Local tattoo parlour AWOL Tattoos and Piercing are holding a day long tattooing event this month in support of Teach Solais LGBT+ resource centre.
The ‘Big Gay Charity Flash Day’ on May 17 is being organised by AWOL and Dublin based tattoo artist Ciaran O’Brien with all proceeds going to Teach Solais.
Teach Solais is in the midst of a funding crisis that could force it to close its doors by November and deprive the LGBT+ community in the west of Ireland of an important community hub.
Amach! LGBT charity runs the community centre which is used for many essential health and peer services in Galway.
It serves as a hub for activities like the Galway branch of the national LGBT helpline, peer support groups like the GOSSIP transgender group, and many health related events like free HIV testing from AIDS West and meditation or wellness session.
Recent Health Galway funding has allowed the centre to expand on the various health initiatives that run out of Teach Solais for the benefit of the physical and mental health of the LGBT+ community.
A crowdfunding campaign ‘Save Our Teach Solais’ has so far raised over €7,000 out of a goal of €10,000 to try and keep services running, but more help is needed.
Ciaran O’Brien said on Instagram that he began organising this event when looking for an LGBT charity to support and heard about the incredible work that Teach Solais was doing when he last visited AWOL.
He had originally planned on doing something by himself to help break the stigma against HIV positive people getting tattoos, but after hearing his plan and talking about Teach Solais, the team at AWOL were all in.
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FRIDAY THE 17th OF MAY! BIG GAY FLASH DAY @awoltattoos all proceeds going to @teachsolaislgbt ! I heard about the work of @teachsolaislgbt when I was searching for an lgbt charity to raise some funds for by doing a flash day I originally intended on doing by myself. To break some stigma around people who are hiv positive being tattooed! Just like any other customer it’s fine! But lots still don’t know! Teach Solais LGBT+ Resource Centre is the first of its kind in the west of Ireland, and is a vital safe space for the LGBT+ Community. Ran and founded by Amach! LGBT Galway, It is a great hub of activities, support, education, resources, information and events for the LGBT+ community in galway city and the west. Teach solais will sadly have to close its doors if they don’t reach their 18k goal. As they receive NO GOVERNMENT FUNDING !!! Leaving many many people who rely on its services with nowhere to go! On my last visit to @awoltattoos I just so happened to tattoo one of the centers workers @leesac92 Who told me more about their work. Immediately I knew that @teachsolaislgbt Was the charity I wanted to raise some money for ! Anything towards their 18k goal would do! After hearing about my plan. All of @awoltattoos were on board ! So come may 17th myself @awoltattooer @johnnytrendkill @lorcanbigfoottattoo @niamhxgannon @steve_hession And more to be announced, will tattoo all day and donate everything to @teachsolaislgbt To help them reach their rent. And stay open ! We will have a flash sheet to choose from and all designs will be set at €50 but you’re welcome to pay as much as you want ! I will also post a link to their gofund me in my bio so if you can’t make it on the day you can donate ! All donations no matter how small or big are welcomed ! And please share ! No matter how big or small your following is And let’s try keep them doing amazing work ! And SAVE @teachsolaislgbt More details on the day to be announced! And some other news involving the lovely people at @clubgass And @majorfader12 too! Follow everyone tagged above to keep up to date !
“Teach Solais LGBT+ Resource Centre is the first of its kind in the west of Ireland, and is a vital safe space for the LGBT+ Community.”
He praised the resource centre as a “great hub of activities, support, education, resources, information and events for the LGBT+ community in Galway city and the west”.
“Teach solais will sadly have to close its doors if they don’t reach their 18k goal. As they receive NO GOVERNMENT FUNDING !!! Leaving many many people who rely on its services with nowhere to go!”
People can come to AWOL Tattoos in Newtownsmith on May 17 and choose from a wide range of tattoo designs for €50 with all proceeds going directly to Teach Solais.
“Teach Solais is very close to our heart here in AWOL, so many of our wonderful customers benefit from their amazing support and we want to do anything that can help them prevent closing their doors,” AWOL Tattoo and Piercing said on Facebook.
“They are a vital resource for the LGBT+ community here in the West so show them your support and come get tattooed on the 17th May”.