On Monday, 22nd June Cavan County Council raised the Rainbow flag outside the Courthouse to mark the start of Pride Week 2020, in solidarity with the LGBTI+ Community in County Cavan.
Published on: 23 Jun 2020
Like all young people, young members of the LGBTI+ community are finding the current restrictions difficult. As members of the LGBTI+ community however, this difficulty is compounded as many of them cannot be themselves in their own homes where they now are spending most of their time.
Whether it’s due to not having come-out to family yet, not being accepted by family, or for some the risk of violent behaviour against them at home should they express their true feelings around their sexual orientation or gender identity, this isolation and lack of space to express their true self is having a serious impact on their mental health.
Cavan & Monaghan Rainbow Youth Group called on Cavan County Council and Cavan Monaghan Education Training Board to fly the Rainbow Flag, a symbol of Inclusion, acceptance - and throughout the recent Covid-19 outbreak - a symbol of hope, during Pride Week, which takes place from 20th to 28th June. This is a small gesture but one which both organisations were delighted to agree to in order to express their solidarity and support for the LGBTI+ community.
Pictured (left to right) are Inspector Nial McKiernan, An Garda Síochána; John Donohoe, Cavan County Council; Maureeen McIntyre, Youth Officer, CMETB; Tara Lynagh, Teach Oscail; Barry McSkane, LGBTI+ Development Worker; Una Rudden, CMETB; Cllr Aiden Fitzpatrick, Leas-Cathaoirleach, Cavan County Council; Antoinetta Brady, TUSLA; Angie McKenna, Focus Killeshandra; Angela Fitzpatrick, Cavan County Council; Caolan Faux, Bounceback Youth Service; Con Cullen, Bounceback Youth Service; Grainne Boyle, Cavan County Council. PHOTO: Adrian Donohoe