To mark the start of Pride week, Outhouse will host a Pride Information and Awareness event this Saturday, June 18 from 12pm to 4pm followed by a series of exciting events throughout the week.
The event will herald Dublin’s first in-person Pride in three years and will showcase some of the wonderful organisations supporting Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community including Intersex Ireland, the Small Trans Library, Dublin Devils, Switchboard and many more.
GCN will be on hand displaying our wonderful new apparel designed in collaboration with local artist Brian Teeling, which is also available to purchase online and at the Dublin Pride Hub.
Speaking about the event, Oisin O’Reilly, CEO of Outhouse, said, “The Outhouse team and I are very excited to welcome our community back to the centre for the first in-person Pride in two years. The community open day on Saturday 18 will give people an opportunity to learn about, connect with, and join the wide range of creative, sporting, advocacy, and other community groups.”
The event will also see the in-person return of Dublin Lesbian Line’s Soapbox Sessions platforming community voices that don’t always get heard. The five speakers lined up for this year’s event are Oein DeBhairduin, Izzy Kamikaze, Fiadh Trevaskis, Val Hourigan, and Pradeep Mahadeshwar.
As Niamh Grennan, Dublin Lesbian Line coordinator, described, “The theme of this year’s Dublin Pride is ‘Courage’ due to the recent attacks on the community. The sharing of our stories and letting our voices be heard is an act of courage. It is a space to share stories, connect and feel part of the community.”
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For anyone who can’t make it in person, the Soapbox Sessions will be live-streamed on GCN’s Facebook page between 1pm and 3pm on Saturday, June 18.
Outhouse will also be hosting events throughout the rest of Pride Week. On Monday, June 20, ShoutOut will run ‘The ABC’s of LGBTQ+ Workshop’, a fun and interactive learning session that offers a comprehensive overview of LGBTQ+ identity, terminology, and allyship. On Tuesday James Byrne will facilitate a Shamanic Meditation.
Wednesday is a fun-filled social day with a tote-bag workshop with Karina from Couture House, a DJ workshop with the Western Girls and a Lesbian Queer Music Workshop with Annie Hanlon. On Thursday, Outhouse welcomes back SACK for their acoustic sessions ‘Songs from the Basement’. SACK will also be joined by special guests Keeley and Gar Cox.
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Philippa Ryder will join Outhouse in the Library on Friday for a reading from her new memoir My Name is Philippa with former CEO of TENI Cat McIlroy interviewing Philippa and MCing events.
Finishing off the week on Saturday, June 25, the day of the Pride Parade, Outhouse will host their famous Pride breakfast, the perfect way to prepare for the parade with a continental breakfast, perhaps a mimosa and soaking up all the Pride excitement.
After the parade, the team will round off the day with the return of their Non-alcoholic Pride Party for those who wish to celebrate Pride in their own way and are happy to sit down, mingle and enjoy the chats with other LGBTQ+ people in a calm and safe environment.
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