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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Second-level schools take a stand against LGBTI+ related bullying during Stand Up Awareness Week

BeLonG To Youth Services, the national LGBTI+ youth organisation, today has called for all second level students in Ireland to be an ally and stand up for the LGBTI+ community by using words that have the power to heal, not hurt. BeLonG To has recruited supporters including MEP Maria Walsh, designer and broadcaster Brendan Courtney, actress Lola Petticrew and TikTok stars […]

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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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Youth Organisations #BringingPrideHome for LGBTI+ Young People Across Ireland

Youth organisations partner for #BringingPrideHome campaign to support LGBTI+ young people as Pride Parade moves online.   Nearly 1,000 LGBTI+ young people are set to receive a Pride Self-Care Pack to keep the spirit of Pride alive while remaining socially distant as the annual Dublin Pride parade is moved online for the second year due to Covid-19 restrictions. Three leading […]

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Mental Health Crisis for LGBTI+ Young People as New Figures Show 97% are Struggling with Anxiety, Stress or Depression

New national survey released during Pride Month shows mental health of LGBTI+ young people has acutely deteriorated during Covid-19   Findings from a national survey conducted by BeLonG To Youth Services reveal the consequence of the pandemic for LGBTI+ young people. The research shows that 97% of LGBTI+ youth are struggling with anxiety, stress, or depression. The pandemic poses a […]

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Anxiety, Isolation & Fear of Family Rejection Increase Demand for LGBTI+ Support Services by 113%

New figures from BeLonG To Youth Services, the national organisation supporting LGBTI+ young people, show a huge spike in demand for support in 2020. Today, launching their 2020 Annual Report, the organisation revealed a 113% increase in support through their frontline service, supporting 1,540 individuals, compared to 717 in 2019. Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman […]

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Minister O’Gorman announces LGBTI+ Youth Leadership Programme

Friday 5th March 2021   Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., has today announced a new LGBTI+ Youth Leadership Programme aimed at LGBTI+ young people. The LGBTI+ Youth Leadership Programme will be run by Foróige in collaboration with BelongTo and is open to applications from all LBGTI+ young people. The Programme aims to enable LGBTI+ […]

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Minister O’Gorman announces LGBTI+ Youth Leadership Programme

Friday 5th March 2021 Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., has today announced a new LGBTI+ Youth Leadership Programme aimed at LGBTI+ young people. The LGBTI+ Youth Leadership Programme will be run by Foróige in collaboration with BelongTo and is open to applications from all LBGTI+ young people. The Programme aims to enable LGBTI+ young […]

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