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Why Pride is still a form of protest: RTÉ Brainstorm article by GAP

21 Jun 2023
Article by the Graduate Attributes Programme appears in RTÉ Brainstorm

Pride may be about celebration, but it also highlights the inequalities, injustices and discrimination still faced by LGBTQ people.  Clodagh O'SullivanMaggie O'Sullivan and Adel Coleman explore the topic for RTÉ Brainstorm

The Graduate Attributes Programme's latest contribution to RTÉ Brainstorm is inspired by the learnings we gained as we developed the UCC Proud Ally Student Network

The Proud Ally Student Network and accompanying campaign aims to educate and empower our students to harness core attributes and values to become effective and proud allies to the LGBTQ+ community.  

Being an effective ally goes hand in hand with developing core attributes and values. To be a Proud Ally you need to educate yourself on the challenges LGBTQ+ individuals face, and spend some time reflecting on who you are, what matters to you, and how you respond to different situations in your life. You need to understand, acknowledge, and challenge your own prejudices. 

Attributes are traits that define our personality and how we approach different situations in our lives. Being a Proud Ally means you have well-developed attributes and are: 

  • Socially Responsible and therefore take on a personal responsibility to act in the best interest of your community and society. 
  • An effective global citizen who recognises and challenges inequality. An effective global citizen is aware of and understands the challenges facing others and takes an active role to make our society more fair and just. 

Values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work.

To be a Proud Ally you must have respect for others and how they live their lives. You must support them to be their true selves. You must have compassion for the challenges and discrimination minority groups face. Being a Proud Ally means you need to have well developed integrity. Integrity comes with being a trustworthy and dependable friend and confidant.

In the RTÉ Brainstorm article 'Why Pride is still a form of protest', we discuss how the Pride movement started as a protest, and it still is one. Many see the rainbow flags and celebrations, but are unaware of the inequalities, injustices and discrimination that are faced by LGBT+ people both in Ireland and worldwide. 

Click here to read the full article on the RTÉ website. 

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