Cork City has pursued LGBTI+ inclusion for many years, drawing in the strong vibrant LGBTI+ community in Cork.
Cork City Council is committed to supporting and promoting LGBTI+ equality in Cork city.
Since 2011, Cork City Council, through its Community Section and Cork City Inter-Agency Group organises Cork LGBTI+ Awareness Week to coincide with international IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia). The purpose of the week to bring Cork City: it’s Council, public service agencies and communities together. LGBTI+ Awareness Week has become an annual event with increasing support and involvement from public service agencies and city communities. Cork City Council also proudly supports Cork Pride. LGBTI+ awareness week 2020 begins on Sunday 17th May with the Lord Mayor, Cllr. John Sheehan, raising the Rainbow Flag at Cork City Council at 12pm.
Cork City Council was the first city and public building to officially fly the Rainbow Flag; raised in Cork City by the Lord Mayor in 2014.
Cork City is the first and only city on the island of Ireland to have become a member of the International Rainbow Cities Network, who pledge to protect and enhance LGBTI+ rights and inclusion.
On May 17th Cork City will mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biophobia and Transphobia - IDAHOBIT Day as we have each year since 2010 by organising an LGBTI+ Awareness Week, a week when public agencies, LGBTI+ NGOs and communities come together to say that it is the job of the city and all of our jobs to challenge homophobia, biophobia and transphobia.
Cork City’s 10th LGBTI+ Awareness Week, will be our first as a member of the International Rainbow Cities Network, the first and only city on the island of Ireland to have become part of this network of cities who pledge to protect and enhance LGBTI+ rights and inclusion. We had a range of different events planned but obviously in the midst of Covid -19, we’ve had to re-shape these to support the public health and Covid community response.
On Sunday May 17th at 12 noon the Lord Mayor Cllr John Sheehan will raise the Rainbow Flag at Cork City Hall, as each Lord Mayor has since 2014, another first as the city was the first to formally fly a Rainbow Flag from a civic or public building on the island of Ireland.
St Anne’s Church Shandon, an Inclusive Church will hold an online IDAHOBIT Day Service at which members of the LGBTI+ InterAgency Steering Group and Choral Con Fusion will participate.
The Crawford Art Gallery will host an LGBTI+ themed tour of their wonderful collection.
Throughout the week on our Facebook page - Cork City LGBT Inter Agency Group and on Twitter - @CorkLGBTAwarenessWeek we’ll remind you of the previous decade of Awareness Weeks and feel free to share your own memories or photos with us . This year our theme is “Proud to be part of a Rainbow City” – we invite you to share in this pride by posting a message or video and we’ll share it via the LGBTI+ InterAgency social media .
The partnership between city, public services, interagency group and community that have enabled our Rainbow Cities membership to happen are the same kind of partnership we are all now drawing on to help us through Covid -19; in the midst of a very challenging time we trust this is a harbinger of hope, much like the rainbow itself!
For more information contact: Siobhán O’Dowd, Chair LGBTI+ InterAgency 087-2382400
LGBTI+ Awareness Week 2019 was held from May 11th – 18th May.
This is a week, distinct from Pride, when the city, its public agencies and communities come together to stand for LGBTI+ inclusion and against homophobia and transphobia.