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Dublin Mural by Joe Caslin, part of the Yes Equality project | ©William Murphy/Flickr
Dublin Mural by Joe Caslin, part of the Yes Equality project | ©William Murphy/Flickr

A LGBTQ Guide To Dublin, Ireland

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Updated: 9 February 2017
When Ireland became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote in 2015, it showed how far the formerly conservative country had come in terms of gay rights. Just over 30 years after Dublin’s first gay pride parade was held – one year after the 1982 killing of a gay man in a hate crime in Fairview Park – it has come to be seen as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world.

Outhouse

Based in Capel Street, Outhouse is a thriving community and resource centre. As well as offering informational and support services, they provide what they call a safe space for LGBTQ people to ‘meet, organise, celebrate or perform.’ With dedicated function rooms and a theatre, Outhouse hosts groups like Acting Out (their resident drama club), LGBTQ lawyers and a peer support group for the over 55s.

Outhouse, 105 Capel St, Dublin 1, Ireland, +353 1 873 4932

Queer poetry night, Dublin-style

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PantiBar

Drag queen, gay rights activist and national treasure Pandora Panti Bliss (Panti for short) opened this self-titled gay bar on Capel Street in 2007. Since then it has become one of Dublin’s favourite LGBTQ venues. Panti regularly hosts the Dublin Pride celebrations and PantiBar holds an annual all-day street party as part of the festival. Panti was also the host of the much-loved Alternative Miss Ireland pageant, which ran from 1987 until 2012.

PantiBar, 7-8 Capel St, Dublin 1, Ireland, +353 1 874 0710

Traveling in style

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The George

This historic gay bar and club opened its doors in 1985, eight years prior to the legalisation of homosexuality in Ireland. Providing a place for young gay people in Ireland to feel at home years before the country caught up, The George was one of the island’s first gay bars. It is still one of the best – hosting a packed schedule of events, like Sunday night bingo with drag queen extraordinaire Shirley Temple Bar, referred to as the longest-running and best-known show on the Irish gay scene.

The George, George’s Street, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 478 2983

The Irish Queer Archive at the National Library of Ireland

The Irish Queer Archive is a collection of Irish material relating to homosexuality and LGBTQ literature , including press cuttings dating back to the 1960s and a copy of every lesbian/gay title published in Ireland since 1974. This vast accumulation of records chronicling the development of gay life in Ireland was donated to the Department of Manuscripts at the National Library of Ireland in 2008 by the National LGBT Federation.

The National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 603 0200

"make friends with gay people; fight for gay rights," Sexual Liberation Movement, Trinity College Dublin Students' Union, Dublin, Ireland, c. 1974. Photo from the Irish Queer Archives. The Sexual Liberation Movement and its sister group, Belfast Gay Liberation Society, offered support and services to Ireland's gay and lesbian community. In 1974, the groups organized a conference on homosexuality, held at Trinity College Dublin, that brought together queer activists from throughout Ireland and is credited with "lighting the fuse that ignited the nascent gay & lesbian civil rights movement on the island of Ireland." #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #gay #bi #trans #lesbian #irish #pride #irishqueerarchives #sexualliberationmovement #belfastgayliberation #thereisagroup #makefriends #fightforgayrights

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Mother Club Nights

Mother club nights are some of the best parties to be found on a Saturday night in Dublin. Currently being held in The Hub, Temple Bar, they began in 2010 to raise funds for Gay Community News (GCN) magazine. Having developed a loyal following, Mother is now one of the city’s hottest tickets, with some of Ireland’s best DJs in regular attendance.

Mother, The Hub, 23 Eustace St, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 67 07655

@g_h_o_s_t_b_o_y & @roo75 on the decks tonight in our new home, The Hub. Doors 11pm.

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Dublin Pride

Since 1983, the Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival has evolved into a ten-day extravaganza that culminates in the huge Dublin Pride Parade through the city streets every June. This year tens of thousands marched in the annual event, along a route that stretched from Parnell Square on the city’s north side to Merrion Square on the south.

Yesterday was BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you all for coming and flying our flag 🌈😍!

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International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival

The annual Dublin Gay Theatre Festival has taken place every October since 2004, when it was founded to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde. Dedicated to creating ‘new opportunities for visibility and affirmation for existing and emerging gay artists and theatrical works,’ the festival states one of its ambitions as being to establish Dublin as the centre of international gay theatre.

#gooddogtheatrecompany #gooddogtheatre #MichelTrembley #RememberMe #dublingaytheatrefestival #dgtlfestival

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