Sinn Féin MLA and Education Minister John O'Dowd has welcomed a new App which provides information for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.
Speaking after attending the launch of the Youthnet App, which gives access to information around LGB&T support services, youth provision and resources as well as instant access to the PSNI’s online hate crime reporting facility, the Upper Bann MLA said;
"I value the role and contribution of youth work and recognise the positive contribution it makes to education, employability and life skills for young people.
"When I meet with representatives of the youth sector or visit youth settings I am always impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff and their commitment to making a real difference in young people’s lives.
"The development of this App is another fine example of the excellent work ongoing in the youth sector.
“It is a sad fact of life that many within the LGB&T community are made to feel marginalised. Only by raising awareness and sending out positive messages to LGB&T young people and society can we challenge discrimination and promote a more diverse and inclusive society.
"The development of this App is an immense step forward as it is important that all our young people have the right kind of support when they need it.
“I would like to commend all those who contributed to and helped develop this App including Youthnet, Cara-Friend/GLYNI, the PSNI, Youth Council and Unison.
"I have no doubt it will be a valuable source of information for many young people.”