PJ Kirby, co-host of the hilarious and popular podcast I’m Grand Mam, has set up a GoFundMe for LGBT Ireland following the recent rise in homophobic attacks. The Cork man who features on the cover of the current issue of GCN Magazine says he wants to use the money raised to help the organisation employ staff member who works predominantly in the area of hate crime.
“LGBT Ireland are doing incredible work, and I found out that they are looking for something called a Key Support Worker,” he told RSVP Live.
“That person will help them with urgent, violent cases, like homophobic attacks, as well as other cases like homelessness and family support. This person would just be on hand for that, they would be a huge asset to the team.”
He said that so far, the response has been “amazing”, with over €5,800 of the €20,000 goal having been raised to date.
One of the supporters of the fundraiser is Soup (and Soup 2), a Dublin-based cocktail bar and Asian-inspired diner. On the establishment’s Instagram account, they revealed that “For the next two weeks there will be a voluntary one euro a head added to group bills to help raise funds for this worthy cause. Customers can give more or less if they wish.”
PJ Kirby was inspired to fundraise for LGBT Ireland because of the rise in anti-queer violence, which has been seen through recent incidents in Dublin, Sligo and more. “Obviously I’m really worried and afraid, for my friends rather than myself,” he said.
“I have a lot of privilege – I’m a cis male, I’m white, I’m 6 foot 4. I can be masc presenting – although I do like to strut around the place in a skirt, I can pass for straight. I’m built like a rugby player, I used to play second row in rugby.
“I could still be attacked, and I’m still afraid of that. But I’m constantly afraid for my Trans friends, or my non-white friends. My boyfriend dresses more femme, he’s Filipino and he’s not as big and strong as me. He wouldn’t be a fighter. I’d be worried about him coming home at night.”
This is one of many fundraising initiatives for LGBT Ireland happening across June. ShareJoy is once again releasing a mini Pride fashion edit of items donated by members of the queer community with all proceeds going towards the organisation. The first person announced to be making a material donation is Irish TV personality Darren Kennedy who has given an amazing trench coat to the cause, which is available now on Depop.
Bohemian FC, who are set to become the first professional football team in the country to take part in Dublin Pride, are also financially supporting LGBT Ireland as well as ShoutOut. They have released a limited edition Cup jersey inspired by the interior of Dublin Bus, and proceeds are going to the two organisations mentioned above.
For more information on the wonderful work of LGBT Ireland, and to find out how to support them, click here.
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