“BeLonG To gave me a space to be unapologetically me”.
These are the words of 17-year-old Lara Fitzsimons, who attends The Ladybirds – BeLonG To’s youth group for LBT gals, and their non-binary pals.
Last night, Lara performed as part of Dear Ireland III, an Abbey Theatre Production.
Dear Ireland III features a series of three minute postcards from underrepresented voices in Irish society, including Lara, and the brilliant activist and chair of TENI, Sara Philips.
Lara wrote a powerful, honest and moving piece about being LGBTI+ in Ireland today. You can watch it below (at 4.15):
The Ladybirds is just one of the LGBTI+ youth groups we support across Ireland.