The need to improve the physical and mental health of young transgender people has been identified as a key strategic objective in the Government’s new 3-year LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy. The creation of an inclusive physical environment for young transgender and intersex people was also identified as a strategic priority.
The strategy, launched yesterday at a glittering event in Temple Bar, Dublin, by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, is the culmination of widespread consultation with young LGBTI+ people, representative organisations and stakeholders throughout Ireland.
Speaking following the launch event, Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) Chief Executive Stephen O’Hare said:
“TENI welcomes the publication of this timely and unique national strategy, the first of its kind, which has been developed in direct response to the needs and aspirations of young LGBTI+ people. We are pleased that the voices of many young trans and non-binary people who participated in the Youth Advisory Group and consultation process appear to be reflected in the strategic goals and objectives set out in the Strategy.”
The definitive time frame provided within the strategy for the progress and implementation of key actions, particularly in areas relating to participation in education, inclusion in the work place, participation in sport and appropriately resourced health services for young trans and intersex people is particularly welcome. We urge the government to identify the necessary resources and waste no time in progressing implementation across all of the key objectives”, he added.
The strategy was developed with the participation of TENI under the guidance of the Oversight Committee, The Committee was chaired by Irish Times journalist, author and LGBTI+ activist Una Mullally and comprised representatives from a range of Government Departments and representative organisations working with young LGBTI+ people including TENI, BeLonG To Youth Services, LGBT Ireland, Sport Ireland, Union of Students in Ireland (USI), Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and others.