What We Do

GLEN focuses on influencing policy and on working strategically and in partnership with mainstream organisations such as Government, regulatory and representative authorities, trade unions, employers, policy makers, service providers and other social partners in order to achieve change.

GLEN is a non-governmental organisation, following a comprehensive and multifacted strategic plan entitled ‘Building Sustainable Change'. This agenda for change emerged from extensive discussion within the LGB community on priorities and directions for change - as documented in the Equality Authority report Implementing Equality for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People (2002) and the report of the National Economic and Social Forum (2005)  NESF Report No. 27 Equality Policies for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People: Implementation Issues.

GLEN's vision for equality is that of full participation by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people in all aspects of life and society. This vision was articulated in the Building Sustainable Change Programme (2006-2010):

GLEN is confident that Ireland can become a place where all LGB people can feel safe and confident about being open regarding their sexual orientation at home, in work and within the wider community; where LGB people are not discriminated against in laws and in service provision; where relationships and love between LGB people are seen as no different to relationships and love between heterosexual people. GLEN envisages a future where LGB people can make an even more creative and dynamic contribution to the social, economic and cultural development of Ireland.

GLEN focuses on delivering change across a series of areas: legal recognition, protection and support for LGBTI relationships and families; education; mental health and well-being; physical and sexual health; workplace equality and community capacity development.

Our work is guided by the following principles:

  • High expectations
  • Principled pragmatism
  • Radical, yet feasible ambitions
  • Commitment to Effectiveness
  • Positive Approach
  • Building Coalitions
  • Preserving Political / Analytical Credibility