Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1413)

Michael McGrath

Question:

1413. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health his plans to make funding available to LGBT+ organisations to increase the amount of awareness training and information they can provide; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32815/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Dept of Health, through the Health Services Executive (HSE), has funded a number of LGBTI+ organisations over many years. At present, the main organisations funded are;

- BelonGTo  -  to further develop and deliver their national network programme and mental health programme, nationwide.

- LGBT  Ireland  -  to develop and deliver LGBT awareness training workshops nationwide and further develop their volunteer training programme for the LGBT Helpline nationwide.

- TENI  -  to promote and deliver transgender awareness training workshops for health professionals working in public and voluntary and community services. They also run peer support groups.

In addition, the Gay Health Network is funded via the HSE Sexual Health Programme to promote HIV prevention and sexual health awareness among men who have sex with men, with a focus on men living with HIV, and to combat the stigma associated with HIV. 

Further funding for LGBT+ organisations to increase the amount of awareness training and information may be considered as part of the Estimates process for Budget 2020.