Devil in the detail in the removal of MSM blood donation ban

Sinn Féin spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield has called on Minister Simon Harris to explain the new criteria for blood donation in relation to those who take medication to prevent HIV infection, namely pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

In a parliamentary response to Sinn Féin from the Department of Health, we were informed that Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) must wait five years before donating blood if they have taken the contraceptive medication PrEP.

Warfield encourages public to ‘Stand Up’ to homophobic and transphobic bullying

Sinn Féin Seanad spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield has called on schools and workplaces to support BeLonG To’s ‘Stand Up!’ week which aims to tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying by increasing awareness, friendship and support.

Senator Warfield said:

“Despite substantial steps for equality in recent years, LGBTQI bullying and prejudice are still commonplace in Ireland. Due to this, our youth face distress coming out for fear of discrimination or mistreatment.
“The only proven way to tackle homophobia and transphobia is to make intolerance unacceptable in our schools, workplaces and wider society and for LGBTQI allies to support their friends, colleagues and family members. I am calling on schools and workplaces to support BeLonG To’s ‘Stand Up!’ week this week and put an end to homophobia and transphobia.”

Gender Recognition Act now represents the greatest obstacle to LGBT equality

Sinn Féin spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield has called on the Government to address the glaring gaps in the Gender Recognition Act a year on from the passing of legislation, and has stated that the Act as is, now represents the greatest obstacle to LGBT legislative equality.

Senator Warfield said:

“Gender Recognition has enhanced the lives of many in the Trans community. Of that there can be no doubt. However, this state in no way offers a pathway to legal gender recognition for citizens under the age of sixteen.

“That is not acceptable and represents a massive obstacle to LGBTQI+ legislative equality.

Barriers faced by victims of sexual violence significantly higher for LGBT people

Senator Fintan Warfield has commented on a Rape Crises Network of Ireland report titled ‘Finding a Safe Space – LGBT survivors of sexual violence and disclosure in Rape Crisis Centres’.

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on LGBTQI rights, the arts and youth affairs said that the report highlighted the need for hate crime legislation in an effort to address racism, sectarianism and homophobia in Irish society.

Senator Warfield said:

“This is a critical piece of expert information and research and I commend the work of the Rape Crisis Network Ireland, who alongside GLEN and Gay Switchboard have highlighted the added vulnerability and exclusion faced by members of the LGBT community who are victims and survivors of sexual violence.

Have a safe, happy and healthy Dublin Pride

Sinn Féin Senator and LGBTQI+ activist Fintan Warfield has wished the LGBTQI+ community, allies and friends across the island a safe, happy and healthy Pride. Senator Warfield also sent solidarity and love to all those affected by the tragic events in Orlando.

Dublin Pride takes place today, Saturday 25th June. The march assembles at the Garden of Remembrance at 12 noon.

Senator Fintan Warfield said:

“I want to wish the LGBTQI+ community, allies and friends across the island a safe, happy and healthy Pride.

“I want to give a special welcome to those who join the protest for their first time. I recall still being in the closet as I marched in my first Dublin Pride parade with Sinn Féin friends and comrades. Without direct knowledge, they alongside all of the participants provided a safety net, and facilitated my being there.

Solidarity on International Transgender Day of Visibility

Today, March 31st is International Transgender Day of Visibility. Across the world, small groups are marking and celebrating their identities, focussed on the challenges facing our society and the trans community.

In Dublin, the launch of a Trans Youth Report is taking place – a partnership between Transgender Equality Network of Ireland (TENI), BeLonG To and the Irish Trans Student Alliance (ITSA). The project explored the experiences of trans young people in the areas of health, education and legislation.

Warfield congratulates TENI on campaign for recognition

Following Governments announcement of changes to the Gender Recognition Bill, Mayor of South Dublin County Council and Sinn Féin Councillor Fintan Warfield has congratulated TENI, the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland, on their campaign for recognition.

Warfield said;

“I wish to congratulate the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland on their campaign which has ensured that the Gender Recognition Bill will no longer make it necessary for trans people over 18 years of age to have medical or psychological testimony to legally change their gender.

Mayor Warfield overwhelmed by support for marriage equality

Following a momentous weekend in Irish history, the Mayor of South Dublin and Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure, Fintan Warfield thanked all those who came out to vote on the referendum for marriage equality.

Cllr. Warfield said;

This campaign, led by Yes Equality has seen such positive representations of the LGBT+ community. Our stories and identity have been so proudly visible over the last number of months. That visibility will only make it easier to grow up gay in Ireland.

Mayors from across Ireland unite for marriage

Mayors and Cathaoirligh from across Ireland are meeting today at 12 noon on the steps of the Mansion House to show their support for civil marriage equality. A website with more information is available on www.mayorsformarriage.org

Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr. Fintan Warfield said;

“Mayors for Marriage Equality are advocating for a Yes vote on ahead of the May 22nd Marriage Equality referendum. As an openly gay Mayor of a local authority in Ireland, I am proud to stand alongside Mayors and Cathaoirligh from across this state in calling for a Yes vote. Gay and lesbian people are active participants in our communities. They and future generations deserve to be able to marry the person they love.”

Mayor Warfield attends launch of Yes Equality

South County Dublin Sinn Féin councillor Fintan Warfield today attended the launch of the Yes Equality campaign. Yes Equality is a new independent civic group campaigning for a yes vote in the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum.

Speaking after the launch Mayor Warfield said:

“I am proud to support this referendum and I am urging people to vote yes to civil marriage equality.

“Irish citizens now have the opportunity to say that we value all of our relationships equally.

GAA ban on Anti-Homophobia wristband disappointing and unnecessary

The Mayor of South Dublin, Cllr Fintan Warfield, has expressed his deep disappointment at the decision of the GAA to prevent an openly LGBT Referee from wearing a Rainbow Wristband as a statement of inclusion and against homophobia in sport.

Mayor Warfield stated: “I was surprised and disappointed to learn of the GAA’s refusal to allow referee David Gough wear a Rainbow wristband at the recent Dublin vs Tyrone match, on the grounds that political statements are not allowed and that the issue is tied to the upcoming referendum on marriage equality.

A republic for all – Marriage Equality – Mayor Warfield

Is mise Fintan Warfield. Mayor of South Dublin and Sinn Féin Councillor for Greenhills, Templeogue and Firhouse.

This year, almost 100 years since the proclamation of the provisional government was published, the task of building the Ireland of equals outlined in that document moves forward.

It moves forward because of those who were willing to take a stand, those who risked their lives to say enough was enough.

Trans people have spoken, it’s time for government to listen – Mayor Warfield

Following the passing of a Sinn Féin motion tabled by Mayor Fintan Warfield in South Dublin County Council this week, the representative for Templeogue-Terenure has called on government to address the concerns raised by trans campaigners in advance of gender recognition legislation.

Mayor Warfield said:

“Ireland is the only country in the EU which has no provision for legal gender recognition. I welcome that the state is finally going through a process of recognition for trans people and providing for the legal recognition of their true gender.

Mayor Fintan Warfield welcomes support for upcoming equal marriage referendum

Sinn Féin Councillor and Mayor of South County Dublin, Fintan Warfield, has welcomed support for his motion for the extension of equal marriage rights to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans community in the upcoming referendum on marriage equality.

Speaking after the motion was passed by a majority of 34-1, Mayor Warfield said:

“I truly welcome the support for the motion on marriage equality.

Fintan Warfield outlines Sinn Féin’s commitment to LGBT equality

Mayor of South Dublin County Fintan Warfield was speaking this morning at the launch of the party’s LGBT rights document, ‘Equality, Diversity, Solidarity: Fighting with Pride for LGBT Rights in Ireland’.

Taking part in the Press Conference was Cllr Emma Murphy; Gerry Adams TD and the party’s Justice and Equality spokesperson Pádraig MacLochlainn TD.

Fintan Warfield said:

“Sinn Fein’s starting point on all issues of human and civil rights, and equality is the 1916 Proclamation. While it may be nearly 100 years old, for us it is a republican mission statement.