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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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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Mental health advocates call for action two years on from the Taskforce on Youth Mental Health

Thursday, December 12th, 2019   Two years on from the publication of the Report of the Taskforce on Youth Mental Health, a number of organisations and individuals who work with children and young people have called for the report’s recommendations to be implemented in full to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people in Ireland and help to address Ireland’s mental health […]

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BeLonG To & TENI response to the Report on the Review of the Gender Recognition Act

Friday, November 29th, 2019 BeLonG To Youth Services and TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland) welcome the publication of Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty’s, Report on the Review of the Gender Recognition Act today. This report sets out some key amendments to the Act that will improve the lives of trans people in Ireland. While welcoming the […]

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Urgent action needed as research reveals an alarming 73% of LGBTI+ students feel unsafe at school

Urgent action needed as research reveals an alarming 73% of LGBTI+ students feel unsafe at school   National school survey shows LGBTI+ students experience physical and sexual assault, harassment and abuse at school. Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 BeLonG To Youth Services calls on the Minister of Education, Joe McHugh TD and second-level schools to take urgent action following the shocking […]

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LGBTI+ Young People Need More Than Token Gestures – Strategic Plan 2019-2021

LGBTI+ Young People Need More Than Token Gestures – Strategic Plan 2019-2021 Press Release Tuesday, May 7th 2019 Flying a rainbow flag is a great first step, but real inclusion needs a whole community approach says BeLonG To Youth Services, today launching their three-year plan for the future of LGBTI+ young people in Ireland ‘Sharing the Learning’. The 2019-2021 Strategic […]

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BeLonG To Youth Services Celebrate €71,000 Rainbow Ball Fundraiser

BeLonG To Youth Services Celebrate €71,000 Rainbow Ball Fundraiser   Tuesday, November 20th, 2018   On Friday, November 16th BeLonG To Youth Services hosted the second annual Rainbow Ball in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin raising €71,000 for vital LGBTI+ youth support services. Celebrities, corporate partners and allies came together for a moving night to support LGBTI+ young people. The Rainbow […]

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Facebook and BeLonG To Youth Services Launch Online Guide to be Kinder Online

Facebook and BeLonG To Youth Services Launch Online Guide to be Kinder Online Wednesday 14 November 2018: Today, Facebook and BeLonG To Youth Services have launched a guide to tackle the abuse of young LGBTI+ people online entitled, ‘End Bullying, Be Kind Online’. The online guide is launched as part of BeLonG To’s Stand Up Awareness Week during which all second-level […]

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76% Of LGBTI+ Youth Name Bullying At School As A Source of Major Anxiety

76% Of LGBTI+ Youth Name Bullying At School As A Source of Major Anxiety  Second-level schools take a stand against LGBTI+ related bullying during Stand Up Awareness Week Monday, November 12th, 2018 Research from BeLonG To Youth Services highlights the harrowing effects of homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying on the mental health of LGBTI+ youth. A huge 76% of LGBTI+ […]

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