“Pride is a reminder of the togetherness of our community and the support we have hard won. Let’s use that energy and turn it into our activism that will build a better, more tolerant tomorrow.”

Ahead of this weekend’s Dublin Pride celebrations, the Social Democrats have called for reforms to make Ireland a place where all members of the LGBTQ+ community can live full and equal lives.

Social Democrats’ members voted unanimously at our annual conference last weekend to develop and promote the implementation of a far-reaching LGBTQ+ Rights Charter.

Galway City Councillor Owen Hanley said:

“We’ve come an incredible distance in terms of progressing LGBTQ+ rights in my lifetime. But there are still challenges we must face and hurdles that will require leadership to overcome.

“Pride is a reminder of the togetherness of our community and the support we have hard won. Let’s use that energy and turn it into our activism that will build a better, more tolerant tomorrow.

“I’m delighted that party members voted unanimously at last weekend’s National Conference to support the creation of a LGBTQ+ Rights Charter to allow us to champion new government policy.

Party co-leaders Róisín Shortall TD and Catherine Murphy TD added:

“We owe a very special thank you to all our LGBTQ+ supporters and members who have played a unique role in building the Social Democrats. As a party founded right after the Marriage Equality referendum, LGBT+ rights are core to our pursuit of fair and equal society for all.

“LGBTQ+ people remain some of the most marginalised people in Ireland. There are still legal, social, and economic barriers for many to inclusion in the enjoyment of the fullness of life. Pride offers us an opportunity to celebrate progress and also to build our resolve for future critical reforms to ensure that LGBTQ+ people are safe, supported, healthy and visible.”

The party’s LGBTQ+ Rights Charter outlines a comprehensive set of reforms that the Social Democrats will champion. It includes:

–        The introduction of hate crime legislation

–        Fully inclusive LGBTQ+ parental rights for all families

–        Transgender healthcare reform and actions to improve the life outcomes for trans and non-binary people

–        Access to PreP and an expansion of sexual health services

–        A long-term funded National LGBTQ+ Inclusion Strategy and Youth Strategy

ENDS

28th June 2019