Cork Pride gets set to hail its heroes

It’s boisterous, colourful, and celebratory, but also underscored by a serious message — this week, Cork Pride celebrates its heroes: People persecuted for taking a stand on sexuality.

Cork Pride gets set to hail its heroes

The non-profit organisation, which advocates for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, last night launched its week-long festival, beginning with a discussion on marriage equality dominated by political heavyweights, including Fine Gael Cork South Central TD Jerry Buttimer, the founding member of his party’s LGBT group and Fine Gael’s first openly gay TD.

Festival spokesman JP McCarthy said the ’Celebrating Our Heroes’ theme was a tribute to those who had made sacrifices on behalf of the LGBT community.

“We chose this theme as we are on the cusp of a referendum on marriage equality and it is now apt to recognise the sacrifices made by those who went before us and those inspire us to this day by their actions,” he said.

On a lighter note, there’ll be plenty of entertainment in Loafers on Douglas St and the Ruby Lounge on Washington St throughout the week.

For events with a family flavour, Fitzgerald’s Park is the venue next Saturday where there will be live music, sports, food stalls, and a dog show.

The week wraps on Sunday with the usual razzmatazz — the annual Pride parade, starting at 3pm and finishing at Grand Parade.

For info on more of the week’s events log onto www.corkpride.com or facebook.com/Corkpride

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