According to the research by
GLEN (The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network), the student age demographic is the most likely to vote yes in the upcoming Marriage Referendum – but they are also the least likely to vote generally.
That's where DIT societies come in, they've organised an amazing Marriage Equality fundraiser called StandUp4Love which is taking place in Vicar Street next week, to encourage as many students as possible to get out and vote on May 22nd.
Speaking to Kaytee Behan the president of the DIT Societies Forum about the event she said:
"One day soon we will all look back and think how crazy it was that gay people weren't allowed to marry the person they love in this country. The student voice is key to success in the Yes Equality campaign. We can't let this opportunity slip through our fingers. This is our one big chance to vote for the equality of our LGBT friends and family."
The event is jam-packed with different types of entertainment – one of Ireland's best known comedians will be the hosting the show (but their identity will be kept secret until the night!), and Panti Bliss will open the event before the entertainment begins.
There'll be musical performances from Vann Music and Hudson Taylor, the students of DIT's 'Avenue Q' will be doing a hilarious puppet performance, Davina Devine from The George will do an amazing drag performance, and The Rubberbandits who will perform a set of gay-themed stand up.
There will also panel chat on 'The Big Gay Couch' hosted by Eoghan McDermott of 'The Voice of Ireland' who will interview Panti Bliss, Anna Nolan and Brendan Courtney. They'll be talking about why a YES vote is so important, and their own personal experiences about growing up gay in this country.
This is just the kind of event needed to give the students of Ireland a kick up the arse, to make them realise that we need every single vote to ensure equality rules in Ireland on May 22nd.
As Rob Kenny, Head Coordinator for StandUp4Love said "It's incredible how much this event has snowballed and the scale of an event we have now organised. It really just shows the support that is out there for marriage equality in this country. We want to mobilise the students of Dublin to vote yes, as we know this will make a real difference"
So, what are you waiting for?
Grab your mates, or grab your mam and get some tickets for this event! Believe us, not attending will result in insane levels of FOMO, so get involved!