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FOCÁL UP!

This month we’re having words about…

Pride Party Pandemonium!

Saturday June 30 will officially be the biggest queer party day and night in Dublin. Pre and post-Parade there are so many places to shake your proud booty, it’s hard to take it all in. Here’s the ultimate guide, folks!

At 12 noon, the fab folks at The George throw open their doors for the annual Pride Party. Non-stop back-to-back DJs will keep you on the dance floor of our queer Dublin stalwart until the wee hours. With free entry until 5pm and €10 after, this iconic LGBT social is a must for first timers and seasoned pros alike.

Winner of the gayest street in the capital, Capel St has a raft of happenings catering to the community. The Queen of Ireland throws her famous all-day street party in Pantibar from 2pm, with free entry, fab tunes and great vibes ensured. For some non-alcoholic merriment, the Outhouse crew throw their GOLD Post Parade Party. Queers of all ages are welcome to the free happenings from 3pm til 7. A hop, skip and a twirl away, Nealon’s will host El Styra’s Pride Pop Party for the furrier attendee. Celebrate with the Dublin Bears free of charge from 4pm.

Fancy one of the guaranteed hottest parties in town? Bag yourself a ticket for the Mother Pride Block Party in the Tivoli from 4pm. There’s a ton of amazing acts and Nadine Coyle (yes, the Nadine!) is headlining. Live your Girls Aloud fantasy surrounded by full bars, food stalls, bespoke interactive installations and everything else needed for the most banging party on the block. Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com.

The Official Pride 2018 After Party takes over Opium on Wexford St with none other than Samantha Mumba headlining. There’s a rooftop BBQ and an exclusive Pride cocktail menu to enjoy, while the confetti cannons showering the dance floor sound like the cherry on top of a fabulous event. Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com. Group reservations via bookings@opium.com.

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It’s our bumper Pride issue and we’ve got so much in store for you, we hardly know where to start! First up on our cover are the gorgeous Glória, Dublin’s lesbian and gay choir and star donators to our GCN30 exhibition Fundit campaign, who talk to us about being one great big alternative family. It’s appropriate, since the Dublin Pride theme this year is ‘We Are Family’ and in keeping we talk to groups of friends who consider each other kin, while Justin McAleese talks about our need for solidarity as the Pope’s visit to the World Meeting on Families excludes LGBT families. We remember the tragic murder of Declan Flynn, which sparked the first gay rights march in Ireland, and reflect on the situation facing LGBTs in Latin America, where brutal murders take place every day. We get educated on Intersex issues and talk to Minister Katherine Zappone about the governments LGBTI+ Youth Strategy, the first of it’s kind in the world. Plus Rupert Everett talks to us about his love for Oscar Wilde and growing older as a totally out actor. And that’s just the beginning of what’s on offer. Get reading now!