Tuesday 23rd June, 2020
Some 500 LGBTI+ young people are set to receive a Pride Self-Care Pack to keep the spirit of Pride alive while remaining socially distant as the annual Dublin Pride parade is moved online. The Pride Self-Care packs are supplied free of charge by BeLonG To Youth Services and Youth Work Ireland and will be delivered on the eve of Pride, Friday June 26th. Youth Workers supporting the campaign will hand deliver packs to those who are not yet out as LGBTI+.
LGBTI+ youth across Ireland will receive a Pride t-shirt with a once-off design by artist Timur Aldemir, from Creatives Against COVID-19, rainbow facemasks, badges, sweets, a Dublin Pride Booklet and a guide about minding your mental health. Youth Work Ireland and BeLonG To Youth Services created this innovative way of celebrating Pride due to the cancellation of the parade and their annual joint pre-parade breakfast which provides a safe, fun community space for LGBTI+ young people.
Moninne Griffith, CEO of BeLonG To Youth Services says: “While we cannot march together in Dublin Pride this year, we can come together as a community in a way we will never forget! Working with Youth Work Ireland, we are #BringingPrideHome for 500 LGBTI+ people across the country. We have created an incredible Pride Self Care Pack so they can mark Pride 2020 at home and know that around Ireland, their LGBTI+ friends will be wearing the same t-shirt, masks and badges from their homes.
Many LGBTI+ young people experience ongoing mental health challenges and as the results of our LGBTI+ Life in Lockdown survey show, these have been exacerbated by COVID-19. Now more than ever, LGBTI+ young people need access to a wide range of supports and to know they are part of a community. The #BringingPrideHome campaign sends a powerful messaging letting LGBTI+ youth know that they are not alone. We are in this together.”
Dr Patrick Burke, CEO of Youth Work Ireland, says: "Pride is about celebrating our identity as LGTBI+ people. We are delighted that we have found a creative way to do this this year as we stay apart. Pride however is also about campaigning and advocating for change. Many young LGTBI+ people still do not feel supported and affirmed in their communities and nation.
We take this opportunity to call on the new government to affirm its commitment to LGTBI+ young people by fully resourcing and implementing the LGTBI+ National Youth Strategy 2018-2020.
Throughout COVID-19 our local youth services have continued to provide safe and welcoming spaces for young LGBTI+ people online in which they can connect with professional youth workers and continue to be supported.”
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