Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride has announced a number of new initiatives to make the Pride parade more inclusive and accessible for the community.
Speaking of the new initiatives, Dublin Pride said:
“Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride are on a journey to improve our accessibility to everyone in the community. We recognise that we’re still learning, so we welcome your ideas and feedback on how we can improve in the future.”
Below are some of Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride’s new initiatives, which will go some way towards making Dublin Pride a festival for everyone.
We will have two dedicated accessible viewing areas along the Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride parade route this year, one outside the GPO and the other at the raised Luas stop outside the Gresham Hotel. These areas will be cordoned off for those that those who need to can escape the bustle of the crowd.
Second Assembly Point
There will be an additional assembly point at City Quay where you can join the parade for the final stretch up to Merrion Square! Anyone who would like to participate in the parade but can’t manage the full route for any reason is more than welcome to come along to City Quay where we’ll have some seating refreshments and some quieter Pride fun.
The distance from City Quay to the parade’s end at Pride Village in Merrion Square is approximately 700m and will take approximately 20 minutes to walk.
Quiet Area in Merrion Square
There will be a dedicated area within the Pride Village in Merrion Square for people to rest, relax and get some space. We’re trying to make this as quiet an area as is possible within the Pride Village where you can hang out in a safe space and recharge.
We will be running our Rainbow Bus accessibility initiative again this year, with Dublin Bus once again providing the vehicle. Anyone who finds it difficult to walk in the Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride parade for any reason – be it mobility issues, sensory issues, mental health reasons or otherwise – is welcome aboard the Rainbow Bus! You can email [email protected] for full details on how to reserve your spot. Places are limited, so do get in touch as soon as you can.
There will be an Irish Sign Language interpreter at the main stage and on the screens, and prerecorded videos will be subtitled.
Our Dublin Pride stewards and ambassadors will be scattered throughout the parade and
Pride Village and will be delighted to help anyone in need of assistance or information on the day.
If you would like any further details on any of these initiatives or have any ideas for the team, you can get in touch with New at [email protected]
© 2019 GCN (Gay Community News). All rights reserved.
GCN has been a vital, free-of-charge information service for Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community since 1988.
During this global COVID pandemic, we like many other organisations have been impacted greatly in the way we can do business and produce. This means a temporary pause to our print publication and live events and so now more than ever we need your help to continue providing this community resource digitally.
GCN is a registered charity with a not-for-profit business model and we need your support. If you value having an independent LGBTQ+ media in Ireland, you can help from as little as €1.99 per month. Support Ireland’s free, independent LGBTQ+ media.