Consultations Open for the National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy

Posted on 28 May 2024

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is developing a successor strategy to the National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy (2019-2021) to promote inclusion, protect rights and to improve quality of life and wellbeing for LGBTI+ people; enabling them to participate fully in Ireland’s social, economic, cultural, and political life.

As part of this process the Department wants to gather the views of members of the LGBTIQ+ community and those who engage with LGBTIQ+ issues through their own lived experience, at a local level, in a manner that will contribute most effectively to the development of a new whole of lifecycle strategy.

A series of regional consultation workshops will be facilitated by key LGBT experts - Dr. Grainne Healy and Dr. Kathy Walsh, in partnership with LGBT Ireland. The regional consultations are aimed at those aged 18 and over. A separate consultation process will take place with children and young people.

Please follow the relevant link to the register your interest in attending a consultation and to detail any accessibility requirements. Please note that ISL interpretation will only be available at the online consultation workshop on 2 July.

Regional Consultations
LocationDate / TimeVenueRegistration
PortlaoiseConsultation postponed. New date to be confirmed shortly.Youth Work Ireland Laois, Portlaoise, Co. LaoisRegister here
DublinThursday 13 June, 6pm – 9pmMacro Community Resource Centre, Dublin 7Register here
GalwaySaturday 15 June 2pm – 5pmAmach! LGBT Galway, GalwayRegister here
CorkMonday 17 June, 6pm – 9pmSouth Parish Community Centre, CorkRegister here
DundalkMonday 24 June, 6pm – 9pmOutcomers Dundalk, Co. LouthRegister here
Online (with ISL signers)Tuesday 2 July, 6pm – 9pmVia ZOOMRegister here

A series of targeted focus group discussions will also be held in order to ensure that the voices of more marginalised members of the LGBTIQ+ community are adequately heard.

Online Submissions

Individuals and organisations can also make a written online submission. To make a submission, you need to be at least 18 years old. The submission portal will be open until Friday 5th July 2024 and can be accessed here . Please note that responses made by individuals will not be individually identifiable. Please note that submissions will not be responded to.

What we will do with your response

A report on the findings of the consultation process will be developed to inform the design and development of a successor Strategy to the National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy. This report may be published.

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