Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020
Time: 09:00 - 18:00

Message from the President of Ireland on International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

We in the UL Trans Staff and Students Working Group, a sub-group of the Athena SWAN Steering committee, endorse the message from the President of Ireland coming out in solidarity with members of the LGBTI+ Community yesterday on International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.  This working group is busy working on a Gender Identity and Expression Policy. Educative events organized by UL during the year include the highly commended and impactful #CALLITOUT campaign (Hate and Hostility Research Group at UL, in partnership with the Transgender Equality Network Ireland) and Rainbow Week (Out in UL, the LGBTQ Society of UL). Trans101 Workshops were also held during the year and will continue to be rolled out from September.   

Statement from President Michael D. Higgins marking International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Date: Sun 17th May, 2020 | 11:14

Today, on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, we are invited to renew our resolve to combat the violence and hate that homosexual and transgender people continue to experience.

On this special day, we are all to join the great movement of people who advocate and campaign for, and seek to achieve the vindication of, the human rights of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people.

It should concern us all that many LGBTI+ people in Ireland continue to experience stigma and discrimination on a daily basis. Equally concerning are new reports which have highlighted the fact that some countries in Europe are falling behind in their commitments to equality for LGBTI people.

The Covid-19 crisis has also affected the LGBTI+ community, deepening a sense of isolation and marginalisation that many members of that community already experience.

The Irish people have, in recent years, shown their support for LGBTI+ equality. Many support structures have been put in place, legal obstacles have been gradually removed, and awareness of LGBTI+ rights has increased significantly.

As President of Ireland I invited all of our citizens to support and build on these initiatives.

However more can, and must, be done if we are to craft an Ireland in which there is real equality. A real republic is one where no-one is in danger of being humiliated, vulnerable or threatened because of their identity.

So today is a day for renewed commitment to working together towards a peaceful, just and inclusive society shaped to fit our citizens in all their wonderful diversity.”

Should you be experiencing any issues please feel free to contact members of the AS sub-group listed below.



Dr Marie Connolly

Chair - Head of Equality & Diversity

Professor Ita Richardson

Chair Equality & Human Right Committee

 Lucy Smith

Head of Student Counselling

 Mx Alena Kiel

LGBTQI & Representative -UL Student Council

Dr Aoife Neary

Co-Chair of the EHS Equality & Diversity Committee

Dr Lydia Bracken

Assistant Dean, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion FAHSS

Gabriel Peters

Unite Representative

 Serena Hare

Deputy President Student Life - Welfare Officer