Friday the 30th of September will see the official launch of Mullingar Pride by Sandra Irwin-Gowran. In 2015 Sandra was a core member of the Yes Equality Campaign that led and coordinated the campaign for civil marriage equality in Ireland, she has also worked for the national LGBT lobby group, GLEN, as Director of Education Policy. Mullingar Town Mayor, John Shaw, will also speak at the event.
Mullingar Pride is an organisation formed to support the needs of LGBT+ people in Mullingar and surrounding areas. Their aim is to continue supporting the already established LGBT+ community within Westmeath, as well as providing education and raising awareness in relation to LGBT+ issues. They are a voluntary group made up of local volunteers.
Mullingar Pride’s official launch will be an opportunity to introduce themselves to the people of Mullingar in a formal way, and set out their goals, to make Mullingar a more LGBT+ friendly and inclusive environment.
Unfortunately, there is still a way to go before LGBT+ people can feel like they are truly equal in today’s Ireland. Issues such as mental health problems, isolation, homophobic/transphobic bullying, stigma around HIV/AIDS and, in extreme cases, physical assault, are still day-to-day realities for LGBT people.
The committee is made up of Mullingar natives and residents. Chairperson, Nigel Connor, resident in the town for a year now, said:
“I think Mullingar is a great place to live, but there seemed to be a lack of a formal LGBT group as there seemed to be a number of LGBT people in the town, and so together we have worked on fixing that”.
The secretary is local youth worker, Jennifer Coyne, and the Treasurer is another Mullingar native, Richard Muldarry, a sergeant in the Defence Forces. The mascot for the group, and all the posters, have been created by Charles Badiller, a French artist resident in the town.
The launch will be at 8 o’clock on Friday, 30th September, in the
YoYo Youth Cafe, Columb Barracks,
with an after-party in
29 Dominick Street, Mullingar.
All are welcome!