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IndividualiTy

Meet some members of IndividualiTy, the youth group for trans and non-binary people under 24, which celebrated its 10th birthday this year.

JAY, 17

“I remember when I was a kid my aunt referred to me as a young lady and I felt really weird about it. I always felt this constant discomfort with my existence. It’s like when the image is just slightly out of focus all the time.

When I hit puberty I thought not being comfortable with stuff like menstruation was normal; to hate it and think it’s so weird. I started to realise that’s not how other people felt. I was online one day on this forum for teenagers and a guy had posted in it, talking about being trans and having a chest binder so he’d have a flat chest, going to try get hormones, to get surgery on his chest when he was older, and I was like that’s a thing?

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This month take an in-depth look at the problems and issues facing Irish LGBT+ young people in our annual Youth issue in collaboration with BeLonG To. In our featured interview, Roscommon's own Xnthony talks fake authenticity, rural queerness and rebranding ahead of his Dublin Fringe show, The Power of Wow. Huge misinformation exists amongst young people around HIV transmission and it's all because of a lack of suitable sexual education in Irish schools, writes Ralph Hurley O'Dwyer. Members of trans youth group IndividualiTy tells us about their ups and downs after a decade mentoring and supporting trans kids. BeLonG To's Drugs and Alcohol Worker Ger Roe shares his experiences of helping LGBT+ young people feel empowered, and to become agents of social change. Aifric Ni Chríodáin reports on the HSE's rolling out of the HPV vaccine among gay and bisexual men. Our Budding Burning Issues survey throws up some interesting facts around the opinions of our youngest community members, Plus all the best in news, edutainment, gossip, food and much more.
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