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Sign the pledge to use factual and accurate information

It was recently reported that the LGBTQ+ community is one of the most consistent victims of mis- and disinformation in the  European Union.   

We know that the rise in the spread of misinformation online has real-life consequences for LGBTQ+ young people and other marginalised communities.  

That is why we are asking you to pledge to use factual and accurate information during your election campaign, and during your term if elected as Councillor. 

Research released by Trinity College Dublin this April shows the devastating impact of online hate, misrepresentation and discrimination, with LGBTQ+ young people experiencing 3 times the level of anxiety and depress and 5 times the level of suicide attempts – compared to the general youth population. 

This is your opportunity to show that you support the rights of LGBTQ+ people and marginalised communities whose safety is at threat due to misinformation and fake news.   

Public debate and discussion are a vital part of any democracy, and the upcoming local elections are no different. Accurate and credible sources of information ensure well-informed discussions based on facts.  

For our communities to thrive, we need to stand up against misinformation and polarisation and come together to implement changes that create an Ireland for all. 

If elected, we will ask you to deliver on this commitment by bringing this motion to your Council. 

That this council commits to using factual and accurate information, based on credible sources, in this council’s discussion and debates. 

This council is aware of the harmful impact that misinformation has on marginalised communities, including but not limited to those protected under the Equal Status Acts, namely on the grounds of gender, martial status, family status, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion and membership of the Traveller community. 

In making this commitment, this council affirms its obligation as a Local Authority, as per Section 42 of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014, to have regard to the need to: 

a) eliminate discrimination, 
b) promote equality of opportunity and treatment of its staff and the persons to whom it provides services, and  
c) protect the human rights of its members, staff and the persons to whom it provides services. 

SIGN THE PLEDGE  

We retain the right to decline signatures from candidates who do not uphold and respect the indivisibility of human rights and democracy.  

Once you have signed the pledge, we will send you social media assets to share with your followers so you can let them know you stand behind truth and accurate information.  



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