Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ógra Shinn Féin attend Dublin Pride

Ógra Shinn Féin activists attended Dublin Pride march on Saturday 27 June. The Capital’s Gay Pride March was the culmination of a week of events and it was the biggest yet, with Ógra joining over 12,000 people marching in support of LGBT rights.

Ógra activists held a banner which read ‘Gay Rights are Human Rights – Respect Equality and Diversity’, chanting ‘cearta daonna chách – human rights for all’ and they spoke to many gay rights activists during and after the march, finding out of about various campaigns and issues which Ógra can assist with.

Ógra Shinn Féin spokesperson, Ross Taylor said,

“The massive turnout in support of LGBT rights was testament to the great work being carried out by the LGBT community and the organisers of Dublin Pride Week. They have been tireless in campaigning for equal rights for the gay community, and deserve to be applauded for their sterling work.”

“Irish Republican’s are working for the achievement and establishment of an Irish Republic that guarantees equal rights for all of its citizens, so it is right and necessary that Ógra Shinn Féin stand in solidarity with the LGBT community whenever and wherever we can.”

“We look forward to building on the links we established at the weekend, to increase our campaigning on the issue of gay rights, and we are committing ourselves to have strong presences at all future Pride events across Ireland. We will also be at the Belfast Pride march on Saturday 1st August and we would encourage all who support equal rights and human rights to turnout in solidarity.”


Seán Ó Briain said...

Ross, maith thú. Sin ceist tábhachtach.

It's good to see forward thinking and pushing for REAL equality for all, and not just for certain elements within society.

Tom Shelley said...

I have two songs that are amazingly relevant to this post- one ("Iris Robinson (Oh, no Here Comes a Unionist)") is very high quality, the other ("Invisible Comrades") is high quality and ignoring that it's not as well-written, the message is amazing.

For an intro to what I mean by my songs/poems, see http://devlin-mcaliskey.blogspot.com/2009/01/just-call-me-billy-bragg.html

The two republican/LGBT songs are both at http://devlin-mcaliskey.blogspot.com/2009/02/more-new-songs.html The very high quality one is the very last of seven, and the lower-quality one is the second. I've also done three other republican songs which have a small LGBT element (the two I'm high-lighting are overwhelmingly LGBT/republican). Those are "Ireland's Red Army," "Stoop Down Low Party," and "Easter Lillies."


Anonymous said...

Fair play Ross! Mairéad

Árón said...

Maith Thú!

This is the face of republicanism we need to see more of, this is the side that Ireland, and the world, will respond to. Although i believe we should never forget the past i also think that the party should move on from it. Just because they (loyalists) are bitter doesn't mean we have to be!

Campaigns like this will prove more effective in the long run, when the population, inevitably, as a whole becomes more liberal.