Youth Council calls for Yes vote in Marriage Equality referendum
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has confirmed its support for a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality referendum following a ballot of its members.* The NYCI is the representative body for youth organisations whose 1,400 staff and 40,000 volunteers work with over 380,000 young people nationwide.
The NYCI has added its voice to a coalition of organisations including the ISPCC, Barnardos, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, the Children’s Rights Alliance and Pavee Point to call for a Yes vote. The campaign is coordinated by NYCI member BeLongTo, Ireland’s national organisation for LGBT young people.
James Doorley, NYCI Deputy Director said: “We now look forward to doing everything we can to support the achievement of a yes vote on May 22nd.
“This is about equality for LGBT young people, volunteers and staff in youth organisations. The referendum is an opportunity to send a strong message to young people across Ireland that they are valued equally; and that we want to promote respect and reduce homophobia.
“A key part of this referendum will be getting out the vote. In the coming days NYCI will be encouraging 18 to 25 year olds in particular to make sure they make their voices heard on Friday the 22nd of May,” added Mr Doorley.
Securing Equality for LGBT Young People
Also commenting, Michael Barron, Founding Director of BeLonG To, said: “Securing marriage equality is hugely important for LGBT young people, in particular. Too many LGBT young people experience difficult times growing up and know they don’t enjoy equal rights. If marriage equality is not passed, we reconfirm to them that their all too common experiences of homophobic bullying and rejection are acceptable in Ireland. This would be a devastating outcome. This is why we have all come together to call for a Yes to equality vote. We ask youth services to support young people to talk about the importance of this referendum. It’s so important that they are empowered to bring their friends and families with them on this journey to equality.”
For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Officer at NYCI on 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or email email@example.com
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National Youth Council of Ireland
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people. www.youth.ie
*According to the articles of association (constitution) of NYCI any recommendation in a referendum has to be approved by a 2/3 vote of member organisations.
**Youth Sector: 1,400 staff and 40,000 volunteers work with over 380,000 young people nationwide. Source: Assessment of the Economic Value of Youthwork: https://www.youth.ie/economic_value
BeLonG To YES campaign The key message of the BeLonG To YES campaign involves leading youth and children’s organisations calling on parents and young people to support a ‘yes’ vote in the forthcoming referendum. The coalition of organisations involved includes the NYCI, ISPCC, Barnardos, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, the Migrant Rights Centre, Headstrong, Yes Equality, the Children’s Rights Alliance, Pavee Point and EPIC, as well as BeLonG To.