Pride 2020 was very different but in Bi+ Ireland we tried our best to still be here for our members and we wanted to make sure that the Pride season was still a means of connection for our members, old and new.
Quick summary of things we done during Pride 2020 before we expand out our thoughts:
Now for the extended version:
Pride in Ireland spreads right across the summer months from late June to the very end of August, when we jump into Bi+ Visibility at the end of September. These 4 months are by far the busiest in the Bi+ Ireland calendar as we engage with the community group online, receive the most new members compared to the rest of the year, engage in outreach and education and host some events. While these are tasks we do all year round, there is a natural increase during June to Sept.
But what did we actually do? Well….
We were delighted that 21 people joined us for our online quiz to mark Pride. There was a lot of laughter and conversations on the night, with 2 prize winners, 1 for most prideful and 1 for winning the quiz.
Our members fundraised €180 at the Quiz. We sent €80 of this to MASI. €25 was sent to the Small Trans Library. £25 was sent to Transgender NI. €25 was sent to Teach Solais to be redirected to GOSSIP, who work out of Teach Solais. We still have €25 in the pot which we hope to give to a Trans organisation that is based in Munster.
Zoom Watch Parties
We hosted Zoom watch parties so we could provide our members a space to watch the events with company. We watch Dublin Pride Virtual Parade and Dublin Pride Virtual Concert. We had about 10 people at both events, and it was nice to be together.
Facebook Watch Parties
We also utilised Facebook Watch Party functions to watch several events together. Here we had watch parties for
Bi+ Pride Video Submissions
We have been compiling submissions for a bi+ Pride video which we will launch for Bi+ Visibility in September. We are still taking submissions so if you would like to submit photos, drawings, quotes, whatever you want to represent you. This will be a public video so please keep this in mind if you submit something. Please be conscious of any identifiers. You can submit anonymously. Please submit your work through the following form: https://forms.gle/5tbsMnymVv42JH6b8
Community Group 2020
Bi+ Ireland are so grateful to have won the Galway Community Pride’s Community Group of the Year Award 2020.
To check out the video, with the award announcement and our acceptance speech as given by Sharon Nolan please check out the following public facebook post from Galway Community Pride at approximately 11:30
Although we were not able to participate in as many prides as we would have liked, we were able to advertise virtual prides throughout Ireland.
One of our volunteers, Paulie Stanton, spoke on behalf of Bi+ Ireland at Dublin Pride Virtual Concert. This can be found at 2:02:50
One of our volunteers, Jess Connor was interviewed on behalf of Bi+ Ireland by BeLonG To as part of their Pride programme. http://www.biireland.com/news-and-events/interviews-videos-by-bi-ireland-volunteers
One of our volunteers, Paula Dennan, spoke on behalf of Bi+ Ireland at Pride Inside’s Bi+ Community Panel hosted by Kerry Pride
Bi+ Ireland submission to Dublin Pride Virtual Parade can be found at 52:59
You can find Bi+ Ireland guide submission on page 69 of Dublin Pride Guide which you can see here https://dublinpride.ie/pride-guide/
And we were pleasantly surprised to see the Bi+ Ireland banner at Global Pride during Belfast Pride’s submission.
Galway Community Pride
Galway Community Pride held a visibility demonstration in Eyre Square on Saturday 15th August with local LGBT+ groups to put the community center stage, to have our issues echoed on the streets, and carry the community's flags within the city.
Our Galway co-ordinator Sharon attended their social-distanced and carefully arranged demonstration. She brought the Bi+ Ireland banner to represent the amazing bi+ community locally and all across Ireland.
You can see more about the event here - https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=647197252875201
Bi+ Enough Cards and Bi+ Badges
We sent over 50 Bi+ Enough cards, free of cost to people all over Ireland and to several people based outside Ireland. Over 40 badges were bought during the Pride session and made by our shop volunteers. These seemingly small tokens tend to have a big impact on people who receive them. For many people it is very exciting to be able to have a bi+ memento. Also, for those of us that are out and wear our badges, we are indirectly raising bi+ awareness.
Facebook group and Discord server
During Pride we continued to have conversations and facilitate a community space for adults that fall under the bi+ umbrella with a connection to Ireland. We currently have a close Facebook group “Bi+ Ireland Community” and a private Discord server. Please do contact us if you wish to join either.