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Cork Pride

by Clive Davis

The Cork LGBT Pride Festival has come a long way in a short period of time. On Sunday, June 4, 2006, just 200 brave souls marched down Patrick Street in what was the first Cork Pride Parade – this was the start of great things to come for Cork Pride, as by 2017 we had grown in attendance, popularity and success, to become the main regional LGBT+ Pride event in Ireland. Last year over 20,000 people joined us to celebrate. This brings considerable revenue to the city, from an affiuent local, regional, national and international demographic. The valuable and quantifiable social inclusion outcome of the festival reaffirms Cork as arguably the most progressive and cosmopolitan city in Ireland.

This has largely been made possible by a uniquely supportive business community in Cork, whom, aside from the obvious philanthropic attributes associated with supporting such an event, realise the enormous commercial benefits to be gained from being associated with our festival. The dynamic Cork LGBT Pride Festival committee and volunteers have slowly but steadily built Cork Pride with the support of the City and County Council, the HSE, local and national LGBT+ organisations, local and national media, global corporations, and over 120 businesses in Cork.

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We’re celebrating 30 years of GCN this month, that’s three decades and 340 issues of Ireland’s beloved queer magazine, and what a time of incredible change for LGBT+ people in Ireland our pages have documented over that time! In this very special issue, with a cover specially created by artist Will St Leger, 30 columnists remember 30 moments that changed Ireland of 30 years. From decriminalisation to marriage equality, and everything in between, there’s a lot of reading and a lot or reminiscing in this bumper collector’s edition. It’s literally everything you ever wanted to know about queer Ireland. Dig in now and get reading!

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