Pride Week flips discrimination on streets of Cork in powerful video

Pride Week flips discrimination on streets of Cork in powerful video
Shane Casey playing a straight man who is abused for his sexual orientation in the short film Straight Pride.

A VIDEO launched for Cork Pride featuring well-known Cork faces flips the world of discrimination to show straight people what it’s like to live as a marginalised element of society.

CCCahoots’ Tadhg Hickey has written and directed a powerful new short film called ‘Straight Pride’ which is set in an inverted world where LGBT+ people are in the majority, and heterosexuals are discriminated against.

The film challenges the idea that straight pride events are needed for balance as Cork Pride takes place around the city until August 4, culminating in a spectacular Pride Parade on Grand Parade this Sunday between 1pm and 3pm.

The film stars Cork GAA legend Dónal Óg Cusack, Young Offenders and Wet Paint star Shane Casey as well as Hickey himself.

The plot surrounds a straight man, played by Shane Casey, walking through the streets of Cork while facing glares and insults.

The video paints a poignant picture of a parallel world where being straight is regarded as sexually deviant behaviour.

There are supporting roles from Sinéad Donnachie, Esther Young, Sinéad Huggins and Tom Orr (The School) as well as a host of wonderful LGBT+ extras.

The behind-the-camera team was led by producer Claire O’ Connell (CCCahoots Productions), and Cormac O’ Connor ( on camera, sound and editing. Ciara Coleman Geany designed make-up and costumes.

Writer and director Hickey told the Echo last year how he was abused on a filming trip in Cork city, when some people thought he was transgender while playing a female character and he was subjected to abuse and was called a ‘faggot’.

He said the abuse made him question if he should continue playing the character and he reached out to the LGBT community for suggestions on whether it is appropriate for a straight man to play a female character, while dressed in drag.

Following the incident, Hickey pledged to do a video with an LGBT group to create a discussion around how members of the community are treated in the public sphere and Straight Pride is the result.

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