IMPACT members will again be gathering for this year’s Dublin Pride event on Saturday 28th June. It’s expected that even more IMPACT members will take part this year, after the union’s Dublin City branch put out the call to members who want to take part. The branch organised IMPACT’s participation in the event for the first time last year.
Dublin City branch equal opportunities officer, Eva Ndaba, said that this year’s event is expected to be one of the biggest ever. “In the last few months we’ve seen the public debate on equality and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights move centre stage, with an increasing amount of solidarity for LGBT people in Irish society. I think it’s a very interesting time and it’s clear that this year’s Pride event will be of enormous interest to people from every part of Ireland,” she said.
Eva said that the union’s strong track record on advocating for LGBT rights was something to be proud of. “It’s a legacy to be proud of for the trade union movement generally and IMPACT in particular,” she said. IMPACT is to campaign for a ‘yes’ vote in any future referendum on marriage equality after delegates at the union’s biennial delegate conference unanimously endorsed the position in May. The motion was put to conference by Sinead Costello on behalf of the Sligo branch.
Participating groups have been asked to submit details of their numbers to assist with the organisation of stewards. So please contact Eva at email@example.com if you intend to gather under the IMPACT banner.