Published on October 21st, 2010 | by Darren Byrne3
This is a weekend full of interesting alternative activities. If you’re as brave as me and have a decent pair of wellies, why not join us for the Culchie Festival in Leitrim. It’ll be great craic. If, however, you prefer life’s finer luxuries and a delightful ball is more your style, then maybe Sunday night’s Gay Prom is for you?
Fairy God Mother and one of Ireland’s premiere Drag Queens, Veda, has teamed up with Irish Gay Youth Charity, BeLonG To, to bring you the second ever official Ireland Gay Prom. On Sunday 24th October, 500 members of Ireland’s LGBT Community will converge on the Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, for a night of high class entertainment, an array of special guest performances, delicious food and dancing until the wee hours.
On the night Ireland’s favourite Senator, David Norris, and the sometimes funny Katherine Lynch will host the proceedings while special guests, Shirley Temple Bar, Veda and Bitches with Wolves will provide the entertainment. A delicious buffet dinner, colourful debs dress and the crowning of the Prom King and Queen (with a twist) will add to the prom atmosphere.
The Gay Prom kicks off at 8.00pm on the 24th October, tickets are priced at €50 and all proceeds go to BeLonG To, supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trangender young people in Ireland. Tickets are available from www.belongto.org, The Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 or by calling (01) 881 9613.
At the launch Senator Norris (Ireland’s next President?) said, “Last year was my first prom and I am looking forward to the second. Life gets better, don’t it!”
Commenting on the importance of an event like the Gay Prom, Michael Barron, Director of BeLonG To, said that the Gay Prom is a celebration and coming out party for people of all ages. He said that because of bullying and exclusion, school can be a really tough place for LGBT young people. “Traditional school Debs can be difficult for them, with many not going and still more not being able to bring a same-sex partner. Gay Prom is about redressing this so that gay young people know that they are valued and have the same rights as everyone else.”
And speaking of big, bright and loud, check out the trailer for Cher and Christina Aguilera’s new film, Burlesque. It’s all shiny.