There is an 'Equality for Children' campaign taking place today at 11:30 am.
In 2015, Ireland came together to vote in the historic Marriage Equality referendum which saw a majority 'Yes' vote. However, the 'Equality For Children' demonstration has brought to light the inequalities which still exist for LGBTQ+ families in Ireland today.
LGBTQ+ parents do not have the same rights as heterosexual parents. Only one person in an LGBTQ+ family can be a legal parent - leaving an unknown outcome for families in the event of bereavement, illness and more.
Today, LGBTQ+ Rights Campaigner Ranae Von Meding will meet the Minister for Health Simon Harris.
Speaking on the issue which affects her family, Ranae said, “We’re tired of sitting idly on an unfulfilled promise by the State which has spanned years, and we’re calling out for help in making our point. Many people think that because we have marriage equality, that everything is sorted out - but it is not."
“We saw how YesEquality brought people together in 2015, because love wins. Now we’re calling on the people of Ireland to get behind us to make magic happen once more,” she added.
“The reason why this campaign is so important is because LGBTQ+ parents are currently on the dangerous sidelines of grey legislation. We are #StillNotEqual, and our children ultimately suffer the most, unless something changes,” she added.
As it stands, the 'Equality for Children' campaign has garnered strong support on social media from people who are willing to fundraise, lobby, design and more. You can follow the campaign here.
The 'Equality for Children' demonstration takes place today, on the 21st of October 2019 at the Department of Health, Miesian Plaza, Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2 at 11:30am.