Dublin Pride Annual Debate
‘Maintaining the Momentum Towards Full Equality’
By Adam Long, National LGBT Federation
The Dublin LGBTQ Pride Political Debate has become a welcome annual fixture on the Pride calendar. Pride is rooted in political advocacy and campaigning when a marginalised community mobilised against oppression. It is also the visible expression of a proud identity which has made a rich contribution to the social, cultural, and political life of society.
Here in Ireland, we have witnessed much progress since the first Pride march was organised in Dublin in 1983. From a dark era of criminalisation and what effectively amounted to a state-sanctioned homophobia, the status of LGBTQ people has been radically transformed in recent times, with the passage of the 2015 marriage equality referendum seen as one of our major achievements.
But the joy and celebration seen on that incredible day in May 2015 must not give way to complacency. We know that much work remains in advancing full equality for LGBTQ people in Ireland.
In 2016, the National LGBTQ Federation (on whose board I serve) commissioned one of the largest ever LGBTQ community consultations to determine the views and priorities of LGBTQ people post-marriage equality. The findings revealed a strong appetite for further reform. Enacting comprehensive hate crime legislation emerged as the most pressing LGBTQ legislative priority, while other issues such as mandatory LGBTQ equality training in all public services, and the need to further advance Trans rights also featured prominently. Significantly too, the overwhelming majority of respondents believe that Pride continues to be of fundamental importance for our community.
The message from the LGBTQ community is clear: The work towards full equality—socially, legally and politically—must continue. That demand remains as strong as ever.
Indeed, the LGBTQ community continues to be highly politically engaged, with a strong majority of LGBTQ voters telling Burning Issues 2 that a party or candidate’s position on LGBTQ rights issues is an extremely important factor in how they vote.
The Pride Political Debate provides a useful forum to explore such issues with representatives of the political parties and civil society advocates. Join me and my panellists for what promises to be an interesting and informative discussion.
This year’s Pride Political Debate will be held on Monday, June 19 from 8:00pm to 9:30pm in the Theatre at Outhouse (105 Capel Street, Dublin 1). The Theatre is wheelchair accessible.
Speakers will include:
- Adam Long – Chair and National LGBT Federation (NXF)
- Moninne Griffith – CEO BeLonG To & Dublin LGBTQ Grand Marshal
- Senator Fintan Warfield – Sinn Fein spokesperson on LGBTQ issues
- Senator Ivana Bacik – Labour