Proud day in city for Arklow LGBT group
The Arklow LGBT community marched with pride on Saturday in the annual Dublin Pride Parade.
Arklow's participation in the parade marked a landmark occasion for the town which will was represented by members of the local LGBT Social Drop in Group, friends and supporters.
An eyecatching banner was created for the occasion and funded by local businesses and sponsors which was carried with pride as part of the Arklow LGBT float.
'By entering the parade we are making a bold statement and also showing that Arklow has a LGBT group, heading into it's third year.
'It is a big step for our group and for Arklow,' explained group founder Dave Thomas.
According to Dave, the Pride Parade - which started off as a protest march back in the 80s - is still a protest towards intolerance unacceptance of the LGBT community, but one that is conducted in a joyous and positive way.
'It is a celebration of diversity and inclusion and it is a way of letting everyone in Ireland and all over the world know that we are here and are part of the community.
'The LGBT community is not still fully accepted in Ireland and we have the referendum coming up in 2015 so we still have a way to go.
'We hope that taking part has made us and our Social Drop In Group more prominent and promote inclusion on a local level as well. We had an amazing day,' he added.