Outhouse LGBTQ+ Centre made history on 29th June 2023 as it became the first LGBTQ+ organisation in Ireland to join Coalition 2030. This significant step establishes Outhouse as a member of a powerful alliance comprising of 70 civil society organisations from the international development, environmental, anti-poverty, and trade union sectors working together to ensure Ireland keeps its promise to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) both in Ireland, and abroad.
Addressing the momentous occasion, Oisín O'Reilly (he/him), CEO of Outhouse LGBTQ+ Centre, said, "LGBTQ+ people have been repeatedly left behind. Discriminatory laws, projects that don't acknowledge our specific needs, and negative social attitudes have all combined to hold LGBTQ+ people back. The impacts of this are felt by LGBTQ+ communities all over the world. The Sustainable Development Goals are a shared responsibility of civil society, government, and the private sector. Outhouse is stepping up to ensure the needs and lived experiences of LGBTQ+ people are considered as we work towards achieving the SDGs."
Echoing O'Reilly's sentiments, Meaghan Carmody (she/her), Coalition 2030 Coordinator, said, "The evidence is clear that national and international development programmes which fail to take into account the specific needs of LGBTQ+ people adequately are not upholding the 'leave no one behind' principle underpinning the Sustainable Development Goals. The active involvement of Outhouse in Coalition 2030 will ensure that the specific needs of LGBTQ+ people and communities are heard and that no one is left behind."