Year 1 Report On LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy Published

The Year 1 Report on the Implementation of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy has been launched by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, at an Implementation Forum attended by cross government partners and stakeholders at Collins Barracks.

The LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy 2018-2020 was launched during Pride in 2018 and is a world first.

The actions initiated in the first year of implementation have focused on the lives of LGBTI+ young people across a range of domains, with a particular emphasis on education, health, safe and inclusive spaces, and increased consideration of the issues faced by trans young people.

Minister Zappone said: "In June of this year my department began a review process, requesting updates on progress made by all government departments and agencies in the implementation of the strategy. The purpose of this Implementation Forum today is to reflect on the progress we have made, to identify where more progress can be made and to examine how we can all work together to continue to progress the actions in the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy.

"I am delighted to see that fifty-five of the fifty-nine actions under the Strategy have already been initiated or planning initiation, in many cases much earlier than previously indicated. The actions initiated in the first year of implementation have focused on developing a greater understanding of relevant LGBTI+ issues across all sectors."

Work is taking place to actively promote LGBTI+ inclusion in policies or standards across all sectors and research is ongoing to ensure that we fully understand the issues faced by young LGBTI+ people.

The ongoing implementation of the Strategy will also be supported by the implementation of its partner strategy, the LGBTI+ National Inclusion Strategy (Department of Justice and Equality), with many goals and actions dove-tailing across both strategies.

The LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy is cross-governmental and successful implementation requires significant collaboration and engagement between a number of government departments, State agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in order to ensure that LGBTI+ young people can achieve the same positive outcomes as all young people.

The Implementation Forum today provides an opportunity for all stakeholders to review progress made to date and examine how further collaboration and progress can be made in the implementation of this ambitious Strategy.


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