Changing Attitude Ireland (CAI) marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, 17th May, with events in churches around Ireland. On Friday 17th in Newry, Co. Down at 8.30pm, at St Catherine’s church, Dominic St, there was an evening for IDAHOT of reflections and sacred songs, co-hosted by the Newry Rainbow Community and CAI. On Sunday in Cork at 10.30am , St. Anne’s church, Shandon was filled with the sound of the Con Fusion choir and heard out gay member of parliament Mr Jerry Buttimer TD give the address at its service. On Sunday May 26th at 4pm at St Columb’s Cathedral, Derry there was a service where the speaker was Archdeacon Scott Harte.
Other services for IDAHOT took place last Sunday at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin; St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick and St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny. The speaker in Kilkenny was the Bishop of Cashel and Ossory, the Rt. Rev’d Michael Burrows.
According to Dr Richard O’Leary, co-founder of Changing Attitude Ireland “we hope that holding IDAHOT events in church venues will raise awareness of and help educate the Churches about the problems of homophobia and transphobia”.