Gay Pride – not just politics and parties
This week, 21 – 30 June is Dublin Pride. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Dublin Pride parade, this year’s theme is ‘Live, Love and be Proud’.
Pride as a festival and concept is a stance against discrimination of any kind towards the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
Historically the parade has been the focus of Dublin Pride. Starting out in 1983, the first parade was held shortly after a march which was held in protest at the rising level of violence towards members of the LGBT community.
The Ireland of today is a very different and more accepting place for gay and transgendered people. While there is still some discrimination towards LGBT people, there is also much support, advice and more acceptance from the general public.
Coming to terms with your sexuality and coming out can still be daunting, no matter how liberal a society or family you come from. Being unsure and wondering why you may have certain feelings or attractions is a normal part of life.
Maybe you are completely comfortable with your sexuality, that’s great. But if you’re not – then finding the right way to deal with what’s going on is important.
Talking to family and friends could be an option for you, but make sure you are ready to talk and that you speak to the right person. Another option is to contact organisations such as BeLonG To. They can offer impartial advice and support and may be a good place to start.
Parades, politics and parties
Whether gay pride is important historically and politically, or whether it’s just a great celebration, might seem irrelevant to you at this point in life. That’s fine.
What’s important to take away from the message of gay pride is that no-matter what your sexuality, it’s important to live, love and be proud!