Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival is set for a programme of creatively reimagined virtual events after efforts to retain a safe, social distanced physical event were not viable.
After being forced to reschedule the festival twice, the physical aspect of the programme will not take place due to current Covid-19 restrictions but an array of online events are scheduled to take place from October 19.
Virtual events include a D&I conference, a coming out talk, seminars, and a virtual parade and afterparty.
This year, two community discussion events on different topics are set to take place virtually and feature guest speakers in a discussion around LGBT+ family support and legislative rights.
Chaired by representatives from the Gay Project and LINC, speakers are due to be announced soon on the Cork Pride website and social media platforms.
The annual Cork Pride Welcome to the Community: Coming Out event where new members are welcomed and stories are shared with insight and advice offered to those struggling with coming out or having difficulties adjusting to their sexuality or gender will include guest speakers from the local lesbian, gay, bi and trans community groups.
The annual Service of Remembrance which commemorates those that gave the LGBT+ community the courage and the freedom to gather as a community will take place on October 22.
The service offers a chance for people to reflect on milestones that have been achieved and to remember those who dedicated their lives to tirelessly advocating for LGBT+ rights and equality.
On October 23, The Cork Pride at Work Conference will welcome over 50 companies and organisations invested in creating and maintaining an LGBT+ inclusive workplace.
The Interactive LGBTI+ Walking History Tour in collaboration with Orla Egan from The Cork LGBT Archive also takes place on October 23 with discussion about Cork’s long and rich LGBT+ history.
To finish the week-long events, the Cork Pride Parade and After-Party takes place on October 25 for a parade with a difference.
People are asked to get their Pride gear on and tune in for “music, mayhem and plenty of surprises” from the comfort of their own homes.
Events will run online from October 19 to 25. See www.corkpride.com for more information.