CORK CITY: Cork LGBT Awareness Week begins

16 May 2017
By Tom O’Sullivan

Cork LGBT Awareness Week Launch, in the Atrium, City Hall, Cork. Rainbow Flag visible from inside the Atrium, at City Hall. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The first time the LGBT flag was flown from a public building in Ireland, was in Cork back in 2014. That was before passing of the same-sex marriage referendum the following year.

The rainbow flag flew over City Hall again yesterday, to mark the beginning of this years LGBT Awareness Week. The week is organised by an Interagency Steering Group of Cork City Council, the HSE, the Gardai, and CESCA Equality Alliance among others. The Lord Mayor Cllr Des Cahill formally launched the LGBT Awareness Week yesterday evening in City Hall.

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. The purpose of the week was framed by Objective 86 of the 2002 Cork City Development Board Strategy ‘Imagine our Future’ which included the words: “The gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities will be enabled to fully participate in the social, cultural and economic life of Cork City.”

Chair of the LGBT steering group is well known Cork activist Siobhan O’Dowd. Her public profile continues to build. Last month she had the honour of addressing a UCC Graduation ceremony as the keynote speaker. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Speaking at the Launch, Lord Mayor Cllr Des Cahill.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

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