Staff of Cork City Libraries
The staff of Cork City Libraries received this award for their display of unwavering allyship to the LGBTQ+ community in the face of intimidation by far-right protesters.
Since March, libraries in Cork have been targeted by farright agitators who tried to have LGBTQ+ books removed from their catalogue. Workers at the targeted locations have been subjected to harassment and verbal abuse, while the protesters filmed them without their consent. Despite this, they continued to support the community, defend freedom of information, and provide LGBTQ+ titles to young folks who need to access them.
During the award ceremony, a spokesperson for Cork City Library thanked the community, stating: “We are a universal service. That means everybody who walks through the doors has to be treated with the same respect.”
Founded in 1890, Bohemian FC is the oldest League of Ireland football club. With a strong commitment to inclusivity and community engagement, Bohemian FC has been the leading professional club in Ireland in tackling homophobia and transphobia in football. In 2022, as well as this year, they participated in Dublin Pride, becoming the first professional club to march in the parade.
With over 30 years experience in campaigning, as well as working with Dublin Pride, HIV Ireland and the YES Equality campaign, in the last two years Jeanne McDonagh has done an amazing job as CEO of the Open Doors Initiative, which supports LGBTQ+ refugees from Afghanistan in Ireland.
Transgender Family Support Line
The Transgender Family Support Line connects transgender individuals in their coming out journey with people who have had similar experiences and can provide guidance. All the helpline volunteers have a family member who is transgender and they offer support through listening and signposting when times are difficult.