Youths Lead Pride 2017
With the year’s theme LGBTI+ Youth, young people from Limerick Youth Service and GOSHH were to the fore in celebrating Limerick Pride 2017 as they lead a ‘Drag-On’ through the streets of the Treaty City and hosted a Pride Youth Party.
Organised by members of the Rainbow Gang, a team comprising of LYS and GOSSH, the Pride Youth Party and the Drag-On showed support to and celebrated Limerick’s young LGBTI+ community.
The festivities started on Friday evening, July 14th at LYS’s Lava Javas Youth Café, with a colourful Pride Youth Party that included activities such printing t-shirts, making genderbread people and a super table quiz.
The evening also included a special appearance by Mr & Mrs Gay Limerick, Darren Moloney and Keava Leenon, who, along with the young people, put the final touches to the Drag-On, ahead of her debut the following day at Pride.
Following a good night’s sleep the Drag-On made her appearance at Saturday’s parade and it’s safe to say, stole the show!
‘Created by members of the ‘Rainbow Gang,’ the Drag-On is a male dragon in drag and is a way of expressing solidarity and support with LGBTI+ young people, encouraging people to ‘keep calm and Drag-On,’ explained Olivia Chau, LYS.
Olivia was full of praise for all the young people who played a key role in this year’s Pride with a special mention for Rachel Newman, GOSHH and the Rainbow Gang, the creative minds behind Drag-On.
‘We have worked with GOSHH for a number of years in supporting young people who identify as LGBTI+ and look forward to continued our partnership with them,’ said Olivia, youth work assistant at Lava Javas.
One of LYS’s four youth café, Lava Javas is located at 5 Lwr Glentworth St, Limerick and is fun and safe space where teenagers (14-19yrs) can spend their free time and take part in a variety of
A member of Youth Work Ireland, Limerick Youth Service remains committed to supporting and encouraging young people to be active participants in shaping their futures.