This year’s Pride Parade was historic since it was the first time the diplomatic community in Dublin participated, after an initiative from the Norwegian Embassy.
There were 20 Embassies and Diplomatic Missions with around 90 people participating in the parade, marching behind the banner “Diplomats for Equality”.
The parade march was on Saturday, June 29 and went from Parnell to Merrion Square. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan, joined by police officers from both sides of the border, were walking in Dublin Pride. Niall Burgess, Secretary General DFA, tweeted a photo of the diplomatic section of the parade: “a big statement of solidarity from the friends in the diplomatic corps in Dublin, proudly marching together for the first time in Dublin Pride 2019”.
The Embassies and Missions taking part in Dublin Parade agreed to the following statement in a press release:
Declaration from Embassies, Delegations and Permanent Missions support Dublin Pride 2019:
“We, the Ambassadors from the Diplomatic Missions of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, the United Kingdom, joined by the European Commission Representation and European Parliament Liaisons Office, express our support for the Dublin Pride festival and will take part as a joint contingent of ‘Diplomats for Equality’ in the Dublin Pride Parade on Saturday 29 June 2019.
“We reaffirm our opposition to all forms of discrimination, including on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics. International human rights law is grounded on the premise that all individuals are entitled to the same rights and freedoms as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Citizens of all societies, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and related persons (LGBT+), should be able to live freely without fear of violence or discrimination and play an active part in society.
“Education, raising awareness and dialogue are key tools in overcoming stereotypes and prejudice against LGBT+ persons. More must be done to address ongoing and unacceptable instances of discrimination and/or persecution of LGBT+ persons globally. This includes hate-motivated violence, arbitrary arrest and the application of the death penalty. More than 68 countries still criminalize same-sex conduct between consenting adults. We commit to continuing our work to promote respect and non-discrimination against LGBT+ persons.
“We would like to thank the organisers of Dublin Pride 2019.”