Mayo Pride (And Prejudice)

Castlebar hosted the first Mayo Pride festival this weekend and it was such craic even the fundamentalist Christians wanted in on the action.


The above image of 21 year-old Ballina boy Bradley Brock being fierce in the face of hatred during Mayo Pride went viral over the weekend.

Brock told website Daily Edge that he felt “empowered” when he saw protestors carrying signs with grammatically incorrect slogans like ‘Respect also Christian belief and morality’.

“I felt empowered when I saw them,” said Brock. “Because I know they won’t stop us, they can’t stop us and it will not change who we are.”


I’ve never seen someone so beautiful and joy filled. #MayoPride #beSound #ireland #MayoIsLovely

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Some attendees questioned the logic of the protestor’s arguments:


But positivity abounded in spite of the naysayers. LGBT mental help support group Shout Out were present to soak up the wholesome Pride vibes.

Comedian Alison Spittle, who took the original photo of Bradley Brock, snapped a selfie with Brock and used the opportunity to promote his drag services.

And of course, you can’t have a Pride parade without marching….

1st. Mayo. Pride. #mayo4pride #mayopride #rainbowflag #castlebar #mayo #ireland #brantrock

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….or an enormous rainbow flag.

1st. Mayo. Pride. #mayo4pride #mayopride #rainbowflag #castlebar #mayo #ireland

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A Tweet from GCN contributor Oein DeBhairduin lays out the reason #Pride remains so important:

Did you attend Mayo Pride? Was it great? Share your pictures and comments below! 

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