LGBTI+ Youth Landscape and Knowledge Gap Analysis Research Report

The HBSC Ireland team was commissioned to carry out a Landscape and Knowledge Gap Analysis of the research on LGBTI+ youth health and well-being in Ireland and Europe, and to map the findings to the objectives of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy. The report illustrates which objectives are well supported with scientific evidence, and where there are information gaps which need more research.

Launch of ‘LGBTI+ Youth in Ireland and across Europe

24 May 2021

LGBTI+ Landscape Report CoverMinister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY), Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., launched the ‘LGBTI+ Youth in Ireland Europe: A two-phased Landscape and Research Gap Analysis’ on Monday 24 May 2021.
The research, conducted jointly by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) and NUI Galway reviewed all relevant research on LGBTI+ youth in Ireland and Europe since 2000.
The report was led by HBSC Team  members Dr András Költő, Dr Elena Vaughan, Dr Colette Kelly and Professor Saoirse Nic Gabhainn, with Dr Linda O’Sullivan from DCEDIY and Professor Elizabeth Saewyc from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

You can read the full report here.

Download the press release download

A short video on the study can be found here 

A video of the launch webinar can be viewed here


LGBTI+ Landscape and Knowledge Gap Analysis: A Two-Phased Study Commissioned by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

In 2018, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) in the Republic of Ireland published the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy 2018-2020, the world’s first governmental strategy that is dedicated to the improvement of Sexual and Gender Minority young people’s lives. The DCYA commissioned the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Ireland Research Team, located at the Health Promotion Centre of National University of Ireland Galway, to map and analyse research carried out in Ireland (and more broadly, in Europe), regarding LGBTI+ young people’s lives, and point out the gaps in current knowledge in this area.


Many research projects have been done with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and other Sexual and Gender Minority (LGBTI+) young people. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has asked the Health Promotion Research Centre at the National University of Ireland Galway to collect and evaluate this research as part of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy in Ireland.

The purpose of this study is to better understand issues that affect young LGBTI+ people today and to identify the areas where more research is needed. We would like to understand what members of the LGBTI+ community think about the issues affecting LGBTI+ youth in Ireland today.

What is the research about?

If you are an LGBTI+ young person aged 14 -26 years old, we invite you to participate in an online discussion forum. These forums will be hosted on Tipi Hub, an online messaging board, and will be moderated by researchers from our team. Our researchers are Garda vetted and the study has been approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the National University of Ireland Galway. 


In‌formation for young people and their parents

Please read the following information.
If you are interested in taking part, please contact us by e-mail: Dr. Elena Vaughan at  

How does it work?

The forum will be hosted on Tipi Hub, an online message board platform. The platform is accessible and user-friendly. You will need an active email address to participate. Your username will be generated from this email address, so you might want to create a new email account for taking part rather than use your usual personal account.

If you agree to take part you will be sent a link that will add you to the chat forum. This link will be valid for 48 hours only for security purposes. If you are using a phone or tablet, clicking on the link will allow you to download the free Tipi Hub app for a mobile-friendly version.

Once you have clicked on the link to confirm membership of the forum you will be able to log in whenever and however many times you like while the forum is live. This will allow you to take your time to think about what you would like to say and write what you want to. The forum will be live for two weeks.

When you have logged in, you will see folders with topics of conversation. You will be able to add new posts to the topic folders and/or comment on others’ posts.

The ground rules for taking part ask that everyone remain respectful and refrain from using derogatory or insulting language. The conversations will be moderated by two of our researchers. Anyone that breaks the ground rules will be removed from the forum.

If you are aged between 14 and 18 and agree to take part, you can download the Participant Information Sheet here and we will ask you and one of your parents to sign a consent form (which will be sent to you via e-mail). If you are between 18 and 26, you will still need to sign a consent form, but we will not require parental consent. If you decide to take part in the workshop, you are still free to withdraw at any time and you will not have to give a reason for withdrawing. This will not affect your rights in any way. Participation is free and there is no remuneration offered.

If you are a parent, you will be asked to give consent for your child to participate in the workshops. You can download the Participant Information Sheet for Parents here.

We can also provide the information sheets via e-mail.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

Taking part will allow you to share your views on the issues and concerns about the lives of LGBTI+ youth in Ireland. These views will be shared with policy-makers in the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. In this way, your opinion can help decisions and allocating resources to improve the lives and well-being of LGBTI+ young people.

What are the possible risks of taking part? 

Maintaining anonymity

Because you will need an active email address to log in to the platform, other people participating in the forum will be able to see your email address. If you wish to participate, but do not want other participants to know your email address, we recommend setting up a new email address using another name and log in with this rather than your personal email account.

Emotional upset

It is possible, although unlikely, that emotionally upsetting topics may emerge in the discussion. If you are upset by anything, you can message us privately through the platform or via email and we will do what we can to support you or refer you to an appropriate support service.

What happens at the end of the study?

Your views will form part of the final report provided to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, and scientific publications.

Will my name be used?

The anonymity of participants is assured, and no individual will be identifiable in the report or in any other publication arising from this research. No information related to personal identity will be gathered. For research reasons, however, it is important that we record participant’s gender and age.

What happens if I change my mind during the study?

If you decide at any point that you no longer want to take part, you are free to withdraw at any time without penalty or disadvantage.

Who shall I contact if I want to take part?

If you want to participate or you would like any more information on the research, please contact Dr. Elena Vaughan at  

If you have any concerns in relation to this research you can contact the Chairperson of the NUI Galway Research Ethics Committee, Office of the Vice-President for Research, National University of Ireland, Galway. Email:

Thank you in advance for taking part in the workshop and sharing your insights.