LGBTI+ #allinittogether

Something for the weekend…

Just a reminder – do get in touch if you’d like to take part in a Zoom Coffee Morning, you can contact Hayley on 0879890336 or at

As well as this, we’re planning an LGBT+ History course for the autumn – some online sessions coupled with social distanced activities. It’s exciting to be looking forward, and this course will be lots of fun!

For this weekend, here are two films:

Another Country While it’s a little hard to follow the arcane hierarchies of 1930’s British public schools, this story of Burgess and Maclean (the Cambridge spies)  holds up well and has the lovely Rupert Everett in the lead role.

And a timeless classic…

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

“…amongst the gentle flow of its Sapphic currents, the film is a tribute to enduring sisterhood”.

And for the dancing…a playlist from the beautiful Sylvester

Ways to get together while staying apart

We’d like to start up some Zoom Coffee Mornings / Afternoons, and I’d love to know how many of ye would be interested in taking part? We’re also hoping to provide IT training for anyone who needs it. Do you have other ideas of how we can meet as a community while social distancing is in place?

We are also looking at Youghal Pride by the Sea 2020 and how we can make that happen within social distancing guidelines. Many Prides in the country are creating ‘virtual events’ and that’s certainly a possibility…would you be interested in helping make this happen? Youghal Pride by the Sea has joined the International Pride Network so there will be help, promotion and support on hand!

Please get in touch with Hayley at or on 0879890336 to say what you’d like to be involved in, and what you’d like to see happen for the LGBT+ community in Youghal and East Cork/West Waterford over the coming months.

BeLonG To Youth Services: LGBTI+ Life in Lockdown

We want to really understand what life is like for LGBTI+ youth in lockdown so we can best support their needs at this time. The survey is for LGBTI+ young people between 14-23 and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. We hope that through the survey we will gain an insight into the experiences of LGBTI+ youth during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in turn provide them with support services to match their needs.

Happy Anniversary – 5 years since Marriage Equality

The Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Act 2015 amended the Constitution of Ireland to permit marriage to be contracted by two persons without distinction as to their sex.  Prior to the enactment, the Constitution was assumed to contain an implicit prohibition on same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland It was approved at a referendum on 22 May 2015 by 62% of voters on a turnout of 61%. This was the first time that a state legalised same-sex marriage through a popular vote. Two legal challenges regarding the conduct of the referendum were dismissed on 30 July by the Court of Appeal, and the bill was signed into law by the President of Ireland on 29 August An amendment to the Marriage Act 2015 provided for marriages permitted by the new constititional status. The act came into force on 16 November 2015; the first same-sex marriage ceremony was held on 17 November 2015

With an amazingly high turn out of voters, including people young and old returning to the country to vote, a resounding Yes came from all constituencies except one. This Amendment did away with the previous Civil Partnership scheme and opened the way to the completion of Guardianship Rights for Same Sex Families.

The Yes Equality campaign brought communities together, with door-to-door canvassing creating great positivity and inspiring the huge turnout.  


Three items:

  1. Events around the world

2. INTO teachers IDAHOT Day competition for students

3. History of IDAHOT Day:

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide. By 2016, the commemorations had taken place in 132 countries across the globe.[The founders of the International Day Against Homophobia, as it was originally known, established the IDAHO Committee to coordinate grassroots  actions in different countries, to promote the day and to lobby for official recognition on May 17. That date was chosen to commemorate the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases  of the World Health organisation (WHO) in 1990.For a long time in Germany, May 17 had been unofficially labelled as a “Gay Day.” Written in the date format 17.5., it had a natural affinity with Paragraph 175  of the Penal Code,  the rule dealing with homosexuality (homosexuals were called “one hundred seventy-fivers”).

The day, as a concept, was conceived in 2004. A year-long campaign culminated in the first International Day Against Homophobia on May 17, 2005. 24,000 individuals as well as organizations such as the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), the World Congress of LGBT Jews  and the Coalition of African Lesbians  signed an appeal to support the “IDAHO initiative”. Activities for the day took place in many countries, including the first LGBT events ever to take place in the Congo, China, and Bulgaria.

In 2009, transphobia  was added to the name of the campaign, and activities that year focused primarily on transphobia (violence and discrimination against transgender  people). A new petition was launched in cooperation with LGBT organisations in 2009, and it was supported by more than 300 NGOs from 75 countries, as well as three Nobel Prize winners (Elfriede Jelinek, Francois Barre-Sinoussi and Luc Monatgnier) On the eve of May 17, 2009, France became the first country in the world to officially remove transgender issues from its list of mental illnesses.

The main purpose of the May 17 mobilisations is to raise awareness of violence, discrimination, and repression of LGBT communities worldwide, which in turn provides an opportunity to take action and engage in dialogue with the media, policymakers, public opinion, and wider civil society.

One of the stated goals of May 17 is to create an event that can be visible at a global level without needing to conform to a specific type of action. This decentralised approach is needed due to the diversity of social, religious, cultural, and political contexts in which rights violations occur.

If you can take an action this Sunday, May 17th – maybe fly a flag in your window, make a post on social media – we’d love to see a photo! You can share it to our pages @cumannnadaoine and/or @LGBT Youghal Network on facebook!

Gay Community News:

a great resource

GCN (Gay Community News) has been supported the LGBTQI+ community of Ireland for over 30 years, and in the current times is continuing to deliver all sorts of online supports, groups, watch parties and more…check them out on facebook or on their main site at

Here’s a few tasters of what’s on offer.

Also – if you haven’t already – check out Panti Bliss  – Panti is a firm supporter of our wide community (you may remember her Noble Call during the marriage referendum) and she’s has been making some fantastic videos and posts…check her out here

And we may not be able to disco at the moment – so let’s dance around the house!

Wishing you all a happy May Day…

Becka playing flugelhorn over the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire (near the home of Anne Lister…)
Video by Mel Fox. For more of Becka’s brass, find her on facebook @phatbrass trumpet


BeLonGTo LGBT Youth Services:

Youth groups now online!

BeLonGTo’s Youth Work Team are working tirelessly – offering one-to-one sessions over phone, email and text for LGBTI+ young people who are facing increased levels of anxiety and stress

I am pleased to let you know that we are now offering another support service and moving our Youth Groups online.

These groups offer a space for LGBTI+ young people to connect with their peers, have some fun, feel a sense of community and get the support they need from our expert Youth Workers. The groups will take place every week and offer LGBTI+ young people a welcome break from COVID-19. 

The online groups are open to any LGBTI+ young people between 13 and 24 years who have been accessing our groups. Please help us spread the word. Thank you for all of your support, which allows us to continue our work helping LGBTI+ young people stay alive and thrive.

Stay safe, Moninne (she/her), CEO, BeLonGTo

Statement from Dublin Pride

I hope you are all keeping well. Unfortunately due to the ongoing Covid 19 crisis it is now clear that it will not be possible to hold our annual Pride Parade and March. Please see below our official statement. Over the coming weeks we’ll be confirming details for our new Digital Dublin Pride Festival.

Statement –  Wednesday 29/04/2020

It is with great regret that Dublin LGBTQ Pride has decided to cancel our annual Pride Parade for 2020. Although we had initially postponed the Parade until September, we feel the scale of one of the largest events in the country would place unnecessary pressure on essential frontline services and resources that will have been at full stretch for many months. When we chose “In This Together” as our theme for 2020, we knew it was not just a phrase, but a responsibility. A responsibility to act in the best interests of all our communities, to react to changing circumstances and to support our frontline workers.

Dublin Pride is the largest fundraising event of the year for many LGBTI+ community organisations and charities in Ireland. Even though we won’t be together on O’Connell Street we know that won’t stop us all coming together to support our community and the vital services they provide, often to our most vulnerable members…So, we’re still going to see you in June, and you’ll definitely see us, as we host the first Digital Dublin Pride Festival with a fully interactive virtual Pride Parade and a Pride Concert. Buildings will still light up for Pride, flags will be flying high across the city and our community will still be there to support each other. Pride isn’t cancelled, we’re just bringing it home. 

Visit to find out more about our Digital Pride Festival and the ways you can continue to support your LGBTI+ community and organisations.


Some ways to connect…and info on FLAC legislation

Happy Lesbian Visibility Week!

LINC Newsletter


LGBT Ireland and FLAC providing support for families in lead up to commencement of parts 2 & 3 of the CFRA


Acts 2 and 3 of the CFRA commence on May 4, which will be the first time the Irish state will recognise same-sex couples as parents on birth certificates.

Parts 2 & 3 of the Child and Family Relationships Act (CFRA) 2015 will commence on May 4 2020. It will allow certain same-sex female parents to be legally recognised as co-parents of their children.

There are two different scenarios covered depending on the date of conception:

For a child conceived after the 4th May 2020:

The Donor Assisted Human Reproduction (DAHR) procedure must have been undertaken in a DAHR facility in Ireland using a traceable sperm donor. Both parents can be registered in these cases through the Registrar as normal with the provision of a certificate from the clinic

For a child conceived prior to the 4th May 2020:

The DAHR procedure may have been undertaken in a DAHR facility in Ireland OR abroad using an anonymous OR traceable sperm donor. However, in these cases a Declaration of Parentage is required from Court, to enable both parents to be registered on the child’s birth certificate at re-registration.

The legalities of this are complex and to help families understand the intricacies, LGBT Ireland and FLAC have collaborated to create a FAQ sheet.

LGBT Ireland and FLAC’s FAQ sheet answers everything from procedures on donor gametes in storage, to applying for declaration of parentage.

The full FAQ can be found on LGBT Ireland’s website along with a recording of their online information briefing.

Families are urged to contact their solicitor for advice on specific cases.

Speaking about the commencement of Parts 2 & 3 of the CFRA, CEO of LGBT Ireland Paula Fagan told GCN that while it is a positive step, it is “deeply problematic in the sense that it’s very, very prescribed.

“So in the absence of legislation, for example, known donors aren’t covered retrospectively. So if you’ve already are pregnant already with a known donor, you can’t avail of these provisions. So that’s very difficult for people.

“Because there was an absence of regulation and a lot of people thought that it was better for a child to have a known donor that they could know or at least know their biology if you like.

“So they made that decision in the best intentions for their children and they’re not covered.”

While the commencement of Part 2 & 3 of the CFRA does not treat all families as equal, it does give a clearer sense of the Irish criteria which clinics in Ireland can adhere to in order for both parents to be registered on the birth certificate of their child.

Solicitors say that further legislation is required to ensure all parents and children are protected in the myriad of ways LGBT+ families are formed.

Fagan said that while they continue to work towards an Ireland where all families are equal, May 4, will be “quite a historic moment for Ireland.

“For the first time, there will be a regulation in Ireland that says, same-sex parents are recognised in the State on the birth registration as two parents.”

Fagan is hopeful that there may be knock-on effects for same-sex parents not initially covered because while it “doesn’t cover everyone, it does set the scene.”

If you have any doubts about whether the legislation applies to you, you should contact your solicitor if you have access or alternatively you can contact FLAC on Lo-Call 1890 350 250 or 01-8745690

If you are in need of emotional support you can call the National LGBT Helpline on Lo-Call 1890 929 539 or chat online at

An Garda Síochána – Diversity and Integration Strategy 2019-2021

An Garda Síochána have produced their Diversity and Integration Strategy 2019-2021, the strategy also coincides with the introduction by An Garda Síochána of a `working definition of hate crime` to ensure that their Policing Plan commitment of delivering a victim-centred policing service, focussed on keeping people safe, protecting the most vulnerable and providing a consistently high standard of service is met. This strategy is based upon five strategic principles, wherein organisational objectives are established and achievable outcomes identified to permit monitoring of the strategy, internally and independently.

Read the full Diversity and Integration Strategy 2019-2021

For a full list of ELO LGBT officers see here: national-contact-details-for-elo-lgbt-officers

LGBT Ireland have a wealth of information on this and other matters on their site.

Hate Crimes: Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to, in whole or in part, be motivated by hostility or prejudice, based on actual or perceived age, disability, race, colour, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender.

Hate Incidents: Any non-crime incident which is perceived by any person to, in whole or in part, be motivated by hostility or prejudice, based on actual or perceived age, disability, race, colour, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender.

And some music for ye all…

The Youghal LGBT+ Network started up in 2017 to bring together LGBT+ people from East Cork and West Waterford, and to host events and activities to help build our community here. Over the past few years we’ve run Pop Up Cafes at Cumann na Daoine’s Community Café – we were about to start Teatime Cafes just before Covid19 – and the Network was very involved in bringing Youghal Pride by the Sea into existence in 2018, again in 2019 and…albeit delayed by the current situation – in September 2020. We’d like to get more people involved, especially at the moment when we’re all isolated and having to stay at home. We have a WhatsApp group too, and if you’d like to join that, please email me at or call/text 098 9890336.

With links to LGBT Ireland, LINC and the Gay Project in Cork and TENI, we have access to a lot of extra supports, information and ideas – so come along and join us! You can find us on facebook too, at LGBT+ Youghal Network.

When these challenging times are over, we’ll be meeting again – so if you have ideas for what would you’d like to see happen, do get in touch!

A message from Cork Pride

“We hope everyone is safe and well at this challenging time. 

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, The Cork LGBT+ Pride committee have been monitoring HSE and Government updates and meeting regularly to discuss how it will affect the festival for 2020.Our usual dates of July 26th-August 2nd are less likely to be feasible for this year. 

Therefore, we have made the decision to change Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival 2020 dates to Saturday September 19th to Saturday September 26th, with the parade taking place on the 26th. We are confident that this is the best decision for the health and well-being of our community, as well as for the success of the festival in 2020”. 

Youghal Pride by the Sea will (provisionally) take place on

September 19th 2020.

This is a new Facebook online community from LGBT Ireland. It’s a self-help and mutual support space for Older members of the Irish LGBT Community to connect and make the most of our diverse community during this period of uncertainty. Check it out now!


BeLonGTo is the national LGBT+ Youth Service.

“Our face to face services are closed as a precautionary measure to protect staff & community from the risk of COVID-19 virus. 🏳️‍🌈 We are still providing a number of services remotely 👇

📧 We will be providing Monday Chats for information, referral and advice by phone, email and SMS. You can make an appointment with a Youth Worker here 👉

☎️ Our Crisis Counselling Service with Pieta House, Preventing Suicide and Self Harm will continue to operate on a digital basis. If you are a client, our therapist, Nash will be in touch with you directly to provide more information to you.

Take care of one another 😊 More information is available on our website 👉 “


Due to Covid19, our Teatime Cafes are on hold…we have a Facebook page @LGBT+ Youghal Network and a WhatsApp group – if you’d like to get involved call Hayley on 0879890336.

Cork Gay Project are on facebook too and are offering a variety of Zoom / online activities where men can keep in touch with each other. Check them out!

Queer Vibes are still meeting weekly on Wednesdays at 7pm! Email to join.


LINC – Lesbians in Cork – are offering another wide range of online / interactive groups to see us through the crisis. All LBT women welcome!

And…let’s dance away our worries for a while with…