Dublin primary school students created an imaginary Pride festival and it sounds amazing

The educate together national school based in Hansfield imagined their own Pride festival celebrating LGBT+ families and diversity.

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The children in fifth class at Hansfield Educate Together National School have only gone and created the best imaginary Pride festival ever!

The schools Twitter account shared a video of their amazing plan for an inclusive Pride festival that celebrates diversity.

The class have been learning all things LGBT+ and the events that inspire Pride parades including the stories of Stonewall and Declan Flynn.

The class decided to name the main stage after Declan Flynn to honour the man who “inspired one of the first Irish pride marches”. They plan to have a jam-packed lineup of LGBT+ artists and allies including Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Elton John and Years and Years.

They have made education a central part of their amazing festival with an outdoor library featuring books about LGBT+ history and books such as ‘And Tango Makes Three’, ‘Stella Brings The Family’, ‘My Princess Boy’ and lots more. There will also be a ‘Hall of Heroes’ which will allow people to learn about LGBT+ icons such as Declan Flynn, Alan Turing, Mary McAleese, Harvey Milk, Laverne Cox, Ellen Page and many more.

There is a friendship zone where you can meet new friends to enjoy the festival with.

There will also be a Beauty Transformation Tent on site which allows trans people to try out different clothes, makeup and hairstyles.

Some of the facilities at the festival include: Gender neutral bathrooms, a first-aid tend with rainbow plasters and the on-site restaurants that have ISL interpreters for people who speak Irish Sign Language.

The Hansfield school students’ pledge to make the entire festival accessible for people with disabilities and speakers of ISL highlighting how Pride festivals can be difficult for some people. Although the festival is imaginary, it should serve as an example for Pride marches and festivals around the world.

The students’ commitment to telling LGBT+ history is an important reminder to us all when Pride can be a celebration, it is important to remember LGBT+ history, how far we’ve come and that the fight for equality is not won.

The project was entered into a competition ran by the INTO LGBT+ Teachers Group and the students won first prize in the senior category.

Well done to all the students and teachers involved in the project!

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