Share your story: Is Ireland a safe place for the LGBTQ+ community?

We would like to hear from readers about their experiences on Irish streets

The attack on a young man on a busy Dublin street at the weekend has shocked the country, and particularly the LGBTQ+ community in Ireland.

The apparently homophobic assault on Evan Somers on Dame Street resulted in serious injuries to the 23-year-old's eye and ankle. "I felt like it needed to be seen instead of hidden away because this is the reality of what so many LGBTQ+ people go through regularly," Somers posted on Twitter.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said there was “a sense among the community that there has been an uptick in verbal abuse on the streets and even assaults”.

We would like to hear from readers in the LGBTQ+ community about their experiences on Irish streets.


Do you feel safe?
Do you feel comfortable holding hands with your partner in public?
Has Ireland changed for the better, or worse, in terms of safety in recent years?

You can send your submission using the form. If you would like to remain anonymous, that’s fine, of course, just let us know.

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Thank you.