Pride On Parade


Dutch transgender policewoman Willemijn Ahlers (top with flag) leads members of the European Gay Police Association march in this year’s LGBT Pride Parade in Dublin city centre. Gardai participating at the parade were banned from wearing their uniforms.


(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)


20 thoughts on “Pride On Parade

      1. red

        so are gay people only proud of themselves one day a year?

        Not being funny but I don’t see the point of dancing around in costume on a street with your sexuality pinned to your sleeve. Most of us don’t care who or what people are banging in the privacy of their own room….not these days

        1. HectorRamirez

          Totally agree, also whats with the furore with the Garda uniform ban.

          Yesterday there was a comment along the lines of ‘Garda commissioners, don’t want it out in the open that there are Homosexual Gardai’

          Like come on, if you think anyone believes there’s not Gay Guards in the force of 11k people, then you my friend need a return to school to re-take your education.

          1. Miss Wilkinson

            I guess it’s all about visibility. There aren’t many days walking in Dublin that I see a gay couple doing what straight couples do wandering around town (holding hands, kissing).

          2. Wayne.F

            Because they are a non partisan force, the same way they can not visibly show their religion while on duty or their political preference.

            Nothing to do with discrimination

  1. col

    Can somebody please clarify if Gardai can wear their uniform whilst off duty and that they have been told specifically for this march that they cannot. If they can’t wear whilst off duty at any time then why should this be an issue at all?

    1. Bebs

      Because it would’ve been a very positive gesture and it would’ve been easy to accommodate.

      1. Wayne.F

        Simple to perform but would have had the effect of compromising the Garda in question in future if cases they were involved in could be dismissed if Bias on the base of sexual orientation was called into question.

        1. Ciaran

          Oh please… could you just think about that point you were trying to make for a bit longer… hopefully after a little more thought you’ll see the error of your ways.

          1. Wayne.F

            Ciaran, I have thought about it, The Garda should not be anything other than a unifrom to the public. They should be neither Gay or Straight, FF or Fg, Black or White they are a Garda.

            Think about the above a Garda who has marched in Uniform at the Pride parade is the first on the scene of a hate crime physical assault against a member of the Gay community. His testimony can be called in to question in court . Thats the way Barristers make their money and why the Garda are should never be anything more than a uniform

  2. Paddy

    I think it should be renamed. The idea of being proud of one’s sexuality baffles me. I’m neither proud nor ashamed of being gay. It just is. However I believe a gay rights march is necessary. Homophobia is sadly alive and well in ireland today, and I believe that issue needs to be taken more seriously. Gardai should have been allowed to wear their uniforms because it sets an example for young people that you don’t have to be a loud, preening peacock painted the colour of a rainbow to be gay. Flamboyance is great and all but there’s a time and a place. there’s pride and then there’s vanity.

    1. William

      I do know what you mean. As a term, it should make as little sense as Short Pride. I’m perfectly happy with being 5’6″, just as I’m perfectly happy about being gay. But no one’s come up with a better word, that captures what it celebrates. Even if not proud as such of being gay, I am proud of being part of a community working together to fight against legal inequality and social exclusion, as the diverse organisations marching on Saturday do.

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