Demonstrators Gather For Dublin's First Tran Pride Parade

Demonstrators Gather For Dublin's First Tran Pride Parade
Michael Staines
Michael Staines

28 Jul 2018

Dozens of organisations will gather in Dublin today for the city's first-ever Trans Pride march.

Demonstrators will gather at Liberty Hall at 2pm, before marching to Fairview Park where the first Pride protest took place 35 years ago.

Record numbers attended last month's Pride Parade in the capital.

Co-organiser Thomas White says they want to bring Pride back to its radical grassroots of protest and organisation.

"LGBT people and trans people specifically still face extremely high levels of discrimination," he said.

"there was a study recently by Limerick university that found that trans people [in Ireland] face some of the highest levels of hate crime in Europe.

"In Ireland which is supposed to be the liberal capital of Europe at the moment.

"There has been a lot of progressive changes in attitudes in recent year but the fundamental prejudices that exist in the system and that some people hold have not been eradicated."

 

He said organisers felt that Dublin Pride has become an “extremely corporate event that doesn’t express the needs of the community as a whole very well.”

He said there is an “urgent need to have a space where we can organise against discrimination."

Meanwhile the Taoiseach has said he will keep the politics out of decisions regarding the healthcare of transgender people.

According to The Times, Leo Varadkar has vowed to follow the 'best, most up-to-date' medical advice.