Five LGBTQ+ people celebrating Dublin Pride over the weekend were reportedly attacked, leaving one trans person still in hospital.
Dublin’s annual Pride parade took place in the capital for the first time since COVID restrictions, with more than 10,000 LGBTQ+ folk and allies joining the celebration.
However it wasn’t without incident as a group of five attendees were attacked, causing three to be hospitalised.
Of those who needed medical attention, was a 19-year-old trans-man who remains in hospital with a “fractured scull and abnormalities in the brain”, reports Dublin Live.
A friend of the victims reached out to the publication saying the attack took place after Pride, at around 6.50pm in Stephen’s green.
The people involved wished to remain anonymous.
“Three of them were hospitalised. One of them (age 19, trans-man) is currently still in hospital with a fractured skull and abnormalities showing on their brain,” the source said.
“They just want to let people know that for all the happy and colourful stuff that happens at Pride, these attacks are going on in the background. I offered to pass this information on”
Irish Labour Party politician Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, said:
“This message was sent to me today from someone whose friends were attacked after Pride on Saturday. We cannot be complacent. Being LGBT+ means you are more likely to be assaulted.”
This message was sent to me today from someone whose friends were attacked after Pride on Saturday.
We cannot be complacent.
Being LGBT+ means you are more likely to be assaulted. pic.twitter.com/mIZ70zkFZE
— Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (@AodhanORiordain) June 27, 2022
A Garda (the Irish police) spokesman told Dublin Live: “Gardaí attended at the scene of a public order incident at Saint Stephens Green, Dublin 2 shortly before 7pm on 25 June, 2022.
Two weeks into Pride month this year, Dublin Pride severed a three-year partnership with Irish broadcaster RTÉ following “harmful, anti-trans discussions” being broadcast in episodes of RTÉ Radio 1’s show Liveline.
The feature was met with huge backlash from LGBTQ+ folk as social media users condemned the channel for ‘giving hate a megaphone’.
Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride’s statement on termination of media partnership with RTÉ. pic.twitter.com/8yfu1rIiQt
— Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride (@DublinPride) June 14, 2022