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Fullerton, Deirdre and McGrellis, Sheena and Power, Ian and McKenna, Oisin and Velthuis, Sandra (2017) LGBTI + national youth strategy. Report of the consultations with young people in Ireland. Dublin: Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

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The consultations reached a total of n=3,882 young people from across Ireland (n=3,710 young people completed the SpunOut.ie survey and n=172 young people attended one of seven consultation events) representing a cross-section of young people, including those who identified as a member of the LGBTI+ community, and those who did not. More than two-thirds (69%) of the survey respondents identified as LGBTI+, 29% did not, and one in 10 was unsure. Nearly all (93%) of the young people who attended the consultation events identified as LGBTI+. While the young people represented nearly every county in Ireland, most spent much of their time in urban areas.

The consultations focused on three questions:
1. What is positive about being a young LGBTI+ person in Ireland today? (Positives)
2. What issues are faced by young LGBTI+ people in Ireland today? (Issues)
3. What changes would improve the lives of young LGBTI+ people? (Changes)

Poor health and well-being, particularly mental health and a culture of drug and alcohol misuse culture within the LGBTI+ community, was identified as an issue in both the survey and during the consultation events. Other health issues raised included: The need for improved access to health services for transgender people, including access to counselling, hormones and surgery.

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Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
96 p.
Department of Children and Youth Affairs
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