Left Field | Labour News
December 2019

Another busy year for Labour LGBT


Aoife Leahy, Co-Chair Labour LGBT

Along with Labour Youth, Labour LGBT attended the “Truth About Trans Healthcare” rally outside Leinster House on September 22 nd . We wished to express our support for trans people who cannot access adequate healthcare in Ireland. Labour LGBT committee member Karl Hayden documented the day with some great photographs. The Labour Party Central Council also passed a motion expressing solidarity: “The Labour Party stand in solidarity with the trans community in Ireland fighting for adequate health care and express our support for the This Is Me rally taking place today.”

Labour LGBT co-chair Aoife Leahy attended an International Day of Older Persons event organised by LGBT Ireland on October 1 st . The LGBT Champions event was held in Age Action’s Positive Ageing Hub on Camden St. Three short films were shown to raise awareness of the presence of older LGBTI people in nursing homes, hospitals, etc. Speakers included Colette O’ Regan (LGBT Ireland) David Gough (GAA) and Elaine Howard (TCD). There was a lengthy discussion about the new LGBT Champions online training for HSE staff. To access “LGBT+ Awareness and Inclusion Training: the basics”, search for the title in My Learning on the HSELanD dashboard https://www.hseland.ie/dash/Account/Login

Aoife Leahy attended “Out on Display: Exploring LGBTI+ Histories in the Museum” on October 5 th . Patrick McDonagh, Edmund Lynch, Sara R. Phillips, Tonie Walsh, Brenda Malone, Brian Crowley, Louise Walsh, Jozie Kettle, Judith Finlay, Kate Drinane, Orla Egan and Kristopher Reid all spoke on various panels. There were some great discussions about archiving LGBTI materials for the future.

Aoife Leahy attended the Coming Out as An Ally campaign launch in Outhouse on October 10 th . The event was organised by the National Action Group for LGBT+ Traveller and Roma Rights to encourage support for LGBT+ Travellers and Roma. Speakers included Sam Blanckensee, Oein De Bhairduin and Martin Warde.

Aoife Leahy attended the Outlaw Network Back to School event on October 17 th . Gerard James and Maeve Delargy moderated a panel composed of speakers Denise Charlton, Rory O’ Boyle, Aisling Gannon and Oisin O’ Reilly. Topics included coming out as being HIV positive and support for trans children.

Labour LGBT committee member Ian McGahon attended the Rainbow Rose General Assembly in Madrid from October 18 th to 20 th . Labour LGBT is a member of Rainbow Rose, the LGBTI network within the Party of European Socialists (PES).

Ian McGahon organised a screening of the Trans Greystones short film “Let Your Colours Run Free” at Labour LGBT’s fringe event during the Labour Party National Conference on November 9 th . Before the film, Senator Kevin Humphreys, Cllr Paul O’ Brien and Trans Greystones representative Lily spoke on a panel on equality and trans rights. Many thanks to Ian and to all our speakers. “Let Your Colours Run Free” is directed by Simon Blanckensee and Don Rorke: email [email protected] to arrange a screening of this moving and informative film.

Aoife Leahy attended the launch of the Belong To Youth Services School Climate Survey on November 12th. Charlie Bird, Agnes Higgins, Diarmaid de Paor, Ayrton Kelly, David Gough and Moninne Griffith spoke at the event. Sadly, the survey reveals that many young LGBTI people do not feel supported at school. You can access the report at http://www.belongto.org/professionals/research/key-findings-school-climate-survey-2019-2/

Along with the other Labour groups, committee members of Labour LGBT were delighted to go out canvassing for Labour’s candidates before the by-elections on November 29th. Well done to Labour LGBT treasurer Aisling Farrell for braving all sorts of wind and rain! We were excited to see Ellen Murphy, who had come over from London on a holiday dedicated to canvassing. We are ready to go out again for the general election in 2020!

Labour LGBT will hold an AGM in Spring 2020, date to be finalised. Our constitution allows for many officer roles as well as four ordinary committee members. We always have space for more committee members, so please consider joining! Email [email protected] for more information.