Cork LGBTI+ Awareness Week 2024

May 12th - 19th 2024

Theme: A Safe City For All

Cork marks May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia, Lesbophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) annually by organising an LGBTI+ Awareness Week. In a world grown increasingly intolerant and threatening, the importance of marking IDAHOBIT is essential. The Cork LGBTI+ Awareness Week 2024 theme is ‘A Safe City For All’ which will be explored at various events throughout the week. This theme is a call for unity: only through solidarity for each other will we create a world without injustice, where no one is left behind.

We invite you to attend an event, come together to challenge homophobia, lesbophobia, transphobia, and biphobia and to demonstrate the solidarity of the people of Cork with LGBTI+ communities, here and globally.

There are a range of free events running throughout the week from our launch on Monday, flag raisings across the City and County on Tuesday, our annual seminar on Wednesday, culminating in our Rainbow Picnic on Sunday in Fitzgerald Park, and many more.

Check out our programme here. 
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Contact for more information on all these events. 


Cork City Council's Commitment to LGBTI+ Inclusion

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

Did you know?

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. And in June 2022, Cork installed two Rainbow Crossings in the heart of the city, on Patrick’s street. The design is unique to Cork, incorporating as it does both the 6 bands of the traditional Rainbow Flag and also the progressive chevron representing people of colour , transgender and intersex identities.

Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Damian Boylan welcomed these colourful and inclusive additions to the city’s public realm saying “These Crossings are a powerful and progressive symbol of the City’s support for and collaboration with Cork’s LGBTI+ Communities, we’re delighted that our Rainbow City now has some Rainbow Crossings. Commissioned jointly by the Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival and Cork’s LGBTI+ Inter-Agency Group , with the active support of Cork City Council  the  Rainbow Crossings are a visible and physical symbol of our commitment to being an open, welcoming and inclusive city.“


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Cork City is proud to be Ireland's first and only Rainbow City. Rainbow cities is a growing network of international cities concerned with LGBTI+ policies. Find out more:

Rainbow Cities in Action Policy Guidelines

The successful completion of the Rainbow Cities Network project was marked by the publication of the
document "Rainbow Cities in Action, LGBTI policy Guidelines for Municipalities".

During the past two years, the cities of the Network, through their representatives, invested efforts in
researching and solving the challenges faced by the LGBTI community, and the goal of everything was to
gain understanding, raise awareness and advocate for inclusiveness and equality.

The mentioned guidelines are available in the attachment of this announcement, as well as through the
link :

Rainbow-Cities-in-Action_Policy-Guidelines-for-Municipalities.pdf (size 5.1 MB)

Beneficiary-Information-Template.pdf (size 141.3 KB)




Cork City Fire Brigade flew the LGBTI+ flag outside its HQ for the first time in 2019.

LGBTI+ Awareness Week 2023


LGBTI+ Awareness Week 2023 took place from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st May 2023. See programme above for full list of events.


IDAHOBIT 2023 Theme:

Together Always – United in Diversity!


LGBTI+ Awareness Week 2022

LGBTI+ Awareness Week will be opened on Monday 16th May by the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Colm Kelleher raising the progressive Rainbow Flag over Cork City Hall.

Cork City marks May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia annually by organising an LGBTI+ Awareness Week to coincide with IDAHOBIT Cork’s LGBTI+ InterAgency Group has representation from all of the public agencies, LGBTI+ ngos and community representatives: this week we come together to challenge homophobia, transphobia and biphobia and to demonstrate the solidarity of the city with LGBTI+ communities, here and globally.