Above front row from left: Minister David Staunton TD, Minister for Justice and Equality Charles Flanagan, TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone TD
Government Buildings, Dublin 2.
Minister for Justice Charles Flanagan, and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone TD join interest groups at the launch. of the LGBTQI+ Inclusion National Strategy to ‘target discrimination, promote inclusion, and improve quality of life and wellbeing for LGBTI people’.
ShoutOut is a community of volunteers and activists committed to improving life for LGBTQ+ people in Ireland.
They need your help.
Declan Meehan writes
68% of LGBTQ+ Irish students report experiencing bullying directed towards them because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
ShoutOut aims to tackle this huge problem by delivering workshops to students in the classroom.
Last year we delivered workshops to almost 10,000 students, free of charge, and since our foundation in 2012 we have reached over 28,000 students.
We are aiming to raise €10,000 by Christmas Eve. So far we have raised 56% of our goal on GoFundMe (see link below).
We desperately need additional funding to ensure the continuation of FREE anti-bullying workshops in schools all across the island of Ireland, to combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in Irish schools.
Ashers Bakery in Belfast declined the request for a cake with an image of Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie below the motto ‘Support Gay Marriage’ in May, 2015
Five justices unanimously ruled that the McArthur family [who said they were being forced to act against their religious beliefs] did not discriminate against gay rights activist Gareth Lee on the ground of sexual orientation.
The court’s president, Lady Hale, said:
“It is deeply humiliating, and an affront to human dignity, to deny someone a service because of that person’s race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief. But that is not what happened in this case.
“The bakers could not refuse to supply their goods to Mr Lee because he was a gay man or supported gay marriage, but that is quite different from obliging them to supply a cake iced with a message with which they profoundly disagreed.”
To mark Pride Week, Solidarity–People Before Profit Paul Murphy joined representatives of LGBTQ groups in Ireland to appeal to the Toaiseach not to hold up the Sex Education Bill which would remove religious ethos from the RSE curriculum.
The legislation, which is at the committee stage, is a private member’s Bill – providing for education about consent, contraception, abortion, sexuality and gender issues – and will perish without mainstream political support.
Above from left: Director of Shout Out Bella Fitzpatrick, UCD Students’ Union LGBTQ Coordinator Adrasteia Hughes, VP Dublin Region USI Aisling Cusack , Paul Murphy, Radical Queers Resist’s Erin Sterling and Act Up’s Davy Sulivan.
Hello, I just wanted to get back in touch to thank you for featuring BadgeMaking.ie’s LGBTQ badges. The fundraising campaign is over and we’ve raised €719 which has gone to GLEN, the gay and lesbian support network. There was a definite spike in orders when it appeared on the Broadsheet so thanks for the support.