The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) has confirmed they will be officially represented in this year’s Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride Festival & Parade.
This will be the first time that there will be an official GAA involvement at Pride and the representation will be led by one of their top inter-county referees, Meath’s David Gough, when Parade takes place on Saturday, June 29 and they walk in the Pride parade.
President of the GAA, John Horan said that the decision to be represented in the festival is an opportunity for the Association to show “solidarity and respect for members of the LGBTQ+ community who make a contribution to our Association.”
“We recently launched a manifesto hailing the GAA as Where We All Belong. This is one way of living up to that assertion, of actions speaking louder than words.
“The challenge for our Association at all times is to be relevant and to try our best to positively reflect society.
“The GAA has a huge presence in Irish life and I am delighted that the Association is committed to making such a positive difference by ensuring that inclusion is prominent in how we operate.”
The news comes as the first openly gay Gaelic football referee, David Gough spoke about his experience within the GAA on RTE’s The Late Late Show last night.
David Gough Co. Meath man welcomed the news after he has spoken openly in recent years about homophobic abuse he has experienced within the sport.
“Since 2015 up to now, [the GAA] have done a huge amount to change their attitudes towards inclusivity and LGBT+ rights, and that has been brought on by the sitting President, John Horan.
“As a result of our discussions, Eddie McGuinness the Pride Manager of the Pride Festival & parade extended an invitation to the GAA and for the first time in the 36 year history of Pride march, the GAA has accepted the invitation to walk in the Pride parade.”