Cofounder of the Wicklow Pride Festival, Dave Thomas, is asking for the continued support for the LGBTQ+ Community by flying the Pride rainbow Flag as we approach Pride Month on 1st June.
“After the call out last year, there was a phenomenal response with many schools, libraries, Cafes, Bars, Shops, Hotels, Shopping Centres and various businesses across County Wicklow flying the Pride Rainbow Flag for the Month of June and in some cases throughout the whole Summer, which was amazing,” said Mr Thomas.
“Last year there was an increase in the amount of flags flying, and this is a tremendous show of solidarity from the broader community, and it means a lot to us all.”
“On behalf of the Wicklow Pride Festival, I ask everyone to join us again this year,” he added.
There has been an increase in homophobic attacks, including verbal and physical abuse, and horrifically the murders of Michael Snee and Aidan Moffitt.
“The attacks and the murders reminds me of the horrific murder of Declan Flynn in 1982 in Fairview Park in Dublin,” Dave recalls. “His death, and the results of the trial that followed, sparked the first protest marches in Dublin that evolved into the Dublin Pride Parade that we have today. In many ways we have progressed since 1982, and in some, we clearly have not.”
While we do not have Hate Crime Legislation passed yet, it is needed, but it won’t solve all the problems. It will be a great asset to help reduce Hate Crimes, but it won’t stop it.”
Mr Thomas is asking everyone across county Wicklow and beyond, to stand with the LGBTQ+ community by flying a Pride rainbow flag.
“This sends a strong message, one filled with love, acceptance, support, encouragement and an acknowledgement that our society stands as one community that is beautifully diverse and wonderfully unique.”
The Wicklow Pride Festival is planning to hold a fully inclusive event in early July 2023. They are looking for Sponsorship, support and more to bring the festival back with a great event for all.