Transgender Pride Flag unfurled at Irish university

University College Cork has become the first uni in the country to fly the symbol of transgender pride and diversity, and transgender rights

The Transgender Pride Flag has been flown at University College Cork (UCC), marking its commitment to trans and non-binary staff and students. It is the first university in Ireland to fly the flag.

The flying of the flag on the institution’s iconic Quad was one of the highlights of UCC’s Equality Week, which took place from March 5-9, with all events open to the public.

UCC is currently in the process of finalising its Gender Identity and Expression Policy, which seeks to support trans and non-binary staff and students in a variety of ways.

“Flying the Transgender Pride Flag indicates UCC’s growing appreciation and understanding of trans and gender non-binary issues in Ireland and internationally,” said Dr Karl Kitching, UCC’s Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

UCC academics Dr Máire Leane and Dr Fiachra Ó Suilleabháin discussed their research on the experiences of trans young people in Ireland on March 5, before Vanessa Lacey from Transgender Equality Network Ireland presented UCC with the Transgender Pride Flag.

UCC President, Professor Patrick O’Shea officially launched UCC’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit the following day.

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