A Call For Change Towards The LGBT+ Community

‘Call It Out’ is a new civil society campaign to highlight and address the harm caused by homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in Ireland. The campaign is being led by the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland (TENI) and the team from the Hate and Hostility Research Group at the University of Limerick.

Despite recent positive changes for LGBT+ people in Ireland, many still experience harassment and intimidation simply because of who they are.

This needs to change.

LGBT+ people are so used to living with a background of prejudiced behaviour that they put up with abuse and insults. For many it feels like it is part of being who they are.

TENI want to send a clear message to the LGBT+ community that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are not acceptable. And they want to tell people; no, you don’t have to stand for it

The campaign aims to appeal directly to the wider public while also empowering members of LGBT+ community to seek support when confronted with hostility. It describes:

  • Hate crimes and incidents towards LGBT+ people are message crimes, they not only affect the person subjected to them, but they also affect the whole LGBT+ community because they share the same identity and it can therefore create a climate of fear.
  • Something that you think is harmless and funny can be very hurtful to members of the LGBT+ community because those jokes and words have been used as weapons against them.
  • It is unacceptable in Ireland in 2019 to commit incidents motivated by homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. This behaviour is at odds with the spirit and values of our country and our people, who are welcoming, fair and decent.

Watch the below video to get a glimpse at to what it can feel like within the LBGT+ community. And remember to have the courage to CALL IT OUT, when you see any form of homophobia happening and show your support. Four years on – our marriage equality vote remains a powerful beacon of hope, equality and solidarity lets keep change at the forefront and make Ireland a better and safer place for all its citizens. 

If you or any of your friends or family are suffering from any form of LGBT+ abuse, please see helplines below.