Young people in Tallaght and surrounding communities are being encouraged by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD to get involved in forming a new National Strategy to confront homophobia, discrimination and bullying of members of the LGBT Community.
The Dublin South West TD is confirming that she will lead on the development of the First Ever National LGBT Strategy for young people and wants the voices of local youth groups to be heard.
The Minister says over the coming months she wants to hear from those groups in Tallaght who took a lead role in securing a Yes Vote for Marriage Equality.
Minister Zappone added:
“The lead taken by young people across Tallaght in securing history by campaigning for Marriage Equality is one of the most enduring memories I have in what has been a momentous year for all who believe in fairness and justice. However despite the huge steps forward we know that bullying, discrimination and even hate still confront many young people as they recognise their sexuality. Recent research in the area makes for disturbing reading and as Minister for Children and Young People I am determined that the Government will respond.
I am delighted to confirm that my own Department is now preparing for the launch of the First Ever National LGBT Strategy for Young People. With that in mind I am asking teenagers and people in their early twenties in Tallaght to have their say. It is only by listening to those voices that we can deliver a strategy which will work in terms of promoting equality and showing solidarity for those who feel isolated, lonely or unable to come forward about their sexuality.
We will be using social media, online forums and other ways to canvass views and I look forward to this process delivering real results in the Autumn. The Young People of Tallaght have shown what can be achieved by working together and I urge them to once again work together for equality, fairness and justice.”