March 22, 2013

IGLYO Comment on the Joint Conclusions of the Irish EU Youth Conference


IGLYO, as the international platform representing the voice of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) young people in Europe, participated in the recent Structured Dialogue Process prior to the EU Youth Conference of the Irish Presidency, 11 – 13 March in Dublin, Ireland. As the theme for the current Trio Presidency (Ireland, Lithuania, and Greece) is Social Inclusion, and this theme corresponds to a thematic focus area for IGLYO, we were keen to see issues affecting LGBTQ youth brought forward. IGLYO presented the perspective of LGBTQ young people through the Structured Dialogue Process for International Youth NGOs.

Now IGLYO is also issuing this response to the Joint Conclusions from the Irish Presidency EU Youth Conference, so as to ensure that the perspectives of LGBTQ young people are reflected in the eventual Council Resolution on Social Inclusion at the end of the Structured Dialogue process, as well as the Council Conclusions on the contribution of quality youth work to the development, well-being and social inclusion of young people.

So as to emphasize issues of inclusion for all young people, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, IGLYO proposes the following revisions to the Joint Conclusions:




4      WELFARE

5      SUPPORT


7      QUALITY

IGLYO is a pan-European network representing over 80 LGBTQ youth organisations in the Council of Europe Member States and beyond. More information can be found at


Joint Conclusions of the Irish Presidency EU Youth Conference:

For more information, please contact Jordan Long, Programmes & Policy Officer, IGLYO:

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