• General Election 2016

    Ireland changed what it means to grow up Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) last May when we became the first country in the world to introduce marriage equality by referendum.

    However, we know from our direct work supporting LGBT young people and their parents across Ireland that the referendum win has not wiped out homophobia and transphobia.

    LGBT young people need your continued support. We still have lots of work to do to address the isolation, exclusion and bullying that LGBT young people experience which are root causes of the many challenges they face including greater risk to mental health challenges.

    This General Election offers all of us an important opportunity. We would like to invite you to play your part and join with us in shaping the kind of Ireland we want for this and future generations of LGBT young people.

    We would like you to ask candidates for their position on these three important questions:


    1. Will you work to wipe out homophobic and transphobic bullying in our schools?
    2. Will you support nationwide service and supports for young LGBT people and their parents?
    3. Will you change the law to give everyone under 18 equal access to gender recognition?
    Download these questions to your phone or print them out and leave them by the door to remind you to ask your candidates for their positions when they call to your door. You can also phone or email your candaidates and ask them the questions if you like, you don't need to wait for them to call to your door. You'll find a complete list of all candidates online here.

    Don't forget to let us know how you got on by emailing in their replies to us on election@belongto.org

    Let's finish the job we started with the referendum win and make sure LGBT young people feel safe, valued and equal in Ireland.