The experience of being LGBT on campus depends on the person themselves; it depends on how open they are and how comfortable they are with their sexuality or gender. The atmosphere in college can play a large part too. Some LGBT students find that “coming out” in their particular
situation would be unnecessary hassle and possibly even dangerous. This does not however inferthat the person is ashamed of being LGBT. You should come out because YOU want to, not because someone else thinks you should.
GiGsoc is NUI Galway’s LGBT society, which provides a safe place for LGBT students to come and meet and to socialise in a fun atmosphere. The society also runs educational events throughout the year. The society can prove to be a source of support, understanding and friendship for LGBT students.
If you encounter any kind of discrimination and harassment, whether it is spoken or unspoken, physical or sexual, from anyone in college, students or staff you do not have to stand for it. You can contact the Students’ Union Equality Officer or Welfare Officer, who are in place to make sure there is no bullying or discrimination on campus.