LIMERICK’S gay community is preparing to proudly take over the streets of Ireland’s City of Culture later this month.
The Limerick Pride Festival will take place from August 24 to 31, with the centrepiece of the festival the annual Pride Parade on Saturday, August 30.
At the launch of the event Dave Cuddihy, chairperson of Limerick Pride, said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer a fantastic line up for Limerick Pride 2014. We really have an opportunity to grow as a festival this year, thanks to the City of Culture. There is something for everyone during Pride Week 2014”.
He invited everyone to join in and help celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Limerick and show it for the truly open and “accepting city that she is”.
There will be a wide variety of events, from workshops and discussion panels to evenings of traditional Irish music and club nights, catering for all interests.
Highlights include a community information evening on the topic of ‘Hate Crime – Support to Report’, which is taking place in conjunction with GOSHH (Gender, Orientation, Sexual Health, HIV), An Garda Síochána and the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) at the Absolute Hotel on Monday August 25.
It will showcase the findings of TENI’s STAD Report 2013, which records transphobic hate crimes, followed by a discussion of how society, the community and every individual can provide support to victims of hate crimes and encourage them to report incidents.
Thursday, August 28, will see the coronation of Mr & Ms Gay Limerick 2014 at Crush 87 nightclub.
For a full line-up visit Limerick Pride.