GAA to take part in Dublin Pride Festival for the first time
John Horan: "The challenge for our Association at all times is to be relevant and to try our best to positively reflect society"
Last Updated: 24/05/19 11:23pm
The GAA have announced that for the first time in the 36-year history of the Dublin Pride Festival, the association will be officially represented in both the festival and the parade.
"Since 2015, the GAA have done a huge amount to change their attitudes towards inclusivity and LGBT+ rights," intercounty Gaelic football referee David Gough told The Late Late Show. "That has been brought on by John Horan, who has been extremely open and accessible.
"The GAA launched their manifesto last month. It's a call for the 2000 clubs worldwide to be greater ambassadors within the community, to give everyone a voice. Everyone has the right to have their voice heard, the right to be listened to, and the right to respect on and off the pitch."
Speaking upon the announcement, President John Horan said actions speak louder than words:
"Last February I used my address to GAA Congress to highlight the need for us to show solidarity and respect for members of the LGBTQ+ community who make a contribution to our Association.
"The opportunity to take part in the Dublin Pride Festival and Parade is a follow on from that and I am delighted that we will do so.
"We recently launched a manifesto hailing the GAA as Where We All Belong. This is one way of living up to that assertion, of actions speaking louder than words.
"The challenge for our Association at all times is to be relevant and to try our best to positively reflect society.
"The GAA is the first national sports body in Ireland to establish a Gender Diversity Committee whose remit is to publish a draft policy document and a discussion paper by the end of this year. This committee met again this week and is progressing its work very well.
"The GAA has a huge presence in Irish life and I am delighted that the Association is committed to making such a positive difference by ensuring that inclusion is prominent in how we operate."