Wednesday 16 August 2017

Hate crimes dent Dublin's LGBT-friendly reputation

Revellers at Pride in Dublin last weekend. Picture: Arthur Carron
Revellers at Pride in Dublin last weekend. Picture: Arthur Carron

Ian Begley

Dublin has been ranked as the 26th most LGBT-friendly city, but having a perceived low level of safety dragged the capital down from hitting the top 10.

Dublin scored 19.58 out of a possible 25 in five categories pertaining to quality of life for LGBT people.

But in the 'safety' category it was only marked 1.8 out of five, pushing it down the list.

German housing platform Nestpick ranked global cities in terms of friendliness to mark LGBT Pride Month.

Toryn Glavin of the Transgender Equality Network Ireland said she believes Dublin is a great place for LGBT people to live.

"I think the gay and trans community are very lucky to live in Ireland as a whole, especially in Dublin," she said. "It's a very diverse city and one of the safest in the world in my opinion. We still have a minority that discriminate against us, but it's nowhere near as bad as it was 20 years ago."

A recent government survey revealed that a fifth of young LGBT members have experienced bullying and harassment in recent years.

However, Ms Glavin added that Ireland is progressing all of the time. "We have come a long way as a country, especially with the marriage referendum and more recently with the election of our first gay Taoiseach.

"I don't think there is a low level of safety for the LGBT community in Dublin, but I still think more education and awareness is needed," she said.

For a city to rank strongly in Nestpick's listings, it must have a vibrant gay dating scene, a lively alternative nightlife, open minded citizens, and low levels of hate crime. A fifth category considered the LGBT rights of citizens in each of the 40 countries included - with the same-sex marriage referendum improving Ireland's rankings here as it scored five out of five.

Irish Independent

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