Youth

BeLonG To: We are Hiring a Development Worker

BeLonG To: We are Hiring a Development Worker

Would you like to join the BeLonG To LGBT+ Youth Services team? They are now recruiting a Development Worker, to help them create more safe spaces for LGBTI+ youth.  The Development Worker will ensure youth services across Ireland are safe, inclusive and welcoming spaces for LGBTI+ young people. They will support BeLonG To’s National Network […]

Young LGBTI Creatives – Open Call For Submissions

Young LGBTI Creatives – Open Call For Submissions

Live Out Loud Campaign The Live Out Loud campaign, from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, is a national campaign that celebrates LGBTI+ youth, and shows how they are visible, valued, and included in culture, society, and sport. The campaign was launched on International Coming Out Day, 11 October 2020, with an open call […]

BeLonG To: “I felt like the world was falling on top of me”

BeLonG To: “I felt like the world was falling on top of me”

Since March, the world as we as know it has been turned upside down. For many LGBTI+ young people, the pandemic compounded existing mental health challenges, as they were isolated from their support networks, who love and accept them for who they are. These fears and worries were reflected in the demand for BeLonG To’s […]

UK: Trans clinic appeals puberty blockers judgment

UK: Trans clinic appeals puberty blockers judgment

England’s only youth gender clinic said on Tuesday it had sought leave to appeal a court ruling that has stopped its doctors from being able to prescribe puberty-blocking drugs to under-16s, without a judge’s approval. The Tavistock clinic had been expected to challenge the December 1 High Court ruling, which said under-16s were unlikely to […]

BeLonG To: ‘Thank You For Standing Up!’

BeLonG To: ‘Thank You For Standing Up!’

It’s been one week since hundreds of second-level schools took a stand against anti-LGBTI+ bullying and joined BeLonG To for Stand Up Awareness Week 2020. ‘Be yourself’ was a phrase echoed on posters, school corridors, and classroom walls, as students, teachers, and school communities joined together to stand up against homophobic, transphobic, and biphobic bullying. BeLonG To […]

England: Nearly half of LGBT+ pupils feel unsafe at school – Survey

England: Nearly half of LGBT+ pupils feel unsafe at school – Survey

Almost half of LGBT+ pupils in England do not feel safe at school, with more than a third saying homophobic and transphobic bullying is common, a study showed on Wednesday, raising concerns about the possible impact on students’ mental health. Gay, bisexual and transgender secondary school students were twice as likely (42%) to report such […]

BeLonG To: 2019 Annual Report Launched

BeLonG To: 2019 Annual Report Launched

BeLonG To Youth Services have launched their 2019 Annual Report. Equipped with their new database in 2019, they gathered 12 months of demographic data, from young people accessing their Dublin-based youth service. They gleaned valuable insights from this data, discovering the most urgent needs of LGBTI+ young people. This information has shaped the future direction […]

Opinion: Spirit Day Generation – How Gen Z is transforming LGBT+ advocacy

Opinion: Spirit Day Generation – How Gen Z is transforming LGBT+ advocacy

By Clare Kenny Generation Z is growing up in a contradictory time. One minute they are told by world leaders that they are the future, the next they see an article – about climate crisis, COVID-19, you name it – that tells them we may not have a future. What I know is that listening […]

US: Most LGBT+ students face homophobic/transphobic abuse

US: Most LGBT+ students face homophobic/transphobic abuse

Almost all LGBT+ students in the United States have heard offensive remarks about their sexuality or gender identity, with comments such as ‘that’s so gay’ regularly bandied around playgrounds and campus cafeterias, researchers said on Tuesday. Just under 99% of LGBT students, aged between 13 and 21, reported hearing disparaging comments about their sexuality or […]

Trans and Gay Characters Center Stage in a New Orchestral Work By Michael J. Evans

Trans and Gay Characters Center Stage in a New Orchestral Work By Michael J. Evans

A new kind of story is making its way to classical audiences around the world on October 9th.With THE ADVENTURES OF FLORIAN, composer Michael J. Evans presents an epic, modern adaptation of Henry Beston’s fairy tale of the same name, reframing the story into a tale that features a trans hero. Together with the colorful, […]