A NEW radio station has hit the airwaves in Ireland that aims to celebrate LGBTQ+ stories.
Pride Vibes landed just in time for Dublin Pride, with the parade taking to the streets of the capital tomorrow.
A team of entertainers will broadcast music, conversations and documentaries all summer long.
Ireland’s first radio station for the LGBTQ+ community is being developed by radio group Wireless Ireland, who say Pride is both a protest and a celebration.
The station said it focuses on the broader community nationally and locally, and hopes to make a difference by celebrating and highlighting the LGBTQ+ movement.
They also aim to start conversations about issues important to the LGBTQ+ community.
Explaining why he got involved, presenter Thomas Crosse said: “Now more than ever it’s important for us to have a voice, to shout who we are and to march for those who can’t!
“Pride Vibes has been fantastic for all of us in the LGBTQIA+ community and our allies with open and honest conversations and the spreading of the best music as we prepare to march through the streets of Dublin this Saturday.”
Presenter Kate Brennan Harding added: “Pride is an important time to come together and find our colorful tribe, to unite in solidarity and to show people like us that we live bright, vivid and powerful lives.
“It’s something that has given me so much comfort and empowerment in my 23 years at Pride.”
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Pride Vibes is a collaborative project between leading LGBTQ+ organizations to give the community a space to share their stories and make their voices heard.
And the radio station’s official charity partner is Belong To, an organization that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans youth in Ireland.
Belong To CEO Moninne Griffith said, “We are thrilled to partner with Pride Vibes to help celebrate Pride and support our work with LGBTQ+ youth.
“By sharing information about our support services and youth groups, Pride Vibes will allow us to reach LGBTQ+ youth across the country.”
HISTORY OF PRIDE
She added, “We thank them for championing our work to help young LGBTQ+ people stay alive and thrive.”
Through Gay Community News, the station is also able to share moments of LGBTQ+ history through audio and social media.
Pride Vibes are also working with Dublin Pride to ensure Pride’s prominence continues throughout the summer.
Another major contributor is Core, which is Ireland’s largest marketing communications company.
They gave their support and consulted the promotion of the station and created a sponsorship platform for it.
Voltarol is the main sponsor of Pride Vibes.