BeLonG To Is Proud That Michael Barron Is to Be This year’s Grand Marshall for Dublin LGBTQ Pride
Thursday, 23 June 2011
The co-founder and Chief Executive of BeLonG To, Ireland’s national youth service for Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) young people has been chosen to lead this year’s LGBTQ Pride Parade in Dublin. The parade takes place on Saturday June 25th and is second in scale only to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in annual celebrations in the Capital.
Commenting on Michael’s selection, Anna Quigley – Chairperson of BeLonG To said:
“Michael has a fantastic track record of advocating for the rights of LGBT young people in Ireland and he has played a huge role in supporting LGBT young people to have positive and happy lives as part of their families and communities, while fully expressing their LGBT identity. And this is what PRIDE is all about – the LGBT community having a great celebration of its identity as an integral part of the wider Irish community.”
Michael himself said,
“This is a huge honour! I will use the opportunity that being Grand Marshall provides to highlight what is going on for LGBT young people in Ireland today, the progress that has been made and the social change that is still necessary to ensure that our young people are safe and treated equally. I see this honour as an endorsement of the work of BeLonG To so I am taking on the role on behalf of all the young people, staff, Board and volunteers who work tirelessly to make Ireland a better place for LGBT young people. Happy Pride Everyone!”
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