Survey launched to measure levels of homophobia and transphobia in Ireland 8 months ago

Survey launched to measure levels of homophobia and transphobia in Ireland

The survey aims to "explore the impact of identity-based trauma on LGBTQI+ mental health".

A new survey aims to measure levels of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in the country, and compare it to levels from five years ago.

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The Being LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, and Intersex) In Ireland survey was launched by Trinity College Dublin and Belong To on Tuesday (13 September).

The survey aims to gauge the national well-being and mental health of LGBTQI+ people in Ireland, and to compare those figures to a similar survey carried out over five years ago.

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The objectives of the research include "exploring the impact of identity-based trauma on LGBTQI+ mental health, exploring and measuring resilience among the LGBTQI+ community," and "measuring homophobic, biphobic and transphobic attitudes and behaviours among the Irish general population and compare the findings with those within the initial LGBTIreland Report" from 2016.

The survey is open to anyone from the Republic of Ireland over the age of 14 who identify as LGBTQI+, who question if they are LGBTQI+, or use another variation of the same terms.

The survey asks questions about sensitive topics such as depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts. Participants, however, are given the option to skip these questions, and there are support lines available via the survey's website.

The survey can take between 30-40 minutes, but this is depending on how much respondents are willing to share in open-ended questions, and progress is saved regularly, meaning those surveyed can take regular breaks.

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The study is funded by The HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP), HSE Social Inclusion, and the What Works and Dormant Accounts Fund, Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) through Belong To.

If you'd like to take the survey, you can do so by visiting the Being LGBTQI+ in Ireland website.