IDAHOBIT 2022: Progress or Regress?
Recent homophobic attacks across Ireland raise concerns about the advance of the LGBTQIA+ in the coutry.
Written by: Vithória Escobar | Reviewed by: Talita Holzer
The 17th of May marks the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) in Europe. The date is an initiative to reinforce respect, protection and support for the LGBTQIA+ community.
The Irish LGBTQIA+ had undeniable advances in the last years. Ireland was the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote in 2015.
Just a few months ago, we celebrated the International Transgender Day of Visibility. We are approaching soon Pride Month, a month dedicated to supporting many LGBTQIA+ initiatives across the country. Another great news was the creation of Work with Pride, the country’s first LGBTQIA+ professional business network launched in Cork City.
Yet, this year’s IDAHOBIT raised controversies when it comes to the progress of the queer community in the country. James O’Hagan, from the LGBT Ireland, warned about a trend in homophobic activity in the country.
One day before IDAHOBIT, a lesbian couple was violently assaulted in Dublin. Last month, another gay man was attacked in Dublin, near The George, the biggest LGBQTIA+ club in Ireland. Also, the loss of Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee in Sligo. Plus all the other ones we don’t know.
In this scenario, migrants face the challenges of intersectionality. They are vulnerable to other forms of violence, on top of homophobia, which is not properly addressed.
Intersectionality describes how people’s identities and social experiences are shaped by different factors that are constantly interacting. Some of these factors are sexuality, gender, race, disability, ethnicity, religion, etc. It acknowledges that these interactions can create unique patterns of oppression.
The truth is, there is still a long way to go. More than ever, it is vital to protect the community and, most importantly, educate people.
It is important to always remember that your voice must be heard. Homophobic or transphobic attacks are a crime and must be reported to An Garda. The LGBT Ireland helpline is also available 24/7 to provide support.
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