Ireland’s oldest trade union is committing to supporting LGBT+ teachers and students.
To coincide with Dublin Pride, The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) will temporarily rebrand in a show of support and solidarity with LGBT+ teachers, students and the wider community in Ireland.
The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, founded in 1868, is the oldest and largest teachers’ trade union in Ireland. In 2018, the trade union celebrates its 150-year anniversary with a series of reflective events hosted throughout the year.
Whilst Pride is a celebration of the advances which the LGBT+ community has made over many years, it’s also an opportunity to reflect on the challenges which remain. In a country where you can marry your same-sex partner, yet be attacked for holding their hand in public, or where so many remain in the closet professionally in so many sectors for fear of bias and discrimination, it’s clear more remains to be done.
A specially-commissioned INTO Pride logo, reflecting their 150-year journey, has been created, and will be visible on all public channels across the organisation from Monday, 25 June 2018, ahead of the Dublin Pride parade, where the INTO Teachers’ LGBT Group will be marching.
INTO General Secretary, Sheila Nunan, said:
“As we reflect on INTO’s 150-year journey of activism and advocacy, it’s important to look forward and face the challenges which remain. We have always worked with our LGBT+ members to make classrooms and schools a place of inclusion where teachers are free to be their authentic selves.
“We do recognise, however, the ongoing challenges facing not just LGBT+ teachers but the wider community, and our small gesture [to coincide with] Dublin Pride is aimed at demonstrating our commitment as an ally in the coming years.”