Our impact

HOW WE CAME ABOUT
In April 2013, a group of people came together to support a yes vote in the Equal Marriage campaign in Ireland.Through the support of Mind Yourself, an Irish LGBT group was then setup to provide a social and cultural space. In November 2013, the group received an enthusiastic and warm welcome from the Irish Ambassador - Mr Dan Mulhall - at the Irish Embassy. A generous reception was given by His Excellency to more than 120 Irish LGBT people and friends.

In October 2014, the group became an independent body and the London Irish LGBT Network was formed. The Network is the first LGBT organisation to become a member of Irish in Britain and also became the first LGBT group to receive a grant under the Irish government's Emigrant Support Programme. Members of our Network have been guests several times at the Embassy since then. We have been to meet with the Minister for the Diaspora and the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Our committee members Anne O'Donogue and Joseph Healy attended the AGM of the Irish in Britain in Birmingham and proposed a successful motion supporting marriage equality in Northern Ireland. We have also had input into the meetings of theAll Party Parliamentary Committee on Ireland, held under the auspices of the Irish in Britain.

SAINT PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
We marched in the parade in 2014 and 2015, the first Irish LGBT group to do so. We were very well received by both participants and onlookers. BernĂ¡rd Lynch sits on the Mayor's Community Advisory Board of the St Patrick's Day Parade Committee.

IRISH MARRIAGE REFERNDUM
Our Co-Chair, Bernard Lynch, sent supporting letters to the Irish media and with Board member Cecily Maher attended a YES campaign rally in central London organized by Mind Yourself. Enthused by the positive result of the YES Campaign on the 22nd of May 2015, we held a celebratory party at the KU Bar in Soho, which attracted some of our younger supporters.

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