Ten Years of BeLonGing
2013 is the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of BeLonG To. to mark this special occasion we’re launching “Ten Years of BeLonGing”. It’s a short video (5mins) which shares the reflections of some of our allies over the last ten years including Emily Logan – Ombudsman for Children, Niall Crowley – former CEO of the Equality Authority, Senator David Norris (our Patron), Cllr. Anna Quigley (our Chairperson), Donal Óg Cusak – All Ireland Hurling Champion and Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald TD.
The video also features former young members of BeLonG To and contributions from our staff on the work of the organisation over the last ten years.
History of BeLonG To
BeLonG To has expanded and changed a great deal since it’s inception. We have grown from a voluntary youth group to being a significant national service and policy organisation. Below is a little bit about how we got to where we are today!
BeLonG To developed from a voluntary youth group – OutYouth – which had been meeting in Dublin on and off for over 15 years. This group was run by young people for young people with the support of Gay Switchboard Dublin. While OutYouth was often an excellent group and a model of youth work, sustaining its work was often difficult. Because it totally relied on the voluntary commitment and leadership capacity of young volunteers the group at times became unstable and even closed when youth leaders moved away or were no longer able to commit their energies. Read full history on the BeLonG To Website
Raising Funds for BeLonG To’s work
BeLonG To have developed a very strong partnership and relationship with Microsoft Ireland, this year staff from Microsoft will be marching with BeLonG To and LGBT young people from across the country in solidarity as a physical manifestation of this support. In tandem with this they’re also raising money for BeLonG To, not only that but Microsoft Ireland will match euro for euro all funds raised in sponsoring staff to march with BeLonG To this pride which is donated through this MyCharity.ie sponsorship page
Every euro you donate to us thorough this page is worth double that to us!