Galway Pride was thrilled that Maria agreed to be our Grand Marshal this year. Read her statement below.
When Rob called me to tell me the news that I had been chosen as this year’s grand marshal, was taken aback. I thought it was a call to discuss how AMACH LGBT+ Galway could help out with preparations! I am extremely honoured at being chosen. I have loved volunteering over the past several years with AMACH both as Chairperson and now as vice- Chairperson. Whatever work that I have put into this great charity I receive abundance back from the people that I meet and to be a part of the best community spirit I have ever experienced.
In my role as deputy General Manager, GUH and previously as Laboratory Manager, the past few years have been difficult. Within the past two pride festivals, Galway Community Pride has honoured healthcare workers, acknowledging their commitment to providing safe patient care to those with COVID-19. The staff on the GUH Pride Committee will walk alongside me at the parade, to give them the opportunity to see the love and appreciation the community have for them, now that we can socialise as we learn to live safely with COVID-19.
Our community has experienced some very dark days recently, with the harrowing murders in Sligo to increasing incidents of homophobic and transphobic attacks. We must remember that Pride is protest as well as a chance to celebrate. We must remember the work done by so many before to fight for equality and focus on the battles ahead including trans healthcare and hate crime legislation.
I am looking forward to the week-long festival, packed I am sure as ever with a varied line up of fabulous events to attend. Happy Pride everyone!
Thanks a million,