Felipe Guapo - “Dublin Pride Parade 2016”
My name is Felipe Guapo, I am a 23 year old Brazilian science graduate and I have just begun my time abroad living in Ireland.
After taking some considerable time to think. I decided to start this week with a post about acceptance. A concept, that is going to be used here, in a very broad definition and that will help me to describe the events that took place a month ago on the 25th of June in Dublin, Ireland.
The day started like any other important day, when right after opening your eyes you can feel your heart being filled with excitement and anxiety. Feelings that were justified by the events that were taking place later on in that same day. After having breakfast, I started getting dressed and not long had passed when my friend started knocking on my door.
We took the bus in Maynooth in the morning and about half an hour later we were arriving in Dublin. The city was filled with joy and people were already taking to the streets for the upcoming parade. Pride flags were hanging from apartment windows and we were welcomed by several smiles as we approached the O’Connell street. It was Pride day and I could not believe the variety of people attending the event.
Pride Parade 2016, Dublin
Pride has different meanings depending on your first language but the Pride day is celebrated in several countries as a way to acknowledge all the suffering inflicted upon the LGBTQ community, and all those who died just for being who they were. It is a day when the community celebrates the right to exist without persecution and a day to fight for a better world. You do not have to be gay to stand against prejudice!
That was my first Pride in Ireland and to those who do not know, Ireland is the first country in the world to approve marriage equality by popular vote (2015). So, as you can image there are plenty of reasons to be proud of this country and its population.
Fairy Unicorn at Dublin Pride 2016