Statement by the Coalition Against Transphobia

21.11.2021 On Sunday, 14th November 2021, the Sunday Independent published a column by Eilis O’Hanlon entitled “It’s time to say no to extremists who want to let children pick their gender”. Due to the transphobic nature of this column, TENI immediately requested a right of reply. The Sunday Independent granted this right. However, they limited the reply to a maximum […]

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Coming Out Day 2021: LGBTI+ Personalities Share their Coming Out Stories

10th October 2021 In honour of International Coming Out Day, October 11th, BeLonG To today launched a star-studded video campaign. Access the videos at www.belongto.org/international-coming-out-day   A host of well-known Irish LGBTI+ personalities have shared their coming out story with BeLonG To Youth Services as part of a campaign to mark International Coming Out Day 2021. Leinster rugby player, Jack […]

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Closed for the Holidays

Our Frontline Youth Service will be closed from Friday, Dec 18- Monday, Jan 4. This includes all Youth Groups, Phone and Email Support, and Drugs and Alcohol Services. Our weekly groups will be back on Monday, Jan 11. Our office will be closed from Wednesday, Dec 23- Monday, Jan 4. If you feel overwhelmed and are struggling to cope over […]

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Over half of Irish students believe coming out as LGBTI+ will lead to bullying.

Monday November 16th 2020 Second-level schools take a stand against LGBTI+ related bullying during Stand Up Awareness Week   A poll from BeLonG To Youth Services, the national LGBTI+ youth organisation shows students correlate coming out as LGBTI+. with bullying.  Some 52% of students believe that if someone in their school comes out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, that […]

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Stand Up Awareness Week 2020

Stand Up Awareness Week is taking place from November 16th-20th. Stand Up Awareness Week is supported by the Department of Education and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. The anti-LGBTI+ bullying week, now in its 11th year is a time for schools to take a stand against homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying. Last year, 58% of second-level schools took […]

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New Focus Ireland/BeLonG To Youth Services report finds parental rejection of young people’s sexual orientation and gender identity can lead to homelessness

Friday, September 18th, 2020 Click here to read a copy of A Qualitative Study of LGBTQI+ Youth Homelessness in Ireland. Parental rejection of young people’s sexual orientation and gender identity can be a key trigger in the decision to leave home and can subsequently lead to homelessness according to a new research report released today by Focus Ireland and BeLonG […]

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New Online LGBTI+ Youth Group

This group is a safe space where you can get the chance to meet people, chat, have fun, and learn a little about gender and sexuality. This online group is open to any LGBTI+ young person between 14-23 years. You don’t have to label yourself when you come to our groups, so if you are questioning your sexuality or gender […]

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93% of LGBTI+ young people struggling with anxiety, stress or depression during COVID-19.

93% of LGBTI+ young people struggling with anxiety, stress or depression during COVID-19. New national survey shows LGBTI+ young people are experiencing serious mental health challenges.   Monday, June 15th, 2020. Findings from a national survey, conducted by BeLonG To Youth Services reveal that 93% of LGBTI+ youth are struggling with anxiety, stress or depression during COVID-19. This is in […]

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