Pride 2023

LGBTQI+ Youth to Protest, Remember and Celebrate at Dublin Pride Breakfast Event

As part of this year’s Dublin Pride parade, over 600 hundred young LGBTQI+ people and their youth workers from across the country gathered at Youth Work Ireland’s National Offices to celebrate Pride and march together under the banner ‘Empowering LGBTQI+ Youth’ alongside Belong To.

The groups will host a special Pride breakfast event in advance of the parade, creating a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth to come together and prepare for Dublin Pride. Special guests will visit throughout the event to show their allyship and solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.

This annual event is one of the highlights of our year and seeks to promote LGBTQI+ youth work practices that take place in our services. Youth Work Ireland’s Member Youth Services are the largest providers of LGBTQI+ youth work in Ireland with over 800 young people participating in 48+ groups each week.

Dr Patrick Burke, (he/him) CEO of Youth Work Ireland, said: 

 “As part of Pride, we, in Youth Work Ireland are celebrating the role which youth work plays in accompanying LGBTQI+ young people to self-actualisation.  By providing a whole range of services, activities, proud spaces and advocacy efforts, our Youth Work Ireland youth services throughout Ireland, help create a more inclusive society where all young people can flourish. This work is critical, ongoing and unfortunately still underfunded. The best way our government can celebrate Pride is to commit to providing significant increased funding for the youth work sector. Together with our partners in BelongTo, we call on the Government to redouble their efforts so that every LGTBQI+ young person in the country has immediate access to supports and services.