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Sinn Féin among thousand strong marching at Dublin Trans Pride

"Speakers at today's march urged attendees to make their way to Belfast over the next week to celebrate Belfast Pride, who will host Ireland's biggest LGBT festival, with the annual parade held on Pride Day which is celebrated on August 4th."

Sinn Féin were among the thousand strong crowd of people who marched at the first ever Transgender Pride parade that took place in Dublin this afternoon.

 The march started outside Liberty Hall and made its way to Fairview Park, where Declan Flynn was murdered by a gang of five so-called “queer-bashing” teenagers in the early hours of September 10th, 1982.

The suspended sentences for his attackers triggered a long march towards equality in Irish society. The first ever Gay Pride Parade in Ireland took place the following year, of which Sinn Féin were also proudly in attendance.

Senator Fintan Warfield, Sinn Féin national spokesperson on LGBTQI+ Rights and Youth Affairs told An Phoblacht that while Gender Recognition is growing in support across the world, there are still an array of issues that need immediate action.

"Our Government can do much more in their response to meeting the needs of the transgender community,” he said. 

The Inchicore based Senator called on government ministers to further engage with the trans community to meet those needs.

Senator Warfield highlighted the issues of a transgender healthcare system or investment into mental health service for Trans people as key issues the government can engage on to make Ireland a fairer country for all.

“Issues such as a trans health system that works off a medical-diagnostic model which doesn’t comply with WHO or WPATH guidelines, or our response to trans people’s mental health, where 78% of the Irish trans community have had suicidal thoughts,” he concluded. 

Speakers at today's march urged attendees to make their way to Belfast over the next week to celebrate Belfast Pride, who will host Ireland's biggest LGBT festival, with the annual parade held on Pride Day which is celebrated on August 4th.

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