The Issues

  • Civil Marriage/Civil Partnership

    GLEN has been working for the past decade to advance equality in civil marriage for same-sex couples and for broader family law reform to provide recognition for families headed by same-sex couples. The passage of the marriage referendum in May 2015 by a resounding majority of Irish citizens was a major milestone in Irish life but also more particularly in the lives of Irelands' LGBT people.

    READ MORE
  • Education

    GLEN's work in education has helped create awareness of the issues experienced by many LGBT young people in schools and has led to a commitment by the education community to respond positively to these issues. GLEN's aim is to ensure that school's are safe, supportive and affirming places for all young people including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people. We work with all of the education partners nationally, including the Department of Education and Skills, to achieve this aim.

    READ MORE
  • Parenting / Children

    Although major progress has been made in providing legal recognition of same sex couples, much less progress has been made in providing legal recognition for children being parented by same-sex couples or in facilitating same-sex parents in establishing a joint legal connection with the children they are parenting. The Government have brought forward a Children and Family Relationships Bill that will also recognise and protect lesbian and gay headed families. This Bill proposes changes to parenting, to guardianship, custody and access that include lesbian and gay headed families, and is expected to become law by the end of 2014.

    READ MORE
  • Mental Health and Well Being

    Stress experienced because a person is LGBT - minority stress - has real and negative effects on the mental health and well being of LGBT people . GLEN is working to prevent LGBT suicide and promote LGBT mental health by increasing awareness of LGBT mental health issues, supporting mainstream services to be more LGBT-friendly, and establishing targeted supports for LGBT people. To achieve this we work closely with the National Office for Suicide Prevention, HSE Health Promotion, professional bodies, mental health agencies and LGBT organisations, leading new developments, policies and research to support LGBT people.

    READ MORE
  • Immigration & Citizenship

    GLEN have achieved major progress in the recognition of same-sex couples in Irish immigration and citizenship provisions. In immigration, same-sex civil partners are treated the same as opposite-sex married spouses and de facto same-sex couples are treated the same de facto opposite-sex couples. In citizenship, civil partners are treated the same as opposite sex married couples.

    READ MORE
  • Policing & Community Safety

    Over the past twenty years Ireland has experienced great legislative and societal change for people who identify as LGBT. Despite the positive changes that this brings, there has also been an awareness of the problem of homophobia and homophobic incidents. It can comprise of any form of assault, verbal abuse and/or bullying. It takes place in people’s homes, in the street, in the workplace, in schools and in social settings. Violence and harassment, perceived as homophobic or not, is a crime and should be reported. GLEN work closely with the Gardaí and other organisations to ensure that LGBT people feel safe within their community.

    READ MORE
  • Workplace Diversity

    Equality in the workplace is a key priority for GLEN and for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Ireland. GLEN’s priority is that workplaces are safe, respectful and inclusive for all employees and in particular lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. GLEN works with employers, employers bodies, trades unions and statutory bodies to develop good and best practice in supporting LGBT diversity in the workplace.

    READ MORE
  • Sexual Health

    Gay HIV Strategies works with all partners across the health sector to ensure that the sexual health needs of LGB people are met in an effective and integrated way.

    READ MORE
  • Community Development

    Community development supports LGBT social inclusion by promoting the participation of the LGBT community in key aspects of Irish life, tackling discrimination and by targeting some key experiences of social exclusion.

    READ MORE
  • EU / International

    LGBT rights are one of the remaining human rights challenges of our time. There are still many countries where being gay is a crime; where LGBT people are imprisoned, assaulted or denied access to essential services. Ireland plays a strong role internationally in advocating for LGBT rights. GLEN works with international colleagues and organisations, international bodies and the Irish Government to advance LGBT rights internationally. We also work at EU level to ensure that LGBT issues are fully recognised and integrated in EU-wide initiatives and directives that impact on the lives of LGBT people in Ireland and throughout the EU.

    READ MORE