Making Ireland safe and inclusive for everyone

Jenny Blake, General Election candidate for Social Democrats pictured at the launch of the party’s LGBT+ Rights policy. Photo: Cian Reinhardt

THE Social Democrats policy document LGBTI+ Justice and Equality was launched in Limerick today, Tuesday, February 4 by General Election candidate Jenny Blake.

Jenny, who played a key role in the Marriage Equality campaign in the Treaty City in 2015, said, “I joined Social Democrats because I see it as the party that has the most empathy and understanding for the LGBTI+ community.

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“I have seen firsthand the impact that activism and legislative change can have on people’s lives because I was able to marry my wife Ann after the success of the Marriage Equality campaign. I am dedicated to working for legislation which further supports the rights and wellbeing of everyone in the LGBT+ community in Limerick and Ireland.”

Blake, and the Social Democrats, say they are dedicated to prioritising the work needed to make Ireland safe and inclusive for everyone.

“Even though we have marriage equality and gender recognition since 2015, we still need to do work to bring in adequate hate crime legislation, to make sure that all LGBT+ families are legally protected, and to take steps to address the very high rate of mental health distress among the LGBT+ community in Ireland caused by discrimination and isolation.

“We need gender-neutral facilities in all services including those that help the most vulnerable in our communities such as homeless and mental health services,” she explained.

“We saw in 2015 that it is possible to vote for change and this General Election is about remembering that we can rebuild trust and hope and create more change for Limerick,” she concluded.