What are some ways the community can support Pride everyday rather than one month out of the year?
I feel in particular the straight community needs to be counted and seen in allyship daily with the LGBTQ community. There has been an increase in homophobic and transphobic rhetoric and violence nationally, this is something we need our straight allies to stand up against. We can’t always fight for our rights, we need our families and friends to take action if they witness any form of abuse against the LGBTQ community and call it out.
What’s your favourite Pride memory so far?
I will always treasure my first pride parade, it was 1999, I had just finished my leaving certificate. Dublin and Ireland was very different then, the parade was a march for our rights, a march of defiance and a march where we stood together to show to the World we exist. The route went from the garden of remembrance down O’Connell street across to Dame Street and down the hill at Christ Church to the civic space at Wood Quay. I will never forget getting to Wood Quay and seeing the stream of people turning the corner to the amphiteatre, emboldened and empowered together.