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If the official name of an institution is in Irish (such as the Oireachtas or Gardaí), try to use the Irish name, even if you are unsure as to the correct pronunciation. Irish people will generally be understanding and appreciate the effort even if you get it wrong, whereas they will often consider it culturally ignorant and rude if you simply use the English term instead.
 
If the official name of an institution is in Irish (such as the Oireachtas or Gardaí), try to use the Irish name, even if you are unsure as to the correct pronunciation. Irish people will generally be understanding and appreciate the effort even if you get it wrong, whereas they will often consider it culturally ignorant and rude if you simply use the English term instead.
  
Attitudes in Ireland towards '''lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender''' ('''LGBT''') people are regarded as among the most liberal in the world. Violence against LGBTQ people is not a significant problem, but prejudice can be in rare cases. Ireland passed a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage in May 2015, being the first country in the world to do so by popular vote. The Gender Recognition Act allows legal gender change by self-determination alone. Equality and freedom from discrimination on the grounds of gender identity or sexual orientation is guaranteed in law. LGBTQ members are generally safe to be open about themselves. That being said, conservative values are held among a sizable minority in some rural areas (mainly those with an older demographic). Displays of same-sex affection or gender-identity differences in these areas may elicit stares or under-the-breath humour from witnesses. It would be best to ignore this behaviour and keep your LGBTQ status/beliefs private. In the unlikely event that you're harassed or bullied, you should call the Gardaí immediately.
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Attitudes in Ireland towards '''lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender''' ('''LGBT''') people are regarded as among the most liberal in the world. Violence against LGBTQ people is not a significant problem, but prejudice can be. Ireland passed a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage in May 2015, being the first country in the world to do so by popular vote. The Gender Recognition Act allows legal gender change by self-determination alone. Equality and freedom from discrimination on the grounds of gender identity or sexual orientation is guaranteed in law. LGBTQ members are generally safe to be open about themselves. That being said, conservative values are held among a sizable minority in some areas (mainly those with an older demographic). Displays of same-sex affection or gender-identity differences may elicit stares or under-the-breath humour from witnesses. It would be best to ignore this behaviour and keep your LGBTQ status/beliefs private. In the unlikely event that you're harassed or bullied, you should call the Gardaí immediately.
  
 
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