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The Irish presidential race is on the horizon. Many hopeful candidates are begining to crawl out from under the woodwork. Most recently, as reported by RTE, Fergus Finlay is opting for a nomination. As head of Banardo’s Ireland, Finlay has the profile of good will and charity on his side, like Adie Roche before him. Hoping for a Labour nomination, he will have to battle Michael D. Higgins for that nomination.  So where does that leave David Norris? His chances for nomination are becoming slimmer and slimmer as the weeks pass. Although challenging, Ursula Halligan’s badgering and receptive scepticism on his ability to stand up to the job (in an interview with Norris) has not helped matters. In fact she constructed an image of Norris as a silly clown unable to control his tongue.  It has to be remembered, that Norris has done a lot for human rights issues, here and abroad, and not just as gay rights supporter (not quite the workings of a clown…). Many will argue that Norris’s popularity as a possible Presidential candidate is somewhat saturated with Obama syndrome and maybe it is, and what is so wrong with that? Over the last two decades we have had two extraordinary women take the presidential seat. We have been much more progressive than the USA in those terms. Norris would be the first ever fully out gay political figure to be elected, not just in Ireland but in the world. To be the first country to elect a gay president, now wouldn’t that be an amazing message to send out to the rest of the world? It’s not just about homosexuality, but about human rights as a whole. Both Robinson and McAlesse had previously worked with or on a par with Norris on many issues previous to their election and have both worked hard for women’s rights in this country. Like Robinson, David Norris would be a people’s president, warm, welcoming, kind spirited, approachable, strong willed and intelligent. Tell me, what more could one wish for to represent this country? As an independent candidate Norris will need all the support he can get, therefore I will urge you to sign the petition below. “YOU GOT TO GIVE THEM HOPE”

http://www.petitiononline.com/dn4p2011/petition.html

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Idiotic Metro reader complained yesterday that the court’s decision to grant Lydia Foy the right to amend her birthcert was “political correctness gone mad”

Well here is what yesterdays Metro readers had to say in response to Aido’s remark

its pretty small actually! ha! ill try to get a bigger image

http://athlonelive.axiscam.net/view/index.shtml

Came across this on a facebook page “Athlone live”.

Athlonians will understand I’m sure. A webcam of burgess park after dark, now that would be worth watching, here is an example of what one might discover

OH, the town I loved sooo welll!

This Sunday (27th June), Cinema in the park presents Charlie Chaplin’s 1925 film The Goldrush.

Some of might know Chaplin (in my Troy McClure voice), from such films as City Lights and The Great Dictator. My personal fave would be The Great Dictator, however, many film critics have labeled The Goldrush Chaplin’s best work, and who am I to argue, I love them all!

Some might recognize the infamous “Dance of the dinner rolls”, as parodied in Benny and Joone, and the cabin setting from The Simpsons episode “Mountain of Madness” where the characters Homer and Mr Burns hallucinate due to cabin fever.

The Goldrush is just one of those films, vintage and hilarious and well worth a watch! I’m sure the experience will be twice as good in Cinema in the park, if the last screening of Faust is anything to go by.

Cinema in the park starts at dark, aprx 10pm and it is best to take something to sit on as well as some food and drink, however, they are strict on taking away whatever you bring so be prepared to clean up after yourself. There is a min donation of 5euro, which is feck all!

Location: Fitzwilliam Square, off Baggot St. http://maps.google.ie/maps?hl=en&q=fitzwilliam%20square&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl

Following the Marriage Equality “We are family too” campaign, this years gay pride committee have adopted the campaign as this years pride theme. In my experience of Dublin gay pride over the last decade this is without a doubt the most positive theme so far.

The site itself is well worth a visit http://wrf2.dublinpride.ie/

I have to say I spent a good hour going through the various posts from young people expressing what family means to them, and its such a positive heartwarming experience. I have to congratulate this years pride committee on a job well done, the promotion it is given the “We are family too” campaign is wonderful. I cant be a 100per cent sure but I’m guessing they have worked close with Marriage Equality on this.

So, what to expect from pride this year? well firstly, one thing to note is this years grand marshal, Dr. Lydia Foy. As some might know, Lydia Foy, born Donal Mark Foy, was diagnosed with  a gender identity disorder in the early 1990s, since then Dr Foy has under gone a gender change. She has been fighting to have her gender recognised under Irish law for over a decade and after a long and tedious battle, she has finally been granted the right to have her legal documents changed to recognise her gender as female. This is a significant moment in the history of LGBT rights in Ireland and what could be more perfect than to celebrate this at the gay pride festival? http://www.independent.ie/national-news/courts/transsexual-wins-right-to-be-recognised-as-a-woman-2229549.html

Following the infamous rant by Brenda Power on last years pride festival, this year the bigmouted journo will be stumped for a critical response! OK, maybe she may still experience the odd “arse hangin’ out”, but with the hard work and dedication of groups such as Marriage Equality, GLEN and LGBT Noise, this pride seems to be returning to its political roots!

So lets have fun, but, lets not forget the real cause when downing the shots and applying rainbow colored war paint before the parade!  Unfortunately, this post may seem some what in vain as I will miss the actual parade this year due to work, but will be joining the masses once I clock out!

The Pride festival is running all week by the way, with loads of stuff to do and see, and if like me, you are going to miss the parade this year Openfm will be broadcasting live from pride. Here is the schedule as on their website:

Saturday – 10am – 10pm
(June 26th – will be dedicated to the Pride Parade)

10 – 12am Behind the Scenes look at the organising of the Dublin Pride Festival.
12 – 2pm Pre-parade Show show, a build up to the day we’ve been waiting for all year!
2 – 4pm Live @ The Parade – Possibly one of the most exciting parts of the OpenFM schedule. For the first time ever live coverage for the whole parade and speeches. The OpenFM Crew will be on the streets hearing directly from you.
4 – 6pm Live @ The Parade – Possibly one of the most exciting parts of the OpenFM schedule. For the first time ever live coverage for the whole parade and speeches. The OpenFM Crew will be on the streets hearing directly from you.
6 – 8pm Post Parade Gig Show with a look to at where to go for post parade partying! Hearing from back from the streets on what they thought of the 2010 Parade.
8-10pm
The DJ Angels – Spreading good will to everyone on earth. Possibly one of the most exciting shows Open FM will bring to the airways, this show will showcase the best of Ireland’s upcoming DJ’s and their individual styles and taste in music.

So, visit http://www.openfm.ie/ or tune into 89.9fm on your radio!

And as I said lots to do ALL WEEK, for more info visit http://www.dublinpride.org/festival/

HAPPY PRIDE TO ALL!!!!!!!!!!!

Camp, sees everything in quotation marks.”

-Susan Sontag, Notes on camp, 1964.

http://interglacial.com/~sburke/pub/prose/Susan_Sontag_-_Notes_on_Camp.html

Granted I stole these from the Net, but stealing to share is acceptable….

We Are Family is a national poster campaign which gives visibility to same-sex families living in Ireland. The posters depict real couples, some with children, some without, showing that these families exist in Ireland and calling on members of the public to help us secure equal rights for them.

We Are Family illustrates that lesbian and gay families are already part of the diverse family fabric of Ireland.

Campaign starts today!!!

http://www.marriagequality.ie/

VISIT: http://www.marriagequality.ie/wearefamily/ for more details

Love is…..listening to Janis Joplin in the sun

Here are three wonderful shorts by Irish film director Barry Dignam.