Katherine Zappone becomes Ireland’s first openly lesbian Minister

The coalition Government formed by the new Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, has two openly LGBT ministers, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD., and Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar TD.

Katherine Zappone Ireland's First Lesbian Minister and the Dail Eireann on a sunny day

In a historic first, Minister Katherine Zappone becomes the first openly lesbian member of the Irish Cabinet.

“We offer our warmest congratulations to Minister Zappone and Minister Varadkar. Their positions in Cabinet send a very strong signal that LGBT people can aspire to and achieve the highest political office in Ireland,” said Kieran Rose, GLEN co-Chair.

“We are pleased that the Programme for Government commits to foster greater inclusion, equality and empowerment of LGBT young people. This new Government now has a real opportunity to build on the phenomenal progress of the last year to make further transformative strides towards equality for LGBT people.

“Real challenges remain, in particular to the mental health and well-being of LGBTI people, including LGBTI young people, as the recent The LGBTIreland Report outlined. Action is needed across all areas of Government to address these urgent challenges.”

While these challenges’ significance has not been diminished, it is great to have another member of the LGBT+ community represented in a ministerial position. It’s only a matter of time before we have an LGBT+ Taoiseach!

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