Barron: We Should Celebrate National Coming Out Day

EILE Magazine

Ireland as a country should celebrate National Coming Out Day, says Michael Barron, Director of BeLongTo, the organisation for LGBT people aged between 14 and 23.

Research shows that the time between when a young person realises that they are LGBT (on average 12 years old) and when they ‘come out’ to others (on average 18) can be a period of great stress and mental health risk.

“Ireland as a country should take the opportunity of National Coming Out Day to show its support for all [LGBT] young people who are coming out”, says Michael.

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