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Poll: Have you seen incidents of homophobia in Ireland?

Young people in Ireland are especially vulnerable to homophobic bullying, the co-founder of LGBT support group BeLonG To has said. Today, we ask if you have seen evidence of homophobic bullying in Ireland.

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THE WORK OF an Irish campaign has been commended in a United Nations report on the issue of homophobic bullying.

BeLonG To is an organisation that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Ireland – and is the driving force behind the ‘Stand Up!’ campaign, which draws attention to homophobic bullying and outlines what students can do to prevent it. The group was praised by UNESCO and invited to participate in a global consultation on homophobic bullying in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil this month.

Writing in, the co-founder of BeLonG To Michael Barron welcomed the fact that most adults in Ireland can now be openly gay but warned that young people still faces serious challenges – and that the issue of homophobic bullying is one of “huge urgency”.

Today we ask – have you seen evidence of homophobic bullying in Ireland?

Poll Results:

Yes, but not regularly (873)
No, never (554)
Yes, I have often seen homophobic incidents but not everyday (544)
Yes, I witness homophobic events on a daily basis (150)
I don't know (95)

Read: UNESCO praises Irish anti-homophobic bullying campaign>
Read: Column: Homophobic bullying is taking young lives, yet it’s treated as harmless>

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