Roderic O’Gorman TD, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth has today (21st June) praised the people of Waterford for their support and solidarity in the wake of recent anti-LGBTI+ incidents in the city.
Minister O’Gorman was speaking as he visited the city to meet with the local Pride Committee and the Mayor of Waterford, Cllr Damien Geoghegan, and present them with a Pride flag. The visit took place following an invitation from local Green TD, Marc Ó Cathasaigh.
Speaking following his visit, Minister O’Gorman said;
“The people of Waterford have shown incredible solidarity with the LGBTI+ community in Waterford and beyond. They refuse to let themselves be defined by the actions of a small minority and instead have shown themselves to caring and compassionate. I am delighted to be visiting today to present a Pride flag and show that Ireland stands with them and with the LGBTI+ community in Waterford”
Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh said;
“I’m delighted to welcome Minister O’Gorman to Waterford in response to some of the shameful actions of a tiny minority. It was important that a strong message of support went out from Government, and I commend both the mayor and Waterford Council on their response. Waterford is a welcoming city with a proud history of diversity and inclusion, and we stand with Pride.”
Minister O’Gorman recently announced a new LGBTI+ Youth Leadership Programme, which aims to enable LGBTI+ young people to develop the skills, inspiration, vision, confidence, and action plans to be effective leaders and make a positive difference to their society. The Minister has also allocated €150,000 in funding under the 2021 LGBTI+ Capacity Building Grant Scheme, supporting evidence-based LGBTI+ training and guidelines for family support professionals and youth services, with a focus on Trans and gender-related issues.
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