BeLonG To: Will you #VoteWithPride?

How will you vote in this election? Do you know where your candidate stands on LGBTI+ issues?

BeLonG To would like you to ask your election candidates to protect and advance the rights of LGBTI+ youth.

They have set out 10 commitments that the new government could include in their programme for government to improve the lives of LGBTI+ youth. With a rise in hate-crime and hate speech towards the LGBTI+ community, this is needed more than ever.

Ask your candidate to pledge support to these 10 commitments:

  1. Fully implement the LGBTI+ Youth Strategy 2018-2020.
  2. Roll-out timely appropriate national trans health services.
  3. Support and fund schools to implement LGBTI+ inclusive relationships and sexuality education.
  4. Review and update hate-speech and hate-crime legislation, to ensure it is fit for purpose and uses up-to-date terminology.
  5. Take action on the health inequalities faced by LGBTI+ people, by requiring and resourcing all national and local health and social care organisations, to ensure their services are safe and supportive for the LGBTI+ community.
  6. A sustained financial investment in LGBTI+ specific youth work, to ensure it is safe and supports the needs of LGBTI+ young people.
  7. Resource LGBTI+ led non-governmental organisations, to provide services and supports for LGBTI+ people across Ireland.
  8. Implement the recommendations in the Gender Recognition Act review report, to provide legal gender recognition to non-binary people, and extend the act to legal gender recognition for trans people under 18.
  9. Review and update the National Action Plan on bullying (2013) and provide specific prevention initiatives for LGBTI+ identity-based bullying in schools.
  10. Ensure schools are safe supportive spaces for LGBTI+ students, free from anti-LGBTI+ bullying, by implementing the recommendations from the School Climate Report 2019.

As a voter, you can share BeLonG To’s manifesto with your networks online and on social media, and #VoteWithPride on February 8th.

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