FLAC presents vital LGBTQI+ legal advice clinic • GCN

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The FLACs (Free Legal Advice Centers) have officially launched their pilot LGBTQI+ legal clinic. The service aims to provide legal advice to members of the LGBTQ+ community in the areas of discrimination, equality, family law, gender identity, immigration, hate crimes and crime. access to health care.

Speaking at the launch, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, said: “I and the government are fully committed to improving the lives of members of the LGBTI+ community in Ireland.

“We know that, unfortunately, members of the LGBTI+ community are often disproportionately affected by discrimination. This project will provide tailored legal advice and advocacy to LGBTI+ people through a specialist legal advice clinic.

Acknowledging that the pilot program was funded through Minister O’Gorman’s 2021 program Funding for LGBTI+ community serviceshe continued, “I am delighted that my Department was able to provide financial support to FLAC for the development of such an important service.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Eilis Barry CE of FLAC said: “FLAC is very proud to stand up for equality and continue to work for the LGBTQI+ community in Ireland by creating this LGBTQI+ service where lesbian, gay, non-binary and trans people can access high quality legal advice. quality in a safe, and supportive environment. »

She pointed out that the community still faces stigma and discrimination, acknowledging that access to legal advice plays a vital role in promoting change.

She continued: “Hate crimes based on sexual orientation or gender identity are not considered an aggravating factor in sentencing – all the more shocking given recent cases of violence against people. LGBTQI+ observed in Ireland.

“There is still no explicit prohibition of discrimination in employment or the provision of goods and services based on gender identity, or legal recognition of non-binary gender. This equality crisis is further aggravated by the lack of legal aid in discrimination complaints.

The FLAC LGBTQI+ legal clinic will operate a weekly consultation by appointment remotely or in person at their Dublin office.

If you have a legal question and would like to speak with a lawyer from the FLAC LGBTQI+ Clinic, you can email [email protected] including your full name, phone number and a brief description of your query.

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