Sunday, June 20, 2021

Pride Rock 2021PRIDE 2021 has so far been a roaring success, despite the actions of a very small minority of people, and in true flamboyant and fabulous style, it has now taken over Mount Misery.

The rock, which will surely be known as Pride Rock for the foreseeable future, has gotten a magnificent makeover that will be a pleasure to view from the city streets for the next few weeks.

Éadaoin Breathnach of the Pride of the Deise Committee told the Waterford News & Star this morning that they had had “great engagement locally and nationally with our events and virtual parade”.

“Flying the flag on The Mall with the Mayor was one of our first activities to open the festival and this act of flying the rainbow flag is important for many reasons,”  Éadaoin said. “We are showing our identities and solidarity with our community, locally, nationally and
internationally. We recognise the struggles and the activism of so many before us that fought for the rights, acceptance and equality
that we have today in Ireland. We think of our siblings in other countries that are still fighting and need our support and solidarity.
We are still fighting for them!”

Flag
Some people may not be sure what the flag is all about or what the colours represent: red is for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art/magic, indigo for harmony/serenity, and violet for spirit.

Speaking about the individuals who couldn’t cope with such colour in their lives Éadaoin said that they could tear down flags but they “can’t tear down the festival”.

“The Waterford people have reacted so positively, in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. We cannot keep up with the demand for flags and we have been supported very generously by Dublin Pride in support of
our flag flying activities,” she said. “People want to fly the flag because they are part of the LGBTQ community, because someone in their family is, because someone they know is, because they are our allies. Citizens have painted Mt. Misery to show their support and it is great to be part of that tradition in
Waterford as well. It would be a shame for the acts of a small group of homophobes to paint Waterford with a brush of being anything other than what it is – a safe and welcoming city and county. The actions of the citizens of Waterford are showing their beautiful proud colours in their businesses and homes right now. This is important for young LGBTQ people, for people struggling with their identity and it will reach community members who are experiencing isolation as well.”

Watch the makeover as it happened:

https://youtu.be/guziLaS1OPY

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