Youth Services win Rainbow Award for LGBTQ+ inclusive service

by Gazette Reporter
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Finglas Youth Resource Centre, Talk About Youth Project at St Andrews Resource Centre, and Cabra for Youth were recipients of Belong To’s Rainbow Award for their dedication to creating an LGBTQ+ inclusive youth service. 

Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health, Mary Butler, met with staff and young people from Finglas Youth Resource Centre, Talk About Youth Project, and Cabra for Youth and awarded them at a ceremony in Dublin City Centre earlier this month.  The event recognised and celebrated the efforts of six youth services in creating safe and supportive spaces for LGBTQ+ youth. 

Speaking at the event, Minister of State, Mary Butler (she/her) said: “I’m delighted to be able to take part in the Rainbow Award.  The Rainbow Award recognises the importance of services being, and becoming places where the LGBT+ community can feel safe and supported.

The Government is fully committed to ensuring the safety and support of this community, as we know this can have a huge impact on their health and wellbeing. To do this, we need to address the discrimination and stigma that is often experienced by people in the LGBT+ community. The National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy sets out a pathway for supporting our LGBT+ community to ensure that they are visible, included, safe and free from discrimination.’’

PIC: Conor Ó Mearáin

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