On Sunday, 17th May, the annual Service to mark IDAHOT – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia – was held in St Anne’s Church, Shandon. The service was led by the Rev. Sarah Marry, Priest-in-Charge of St. Anne’s, who commented in her welcoming remarks that
the real time for celebration will come when there is no need to hold this type of service at all. For now it is important that we gather ‘Celebrating Inclusion’ and prayerfully supporting victims of homophobia or transphobia, particularly those in places where holding an IDAHOT service would not be possible.
With the permission of the Bishop, Dr Paul Colton, the address was given by a Roman Catholic Layman, Mr. Ken Curtin, who explored the theme of inclusion as reflected in Scripture and how humanity, in all its rich diversity, reflects the image of God whose nature is love.
Cork’s Inclusive LGBT Choir Choral Con Fusion added to the atmosphere of fellowship and celebration singing a number of pieces, including the recently recorded and released ‘We Love the Same’ written by choir member Karl Fradgley.