We Support you – And You Belong

11th June 2022

Posted In: FYI

Bank of Ireland has raised the Pride and Trans flags above its College Green building in the centre of Dublin to mark the beginning of Pride Month.

Francesca McDonagh, Bank of Ireland Group Chief Executive, said: “It’s almost three decades since the first Dublin Pride Parade in 1983 and much has changed in intervening years. While Pride is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and an opportunity to reflect on just how far we have come, it grew from political activism and the fight for safety, equality, and respect. The tragic events of this year are a stark reminder, if any were needed, that that fight continues.”

“It is important that Bank of Ireland, as an employer and a part of the community, makes a strong and visible show of support for LGBTQ+ people.

Raising the Pride and Trans flags above College Green, a building that is so synonymous with Bank of Ireland, is our way of saying ‘we see you – we support you – and you belong.’

The Bank also announced that it will fund a new eLearning initiative by Belong To, the national LGBTQ+ youth organisation, for volunteers across the country who work with young people. The six-part course has been designed to give volunteers the skills, language and tools to be inclusive, welcoming and understanding of the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ+) young people.

Bank of Ireland’s Begin Together fund continues to support charities and not-for profit organisations working with the LGBTQ+ community. Recent projects supported include:

•#LetsGetVisible, a campaign by Sporting Pride to recognise and acknowledge the importance of visibility and representation amongst the LGBTQI+ community in sport.

•A research project by LGBT Ireland focused on the experience of LGBT+ Travellers & Roma;

•A programme by Cara-Friend to help LGBTQI+ students to feel included and supported in school.

Pictured: Susanna Pilny, Co-Chair of Bank of Ireland’s With Pride employee network, and Sarah Dexter are pictured at the raising of the Pride and Trans flags above the Bank’s College Green building in Dublin