Hosting LGBT Students

LGBT  - Diversity in Ireland

With an openly gay Taoiseach and same-sex marriage now law, Ireland has grown to be a open place to the country of a generation ago. Irish schools have changed too, welcoming more  and more students from all over the world. We are part of this growth, creating greater diversity in the classroom, exchanging of cultures and adding to the education of all students.LGBT students are also becoming a more visible group in Irish schools, with growing resources available to support them coming out and thriving in school.

Similarly, over the years EIL host families have welcomed about 200 LGBT students into their homes – these experiences have been as successful and as positive as any homestay experience. “They made me feel loved and welcome. Leaving them was the hardest part of the exchange”, Eva, 2016.

We understand that a host family who doesn’t have an LGBT person in their close family or friends circle may like to receive some support or guidance on hosting an LGBT student for the first time. Your EIL Local Coordinator will be happy to sit and chat with you, support can be provided from EIL Head Office in Cork or take a look through the below resources for further information.


Being gay is Ok : Advice for Parents & Friends - BGIOK is a UK-based non-profit project run entirely by volunteers from the LGBT support charity. 

A Guide for Friends & Family  - FFLAG  is a volunteer charity in the UK for Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays - FFLAG is dedicated to supporting parents, families and their gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans loved ones. 

LGBT Students & Schools -  10 Things to know about LGBT students & 5 things to support them in schools - GLEN are an Irish charity based in Dublin - It's a NGO which aims to deliver ambitious and positive change for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people in Ireland, ensuring full equality, inclusion and protection from all forms of discrimination.