The official launch of Cork LGBT Awareness Week took place in Cork City Hall on Monday May 16th 2016 at 5 p.m., with the Lord Mayor and guests of honour, Mr. Dave Roche, Co-ordinator, Cork Gay Project, Ms. Collette Finn, Chair, Cork Gay Project, Ms. Kate Moynihan, Co-ordinator, LINC and Ms. Jo Ann Tickner, Chair, LINC. Music was provided by Cork LGBT’s Community Choir.
Cork LGBT Awareness Week is organised by an Interagency Steering Group representative of Cork City Council, HSE South, Department of Social Protection, , TÚSLA, An Garda Síochaná, CESCA Equality Alliance, Cork City Partnership, Cork ETB, LINC, Gay Community Development, Cork Trans Support Group, Ballyphehane Togher CDP and Sexual Health Centre.
The theme this year is “Celebrating LGBT History”. Like everyone else we are reflecting on history this year and our Interagency Week will celebrate and commemorate the LGBT engagement with the State and with the City. Following in the footprints of LGBT patriots to contemporary LGBT Activism we will demonstrate the contribution of LGBT citizens to creating a Republic of Equals.
In 2016, on the first anniversary of such monumental milestone, LGBT Awareness Week will focus on historical dates of significance within the LGBT community in Ireland, dating back to 1916. Cork has a long and proud tradition of lesbian and gay activism and this is marked at events throughout the week.
Events will take place during the week across the city, including Ballyphehane Youth Café, Cork City Hall, Cork City Library, Cork College of Commerce, St. Anne’s Shandon and Waterstones. A play written, directed and performed by LINC Drama Group will take place at the Cork Arts Theatre. Throughout the week you will be aware of a number of poster, flyers, displays and events throughout the city, culminating in the “Picnic in the Park”.
Saturday, 21st May- Picnic in the Park, Bishop Lucey/ People’s Park
The Picnic in the Park is a family friendly event for citizens, communities and the city that includes food stalls, face painting, music and entertainment. The city’s agencies will be represented at the park also. At the Picnic in the Park we want to demonstrate that equality and inclusion can be fun and that a tolerant city is a better city for everyone.
When developing their strategic plan for the city (Imagine our Future) Cork City Development Board worked with the gay and lesbian organisations in Cork (LINC and The Cork Gay Project) to ensure the strategic plan took into account the gay and lesbian communities that exist in the city. Objective 86, in the 10 Year Plan, clearly states that:
“The gay, lesbian and bisexual communities will be enabled to fully participate in the social, cultural and economic life of Cork City”.
In order to achieve that objective an interagency group of the relevant social partners was set up and led by the City Development Board (CDB). This group meet on a regular basis and continue to develop training and awareness raising events. This is our sixth LGBT Awareness Week organised around (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia) IDAHOT Day, May 17th.
In 2014 the Rainbow Flag was formally raised on City Hall and Cork made history by becoming the first civic or public building to do so. Cork LGBT Aware Week is organised to acknowledge and demonstrate that LGBT individuals are family members, community residents, constituents, citizens, visitors, service users and service providers. As family members, team mates, co-workers, neighbours, residents and visitors to Cork, the LGBT community contribute to the image of Cork as a vibrant, open and welcoming city, making it an attractive place to work, live and visit, no matter what your sexuality.
For the full programme of events visit us on Facebook “Cork LGBT Awareness Week” or follow us on Twitter @ CorkLGBTWeek.
For more information contact:
Siobhán O’ Dowd – 087/2382400, 021-4319085, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair, Cork LGBT Interagency Steering Group
Programme of Events:
Cork City LGBT AWARENESS WEEK
Monday May 16th | 5pm
Launch of LGBT Awareness Week
Atrium Civic Office, City Hall by Lord Mayor Cllr. Chris O’ Leary.
Honored Guests: Cork Gay Project – Dave Roche, Co-ordinator & Collette Finn Chair
LINC – Supporting Lesbian and Bisexual Women; Kate Moynihan, Co-ordinator & Jo Ann Tickner, Chair.
Music by Choral ConFusion - Cork’s LGBTS Community Choir
Tuesday May 17th | 2pm International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia
IDAHOT Day Workshop on LGBTIreland – Odhrán Allen of GLEN & Ger Phillips of Tusla reflect on the implications of this research for public services with a strong focus on youth.
Venue: Cork College of Commerce, 2.15pm
Contact: Ger Phillips 087-4109094
Wednesday 18th May 1.45pm
Venue: Multi Media Room, Civic offices, City Hall
Introduction & Welcome: Ms Ann Doherty, Chief Executive, Cork City Council
Presentation by Fidelma Cotter, Asst Principal, General Register Office, DSP
Implementing the Gender Recognition Act: the experience from the Dept of Social Protection
Contact: Fiona McManus, 086-6058969
Wednesday 18th May | 5pm
Cork City Central Library
Exhibition Launch: Celebrating LGBT History
“Out and About” Portraiture Project by photographer Rena Blake
Cork Folklore Project – LGBT Archive Collection
Wednesday 18th May | 7.30pm Youth Café Network Event
Venue: Ballyphehane Youth Café, Ballyphehane Community Centre, Tory Top Rd
Workshop – Understanding Homophobia
Contacts: Yvonne Quilligan, Cork City Partnership 087-6952347
Gillian Barrett, UPCork 086-0443745
Thursday 19th May | 7pm: A Day in May – Cork Launch
To celebrate the publication of A Day in May: Real Lives, True Stories Waterstones Booksellers in association with Merrion Press presents,
An Evening With: Journalist & broadcaster Charlie Bird, photographer John Minihan & contributors to the book
Venue & Time: Waterstones at 7pm
Friday 20th May: 7pm Youth Café Network Youth Pool Tournament
Ballyphehane, Gurranebraher and UP Cork LGBT Youth Group
Venue: Ballyphehane Youth café, Ballyphehane Community Centre, Tory Top Rd
Friday 20th May | 8pm LINC presents Ordinary Love
Venue: Cork Arts Theatre
Contact LINC 021-4808600
Sat 21st May: 2pm – 5pm
IDAHOT Party in the Park
Musical entertainment includes High Hopes Choir, Barrack Street Band, Voice Works
Food stalls & information points
Contact: Dave – 087-6381578
Phil – 086-3244842
Sunday 22nd May 10.30
IDAHOT Day Service with congregation of St Anne’s Shandon, Rev Tony Murphy, Choral ConFusion and LGBT Community members, families & friends.
Throughout Cork LGBT Awareness Week agencies and communities will distribute the specially designed posters, leaflets and display the LGBT Cork Rainbow sticker to signal their support for LGBT Inclusion.
CONTACT & INFORMATION for Posters. Leaflets etc
Jacqui Sweeney, Cork City Partnership email@example.com / 4302310
Siobhán O’ Dowd, BTCDP/ CESCA firstname.lastname@example.org / 4319085
Last updated on: 17 / 05 / 2016