LGBT Ireland Applauds The Presidents’ Address to Mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

LGBT Ireland welcomed and applauded President Michael D Higgins’ address to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia today May 17th.

Ms Paula Fagan, CEO of LGBT Ireland said “the Presidential address was hugely significant in his words that invited us all to renew our resolve to combat the violence and hate that homosexual and transgender people continue to experience and was a pivotal call to Irish society and the international population.”

LGBT Ireland echoes the issues raised by the President when he said “it should concern us all that many LGBTI+ people in Ireland continue to experience stigma and discrimination on a daily basis. Equally concerning are new reports which have highlighted the fact that some countries in Europe are falling behind in their commitments to equality for LGBTI people.” 

Ms Fagan highlighted the words of the statement when the President said “more can and must, be done if we are to craft an Ireland in which there is real equality. A real republic is one where no-one is in danger of being humiliated, vulnerable or threatened because of their identity.” 

Making reference to the people who advocate and campaign for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people, was a “special honour” for organisations like LGBT Ireland and other advocate organisations such as Belong To, TENI, OutWest, Dundalk Outcomers, LINC, Gay Project, AMACH Galway and many other groups, as  was his invitation to all citizens to support and build on progressive initiatives and  for renewed commitment to work together towards a peaceful, just and inclusive society shaped to fit all our citizens was of huge importance and significance, noting “she hopes this invitation will resonate and be acted on by the people of Ireland and internationally.”

AMACH! LGBT Galway aims to reflect equally the diversity within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by encouraging positive participation from the community. We actively advocate to achieve a solid and safe support structure for the LGBT+ community in Galway. We aim to provide awareness, educational and training events and workshops, and endeavour to support and promote a socially inclusive society.

Teach Solais LGBT+ Resource Centre is at No.1 Victoria Place, just off Eyre Sq. This City Centre location is a hub of activity, hosting a wide variety of events open to the public.