BeLonG To Sunday is becoming more youth friendly and moving to every other week!
Our largest and most popular group in Dublin is moving to a bi-weekly schedule. Starting Sunday, 23rd of October, BeLong To Sunday will be open every second Sunday, at Outhouse on Capel Street.
In addition to this, the group is getting a bit more youth friendly! The age range for BeLonG To Sunday is shifting to 13-17, to give our younger friends a place they can call their own.
If you have any questions about the new schedule or group range, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 01 670 6223.
Everyone here at BeLonG To Youth Services really value and care about what services you think we should be providing. Please take this short survey, and forward it onto your friends.
The survey is open to LGBT+ young people, age 14yrs - 23yrs old.
By completing this survey, you can have a say in the type of services BeLonG To Youth Service offers to LGBT+ youth community.
Please click the link below to participate within the survey:
Survey closes Friday 23rd September.
We are hosting an information session on Sunday March 22nd from 1pm to 3pm in OUThouse, 105 Capel Street, Dublin 1 [map] for parents and families to attend. We will be presenting campaign plans and answering questions about the referendum. Where possible, let your parents and families know about the information session.
Parents can register to attend the session using the form below or by calling 01 670 6223.
A course for young gay and bisexual mem arming you with everything you need to know about sexual health and healthy relationships.
Begins at BeLonG To
13 Parliament Street, Dublin 2
Sunday 5th October, 1pm
Duration - 6 weeks
Cost: Free of Charge
For more information or to book your place, contact any youth worker at BeLonG To or email email@example.com !
As part of the Dún Laoghaire Mountains to Sea Book Festival the teen curators of the festival will be interviewing author Patrick Ness about his new book entitled 'More Than This' (GoodReads Review).
We have two tickets to give away the event for one lucky winner. You can enter the competition online here, there's a question of skill which must be answered correctly to be entered into the random draw to win the tikcets!
Closing Date: Wednesday 4th of September 2013 at 5pm
Date: September 7th
Time: 7pm - 8pm
Venue: Assembly Hall, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire
Cost: €3 Teens / €5 Adults
The festival's Teen Curators, 5th Year students from Newpark Comprehensive will interview Patrick about this work and will host a reading and a Q and A. This event is a must for any teenager who is interested in writing and books.
Patrick will sign copies of his new YA novel, More Than This after the event.
Patrick Ness is the author of the bestselling Chaos Walking Trilogy and A Monster Calls. He has won every major prize in children's fiction, including the Carnegie medal twice. He lives in London.
Book your seat online here! or on (01) 231 2929
Below is a letter written by Patrick Dempsey a member of BeLonG To to the Constitutional Convention on the subject of equal marriage rights for LGBT people.
To members of the constitution convention,
I am writing my submission to you not as a young gay person, but first and foremost, as a young Irish person.
Growing up, I was treated very differently because of my sexual orientation. I was bullied and tormented. I was excluded by peers, adults and even my school.
I felt different, because I was treated as being different. I was treated as if being gay was a bad thing, and it made me feel like it was. I felt like being a young gay person was a burden.
Now I am 20 and out of school. I still feel different because society and the law treat me differently, but I want that to change. I want gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to feel equal, and be treated equally.
This issue is not just about marriage. It has wider implications. It will say in law that I will be treated equally no matter who I love, regardless of my orientation. That, I believe is such an important message for our young people.
As someone who will be expected to pay taxes (including taxes that fund the civil registration office), work, contribute to society, and now be one of many young people who have to take on a massive debt burden- I should receive as many, if not more rights than the responsibilities I have.
As someone who wants LGBT people to be fully equal, I prefer using an argument for ‘equal marriage’ rather than ‘gay/same sex marriage’. I want my marriage to be equal to that of a heterosexual person’s marriage, not just in law, but in society.
My point for marriage is simple. I don’t believe in marriage just because I am a gay young person. I believe in equal marriage because I am an Irish Citizen. I want to contribute to my country and be a fully involved citizen, but I also want the rights that all Irish heterosexual Citizens have.
I am convinced that in years to come, we will be asking ourselves ‘why was this a big deal?’ The truth is that it is not.
Many of those who are against marriage equality are in fact married themselves, and I always ask myself how they would feel if they were told that they were not permitted to get married? They would not be very happy, or feel very equal, I imagine.
Many of those who disagree with marriage equality use a flawed argument about recreation, that a marriage should be about having children, and that a child needs a mother and father. I personally think this argument is sexist against woman. Women should not be expected to carry a child because they want to get married or are married. It is offensive to those couples who cannot have children because of infertility. It is offensive to brave single mothers and fathers around this country who bring up children alone.
I ask to convention and those contributing to do two things when discussing this issue:
- Please be respectful when arguing for and against this. There are young vulnerable people around this country listen to what you say as individuals and as a group of people.
- Please remember that yes we are gay and lesbian people, but we are Irish Citizens, and that is the most important when discussing this, in my opinion.
Browse the Pride Programme for Dublin Pride 2012 below, for more information on Pride see www.dublinpride.ie
President Higgins is inviting young Irish people to make multimedia submissions on their vision for Ireland to his Being Young and Irish consultation and seminar. Being Young and Irish is the first in a series of Presidency Seminars.
Young people aged 17 to 26 years can use whatever media suits them best to put forward their vision for Ireland. Examples include narrative, song, poetry, video or audio recordings.
In their submission to www.president.ie or via post to Áras an Uachtaráin young Irish people at home and abroad should address the following questions:
- What is your vision for Ireland?
- What can you and other young people do to achieve this?
- What else needs to happen to make your proposals possible?
The deadline for submissions to the multimedia consultation for Being Young and Irish is 29 September 2012.
Find out how to make a submission here
Check out Being Young and Irish on www.facebook.com/youngandirish
Pictured at the launch of 'A Mental Health Resource for Youth Workers and Volunteers' compiled by Headstrong with input from staff and volunteers from BeLonG To, Foróige and ReachOur.Com were:
James Barry, Headstrong; Jill Murray, Foróige; Gillian Brien, BeLonG To and Vince McCarthy from ReachOut.Com
The resource offers a 'user friendly' entry point to youth mental heath and can be downloaded free from this site and viewwed below:
You can read previous Youth Issues of GCN online here