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The Black Pride Ireland Manifesto

We are we dedicated to the nurturing and uplifting of queer Black people in Ireland. This includes activism (protesting, educating, organising) and advocacy by and for every one of us. We aim to provide, to the best of our abilities, the necessary spaces needed for Black LGBTQIA+ people in Ireland to thrive. We are frequently failed by the structures we exist in and are beholden to – the immigration system, the HSE, educational institutions, workplaces – and we felt it important to create places where queer Black people could air their grievances about these structures without fear of losing their jobs or being deported. To facilitate this, we will run events such as talks, workshops, lectures and social gatherings that cater specifically to our community.

We are not here to create a ‘dialogue’. We are not here to initiate non-Black LGBTQIA+ people, especially not white cisgender people, into understanding us and affording us the dignity and empathy we rightly deserve, and we are not here to exhaust ourselves with pithy debates about our existence. Our existence is non-negotiable.

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