The Ambassadors and chargé(s) d’affaires of the Diplomatic Missions of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxumbourg, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, the United States, and joined by the Heads of the European Commission Representation in Ireland and European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland, would like to thank the organisers and express our continued support for the Dublin Pride festival.
We are delighted that Dublin Pride 2022 will take place in-person this year, allowing us to continue to support and celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer/Questioning persons (LGBTIQ+) community, the work of Dublin Pride, as well as other organisations and services. We commit to continuing our work to promote respect and non-discrimination against LGBTIQ+ persons, both in Ireland and abroad. We are pleased to take part as a joint contingent of ‘Diplomats for Equality’ in the Dublin Pride Parade on 25 June 2022.
Seventy-one jurisdictions around the world still criminalise same-sex conduct between consenting adults. There continues to be instances of discrimination and/or persecution of the LGBTIQ+ community worldwide. This includes hate-motivated violence, arbitrary arrest, and the application of the death penalty simply for being LGBTIQ+. We reaffirm our opposition to all forms of violence and discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and sex characteristics.
All people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity must be able to live freely without fear of violence or discrimination, and play an active part in society. Education, raising awareness, and dialogue are key tools to achieve this, and Pride organisations across the world, including Dublin Pride, play an important role in this work.
“Courage” is the theme of this year’s festival. We commit to having the courage to call out and prevent acts of discrimination and violence towards the LGBTIQ+ community, and to stand with those affected by the events in Sligo in April this year. Russia’s war in Ukraine has also shown us all that striving towards a common goal does not have room for discrimination, with many in the LGBTIQ+ community risking their own lives to defend their homes, communities, and Ukrainian identity.
The LGBTIQ+ community in Ukraine, as well as in many other countries around the world, are especially vulnerable to acts of stigmatization, harassment, and violence. In this context, it is essential for all stakeholders to recognize and respond to the exposure to risk and protection-needs of the LGBTIQ+ community, including refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced and undocumented people.
Our message, is to have the courage to stand with with LGBTIQ+ communities – in Ireland, Ukraine, and across the globe – recognising the role intersectionality plays, through times of discrimination and prejudice, and in contexts of conflict and violence.