Trans+ Pride Cork to stand up against hate at 2023 march

Cork will celebrate Trans+ Pride on Saturday, July 1, with participants gathering at 2:00pm outside the Grand Parade Library.

Group of people wearing Pride flags gathers in Cork for Trans Pride.
Image: Twitter @DubTrans

This Saturday, July 1, the trans community and allies will gather for Trans+ Pride Cork, marching through the city from outside the Grand Parade Library. This year’s event is organised to celebrate the trans community in the Rebel County and to protest the rise in anti-LGBTQ+ violence and the lack of adequate trans healthcare in Ireland.

The 2023 theme is ‘Break the Binary’, and LGBTQ+ allies are urged to attend in solidarity with the trans community. Co-founder Saoirse Mackin called the event “a celebration of trans lives and a demonstration that we’re here and we’re proud.”

On Saturday, participants will assemble at the aforementioned library, which has been repeatedly targeted by far-right groups that reportedly harassed the staff and damaged LGBTQ+ books. As explained by organisers, this march serves as a protest against the increase in violent hate crimes against the trans community, and participants will call for hate crime legislation and a ban on conversion therapy.

Activists in attendance will also demand better access to trans healthcare, given that this year Ireland has ranked worst in Europe when it comes to gender-affirming care.

Attendees are encouraged to carry flags and banners while they march. Moreover, Gay Project Ireland is making a giant trans+ flag for the event and is hosting a banner-making workshop on Wednesday, June 28, where everyone is welcome to make their own banners for Saturday’s march.


The first ever Trans+ Pride Cork took place in 2022, with over 200 people in attendance. The protest was organised in a matter of days after RTÉ hosted a transphobic debate on Joe Duffy’s Liveline, which also prompted Dublin Pride to terminate its partnership with the national broadcaster.

The theme of the inaugural 2022 event was ‘Pride is a Protest’, and it addressed attacks on the transgender community, including biased trans coverage and transphobia amplified by national media outlets.


Trans+ Pride Cork is a grassroots volunteer group that stands for transgender rights and liberation. All the costs for running the event are supported by donations which help make the events a safe space.

If you would like to support Trans+ Pride Cork but are unable to do so financially, you can share social media posts or volunteer with the organisation. Anyone who is part of the trans+ community, including trans, queer, intersex and non-binary folk, is part of the wider LGBTQ+ community, or is a strong ally, is welcome and encouraged to attend the march.

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