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Dublin hosts the the largest LGBT pride festival in Ireland next Saturday

By admin / June 26, 2015

The organization expects over 45,000 people, which there were last year.

The Dublin Pride Parade is an annual series of events to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) life in the capital of the Country. This year, the assembly for the parade will start at 12 noon and it will begin moving through Dublin at 1:30 pm. It will start at the Garden of Remembrance at Parnell Square, and proceed through the streets of the city. The organization highlights that it is illegal to drink on the streets during the parade.

The first parade was held in March, 1983. At this time, the community was protesting the levels of violence against gay men and women in the country. In particular, a  judgement in the Flynn case, when suspended sentences on charges of murder were given to members of a gang found guilty of  killing Declan Flynn, a 31-year old gay man, in Fairview Park, and the subsequent celebrations by members of the local community following the decision.

The 2015 Dublin Pride Parade happens in very important time for LGBT community. Last month Irish citizens approved a referendum to provide in the country’s constitution that marriage is recognised irrespective of the sex of the couple. Currently, Ireland is the only country in the world to approve gay marriage by popular vote.

Numbers of Irish LGBT Community

A study published last march by Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI Family Values showed that one in 25 – or 4 per cent – described themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual. This number can be higher, given that 10 per cent of people chose not to answer the question.

The last census (2011) revealed there were 4,042 same sex couples living together of which 2,321 (57.4%) were male while 1,721 (42.6%) were female.

 

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