To kick off our 2021 community highlights, cast your minds back to March when a couple from Cork made history.
Same-sex couple both recognised as parents from birth
In March, a same-sex couple from Cork were both legally recognised as parents of their twin children in a historic first for Ireland, making great strides for our LGBTQ+ community.
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This week a same-sex female couple in Cork became the first to both be registered from birth as their twin’s legal parents. However, we are still far from all LGBT+ families being legally covered.
— Equality for Children (@equalchildren) March 28, 2021
Ireland’s first international conference on intersex issues was hosted by DCU
In April, DCU held a virtual event, ‘Intersex 2021 – A Vision for the Future’, which was opened by the EU Commissioner for Equality. The event for discussing Intersex issues featured speakers from organisations such as Intersex Ireland, Intersex Human Rights Australia and OII Europe.
Good evening! Ireland's first conference on the topic of intersex opened at DCU today. In support of the work of the Intersex Mapping Study at DCU & the intersex community, the university will light the DCU letters on our Glasnevin campus purple & yellow both today and tomorrow pic.twitter.com/hmdTO7Q2v9
— Dublin City University (@DCU) April 21, 2021
Trans Writers Union begin Irish Times boycott
In August, the Trans Writers Union announced their boycott of the Irish Times after the publication printed a piece on conversion therapy which received widespread criticism from the LGBTQ+ community. The boycott is ongoing and has gathered momentum since its initial conception.
I've read @IrishTimes all my life. My parents got it every day. Later, for years, I bought it every day. Then for more years, I subscribed online.
Today I unsubscribed cos of the dangerous trash they keep publishing about trans people. The disgusting letter today the final straw
— Dr Panti Bliss-Cabrera (@PantiBliss) August 13, 2021
Lyra McKee killers charged
After two years of uncertainty with her ongoing case, charges were finally made this year for Lyra’s McKee’s untimely passing. The journalist and LGBTQ+ activist sadly lost her life when she was shot in Derry in 2019, but this year justice was served to those responsible.
Detectives from our Major Investigation Team have charged two men with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee. Lyra was shot dead by terrorists in Derry/Londonderry in April 2019 pic.twitter.com/wRXv32wDzH
— Police Service NI (@PoliceServiceNI) September 16, 2021
Proud AF campaign launched
Gay Project‘s Proud AF campaign was a great success, highlighting and addressing racism amongst GBTQ+ men in Ireland. The campaign gave a platform to many persons of colour who have typically been underrepresented in society and gave them the chance to proclaim “I am proud AF”.
#ProudAF asks the wider community to examine their behaviour and to change them in order to make our community a more accepting and inclusive place for everyone. Find out about the ways in which our LGBTQI+ family are harmed by racism, bias & exclusion https://t.co/5S0iyqSekM pic.twitter.com/ziuVPE35nB
— Gay Project 🏳️🌈 (@GayProjectIRL) October 3, 2021
Izzy Kamikaze attacker was charged
In October, Michael Quinn was sentenced to three years after being found guilty of attacking LGBTQ+ activist, Izzy Kamikaze. Quinn pleaded guilty to charges in June of this year will serve two years in prison with the third year suspended.
Michael Quinn has been sentenced to 3 years, with the final year suspended. Thank you all for your support. https://t.co/BlfAnNeKMt
— Izzy Kamikaze (@IzzyKamikaze) October 19, 2021
Barriers removed from Gender Recognition Act
In November of this year, TENI broke the news that a deed poll will no longer be required for those looking for a Gender Recognition Cert, removing barriers that would prevent Trans people from getting their chosen name on legal documents.
TENI are delighted to bring some good news. As a result of administrative changes in the gender recog act review there is no longer a need to provide a deed poll / proof of use of nameapplying for a Gender Recognition Cert. your new name on the application form is sufficient. pic.twitter.com/szPti7duRH
— TENI (@TENI_Tweets) November 9, 2021
Loretta Cosgrove from Sydney Queer Irish received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award
Cosgrove, who’s the founder of Sydney Queer Irish, was honoured by President Higgins for all her work in community support. She came all the way from Australia to receive her prestigious award in person and you can read all about her work here.
Comhghairdeas to Loretta Cosgrove on a Presidential Distinguished Service Award for her work with Irish LGBT+ community and the Sydney Queer Irish. #PDSA #GlobalIreland@PresidentIRL @dfatirl @irlembaustralia @SydQueerIrish @sydneymardigras pic.twitter.com/YJywLu3xd6
— Global Irish ☘ (@GlobalIrish) December 2, 2021
MPOWER to hire a “first-of-its-kind” Chemsex Support Worker
Earlier this month, MPOWER put a call out to hire a Chemsex Support Worker, in a historic first for the country. The support worker will provide nonjudgemental harm reduction to gbMSM who partake in chemsex.
We’re hiring @HIVIreland!
— Adam Shanley (@Adlers1) December 13, 2021
Blood donation deferral times changed
Stephen Donnelly, the Minister for Health, endorsed a phased change of restrictions for gbMSM donating blood in Ireland. The changes will begin in early 2022, marking an amazing step forward for the Irish rainbow community.
Having campaigned on this issue for many years, the NXF welcomes any move to end a policy that is both discriminatory & outdated.
— NXF (@nxfie) December 20, 2021
It’s been a turbulent year at times, but we’ve seen some amazing community highlights throughout 2021 and we at GCN are looking forward to reporting on another year of LGBTQ+triumphs.
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