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Above from left: Panti Bliss (Rory O’Neill); Lord Mayor Dublin Hazel Chu; Pride Manager Eddie McGuinness and Pride Communications Manager Christelle Gebhardt

Stop that!

This afternoon.

Capel Street, Dublin 1

Dignatories cross the Rainbow Walk installed overnight by Dublin City Council, in partnership with Pride Dublin, to celebrate Pride Month.

Leah Farrell/ RollingNews


And on the wireless.

Neil O’Gorman writes:

RTÉ is celebrating its partnership with Dublin Digital Pride and this year’s #virtualprideparade on Sunday 28th June, by hosting a special Pride weekend, on air and online, including two days of music, interviews and entertainment across RTÉ 2FM and two special RTÉ Concert Orchestra performances, and much more.

Saturday 27th June will also feature a special collaboration between 2FM and Mother, the popular LGBTQ+ club night, who will play an exclusive two-hour Pride weekend DJ set.

Dublin Digital Pride


Dublin city centre.

Further scenes from the Dublin Pride march PLUS a barefoot shimmy from Green Party leader Eamon Ryan.

Bloody hippy.



From left: Grainne Healy, Chairperson of Marriage Equality, Brian Sheehan, Director of GLEN and Mark Kelly, Executive Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.

Three grand marshals?

Mark writes:

2015 will be a momentous year in Irish history, as the Marriage Equality Referendum seeks to move Ireland towards a future of equal citizenship, where civil marriage would be open to all. Irrespective of outcome, Dublin Pride has moved to celebrate this historic year and the efforts being made toward positive change, by announcing the 2015 festival theme as The Future is Equal.
In keeping with this one of a kind year, Dublin Pride has also announced not one, but three Grand Marshals to lead TheFutureisEqual Dublin Pride Festival for 2015. Grainne Healy, Chairperson of Marriage Equality, Brian Sheehan, Director of GLEN [Gay and lesbian Equality Network] and Mark Kelly, Executive Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, have all been chosen for their organisation’s outstanding contribution to the 2015 Yes Equality campaign and the positive and equal future it promotes….

Dublin Pride

Pic: Yellowmachine


And Labour’s fall.

Scenes from the 30th Dublin Pride, including raining on Labour’s parade.

More to follow.

Meanwhile, in St Petersberg

All the participants in today’s St Petersburg gay pride parade have been arrested and are being detained in police vans. Nikolai Alekseev, one of Russia’s most prominent LGBT activists who was arrested last month for organizing a gay rights march, confirmed with GSN that fellow activists and pro-gay supporters are now in police custody.

Alekseev, who was not arrested since he was standing outside the fenced area of St Petersburg pride, managed to tell GSN that participants were detained for breaching Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ bill that passed Russia’s upper house in parliament 10 days ago.


All participants in St Petersburg gay pride arrested for marching (Gay Star News)

Pics Emily (pic 1: Fionn Kidney pic 3: Charlie Flanagan, pic 5  Eoin Neylon, pic 6 @Lorcliff) (Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)





Louise Hannon’s announcement has come about as a disagreement has been played out on Facebook this morning between LGBT Noise and Dublin Pride.

How did it unfurl?

LGBT Noise told on their Facebook page this morning “of an unprecedented decision by the board members of Dublin LGBTQ Pride to bar LGBT rights organisations and community groups from speaking at Pride.”

They added:

“The rationale for excluding rights groups and community groups by Dublin Pride is unclear. Initially we were told by Dublin Pride that we should have signaled our wish to speak back in March. We were not informed of this requirement in March. However in recent days the Board of Pride had said that their decision was based on an online survey. They wished to restrict the number of speeches given at the Merrion Square event based in this survey. We were told by the Board that they wanted to keep the post-parade event as an entertainment only event. Pride have offered the opportunity to speak, without any amplification, as the parade is gathering at the Garden of Remembrance. Attempting to speak to a crowd of thousands of people who are busy organising themselves at the start of the parade without a sound system or platform is not a credible offer.”

Dublin Pride replied on their Facebook page, including the following:

“At no point have commercial concerns impacted upon the political aspect of Pride. This year we have been very successful in attracting more sponsorship, which will help deliver a top quality event, but at no point have sponsors, or the team, done anything to silence the campaigning aspect of pride in lieu of financial considerations.”

“Last year was our first at the Merrion Square location and afterwards we asked you for feedback so we could improve the experience for everyone. We asked for feedback on what we got right, what we got wrong and what you would like to see changed. The overwhelming response was that there were too many speeches at the Merrion Square part of Parade Day.”

“We debated at length how to respond to this feedback, while still maintaining the spirit and purpose of the Pride Parade for everyone involved.”

“We decided to organise a traditional ‘rally’ style forum at the start of the Parade where community groups will stand up and make speeches to energise the assembled crowd and give everyone a sense of why we are marching and how our voices still need to be heard to effect the changes in society we all desire.”

“We will then march to Merrion Square where the Grand Marshall Anna Grodzka will give a keynote speech on Transgender equality issues with introductions by the Dublin Pride chairperson and of course, the one and only, Panti (who is our host once again). We decided to focus on a single issue this year on the main stage – that of transgendered rights which have been neglected for so long. To further emphasis the struggle faced by the trans community we selected a transgendered MP Anna Grodzka as the grand marshall. We felt it important not to dilute this message on mainstage by having multiple issues discussed which is yet another reason to have the Rally at the start of the parade.”

“It was thought this format of “Rally – Parade – Celebration” would be one that would give the day a real sense of purpose and celebration, the two key aspects of Pride.”

“Up until last week, we had not heard from Marriage Equality/LGBT Noise until they emailed us asking for details of their timeslot. At that point the new format was explained to them. We offered to meet with them to discuss their requirements and logistics for the rally.”

“At every stage, Dublin Pride have tried to be inclusive and accomodating to the entire community.”

Dublin Pride