#23 | Pride is protest

Jul 07, 2018, 08:00 AM

Following on from last week's episode where we highlighted objections to a growing corporate presence at Dublin Pride, we delve deeper into its origins and its true meaning. Glenn and Steph are joined by Sadhbh of Queer Action Ireland, a group keen to ensure that Pride events do not lose their core function as a protest. 

All too often, the assumption is that the battle is over because the referendum on equal marriage was passed. Recent events show us clearly that homophobia, transphobia and other forms of bigotry did not simply evaporate overnight once the votes were in. Some of the more marginalised entities within the LGBTQI+ community still face all sorts of challenges. We were blown away by the heightened importance that QAI place on intersectionality. 

Also with us and extremely well placed to comment on matter surrounding Pride is the new President of the Union of Students in Ireland, Síona Cahill. We get the lowdown on her aims and ambitions for the next 12 months and ponder some of the biggest challenges facing Third Level students, namely the battle against tuition fees, student housing provision and building a common understanding of consent on campus. Síona also paints us a picture of the trojan work that goes on in students' union circles that is often difficult to communicate to students who ask where their €5 annual membership fee goes.