

For more in­for­ma­tion email con­tact@proud val­ or you can call 01443 440510.

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