More people are choosing to come out online, according to the LGBT helpline. Ahead of the start of Pride Week, it’s launching the ‘It’s Good to Talk’ campaign – urging people to put their mental health first.
The group is warning people who choose to come out online to expect a range of responses, including some negative ones. National coordinator with the LGBT helpline, Paula Fagan says often people can feel quite exposed after making any big announcement online.
"In the past people would have come out slowly to one or two people, but now they're now making a decision to make an announcement on their social media platforms".
Social influencer James Patrice has been trolled in the past, and believes that "this is someone who would not say this to your face... as I always say - feck them!"
Today, Leo Varadkar becomes Taoiseach. He will be Ireland's youngest leader, and the openly-gay one.
Paula Fagan believes it will particularly help young gay people "to have the most powerful position in the country now being filled by someone who is openly-gay that is a massive step".