Unravelling the two threads of the Pride Festival

The annual Pride event has become so socially acceptable that even organisations like the GAA and An Garda Síochána are participating in it. But some battle-hardened members of the gay community see things differently

23rd June, 2019
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Members of the LGBTQ community gather in Smithfield Square during the Dublin Pride festival Pic: PA

Three years ago, George Robotham and his colleagues decided to formally keep track of how many people had been using the Outhouse. They’d previously estimated numbers based on how many patrons signed in on any given day, but still didn’t have an accurate count of who had been using their building on Capel Street in Dublin 1, which acts as an essential resource centre for Irish LGBTQ people and their families. From Monday to Saturday,...

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