A member of the Dublin Pride committee has contacted EILE Magazine in relation to the recent ‘open letter’ by Northwest LGBT Pride.
Dublin Pride clarified that they had, in fact, been in contact with Northwest Pride before the publishing of the open letter. Dublin Pride had given a lengthy reply to Northwest Pride in order to try and resolve this situation before the actual festival began, and could not understand why Northwest Pride subsequently published the open letter on their website, with no mention of Dublin Pride’s reply.
Dublin Pride has also stated that the terms and conditions referred to in Northwest Pride’s open letter have been in place for a number of years, and therefore have never stopped any group from participating, nor curtailed freedom of expression.
Northwest Pride, which serves counties Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal, voiced their concerns about the terms and conditions regarding Dublin Pride’s parade entry in the open letter, posted on Saturday, June 22. Yet Dublin Pride also informed us that the Northwest Pride committee had already e-mailed this letter to Dublin Pride privately on Tuesday, June 18
Dublin Pride gave a lengthy and detailed reply to Northwest Pride on the morning of Friday, June 21, but received no word back on this matter. Instead, it appears that Northwest LGBT Pride decided to make the issue public by turning their initial letter into an ‘Open Letter’ and posting it on their website’s blog on Saturday afternoon, June 22. Dublin Pride’s response was not referred to at all in the blogpost, giving the impression that Saturday’s open letter was the first action taken by Northwest Pride.
Despite the misunderstanding between Northwest Pride and Dublin Pride, Dublin Pride has stated that Northwest Pride is “very welcome” to participate in the future. Dublin Pride’s response can be read in full here, while Northwest Pride’s Open Letter (and subsequent comments by both groups) can be read here.