Surge in young people 'coming out' after Yes vote
Published 23/05/2016 | 02:30
Record numbers of young people have come out as LGBT in the past 12 months as part of a surge on the back of the marriage equality referendum.
A national survey of 14 to 23-year-olds, of all sexualities and genders, shows more than half of young people (53pc) know someone who has come out for the first time since last year's Yes vote.
New research by the national LGBT youth organisation BeLonG To also shows 39pc of respondents who identify themselves as LGBT spoke to someone about their sexuality for the first time in the past year.
Respondents said this was down to the confidence the Yes vote gave them.
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald said it was great to reflect on the positives that have come from passing the referendum.
"I stand proud of the Irish people who came together and voted with their hearts last summer and changed Ireland forever. We took an extraordinary step forward for justice and equality for all citizens.
"While the future is secured, the present can still be a frightening place for LGBT young people.
"We need to keep saying yes to supporting young LGBT people."