Connecting Rainbows at Pride 2012
For those of you who were not aware the CPN has this year formed a new group for adults with extra support needs who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or "queer"- we have called this group "Connecting Rainbows". We are here to offer our support to people with extra support needs who are gay, or questioning their sexuality. As our first main activity, we decided to announce in style that the first group to support gay people with extra support needs in Ireland has arrived! So, we took part in this years LGBTQ Pride Parade through the streets of Dublin, on Saturday 30th June.We made a banner the week before to walk with, and to show everyone who we were. About 8 members showed up to march, mostof whom do not identify as gay- they simply came to support the group, which we really really appreciated! We started off at the Garden of Remembrance at 2pm, and walked the whole way down O'Connell Street. It was an amazing feeling for everyone, with lots of people cheering us on from the sides of the parade. Around 35,000 people marched with us, and around 100,000 people came out to watch and cheer us on. We had a really great day, and we finished off the march at a big party in Merrion Square. Hopefully we'll march again next year with even more people! We're also going to be holding some smaller, less public events which more people might like to come along to. Just get in touch with the CPN, and we'll let you know what's next!