Panti Announced As Keynote Speaker At National Gallery's OUTing Event

The Queen of Ireland joins TENI's Sara Philips, and a number of other speakers as this free event comes to Dublin for the first time.

Panti Bliss in silver dress against black backdrop.

The National Gallery announced yesterday that Queen of Ireland – Panti Bliss – will be the keynote speaker at OUTing the Past: The Festival of LGBT History as it comes to Dublin this March 23.

OUTing the Past is a free festival in which guests can enjoy a whole day of queer history, art and discussion. Panti will join a host of exciting speakers throughout the day including Joe Caslin, Stephen Moloney, Katherine O’Donnell and Rainer Schulze.

Sara R. Phillips, the chair of the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) will be the opening keynote speaker.

The gallery will play host to a number of LGBT+ sessions throughout the day including ‘LGBTQ+ Irish Art in the National Gallery of Ireland’, ‘The ‘New Woman’ Sarah Purser and her Lesbian Friendships’, and ‘Who Was Suleika Aldini?’.

The day includes a repertoire of promising panel discussions examining a wide range of topics including the Irish Queer Archive, the Irish student movement and queer politics in Ireland and Sarah Purser’s portraits of Roger Casement.

Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided on the day.

The festival will conclude with a performance by Glória – Dublin’s gay and lesbian choir – in the gorgeous Shaw Room of the gallery.

The Twitter account for the National Gallery tweeted yesterday:

“We are really delighted to bring OUTing the Past: The Festival of LGBT History to Dublin for the very first time this March, and tickets have been released for this FREE day of queer history, art and discussion.”

In response, Panti jokingly wrote:

“They made some mistake and invited me to give the keynote. I don’t know who they actually meant to ask, but I didn’t have the heart to break it to them so I just said yes.”

OUTing the Past is a free but ticketed event. To nab yourself one, head to, or for more information check out

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