The official launch of Cork LGBT Awareness Week will take place in Cork City Hall on Monday 14th May 2018 at 4:45 p.m. The Lord Mayor, Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald will launch the event and music will be provided by Choral Con Fusion, Cork’s LGBT Community Choir. This is our eighth LGBT Awareness Week organised around IDAHOT Day (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia) on 17th May.
In 2014 the Rainbow Flag was formally raised on Cork City Hall making history as the first civic or public building to do so. Cork LGBT Awareness Week is organised to acknowledge and demonstrate that LGBT individuals are family members, community residents, constituents, citizens, visitors, service users and service providers. As family members, team mates, co-workers, neighbours, residents and visitors to Cork, the LGBT community contribute to the image of Cork as a vibrant, open and welcoming city, making it an attractive place to work, live and visit, no matter what your sexuality.
Events will take place during the week in venues across the city, including Cork City Hall, Cork County Hall, Tyndall Institute, Cork Gay Project, Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Cork City Central Library, Cumann na Doaine Café (Youghal), The Triskel Art Centre, Bishop Lucey Park and St. Anne’s Shandon. Throughout the week you will be aware of a number of posters, flyers, displays and events throughout the city, culminating in the “Party in the Park” on Saturday 19th May.
Cork LGBT Awareness Week is organised by an Interagency Steering Group representative of Cork City Council, HSE South, Department of Social Protection, TÚSLA, An Garda Síochaná, Cork ETB, Cork City Partnership, LINC, Cork Gay Community Development Project, CESCA Equality Alliance/ Ballyphehane Togher C.D.P. and Sexual Health Centre.
Thursday May 17th 9.30-4pm As we approach the 25th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland later this summer, a timely conference titled Being Gay & Grey, addressing the needs of older LGBTI+ communities will take place in Millenium Hall on May 17th.
Friday 18th May Screening of The 34th – the story of Marriage Equality at the Triskel with Minister Katherine Zappone, who is featured in this documentary, in attendance with filmmaker and panellists.
Saturday, 19th May Party in the Park taking place in Bishop Lucey Park is a family friendly event for citizens, communities and the city that includes food stalls, face painting, music and entertainment. At the Party in the Park we want to demonstrate that equality and inclusion can be fun and that a tolerant city is a better city for everyone. The city’s agencies will be represented at the park also.
A range of events will also take place in Cork County including a ceremonial flag raising of the Rainbow Flag at Cork County Hall and a screening of The 34th – the story of Marriage Equality in the Uileann Arts Centre, Skibbereen.
For the full programme of events visit us on Facebook “Cork LGBT Awareness Week” or follow us on Twitter @CorkLGBTWeek
For more information contact: Siobhán O’ Dowd – 087/2382400, 021-4319085, firstname.lastname@example.org Chair, Cork LGBT Interagency Steering Group