Located in the heart of Dublin, The Virgin Mary serves a wide array of incredible alcohol free cocktails in an LGBT+ friendly environment. It’s the perfect place to go when you want a sober night out for a change. This Friday from 8pm to 11pm, it’s also the place to be for a fantastic alcohol free social organised by Sporting Pride.
Sporting Pride is a platform and resource for the LGBT+ community to get active and get involved in sports from every level. They are also the home of Team Ireland who played a blinder at the Gay Games. Make sure to visit their Facebook page if you’d like to get involved and pop down Friday night to meet incredible new people!
This event is the first of its kind in Dublin, it’s perhaps revolutionary even. As the vast majority of LGBT+ friendly events are centred around drinking and partying this event provides an alcohol-free alternative. However, events like these are incredibly important as it provides people with a safe space to meet others without feeling the need to drink.
Come join us for an alcohol free LGBTQ+ social night at The Virgin Mary on Friday February 7th 🏳️🌈💃🕺 All are welcome, please spread the word 😃 pic.twitter.com/RZnH1fXwTB
— Sporting Pride 🇮🇪 (@SportingPrideIE) January 25, 2020
With alcohol abuse disproportionately affecting LGBT+ people, it’s important that events, such as the one taking place in The Virgin Mary on Friday continue to take place to allow queer people to socialise in a safe and healthy environment.
Check out these alternatives if you want to stay sober whilst still feeling involved and active in the community.
BeLonG To is a safe space for young LGBT+ people to make new friends, hang out and access support that may not be available at home or at school. They run youth groups nationwide so you’ll definitely find one somewhere in your area! This is a great option for young people who may not be old or comfortable enough to go out to a party.
Gaze Film Festival
Gaze Film Festival is an LGBT+ festival that takes place every year during August. The festival is dedicated to exclusively screening queer films. Fantastic films such as ‘Deep In Vogue’ and ‘Are You Proud?’ took home awards last year. So I can only expect this year’s line-up to be amazing.
The National Gallery – LGBT+ Themed Tour
Last year The National Gallery began to provide free guided tours centred around celebrating and exploring the work of LGBT+ artists. These tours are perfect for aspiring artists looking for inspiration and curious cats alike.
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