Exciting new departure for GLEN and for LGBT Equality in Ireland

glen logoToday, 30th September, GLEN [Gay & Lesbian Network] are delighted to announce the appointment of Áine Duggan as the new Executive Director of GLEN.

For the past four years, Áine has served as President and CEO of Re:Gender, a national U.S.-based gender equality organization. Under her leadership, Re:Gender rebranded and evolved its programming to address discrimination experienced by all individuals across the gender, sexuality and sex spectrums, led a cross-sector network of academic institutions, nonprofits and corporations to integrate an intersectional gender lens in their structure, programmes and policies, and initiated a merger with the International Center for Research on Women.

“We are delighted to appoint Áine as the new Executive Director of GLEN. She brings with her a wealth of experience in understanding and tackling the underlying causes of discrimination and inequality that must be addressed to ensure that we can deliver on GLEN’s goal of full participation of LGBT people in all aspects of Irish life”

stated Kieran Rose, GLEN Co-Chair.

“This is an exciting and crucial time to be advancing a culture of equality in Ireland, and it is an honour to join the staff and board of GLEN. I am looking forward to getting out and meeting with people and hearing how we can leverage the diversity of our LGBTI voices and experiences to ensure inclusion across all communities and sectors”

said Áine Duggan.

Áine, a graduate of University College Dublin, teaches public policy in the MSW and Graduate Social Research program at Hunter College, New York, and has regularly contributed to reports and served as a speaker at government hearings and academic, corporate and community events and forums. She currently serves on the boards of OutRight Action International (formerly, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission) and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and has previously served on the boards of Queers for Economic Justice and Irish HIV/Aids organisation, Cáirde.

“The last number of years have seen extraordinary progress for LGBT people. It is clear that Irish people have given a huge mandate to ensure that LGBT people belong fully across all aspects of Irish society. However, there remain many challenges yet to be overcome to ensure that our schools and workplaces are safe and affirming for LGBT people, that our streets are safe, and that LGBT people can grow up happy and healthy, marry and have a family”

added Margot Slattery, GLEN Co-Chair.

“We are very pleased to have Áine lead the very talented and committed team in GLEN to address these challenges in partnership with the Government, LGBT people and communities, and all stakeholders including the Irish public”

continued Slattery.

Áine will take up her post at the end of October, replacing Brian Sheehan, who has been Executive Director of GLEN since 2007.

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