It’s June and that means we’re all about Pride here at Alice PR!  We’re delighted to be working with clients that provide services and supports to the LGBT sector.  Here, we’ve profiled some of their work for Pride 2017…

#ItsGOODToTalk – LGBT Helpline and eir Partnership for Pride 2017

The LGBT Helpline was one of our first clients, and – for the second year in a row – is partnering with eir on a positive mental health campaign for Pride: #ItsGOODToTalk.

LGBT Helpline & eir Pride 2017 campaign launch

We worked on the launch of the  campaign last week, which involved a panel discussion at eir’s headquarters focused on the role of the internet in the lives of LGBT people.  Helen McEntee TD, Minister of State for Mental Health, was the special guest, and joined a panel featuring psychotherapist Colman Noctor; digital influencer James Patrice; broadcaster Dil Wickremasinghe; and Ian Power, Executive Director of Spunout.ie.

The launch received lots of media coverage, and we’re looking forward to joining the LGBT Helpline at Dublin Pride this weekend, where we’ll be providing the organisation with press and digital media support.

Free Online Tool to Wipe Out Homophobic Content

Another campaign we’re really enjoying working on this Pride season is the launch of a great FREE online tool from digital innovation studio Connector.

The #LoveWins tool filters online content, searching web-pages for homophobic or transphobic comments and replacing them with positive wording.

Launching #LoveWins, Ivan Adriel, Connector’s Head of Digital, said: “Connector is a proud supporter of the LGBT community and, this Pride, we wanted to do something to help make the internet a better place for us all.  So we created the tool we wished had existed when we were teenagers searching for our identity online.”

You can watch a video demonstrating this great tool in action here.

Pride in our Research

Another client of ours, the Irish Research Council, marked the lead-up to Pride 2017 by focusing on the theme of ‘Pride in our Research’ for its #LoveIrishResearch blog last month.

The Council published guest posts by Senator David Norris; Paula Fagan, Coordinator of the LGBT Helpline; and researchers whose work focuses on issues of relevance to Pride.  You can check out the blogs here.

Green Party Pride

Queer Greens Victoria marching at Melbourne Pride, January 2017Finally, inspired by marching with Queer Greens Victoria at Melbourne Pride in January (see if you can spot her at the very back of this pic!), our own Eva Dowling is coordinating the Irish Green Party’s presence in Dublin Pride this weekend.

Eva sits on the Executive Committee of the Green Party, and has been working hard in her spare time in recent months to ensure the Party will have a highly visible and engaging presence during Pride 2017.

Happy Pride, one and all!

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