The Rainbow Project are honoured to announce a visit by New York Council Member Daniel Dromm to Belfast. Council Member Dromm has been a progressive leader in Queens for over 20 years. An award-winning public school teacher, Dromm was elected to the New York City Council in 2009 and represents District 25 (Jackson Heights & Elmhurst). He serves as the Chair of the Education Committee.

Council Member Dromm will be visiting Colaiste Feirste and Boy’s Model schools on Thursday 8th October along with representatives of The Rainbow Project where he will meet with teachers and students of the schools. The Rainbow Project has been working for more than 5 years around integrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) issues in education, increasing visibility of LGB&T people in schools and tackling homophobic and transphobic bullying.

New York Council Member Daniel Dromm, said:

“Education is a fundamental human right and a person’s access to education should not be impacted upon by their sexual orientation or gender identity. Ensuring schools are safe and welcoming to all our young people helps increase the likelihood of academic and economic success, not just for the young people but for the entire country. For too long LGB&T young people have remained invisible within educational systems and the failure of some schools and education authorities to meet their duty of care to those young people ignored. I look forward to learning more about the work of The Rainbow Project in Northern Ireland and hope to provide insight and guidance on this important issue.

John O’Doherty, the Rainbow Project director, said:

“We are truly honoured to host Council Member Dromm as part of his visit to Belfast. The Rainbow Project is committed to ensuring that all schools are safe, welcoming and supportive environments for LGB&T people. We have worked with schools from across the education sectors and look forward to showcasing some of this work to Council Member Dromm. We hope to learn from the Council Members experience as both a teacher and as Chair of the Education Committee in New York about his experience of integrating and increasing visibility of LGB&T issues within education and hope we in turn can inspire him through the great wok being carried out in Colaiste Feirste and Boy’s Model.”


Further information

Research carried out by The Rainbow Project in 2011 Entitled Left out of the Equation found that:

  • Homophobic language and bullying are prevalent in schools across Northern Ireland with 98% of LGB young people reporting hearing homophobic language in school from pupils, teachers, non-teaching staff and visitors to schools.
  • 72% of survey respondents reported that when teachers heard homophobic language, they ignored it.
  • 94% of survey respondents reported that they were taught nothing in sexual health education which was relevant to them as an LGB person.

Media information: Gavin Boyd, : John O’Doherty 028 9031 9030

Council Member Dromm will be available for interviews. For more information please contact us.

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