The Road to Equality at University College Dublin


The Road to Equality Exhibition is now handsomely displayed in the tunnel between the Arts Building and the Library at University College Dublin.
The Exhibition remembers and celebrates the 40 years of hard won steps by the Irish LGBTQ* community that led to many positive developments including the decriminalisation of homosexuality, marriage equality and open and progressive laws supporting our Trans sisters and brothers.

Come and take a look any time over the next month

The Road to Equality Exhibition is a Dialogue & Diversity and National LGBT Federation collaboration.

The Road to Equality at University College Dublin

We call for Enda Kenny to cancel White House visit

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Dialogue & Diversity joins Green Party, Social Democrats and many non government organisations, calling for Enda Kenny to cancel St Patrick’s White House visit.

Given the recent anti migrants legislation introduced by president Trump, where is estimated that approx. 50,000 undocumented Irish citizen has been living in the US, Irish Prime Minister visit to White House and presentation of shamrock to Mr Trump would be inappropriate.

We believe that majority of Irish people stand in opposition to Mr Trump’s comment in relation to migrants and presenting shamrock to Mr Trump would be humiliating for our nation.

Dialogue & Diversity would like to encourage you to sign ‘ Shamrock for Trump: Not in my name’ petition



We call for Enda Kenny to cancel White House visit

We are two years old!

The past twelve months we dedicated to integration and migration. We:

Organised Voice of migrants in Irish Politics, a seminar at Trinity College;

Organised the Roundtable of migrants’ organisations;

Published Integration Roadmap report;

Built up a coalition of migrants’ organisations that jointly urged Taoiseach to nominate migrants to Seanad;

Submitted a statement to the Strategy for the Department of Justice and Equality for the period 2016 – 2019;

Joined coalition of organisations calling on Government to introduce hate crime legislation in Ireland;

Submitted recommendations to  Garda Síochána Strategy Statement 2016-2018;

Co-organised Road to Equality Exhibition;

Hosted Diversity Picnic in the Phoenix Park, which was a part of #‎Belonging16 Community Parties;

We are getting ready for a hard work in 2017. If you like to join us please send us an email at


We are two years old!

Road to Equality in Trinity College

We are delighted to announce that Senator David Norris will formally launch the Road to Equality exhibition at Trinity College on Thursday 20th October at 6pm.

The exhibition will be open to the public in the Hamilton Building until Friday 4th November.


The exhibition remembers and celebrates the 40 years of LGBT activism in Ireland. It pays tribute to many brave lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who fought for they rights, in the times when it was extremely courageous to do so. The transformation in attitudes to gay and lesbian people is one of the most radical changes in Irish society of the past few decades. This change would never have happened without the bravery and dedication of LGBT activists through the years. They hard work and dedication lead us to historic moment, when in May 2015 the people of Ireland voted ‘Yes’ in the marriage referendum and Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce marriage equality by public vote.

The Road to Equality is organised by Dialogue & Diversity and National LGBT Federation and showcases material from the Irish Queer Archives combined with the archives of many LGBT groups.

Road to Equality in Trinity College

2nd Generation Migrants

You are kindly invited to a lecture on ‘2nd Generation Migrants’ by Bashir Otukoya, a board member of Dialogue & Diversity.

The lecture is part of Pathways to Integration event organised by Afra-Eorpach, which takes place in Tallaght Library on Saturday the 15th of October 2016 from 10 am until 3pm.


Bashir Otukoya is a PhD student in the UCD Sutherland School of Law & Social Science and in the School of Politics & International Relations. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Law, a Bachelor of Law in Laws, and a Master of Laws in Public Law. His current research focuses on citizenship, in particular, exploring migrants political, social and civic participation in Ireland. Bashir is also a member of the Irish Refugee Council and is experienced in advising migrants in politico-socio-economic integration matters. He is also a board member of Dialogue & Diversity.

2nd Generation Migrants

Submission to a Statement of Strategy for the Department of Justice

We have just sent our Submission to a Statement of Strategy for the Department of Justice and Equality to cover the period 2016 – 2019

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The submission has focused on migration and integration and we have highlighted below issues:

Urgent need for a cohesive integration policy, that should be created with a close consultation and cooperation with migrants organisations.

Urgent need of reform of Direct Provision.

Urgent need for the enactment of the Hate Crime Legislation.

Importance of introducing legislation giving an opportunity to undocumented migrants to regulate their situation.

Need for providing equal access to rights and to workplace integration.

Importance of supporting migrant participation in civic structures and politic.

Importance of Garda cultural competency training.

You can read the full submission by clicking on below link.

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Submission to a Statement of Strategy for the Department of Justice

Road to Equality in Waterford

On Saturday August 13th  Cllr John Hearne, Mayor of The Metropolitan District of Waterford will launch the Road to Equality Exhibition in Central Library, Lady Lane in Waterford City at 3pm.

There will be also two Guest Speakers Jean Webster and Tonie Walsh.

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Jean Webster has been an advocate for LGBT rights for the last 20 years and has championed Marriage Equality at every available opportunity. The happiest day of her life was the 23rd of May 2015 “when Ireland voted YES and became a country truly to be proud of”. Her own journey from being a married woman with two young children to being an out and proud gay woman took many of the same twists and turns as the “Road to Marriage Equality”. Her story is one of courage and vision for a truly diverse and inclusive Ireland. Jean is a former Senior Executive Librarian with Waterford Libraries and she now works as a Parliamentary Assistant to a Senator in Leinster House. She misses the waves in Tramore every day.

Tonie Walsh was heavily involved in the LGBT civil rights movement since 1979, A former president of the National LGBT Federation (NxF), Walsh was also staff reporter for OUT Magazine, Ireland’s first mainstream, commercial gay publication. Although OUT lasted only four years, it encouraged him to establish Gay Community News in 1988. He edited GCN, Ireland’s most successful and longest-running queer publication, during its first two years. In 1997 he reorganised NxF’s archives into what would later become the Irish Queer Archive (IQA). The archive was officially handed over to the National Library of Ireland in June 2008.

Exhibition runs from 8-17 August in the Foyer, Central Library

Road to Equality in Waterford