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Ireland is the first country to carry out a national LGBT youth strategy

Minister Katherine Zappone is launching an online consultation today.

IRELAND IS TO  become the first country in the world to carry out a national LGBT youth strategy.

The strategy aims to address the challenges faced by young members of Ireland’s LGBT community.

Young people around Ireland are being urged to get involved and share their views over the coming months, with events organised around the country.

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone is today launching the online questionnaire for the strategy at Facebook headquarters in Dublin.

While consultations are taking place online, a meeting for all young people who want to get involved will take place in Dublin on 6 May.

Young members of the LGBT community are encouraged to attend roadshows in Sligo, Dundalk, Waterford, Galway and Cork in the coming months.

The programme plans to consult young people between the age of 15-24 about all aspects of their lives so as to provide key recommendations in certain policy areas.

“Today we invite young people across Ireland to be part of history. Through Facebook Live and an online consultation with Spunout.ie they will help form the world’s first LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy,” said the minister.

Images of the Dublin Castle Courtyard with a sea of Rainbow and Irish flags flashed across the globe two years ago as a beacon of hope after Marriage Equality. Now with this strategy we are once again taking a lead.
I look forward to hearing the views of young people. Their input in the coming months will directly impact our policies, regulations and laws in terms of equality, fairness and justice for all.