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LGBT Rights in Ireland

Presentation by Michael Barron (Ireland) "LGBT Rights in Ireland" within the framework of "Human Rights" Seminar (58-60 Galernaya Street).

Michael Barron is the Founding Director of BeLonG To – Ireland's national LGBT youth organization who has worked for over a decade to support LGBT young people and develop initiatives to combat homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools and communities.

This seminar explores how this work, carried out in a traditionally conservative and religious country – Ireland – has lead to very significant advances for LGBT young people. It will look at how over time LGBT issues moved from being a taboo in the Irish education system, where the Catholic Church owns the majority of schools, to be centrally included in national policy from the Department of Education. It will outline the experience of BeLonG To who have been centrally involved in developing a national LGBT school curriculum, new legal anti-bullying procedures for schools and a national anti-homophobia campaign which has been internationally acclaimed.

Michael will also explore international work in this area, drawing on research and initiatives from UNESCO, ILGA-Europe and the OSCE to frame the area of homophobic and transphobic bullying as one of urgent international concern.