Monday 16 July 2018

'Despite big steps forward there is still work to do' - government to ban gay conversion therapy and overhaul school curricula

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Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

THE Government is to ban gay conversion therapy and overhaul school curricula to reflect LGBTI lives under a new strategy.

The LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy is to be published today outlining 59 actions the Government will take over the next three years.

Independent.ie understands that among the commitments is a pledge by the Department of Health to draw up legislation to outlaw so-called ‘gay conversion’ therapy by healthcare professionals.

Separately the Department of Education will review the curriculum with a view to including more representations of LGBTI families in school materials.

Other measures to be taken include a review of hate crime legislation and the rolling out of specific initiatives to tackle LGBTI bullying.

The strategy is the product of an extensive consultation with some 4,000 young people around Ireland.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone. Picture: Colin O'Riordan
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone. Picture: Colin O'Riordan

 “It is clear from meeting young people across this country that despite the big steps forward of the past three-decades that there is still work to do,” Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said ahead of the launch.

“It is wrong that in 2018 there are members of our community who are isolated, discriminated against and even bullied. It also wrong that access to services varies depending on whether young people live inside or outside Dublin.”

It is expected the Department of Children and Youth Affairs will announce a budget today for developing youth services, especially outside of the capital and also to provide LGBTI training for people working with young people.

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