BeLonG To, the National LGBT+ Youth Organisation, has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, of her appointment of Una Mullally as chairperson for the Government’s LGBT Youth Strategy.
Moninne Griffith, Executive Director of BeLonG To said:
“We are very pleased to see the Government taking steps to deliver on the LGBT Youth Strategy promised in their Programme for Government earlier this year. We pledge to continue to work alongside Minister Zappone and the Department for Children and Youth Affairs to ensure better outcomes and brighter futures for young LGBT+ people in Ireland who are still suffering enormously because of anti LGBT stigma and violence.
“Despite well documented progress for the adult LGBT+ community in Ireland, young people feel that little has changed for them in their daily lives, where they continue to face family rejection, social exclusion and bullying. We cannot continue to ignore the bleak reality that 1 in 3 LGBT+ young people aged 14 – 18 have attempted to take their own lives.
“As a long-time advocate for the LGBT+ community, and as a young dynamic woman, Una Mullally is an excellent choice for chairperson for the LGBT Youth Strategy.
“We look forward to working closely with Ms Mullally and Minister Zappone on an ambitious and achievable strategy that ensures LGBT+ young people in Ireland are safe and supported in their families, schools and communities so they can thrive as healthy and equal citizens.
“However, we need to see continued demonstrable investment in supports and services for LGBT+ young people now and a commitment to invest in the actions recommended in the upcoming strategy, if the Government is to be taken seriously about addressing this emergency.”