Tallaght’s young people are being invited to be part of history by having their say on the new LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy, according to Dublin South West TD and Independent Minister, Katherine Zappone.
The strategy is the first of its type in the world, and Minister Zappone is encouraging young people from Tallaght to get involved.
Social media has been mobilised to reach as many teenagers as and young adults as possible, with an online consultation being hosted on www.spunout.ie.
Minister Zappone said:
“The proudest moment of a life dedicated to campaigning was when Dublin South West delivered a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum.
“It allowed pictures of a Dublin Castle courtyard with a sea of rainbow and Irish flags to be beamed as a beacon of hope across the world.
“However for many young people coming to terms with their sexuality can still be a lonely, difficult experience while homophobia is also a sad reality.
“Through the LGBTI+ Youth Strategy we are confronting these difficulties and showing solidarity with young people in Tallaght.
“The online consultation and social media are vital if we are to ensure that the voices of all young people are heard – and their views taken into account.
“We are inviting all 16-25 year olds to take part – and to have their say. I encourage schools, colleges and youth organisations in Tallaght to get the news out to their members and get them involved.
“The strategy is a world first – and of that we can all be proud. It will feed directly into Government policy and will ensure that Ireland and communities like Tallaght are supportive, inclusive and equal for all – where bullies, intolerance and discrimination are not tolerated.”