5 queer events you don't want to miss this May

The month may be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean we're short on fab queer events to keep occupied.

Split screen: Kenny Todgers, drag kind (left), Queens from the Haus of Mockie Ah! (centre), Shane Daniel Byrne (right)
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As the end of May approaches, the queer happenings are still ramping up to claim some well-earned space in our calendars. Our diaries are overflowing with these exciting events, so we thought we’d share the love with this handy guide for the final weeks before summer descends upon us.

1. May 26-28, No Queer Apologies Exhibition

What better way to kick off this list than with the relaunch of the talented Niamh Barry‘s No Queer Apologies exhibition? This thought-provoking photo series prompts us to consider how queerness impacts the spaces we occupy and it’s not one to be missed.
As well as the beautiful exhibition taking place in Hen’s Teeth Studio, Dublin, Barry is also launching the No Queer Apologies new photo book on May 26, so you can take a piece of the magic home with you.

2. May 27, Drag Table Quiz & Fundraising Night


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And of course, without a drag table quiz, this list would always be incomplete.
Taking place in McHugh’s Venue, Drogheda, and with all proceeds going towards Drogheda Pride, the quiz will kick off at 9 PM with €20 entry for a table of four. Then, it’s on to Party Night at the same venue with doors opening at 10 PM and only a €5 entry fee.
If you’re a lover of trivia, dancing, and supporting a good cause, this is the perfect night for you.

3. May 28, Picnic in the Park 2022


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Wexford Pride is once again celebrating Picnic in the Park, but due to the major success of previous events, the 2022 edition is transitioning to an even more spacious location, Min Ryan Park.
There is an impressive lineup promising live entertainment for over five hours, including music from Peer Pleasure, stand-up from Vic Kelly, and even a drag show featuring the queens of the Haus of Mockie Ah! among many other amazing acts. All are welcome at Min Ryan Park from 12-6 PM to celebrate this joyous occasion.

4. May 28, Drag King Cabaret

I mean, need I say more?
This live event takes place in Aras an Gael in Galway and will feature stunning performances from Victor Victoria, Ulick Ni Cliterbug, Jaunty Bi Nature, and Kenny Todgers. Courtesy of the new drag king company, The Jezebel Jocks, tickets are €15 but the memories will be priceless.

5. May 30-June 6, Happy Out

This Dublin Pride arts festival is 100% free and is sure to be the perfect way to plunge us all into Pride season. The fantastic lineup of events includes Cabaret with Phil T Gorgeous and Friends, an LGBTQ+ comedy night headlined by Shane Daniel Byrne, and anything else our gay hearts could desire! Pantibar, Street 66, and Penny Lane are all playing host to the week’s fab events, so make sure you don’t miss out.

Bonus! 31 May, the culmination of #GCN100KinMay


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May 31 marks the final day of our #GCN100KinMay fundraiser to support Ireland’s national LGBTQ+ press. The GCN team and many of our wonderful supporters have taken on the immense challenge of running, walking, or jogging 100K over the month of May, with all proceeds going directly towards maintaining our free magazine, digital content, and all LGBTQ+ resources offered by GCN.

It’s not too late to get involved by sponsoring us or another participant, but that’s not the only way you can support our national LGBTQ+ press. You can also:

Your support means the world to us and allows us to keep providing high-quality informative and entertaining content for our wonderful LGBTQ+ community at no cost.

And that’s a round-up of all the exciting queer events still left to come in the month of May. Hope to see you all there, and for our #GCN100KinMay participants, keep going and happy running!

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