Every year for a week, the Irish capital – like many capitals ’round the world – is decked out in it’s finest rainbows for what is always a fantastic celebration of equality, love, inclusion, diversity and culture. Dublin Pride is, for many, a highlight of the summer. But while so many of us get caught up in wondering where we’ll head out to, or if we’ll go to the parade or not. For some, especially younger, people it can be the first time that they’ve finally found their tribe and feel like they belong, and that can be transformative, overwhelming and anxiety-inducing. There’s no point in sugar coating it, the LGBTQ+ community isn’t without it’s faults, divisions or problems, but Pride reminds us every year to embrace and celebrate the wider community we’ve all carved out and worked hard for in fostering and upping its visibility. 25 years after decriminalising homosexuality, three years after equal marriage following 2015’s overwhelming #MarRef YES result and just a few days after the current Taoiseach Leo Varadkar apologised to those convicted of homosexual activity pre-1993 – Ireland’s looking in good shape, and is in ways an ally far more than other countries, all things considered.

We know that the parade isn’t for everyone, and we know there are plenty of people who won’t want to squeeze into The George on Pride weekend for one reason or another. So, we want to celebrate those LGBT business owners who support and add value to Dublin’s scene 365 days a year. If marching and dancing the night away isn’t your thing, celebrate Dublin Pride in your own way by supporting those who support others – any and all of these brilliant establishments run by talented and entrepreneurial members of the LGBTQ+ community!

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