Pride Magazine 2024

Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival Magazine 2024

27th July-4th August 2024

UNITY IN COMMUNITY

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The Small Trans Library

Urania: How to Make a Podcast with your Friend and Not Murder Each Other in the Process by Alana Daly Mulligan and Niamh Browne

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Aiteach Aerach Gaelach by Eoin McEvoy

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Gaze on Tour

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Thank You

Mammies for Trans Rights by Karen Sugrue and Claire Flynn Proud Poets: Rebecca Ruane and Jessica Anne Rose Gay Project: 40 Years of Progress by Konrad Im LINC: A Quarter of a Century and Counting Queer Ecology by Geoff Spiers and Silvio Severino

A Message from President Michael D Higgins

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A Message from An Taoiseach

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A Message from the Lord Mayor

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A Message from the Board of Cork Pride

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Meet the Team

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2024 Theme: Unity in Community

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Cork Pride Events Listings 2024

Beyond the Margins by Eadaoin Flynn

Leading with Pride: Cork Pride Reflects on the Legacy of Clive Davis

Rainbow DiverseAbillities and Gayze Gaymes

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Queering the Map: LGBT+ Voices from Gaza

Artist Spotlight: Ciara Butler

Artist Spotlight: Dean Breslin

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A New Future for Trans Healthcare by Ky Walker and Andrea Crowley

The Queer Canon: Why We Love Seeing Our Reality in Fiction by Evan Cunningham LGBT+ Sports Groups: Racket Rebels, Frontrunners and Briskwalkers, Cork Racketeers, Cork Hellhounds RFC Humanist Weddings and the Queer Community by Sarah Donovan Na Laochra Aeracha: Munster’s first LGBTQ+ GAA Club Space to Create: The Rainbow Library by Maeve Mulrennan Out Out: Harassment of Queer Women in Nightlife by Kate Healy Cork Rebels FC: Fostering Inclusivity and Unity in the LGBT+ Community

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Daydream Believer by Don O’Neill

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Disregard: Disregard Legislation and Restorative Justice by Kieran Rose

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Queering the Bookshelves by Caoimhe Coleman

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Reach Out: Addressing Intimate Partner Violence and Control in Gay Relationships by Dr Angela O’Connell

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Prides of Ireland

Showing You the Ropes: An Intro to Kink by Aoife Murray

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Making Space to be Ace by Rachel Bayer

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Poz & Proud by Luis Noguera Benitez

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Supports and Resources

One Good Adult by Lisa O’Shea

Cork Women’s (Fun) Weekend and Cork Lesbian Fantasy Ball by Orla Egan

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As President of Ireland, may I say how delighted I am to extend my warmest regards to the LGBTQ+ community and all of its allies as Pride 2024 gets under way with what I hope will be even greater recognition, respect, solidarity and success. Pride is not just a celebration. It is a powerful symbol of solidarity, collectivity, identity and resilience, offering as it does an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to come together, recognizing that our differences enrich us rather than diminish us, unite us rather than divide us. In Ireland, we take great pride in our commitment to diversity and inclusion. In recent years, legal obstacles have been gradually removed, many support structures have been put in place, and awareness and realisation of LGBTQ+ rights have increased significantly. As President of Ireland, I renew my previous invitations for all of our citizens to support and build on these initiatives. While achieving significant milestones in advancing LGBTQ+ rights has meant that notable progress has been made here in Ireland, so much more can, and must, be done if we are to craft an Ireland in which there is real equality, a society that embraces peace, justice, solidarity and equality. The fullest participation in every aspect oflife in the public space must become an uncontested version of our own lives together. Pride is a powerful reminder of the ongoing need to safeguard hard-won achievements and for watchful resistance to new and emerging threats, discrimination and violence. A real republic is one where no-one is denied respect, where all can live authentically and creatively, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, without fear of discrimination, prejudice, humiliation, or threats of any kind because of their identity. The changes that will signify this full participation in our society are the basic conditions of equality and respect. It must be a concern for us all the many places around the world in which those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender continue to face widespread stigma, exclusion and discrimination, be victims of oppressive laws and ill-informed social attitudes, subjected to physical attacks and extreme violence, beaten, sexually assaulted, tortured and even killed. On such matters we must never be silent. A Message from the President

#CORKPRIDE2024 THANK YOU We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our community

Cristina Ioana Tudoran, Jamie Moore, and all the team at Cloudera; Olivia Lucey and all the team at Solarwinds; Amy O’Shaughnessy and the team at Energia; Noelle Mulcahy, Danny Murray, and all the team at Teamwork; Jen Bowler and all the team at Vibe; Mary Healy, Sarah Cagney, and all at ANuMe Medical Clinic; Fiona Connolly and all the team at Bus Eireann; Ciaran Austin and all the team at NOSP; Mick Finn and the team at CETB; Eleanor Moore at the HSE; Jarred Arendse at Logitech; Donna O’Leary at KPMG; Rachel McKeon at Abtran; Marina Alves at Brown Thomas; Ruairi O’Connor, Sinead McDonald, Hannah Reel, and all the team at The River Lee; Sandra Murphy and all the team at Trigon Hotels; Will Woods and all the team at the Imperial Hotel; Diana Pyzio and all the team at Leonardo Hotels; Cllr John Maher, Cllr Oliver Moran, Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Cllr Des Cahill, Cllr Colette Finn, Cllr Fiona Kerins, Cllr Mick Nugent, Cllr Kenneth Collins, Cllr Orla O’Leary; Cathy Buckley; Mike Boyle and the team at BCE Consultants; Murt Whelan and the team at Murt Whelan Sound; Shane Healy and the team at Healy Sound and Lighting; Paddy Ahern at Herlihy Consulting. Huge thanks also to the Cork Pride Board of Directors; Clive Davis, Denise Boyle, Damien O’Halloran, Sam Lake and Darren Fitzgerald, the Cork Pride Committee Members: Letycha Le’Synn, Mia Gold, Ronan Kenny, Aoife Dilworth, Mary White, Evan Murphy-Keogh, Alana Daly Mulligan and Hannah Lane, and the teams of volunteers who generously give of their time, experience, and expertise to bring you the Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival annually, working alongside Cork Pride Business Development Manager Kery Mullaly, Cork Pride Magazine Editor & Community Liaison Dee Finn, Cork Pride Accounts Administrator Maeve Conroy, and Cork Pride MC Paul Ryder - Cork Pride simply couldn’t happen without you all!

partners, loyal sponsors and advertisers – but most especially to each and every one of you, our fabulous LGBT+ community - you have helped build the Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival into what it is today! We’d also like to thank President Michael D. Higgins; An Taoiseach Simon Harris; Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Dan Boyle; Denise Coleman and all the team An Garda Siochana Anglesea Street; Dave Browne and all the team at Port of Cork; All the team at Cork City Council; All the team at Cork County Council; Karen O Donoghue, Lisa Sweeney, Sandra Carey and all the team at the Irish Examiner and Echo; Isabel Keane and all the team at Cork’s 96FM; Justin Cronin, Kieran Rigby, and the team at Coolgrey; Daragh Murphy at Hairy Baby; Peter O’Toole; Maurice Supple; Peter Pietrzak; Alma Brosnan; Daragh Kelly; Claudine at Claudine Leonard Design; All the team at LINC; All the team at the Gay Project; All the team at the Sexual Health Centre; Don O’Neill; Sharon Cronin and all the team at PepsiCo; Benny McCabe and all the team at Cork Heritage Pubs; Niall Donnelly, Seán Ó Donnabháin, and all the team at Gilead; Mícheál Barry, Sara Bronnenkant and all the team at Apple; Kieran Kennedy, Gary Byrne, Brian Cody, David Grainger, and all the team at Bord Gais; Clodagh Graham and all the team at Stryker; Eilín Ní Chróinín and all the team at J&J; Lucille Tordella, Joanne Byrne, and all the team at Qualcomm; Philip Greene, Esther Yu Sun, and all the team at Permanent TSB; Siobhan Murphy, Annette Hegarty, Louise Dorgan and all the team at Pfizer; June McCarthy, Kevin Egan-Higgins, and all the team at Musgrave; Micheal McDonnell, Jessica Anthony, and all the team at Merck; David O’Meara, Ezara Ahern, Carla McKeagney and the team at Lilly Kinsale; Julie-Anne Poland, Marie Butler, Paul O’Sullivan, and all the team at Alcon; Dean Kinsella and all the team at BioMarin; Luke Hoare Greene, Padraig Purcell, and all the team at AbbVie; Chryssa Dislis and all the team at Johnson Controls; JP McCarthy and all the team at Amazon; Kartik Sharma, Ailbhe Dowling, Ailbhe O’Callaghan, and all the team at EY; Rachel O Riordan Sofiya Snegir, and all the team at GE Healthcare; Erica Lester, Megan O’Connor, and all the team at Clearstream; Don Crowley and all the team at MTU; Dr Avril Hutch and all the team at UCC; Sean Murphy Phelan, Charlotte Keating,

Pride is a time to honour and recall too the brave individuals who have paved the way for progress and to amplify the voices of those who continue to advocate for change. Mar Uachtaran na hEireann, may I express my sincere gratitude to all those who have tirelessly fought, and continue to fight, for LGBTQ+ rights, whose dedication to creating a society where everyone can live authentically and without fear of judgment or discrimination has played such a crucial role in the pursuit of a more fulfilling, harmonious, just, and inclusive society. May I wish all those marking Pride 2024 the very best as you celebrate and embrace this wonderful festival of equality, diversity, respect, and love. Treaslaim libh is gach beannacht la is d’on todhcha. Beir beannacht.

Michael D. Higgins Uachtaran na hEireann President of Ireland

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I want to take the opportunity to congratulate everyone involved in organising the Cork Pride Festival this year. Pride is a celebration rooted in human rights and protest. A time to open the eyes of those who still struggle to understand the deeply personal challenges that many face in accepting themselves fully. It is our duty as a society to make that journey easier and nobody should ever feel ashamed for who they are or who they love. In many ways, pride is a public expression of love in its many forms. Its vibrancy in this country is an expression of who we are - generous, kind, open hearted, loving, understanding, and accepting. But there is much unfinished business when it comes to LGBTQI+ rights. This year’s theme ‘Unity in Community’ will further highlight the need for everyone to stand strong against discrimination and exclusion. We have made great strides as a country, but we must continue to work to ensure we have an equal, tolerant society. One where everyone feels safe and a sense of belonging, no matter their sexual orientation. As Taoiseach, I will work and stand in solidarity with all of you who fight tirelessly for LGBTQI+ rights. Wishing you all a happy and safe Pride. A Message from An Taoiseach

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A Message from the Lord Mayor

On behalf of myself and Cork City Council, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone all the best for Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival 2024! The importance of Pride is ongoing, not only as a celebration but as a way to reflect upon all of the progress that has been made in terms of LGBT+ rights. Pride is a very important time of year. It gives the LGBT+ community and its supporters the opportunity to come together, build a sense of togetherness and celebrate Cork as a diverse, welcoming city and region. It is a joy to see the vibrancy and enthusiasm people bring to Cork LGBT+ Pride each year. This year’s theme Unity in Community reminds us that we must continue to work together to create a fairer and more equal society for all members of the LGBT+ community, in Cork, in Ireland and across the world. For many years now Cork City Council’s Community Section and Cork City Inter-Agency Group have pursued supportive LGBTI+ inclusion projects and events, working with the vibrant LGBTI+ community in Cork. This work with the LGBT+ community in Cork is essential to creating a more equal society for all, and is work we look forward to continuing. I would like to thank the Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival team, volunteers, sponsors and partners, who all work to make this event possible. Wishing you all a happy and safe Pride, Mise le meas,

Dan Boyle Lord Mayor

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EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT SURE WHAT TO SAY. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.

A Message from the Cork Pride Board

Get ready for the 19th Cork Pride Festival, a celebration that promises to be the most vibrant yet! On Sunday, August 4th, the city streets will come alive with colour, music, and joy as the annual pride parade marches through, drawing crowds from all walks of life. This beloved event showcases not only the rich diversity of Cork but also its deep-rooted significance within our community. This year’s theme, “Unity in the Community,” is a powerful testament to the strength found in solidarity and inclusiveness. It highlights the collective power of the LGBTQ+ community, bringing together people from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities to foster a supportive and welcoming environment. Cork Pride 2024 is more than a celebration; it’s a call to action against discrimination and inequality. Festival events and activities are thoughtfully designed to promote understanding, acceptance, and mutual respect. By focusing on unity, the festival aims to weave a rich tapestry that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community while addressing challenges head-on. As we navigate an evolving society, it is more critical than ever to foster a sense of unity among the LGBT community in Ireland. Unity allows us to collectively address the challenges and barriers we continue to face, such as discrimination, prejudice, and social stigma. A sense of unity enables us to create a safe and welcoming space where individuals can be their authentic selves. Moreover, “Unity in Community” emphasises the value of collaboration and allyship. Building bridges between different groups within the LGBT community and establishing connections with allies strengthens our collective voice. It allows us to advocate for our rights, raise awareness of our issues, and create a more inclusive society. Furthermore, “Unity in the Community” reminds us of the importance of supporting local LGBT organisations and initiatives. These organisations provide vital services, resources, and support to LGBT people, particularly those who may be marginalised or facing additional barriers. Unity encourages us to contribute to these organisations and to ensure that they have the resources they need to continue their valuable work. By embracing the theme of “Unity in the Community,” the Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival sends a powerful message of solidarity and inclusivity. It is a reminder that the LGBT community in Ireland is stronger when we stand together, support each other, and work collectively towards a future where all people are treated with dignity and respect. “Unity in the Community’’ goes beyond the LGBTQ+ community, extending a hand to all of society. By engaging local organisations, businesses, and individuals, Cork Pride 2024 aims to bridge gaps and forge connections that transcend differences. This collaborative spirit encourages everyone to contribute to a culture of acceptance and equality, showing that unity can drive meaningful social change. Join us as we celebrate this extraordinary event and witness firsthand how communities, standing together in solidarity, can overcome adversity and create a brighter, more inclusive future for all. Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of something truly special at Cork Pride 2024!

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Denise Boyle / Chairperson Denise has been the Parade and Afterparty Manager for the past 7 years. A well known Cork building contractor, Denise is a registered gas technician, CAD technician, and electrician. She is a huge Munster Rugby fan, is the Coach for Mallow Women’s Rugby team and is a Board member of the Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival.

Damien O’Halloran / Vice Chairperson Damien O’Halloran is an executive leader working in IT for over 25 years, leading globally diverse teams. He is actively involved in multiple diversity and inclusion functions, most especially Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), focusing on encouraging team members to bring their authentic selves to the workplace.

Darren Fitzgerald / Treasurer Darren joined the Cork Pride team in 2021 and currently holds the role of Treasurer. Darren is a Partner and head of Private Clients at Orbitus Law LLP. Darren’s goal, being a proud member of the community, is to promote community presence within the legal realm.

Sam Lake / Secretary Sam is the newest member to the Board and holds the role of Secretary. Sam is a behavior therapist with Cope Foundation. Sam is an enthusiastic gym bunny and self-proclaimed dog lover! Sam is looking forward to working with others to ensure the Cork Pride Festival represents everyone.

Clive Davis / Board Member Clive was the Chairperson of the Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival for 16 years until 2024. Clive is a Regional Director with Youth Work Ireland, manages Youth Work Ireland Laois, and is a Director and Chairperson of People First Credit Union; he is also Director on the Board of The Irish League of Credit unions. and is a Director of LGBT Ireland where he is also Treasurer.

The theme for Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival 2024 is Unity in Community . In the current social and political climate, with the rise of the far right, devastating international conflict and the continued attacks on our trans community, the world feels full of division and uncertainty. That is why, this year at Cork Pride, we are calling for unity between all the diverse sections of the LGBT+ community, but also with marginalised communities across the world. We are stronger together, and a fight for one of us is a fight for all of us - nobody is equal until all of us are equal and we will continue to fight against discrimination and division for as long as this takes. Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival Theme 2024:

Kery Mullaly / Business Development Manager Kery handles the Cork Pride sponsorships remit and established the Cork Pride magazine. Kery has brokered partnerships and sponsorships across many festivals and events including the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Electric Picnic, Cork Midsummer Festival, and the Cork International Choral Festival.He divides his time between Kilkenny and Cork.

Dee Finn / Community Liaison and Cork Pride Magazine Editor Dee has worked in various roles with Cork Pride for the last 2.5 years, including the Pride Reaching Out Project in 2022, coordinating Cork Pride Community Events and Family Fun Day and her role as Editor of the Cork Pride Magazine in 2023 and 2024. In addition to her work with Cork Pride, Dee works as a freelance theatre maker.

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Maeve Conroy / Accounts / Administrator Maeve has worked with the Cork Pride team since 2023, dealing with the accounting and administration side of the event. Maeve also works with Youth Work Ireland Laois in a similar role.

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1 August Gayze Gaymes: Pride Trivia Night 6-9pm | Gay Project Service of Remembrance and Celebration 7.30pm | St Anne’s, Shandon Zoo Night 10pm | The Black Dog 2 August Gay Project: GOLD Café for Older Men: Pride Lunch 12-3pm | Gay Project Cork Pride: The Big Queer Debs 8.30pm-late | The Pav Cork Pride: Flashback Friday 9pm | Crane Lane Theatre 3 rd August Queer Bike Rides Cork: Greenway Cycle (21km) 11am | Departing from Marina Market Cork Pride: Family Fun Day 12-6pm | Fitzgeralds Park LINC: OUTrageous…: Night Out 9pm-late | Nudes The Ringmasters Drag Race (Revue) hosted by Paul Ryder 9.30pm-late | Crane Lane Theatre Black Dog Presents Zoo Goes Wild

27 July Cork Pride: Pride on Tour

4 August UCCSU: Pride Breakfast 10am | UCC Students’ Union Common Room, 54 College Road LINC: Queers & Croissants: Pre-March Breakfast & Face Painting 11.30am-12.30pm | LINC Pride Drag Brunch with MockieAh! 12-3pm | The Old Town Whiskey Bar at the Bodega Cork Pride: Parade Assembling 1pm, take off 2pm | Assembling Grand Parade Cork Pride: Party at the Port 3pm | Kennedy Quay Pride Wrap Party 6pm | The Old Town Whiskey Bar at the Bodega Making a Scene: Welcome to the Pride Parade 9pm | Fred Zeppelins The Hollyz 9pm | Crane Lane Theatre MockieAh! Pride Party with Bambie Thug and Charity Kase 9pm | The Pavillion

30 July Gay Project: Out Of Your Mind Online Meditation 10.30-11.30am | Online Gay Project: QueerVibes Bingo with the Queens 6.30-8.30pm | Gay Project LINC: Rapid Fire Friending 6.30-8pm | LINC Sexual Health Centre: Rapid HIV Testing 6-8pm | Gay Project 31 July Cork Pride: Welcome to the Community: Coming Out Talk 6.30pm | Civic Trust House LINC: Rainbow Lunch 12-2pm | LINC LINC: Banner Making 6.30-8pm | LINC Cork Pride: Gaze Film Night 8-11pm | The Pav

12-6pm | Port of Cork, Mallow, New Twopothouse, Buttevant,

Mitchelstown, Fermoy Cork Hellhounds RFC: Pride Tag Tournament

11am | Virgin Media Park, Tramore Road Sexual Health Centre: Rapid HIV Testing 17.30-20.30 pm | VIBE Rainbow Umbrella Market 11-5pm | Location TBC 28 July Frontrunners and Briskwalkers: Pride Run 11am | Kennedy Park 29 July LINC: Pride Planting and Painting 6.30-8pm | LINC Sexual Health Centre: Rapid HIV Testing 17.30-20.30pm | Sexual Health Centre

Event details correct at time of print but subject to change– please scan QR code or check out our events pagefor up to date information

@ The Pavilion 10pm | The Pav

For full details and info on how to book your place for all events go to www.corkpride.com

For full details and info on how to book your place for all events go to www.corkpride.com

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or gender identity, could live freely and without fear. He quickly immersed himself in the community, working closely with the late Dave Roche, who became a close friend and mentor. During this period, Clive co-founded Choral ConFusion L.G.B.T.S. Choir, served as the Regional Coordinator of the LGBT Helpline in Cork, and was the Volunteers Coordinator for the Yes Equality Cork Campaign in 2015. He also co-founded the Rebels Awards and won the Honorary Corkonian award for his contributions. “Oh, where do I even start with Clive Davis? For the past 15 years, your leadership, passion, and dedication have been a sight to behold. You’ve taken Cork Pride on an incredible journey, transforming it from a humble little gathering into a vibrant celebration bursting with colour, joy, and fun. Under your guidance, Cork Pride has become a place where everyone feels welcome and proud to be themselves. It’s a symbol of inclusivity and acceptance, bringing people from all walks of life together to celebrate diversity. We owe you a huge thank you for your tireless efforts Clive and for giving Cork a Pride festival that we can all be immensely proud of. Happy Pride!” Kate Moynihan, CEO LINC Clive has been instrumental in transforming Cork Pride from a small local march into the largest week-long national LGBT+ Pride Festival in Ireland outside the capital. His strategic vision has turned Cork Pride into a sustainable, year-round organisation that offers a wide range of initiatives and support for the LGBT+ community. “How do we begin to pay tribute to Clive who has been at the forefront of Cork Pride for so many years? Larger than life, with limitless energy, passion and vision, he has worked hard to ensure that Cork Pride has developed to be one of the best and most loved Pride festivals in Ireland and Europe. What many don’t see or recognise, is the hard work and commitment behind the scenes, that Clive and the team he is part of, put into bringing people together who wouldn’t ordinarily come together, to create a thing of beauty every year. Pride isn’t just a parade or a festival for Clive, it’s his raison d’être, it’s the core of who he is. In congratulating and recognising Clive, I’d also like to recognise the Board members and volunteers of Cork Pride and wish all every success this year and in the future.” John Buttimer, Chair, Gay Project

Cork Pride reflec ts on the legacy of Clive Davis

For over 15 years, Clive Davis has been synonymous with Cork Pride, serving as the Chairperson and leading the festival with unwavering commitment, clear foresight, and dedicated leadership. His unwavering commitment and tireless advocacy have transformed the festival from a modest local gathering into one of Ireland’s most significant celebrations of diversity, inclusion, and love. As Clive steps away from his role as Chair, the LGBT+ community in Cork celebrates and acknowledges his immense contributions and tireless efforts.

Clive Davis moved to Cork in 2006 to manage The Other Place LGBT Resource Centre and coordinate community services for the Cork Gay Project. His personal experiences of discrimination and exclusion fueled his passion for advocacy. He envisioned a society

where everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation

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He is currently a Regional Director with Youth Work Ireland and the CEO of Youth Work Ireland Laois. In this role, he established the first LGBT+ Youth Club in County Laois in 2018 and founded the Midlands LGBT Project, the largest rural LGBT service provider in Ireland. This project operates in Laois, Kildare, Offaly, and Westmeath, running 30 monthly groups and building new rural LGBT communities and networks. Clive also facilitates diversity and inclusion training sessions and seminars in both community and corporate sectors. “Clives passion, creativity, and tireless efforts have brought the queer community not just in Cork, but across the country together. His leadership and enthusiasm have not only uplifted the spirits of everyone involved, but have also left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who attended Cork Pride.” Christina Fitzharris Coordinator - Midlands LGBT+ Project Clive Davis is known for his genuine interest in helping others. Those who know Clive can attest to his quiet way of giving or receiving favors and his knack for having the answer to any question or knowing someone who does. Despite Cork Pride attracting thousands of participants annually, Clive has always emphasized the importance of the annual Welcome to the Community: Coming Out event. He believes that the people who need Pride the most are often unseen and unheard, and he has worked tirelessly to ensure that they feel supported and included. “Clive is an extraordinary leader who has been prolific in promoting Cork Pride. He is a persuasive, sincere, passionate, advocate. Cork Pride is lucky to have him as a leader who always seeks the next horizon.” Jerry Buttimer Senator, Cathaoirleach, Seanad Éireann Clive has an innate ability to unite people and bring communities together. His unassuming activism has left a remarkable legacy that will endure with Cork Pride. Through his work, Clive has created a lasting impact, fostering a culture of love, acceptance, and celebration. “It is hard to remember a time when Clive Davis has not been in the middle of Cork Pride. You could mistake the oft-present scowl for grumpiness, but inside is a heart of passion for Pride! Clive has brought energy and enthusiasm, and has enabled and encouraged engagement with Cork Pride Festival for 15 years now, and there is no sign of him stopping anytime soon. Thank you Clive.” Orla Egan, Cork LGBT Archive Clive’s story is a powerful reminder of the difference one person can make, his legacy is marked by his activism, which profoundly transformed the LGBT+ landscape in Cork and beyond. Clive’s strategic vision and dedication has made the organisation a beacon of inclusivity and support. His tireless work in community building, advocacy, and volunteerism has united diverse groups and created safe spaces for those most in need. Clive’s legacy is a testament to his unyielding commitment, leaving behind a vibrant, inclusive festival, and a supportive community that will inspire future generations.

One of Clive’s significant achievements was securing Charitable Status for Cork Pride in 2019, making it the first and only Pride organisation in Ireland to receive this recognition. Clive’s inclusive approach extended to forging partnerships with local community groups, cultural & educational institutions, and local government bodies. These collaborations not only provided support but also helped in mainstreaming the festival, making it a part of Cork’s annual cultural calendar. Clive believed that visibility was crucial in breaking down prejudices and fostering acceptance. “Clive’s wicked sense of humour combined with his passion & commitment to Corks LGBTQ+ Community brought new life & energy to Pride at a time when Pride was a small gathering in the Peace Park. Now it’s a major event. Thank you Clive, you legend!” Toddy Hogan, former coordinator LINC Understanding the importance of strategic partnerships, Clive engaged Cork Pride with the European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA) and InterPride, the Global Pride organizers association, in 2018. This made Cork Pride the first Irish Pride to join both organisations. Clive led Cork Pride delegations to EPOA and InterPride AGMs in Bilbao and Turin and represented Cork Pride alongside Cork City Council at Cologne Pride. He later became the Co-Chair for the InterPride Governance Board and co-founded and chaired the Ireland Pride Network. He has also been a Board Member of LGBT Ireland since 2016, currently serving as Treasurer. “I’ve known Clive now for 12 years and I’ve always been blown away by his commitment to the LGBTQI+ community. Back when he worked in the Gay Project he was so generous with his time in coordinating the helpline and supporting volunteers. As the chair of Cork Pride he has developed the festival into a huge celebration of LGBTQI+ life in all its diversity. As a result he’s spearheaded so much positive visibility and support for LGBTQI+ organisations and issues over those years! Knowing Clive I know he won’t be taking a rest when he steps down as chair but I hope he will take some time to reflect on all he’s achieved in his tenure!” Paula Fagan, CEO, LGBT Ireland Clive’s commitment to community work extends beyond his involvement with Cork Pride. His early work with The Cork Gay Project provided resources and assistance to those in need. These initiatives have been lifesaving for many, offering a lifeline to individuals who feel isolated or marginalized. Clive’s work has also focused on intersectionality within the LGBT+ community. He has championed the rights of LGBT+ people, and other marginalized groups. By highlighting their lived experience, he has ensured that the Cork Pride festival and the broader LGBT+ movement remain inclusive and representative of all voices. “It’s hard to credit that it’s nearly twenty years since he wangled his way to work in Cork. Of course I taught him everything he now half knows. We finally nearly got rid of him, but he wangled his way back in, with the connivance of his partner Kery to put some shapes on the community. Given all, Cork has really benefited from his energy commitment and care. We have a lot to thank him for. All the best Clive.” Arthur Leahy, LGBT Community National Treasure

Thank you Clive!

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Queering

“Pls know despite what the media says there are gay Palestinians. We are here, we are queer. Free Palestine.” “This is where I first fell for you. It was 2021, the last major Israeli bombardment on Gaza. You never knew you were the reason that I first listened to my favorite bands or watched Portrait of a Lady on Fire. everything comes back to you. Now you are a student abroad and Israeli occupation bombs may take everyone and everything you ever loved away. Your mom, your home, your memories. I am so sorry the world failed you. That your mom, sister, best friends, everything is lost in this genocide.” “The first boy I ever kissed lived here. His cousin found out and tried to stab me. I haven’t been back since.” “Idk how long I will live so I just want this to be my memory before I die. I am not going to leave my home, come what may. My biggest regret is not kissing this one guy. He died two days back. We had told how much we like each other and I was too shy to kiss last time. He died in the bombing. I think a big part of me died too. And soon I will be dead. To Younus, I will kiss you in heaven.”

Messages from LGBT+ Palestinians suffering a brutal genocide since October 2023 now exist on the map as a reminder that none of us are free until all of us are free. These anonymous notes from Gaza are a heartbreaking illustration of queer love and loss. “Pls know despite what the media says there are gay Palestinians. We are here, we are queer. Free Palestine.” “The only thing that keeps me patient living in Gaza is the sea and you.” “I know I was different from a young age. I knew I liked boys early on. But society demands it remains hidden. I live elsewhere now and I’m still trying to connect the dots. I wish things weren’t this complicated. I don’t want to hurt my family, but I cannot live a lie.” “A place where I kissed my first crush. Being gay in Gaza is hard but somehow it was fun. I made out with a lot of boys in my neighborhood. I thought everyone is gay to some level.”

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LGBT+ Voices from Gaza

“Keep fighting, dearest Palestinian siblings. You will be free to live and love” “When I came out as a lesbian and posted it on Twitter, I had some homophobic men tag the IDF on my account and say I deserved to be bombed by them. Growing up in London, I’ve also been told by some queer people that Palestinians deserve to be bombed because they are less accepting than Israelis on the lgbt people. Decided to pin this here because it’s the place I’m supposed to be in, not in a refugee camp.” “I wish I could watch the sunset over Gaza sea with you. For one night I wish this occupation was no longer and that we could be free for once on our own land.”

Queering the Map is a collaborative, community generated online counter-mapping project that allows for the sharing of LGBT+ experiences from all over the world. Founded by Lucas LaRochelle in 2017, it has become a space with more than 850,000 stories in at least 28 languages of queer life from all corners of the globe. From funny anecdotes, to candid confessions, to touching love stories, Queering the Map highlights the experiences of queer people from all walks of life, and celebrates the locations and spaces that we inhabit. However, among the joyful stories of people who are out and proud, living their lives boldly and in public, Queering the Map also gives space to some of the less visible experiences of the LGBT+ community. LGBT+ Palestinians describe their experiences of living under the force of Israel’s horrific occupation and unrelenting airstrikes. These heartbreaking words are a humbling reminder that while we celebrate Pride, members of our queer community are enduring

“I fell in love with her, here. She never knew.”

“I’ve always imagined you and me sitting out in the sun, hand and hand, free at last. We spoke of all the places we would go if we could. Yet you are gone now. If I had known that bombs raining down on us would take you from me, I would have gladly told the world how I adored you more than anything. I’m sorry I was a coward.”

unimaginable suffering. The messages from Gaza on Queering the Map show that queer love and lives exist in every context and highlight that LGBT+ solidarity with Palestine is absolutely vital. LGBT+ communities have suffered under state violence and oppression and it is therefore absolutely crucial that our community calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

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A new future for trans healthcare in Ireland

By Ky Walker (they/he)

Andrea Crowley (she/her)

Use the informed consent model The informed consent model involves a clinician providing accurate and appropriate education regarding transition—including risks, benefits, and limitations of any intervention—so that the person can make free and informed decisions about their own body and treatment. The informed consent model is not aimed at assessing a person and therefore does not involve an evaluation of their gender or whether they are truly “trans.” Rather, the goal is to facilitate thoughtful decision-making in a way that centres the person’s experience, expertise, needs, and autonomy. An informed consent model has been implemented in various countries worldwide, including Spain [18], Aotearoa New Zealand [19] [20], Australia [21], and Malta [22]. Embed in community and primary care settings The provision of trans healthcare is not a specialty service and therefore should be accessible through primary care providers (PCPs) in our communities. Community- based care enables trans people to access these services locally, delivered by their primary care general practitioners (GPs) and nurses, as well as within sexual health clinics, which is more resilient, efficient, and effective for the health system. WPATH endorses the provision of hormone therapy by primary care doctors, noting that “with training, gender affirming hormone therapy can be managed by most

By implementing an informed consent model in community and primary care settings, Ireland can lead the way in ensuring bodily autonomy in trans healthcare, which will significantly improve the lives of trans people throughout the country. About Trans Healthcare Action Trans Healthcare Action is a grassroots community organisation advocating for an Ireland where all trans and gender diverse people can access the gender-affirming care they need to thrive. We believe that self- determination and bodily autonomy are intrinsic rights that trans people, like all people, are born to actualise. Learn more and join us at www.transhealthcare.ie! Bibliography can be found on the Citations Page.

PCPs,” and that the practice of referring patients to specialist services may result in unacceptable delays, thus “it is imperative that PCPs are able and willing to provide [hormone therapy] for [trans] patients” [17]. Build in co-production with the trans community Trans people should have the agency to advise on and oversee decisions that impact their health, bodies, and lives and should help shape policies and systems at every level. Co-production involves the active engagement and participation of the trans community in the planning, design, delivery, and evaluation of their own gender-affirming healthcare services. This collaborative approach

Introduction Gender-affirming care is medically necessary for the wellbeing of many trans people and is often life-saving. All people, including trans people, have the right to bodily autonomy and safe, affordable, quality healthcare [1] [2] [3] [4]. However, access to gender-affirming care that meets these standards is severely limited–if not impossible–in Ireland. By ending the current de facto centralised “gatekeeping” model for transgender healthcare and building a new system based on informed consent in community and primary care settings, we can create an Ireland where all trans people have access to the care they need to thrive. The System Today To access gender-affirming care, trans people in Ireland are currently directed to a centralised public gender clinic based in Dublin, which is at the root of many barriers. They confront a waiting list of at least three to three and a half years [5]—though the community estimates more than ten years [6]—for an initial appointment. While waiting, trans people are frequently denied access to medically-necessary blood tests and bridging prescriptions of hormone therapy from their primary care providers. At the end of the waiting list, trans people must travel to Dublin for multiple hours-long psychosocial assessments, which is particularly inaccessible for rural trans people. The assessments include invasive questioning often focused on sexual history and adults have been asked to bring family members to validate their experiences. Trans people’s access to care hinges upon these assessments, which treat transness as a psychiatric condition. The convergence of these significant issues, coupled with other barriers such

as discrimination, the absence of youth care, and limited access to gender-affirming surgeries, has resulted in Ireland’s identification as the worst country for trans healthcare within the EU according to Transgender Europe

[7]. Further, LGBT Ireland’s report on progress to date in the government’s National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy graded access to trans healthcare an ‘F,’

values the lived experiences, perspectives, and expertise of trans people, ultimately leading to the design of more inclusive, effective, and person-centred care. Conclusion

identifying a dearth of progress, and even regression, in all targets identified within the original strategy [8]. The prevailing system has not only failed to meet the needs of trans people, which can leave them with lasting mental health struggles [9] [10], but has also systematically marginalised them from participating in decisions that directly affect their lives and health. This systemic failure represents a violation of trans people’s fundamental rights to self- determination, bodily autonomy, and access to quality healthcare, which must change. Building a new system for tomorrow Timely access to gender-affirming healthcare is essential for improving the health, wellbeing, and lives of trans people of all ages [11] [12]. To make this a reality, these four pivotal strategies can effect transformative change and construct a new system for trans healthcare [13]:

Depathologise access to care

As Ireland celebrates Pride, it is imperative to recognise the urgency of addressing the systemic barriers faced by trans

Psychiatric evaluations have not been demonstrated to prevent regret or improve trans people’s experiences [14] and often incorporate dehumanising questioning that can cause further harm. Dr. Rosa Almirall Oliver, gynaecologist and founder of Trànsit Catalonia, asserts that “there is no medical, psychological, or psychiatric test that can confirm or deny gender identity” [15]. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) concur that psychiatric screening, assessment, and diagnosis are not necessary for those seeking gender-affirming care [16] [17]. By removing this barrier, trans people regain their agency and can decide for themselves whether they want to seek mental health support.

people in accessing healthcare.

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“I have been working with PepsiCo since 2015. This was a momentous year for those of us in the LGBTQ+ community, as the marriage referendum had just passed and there was a real feeling of change and acceptance in Ireland – the first country in the world to approve marriage equality by public vote at that time. I had already been with my other half, Aaron, since 2012 and this was the first time where we could imagine a future for us that looked the same as that of our peers. We got married in 2019 surrounded by our friends and our family – something that we could not imagine just a few years before!

PepsiCo Ireland put a plan in place to introduce several new benefits for our employees. A few of these have been the focus of our EQUAL ERG (employee resource group) colleagues, and we are delighted to be able to bring them to life in 2024. Specifically, we are proud to introduce Surrogacy Leave of 26 weeks, at full pay for those with 52 weeks’ service. We have added 2 week’s Adoption Leave to the statutory 24, again at full pay for those with a year’s service. We have also shared that paid Fertility Leave of 7 days in a 12-month period is available as part of our existing leave entitlements. To compliment these leaves, we have launched Carrot: a fertility, hormonal health and family-forming support and guidance benefit. Carrot provides comprehensive, personalized guidance to help our employees and their family navigate fertility health, pregnancy and postpartum, adoption, surrogacy, perimenopause/menopause, and more.

When I joined PepsiCo, there was no established support group for LGBTQ+ employees – whilst I never experienced any direct discrimination, I also did not see any overt support or encouragement. In 2019, PepsiCo EQUAL launched in Ireland – for the first time, pride flags were displayed. PepsiCo became involved in Cork Pride and everyone was encouraged to take part. This action alone prompted lots of great conversations in PepsiCo – people approached me to ask for advice with family members who were part of the LGBTQ+ community and needed support, and people engaged in conversations about equality in the workplace that had not happened before.

The rapid pace of PepsiCo’s journey in Cork from 2019 to 2024 is admirable – I find myself in a workplace now where I know that difference is not just accepted, but celebrated, all are welcome and the support provided is tangible. I am proud to sit on the Cork R&D site lead team as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. This year, I became a member of PepsiCo’s Ally to Advocate group. It can be easy to sit back as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and think it is enough just to be part of it – but we need to push ourselves more to think about our internal biases, and to question whether each of us could do more to create an environment where everyone belongs. A2A is about taking an active role in having a meaningful impact for anyone who feels that they don’t fit in – it is not just a tick-box exercise, but a way to build trust and to prompt introspection.

Alan Barry, R&D SRA Director I volunteer in my community every week as an Emergency Medical Technician with St John Ambulance Ireland – supporting events, assisting with emergencies and backing up the National Ambulance Service. Volunteering as ambulance crew at Cork Pride over the last few years has been a fantastic way to combine my two passions – volunteering in the community and supporting LGBTQ+ pride!” -

“I joined PepsiCo two and a half years ago as a graduate and I’m still going strong! PepsiCo fosters a supportive environment where it really gives you the tools to succeed. I have been given lots of opportunities professionally and allowed to pursue my passions, such as joining some of our employee resource groups; EQUAL and ENABLE. I’m passionate about EQUAL because it is important to give back and try to make the world that little bit more inclusive. Working with like-minded individuals who portray such passion, interest, and knowledge about LGBTQ+ topics and who actually strive to take action in that area is really inspiring. I’m part of three LGBTQ+ sports teams; The Cork Rebels football team, Hellhounds for rugby and Laochra Aeracha for GAA. Joining these teams has been absolutely world-changing for me. I’ve gotten fitter, happier and made huge group of LGBTQ+ friends and allies that I didn’t have before. I’ve really felt unity in my community and can’t imagine my life without them. I was fortunate enough that PepsiCo sponsored my football club last year, which allowed us to get new training jerseys, enter competitions and helped with the day-to-day running of the club. I was really moved that my work supported me and my community with their actions as well as their words. ” - Aidan Pierce, CTO Analyst

Unity & Community

“I have worked at PepsiCo in Ireland for over 10 years and have always felt the people and culture are the core reason why so many of us have such long tenure with the organisation. The community spirit, looking out for one another, and being allies and advocates for those whose voice might not be heard as individuals, but with others standing beside them might be better supported, is what makes PepsiCo an award-winning multinational. To that end I have done by best to attend the PepsiCo sponsored Pride Family Fun Days for the past number of years. My son has joined me in years past and latterly my lurcher Mossy has been my companion – happily donning the Pride flag.

Within the work environment, in 2023 we rolled out Mental Heath First Aid training, with over 40 employees becoming certified in March. The balance of year was a flurry of activity for the team; attending functional and global townhalls to spread the word that there was now internal support for anyone who needed a non-judgemental listening ear to guide them to where more formal help might be available, e.g. through our EAP or their family doctor. This year we are building on the promotion of Mental Health, with Manager Mental Wellbeing Awareness training throughout Q2 and Q3 2024 and are looking forward to continuing this journey over the coming years.” - Clare Cahill, Total Rewards Analyst

DAYDREAM DREAM

star handsome brother Patrick was born, bringing machismo balance to our childhood, with his cowboys, Indians, besieged Fort Alamo and AC/DC albums. As a child I inhabited a love filled home surrounded by a tangible magical world, a rich canvass for my imagination. Days were spent running through the feathery green crescent of sand dunes that rim Ballyheigue beach, said to be inhabited by ever elusive fairies, though I often found their empty “ Fairy purses’’. A Spanish galleon was wrecked on the beach in 1729, where we would dig for treasure around the blunt stumps of its remaining weathered masts, which still protruded up through the sand. We would search the ruins of the haunted Castle, that looms imperiously over the village, for the 32 chests of silver bullion cargo plundered from the shipwreck, believed to be hidden “somewhere” on its grounds. To this day, a mystical wave crests permanently in the middle of the bay. Legends tell of an ancient church submerged beneath it, an enchanted portal to the underworld of the Tuatha Dé Dannan. Once upon a time they led ghostly, fog shrouded midnight processions, across the surface of Ballyheigue Bay, to claim the bodies of deceased members of the Cantillon family for burial in the subaquatic cemetery. The B&B which our home became every summer, was also a portal, a magical gateway through which fascinating people from all over the world stepped into our house. I grew up influenced by their exotic accents and tales of lands far far away. As a little boy I would gaze in a squinting trance at the Sun’s dazzling reflection as it danced across Ballyheigue bay, for sure the predetermined placement of a powerful beacon, to reconnect me to my divine essence, and reawaken the desire to bring forth to this world that divine love filled light from whence I came. At the time it was a simple yearning, a dream, to cut out the sparkliest part of that dazzling sun trail and make it into a dress. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful,” I innocently marveled, “to wear that pure sparkling light?” My secondary school years were relatively happy ones with just one skeleton in the proverbial closet. My homosexuality: In the early 1980’s I really didn’t understand my teenage attractions to men, there was no information to be had anywhere, and the only reference I had to a gay man was Mr. Humphries on Are You Being Served?. Funny as he was, he didn’t reflect me. I thought I was most likely the only gay boy in Ireland. The tough boys at school jeered poofta or queer at any boy who was deemed less than macho for any reason, therefore I built a high protective wall around myself, keeping my guard up as best I could, as I hid my sexuality from me and everyone else. Growing up in a loving, fervent catholic family, I painfully struggled with my faith which insisted I lock away my sexual identity and throw away the key. It remained buried all throughout college and my first year and a half in London, though by then I had openly gay friends. The first utterance aloud of the words “I am gay”, to my best / girlfriend on a fine summer’s evening sitting on the banks of the River Thames was heartbreaking and a relief all at once. It would take many more months before my first romantic encounter when, like a fine champagne, my repressed sexuality finally burst forth in December of 1988. I told two of the people I loved most in the world, my parents when I came home that Christmas. I was a nervous wreck. I knew they loved me, but once they discovered I was gay, would they still love me? Would their faith force them to kick me out? I had heard horror stories. On Saint Stephen’s morning I went for a walk on the beach alone to build courage, only to turn around and find them both coming towards me; It was now or never. As I told them, they squeezed me in a sandwich between them and told me in tears that they loved Don no matter what. It would take over 30 years to realize the dream of the dazzling dresses. I worked as a designer in Dublin, London, Paris and New York and it was only in 2008 when I created THEIA, that I truly began to shine, and the dazzling dresses of light would be created. Thousands of hand embroidered sequins and crystals would adorn dresses from head to toe, sparkling and shimmering like the sun sparking across Ballyheigue bay. More importantly the confidence my gowns gave women, enhanced their divine inner light, magnificently beaming for all the universe to see.

Ballyheigue in County Kerry was the perfect place in which a daydream believer could grow up. It was as though I sat amongst the most colorful galaxies swirling in the heavens, perusing a physical life experience on Planet Earth, wondering how I might bring the cosmic dazzling divine, love filled light with me. At the young age of 57 I am in the process of writing my memoirs, reflecting on a life that begins with a happy go lucky little boy growing up in a rural seaside village on the south west coast of Ireland, who went on to dress some of the most famous women on Earth. The evolving book is revealing a marvelous thread of what I once thought were just “lucky” random happenings on the meandering nomadic path of my life, that now, in reflection, are a pin straight line of serendipitously linked brilliant beacons. Why am I writing a memoir so soon? Covid initially brought an unforeseen pause to my fashion career. It was during that initial lock down in New York, where Pascal and I lived for the past 30 years, that I sat down and began to write. My story had been recounted in the press many times over the years, however my vast story would be compressed over and over again to fit prescribed columns, the highlights of dressing Oprah, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman remaining, but decades of compelling stories edited out. The story of Pascal and I, recently celebrating our 31st anniversary together, could be a book all by itself. I was encouraged over the years to write it all down, even by the journalists who interviewed me, telling me that my story was intriguing, inspirational, and would make for a wonderful book. During that lock down the corporation for which I worked decided that THEIA, the affordable luxury evening wear and bridal brand I had created for them, was no longer a fashion vision they wished to pursue. After my 15 year tenure as Creative Director, I was let go. We found ourselves in unfamiliar territory as our lives had become inextricably intertwined with THEIA. It was my baby; I had selflessly poured my heart and soul in to creating beautifully designed and crafted dresses, to fill women with confidence and reveal their inner celestial light, beaming bright for all to see, inspired by the radiant luminosity of THEIA, The Greek Goddess of Light. The book became my solace, as we steadied ourselves. We would need to begin again and we took the time to decide what was really important to us. Family was our number one priority. We had always planned to retire to Ireland, and decided that this fork in the road was divine timing. It was time to return home to Ballyheigue and begin writing a new chapter in the ever evolving story of our lives. I learned that it was very possible before arriving on earth I could have chosen the perfect family in the perfect place. Choosing to be male and gay, in my case perhaps increased my sensitivity to beauty and the women I would dress, to help achieve my glittering goals. A simple yet rich life it was destined to be, created by two extraordinary parents, both born in Ballyheigue. Their beautiful love story began, when 6 year old Donal fell in love with 7 year old Mim, culminating with my handsome 21 year old dad, building his own garage business as a car mechanic, wooing 22 year old Mim back from New York to marry him. At the time, Mim was a very chic nanny minding adorable twins on New York’s fancy Park Avenue. In June 1965 she set sail from New York, Dad greeted her in Cobh and they were wed that August. I arrived dramatically the following June, as a thunderstorm with vivid lightning heralded my birth. I was followed 2 years later by my beautiful sister Deirdre, who would supply me with endless opportunities to dress Sindy dolls. She grew up to be the perfect fashion model and my muse. 5 years later my rock

BELIEVER

By Don O’Neill (he/him)

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