Pride Week 2020 – some recommendations for you!

Usually this is a week spent running from event to event, leaving some early so as not to be late to the next one. Hopefully one up-side of this year’s Dublin Pride celebrations taking place virtually is that we can comfortably attend more events from  our own couches.

In this post, we have listed a number of events that we will be attending in the coming week. There is so much on that this list is by no means comprehensive. We’d urge you to check Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and EventBrite where events are publicised each day.  The Dublin Pride website also has a great list of #VirtualPride events.

Whilst Irish Covid lockdown is slowly loosening up, we are all still spending an awful lot of time at home. We thought it might be useful to share some books, films, podcasts, documentaries and TV series that we liked, in the hopes that you might enjoy them too. If you have others to suggest to us, please feel free to email or Tweet at us! Plans for an OUTLaw Network Book Club are at an early stage…


Tuesday 23 June
ShoutOut – Ally’s Guide to Pride 3pm-5pm

Bank of Ireland Webinar “Safe Spaces for the LGBT+ Community” 6-7pm

Wednesday 24 June
Older than Pride: Virtual Queer History Tour of Kilmainham Gaol at 2pm

Involve Pride for all Digital Panel Discussion at 5.30pm

Thursday 25 June
Sporting Pride, in association with GCN, Standing Proud in Irish Sport at 8pm

Saturday 27 June
Global Pride 2020: Dublin Pride will join hundreds of Prides from across the globe for a special 24 hour Pride event.

Sunday 28 June
Digital Dublin Pride Concert 2020 All day 

Monday 29 June
OUTLaw Network Coffee Morning and Chat 11am  hosted by Matheson

Tuesday 30 June 

OUTLaw Network Electro Flow Yoga class with Simone Walsh of




Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. This is a very moving book about the love affair between Achilles and Patroclus.

The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Tóibín. Set in 90s Ireland, it tells the story of a young man dying from AIDS returning to his hometown in Wexford.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Described by the New Yorker as follows: “Wilde went to prison not because he loved young men but because he flaunted that love and “Dorian Gray” became the chief exhibit of his shamelessness.”

At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill. Set during the year preceding the Easter Rising of 1916, this is a tender tragic love story and a brilliant depiction of people caught in the tide of history.

Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo. Winner of the Booker Prize 2019

Find Me, by Andrew Aciman. Aciman is the author of Call me by your Name and this book follows the lives of Sami, Elio and Oliver who featured in that book.

The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. A 1952 romance novel telling the love story between two women in Manhattan.

Maurice by E.M. Forester. Published in 1971, this book tells the story of a man struggling with his sexual identity in early 20th century England.

Highschool: a Memoir by Tegan and Sara Quin. This is a coming of age story by Sara and Tegan Quin, Canadian musicians and twin sisters.

Spoiler Alert: the Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello. In this heart-breaking and darkly hilarious memoir, Ausiello tells the story of his least year with his husband, Kit while revisiting the thirteen years that preceded it; it is an inspiring and beautiful tale not of sadness and loss but of the resilience and strength of true love.

Angels in America (HBO) This is a TV adaptation of the (insanely long) Broadway play by the same name. It concerns homosexuality and the AIDS crisis, including exclusion and rejection of AID patients by the gay community.

Pose (Netflix) American drama television series about New York’s African-American and Latino LGBTQ ballroom scene.

Feel Good (Channel 4) Comedy series and love story following the relationship between Mae and George.

Gentlemen Jack (HBO/Amazon) Historical drama following landowner and industrialist Anne Lister, based on her diaries which she wrote in code.

Dickinson (Apple TV) Comedy-drama about Emily Dickinson.

The L Word Generation Q (Now TV/Amazon Prime) follows the love lives and careers of a group of queer characters in present-day LA.

Tales of the City (Netflix) Televisation of the Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin, it follows the lives of people who live in a boarding house turned apartment complex who became ‘family’.

Dating Amber Set in 1990s Ireland, this follows two gay kids who turn to each other to distract their classmates and circling bullies.

Carol A film adaptation of the the Patricia Highsmith book “the Price of Salt”.

Disobedience A romantic drama based on the novel by Naomi Alderman, telling the story of a woman who returns to the strict Orthodox Jewish community for her father’s funeral.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post Chloe Grace Moretz plays a teenager sent to a gay conversion therapy centre.

Tangerine Comedy drama following a transgender sex worker who discovers her boyfriend and pimp has been cheating on her.

Moonlight A moving and mysterious Oscar-winning feature about a young African American man and his coming of age, presented as three stages in his life, like the panels of a triptych.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (Netflix) When transgender activist and drag performer Marsha P. Johnson was found dead in the Hudson River in the summer of 1992, friends and fellow activists were shocked. But her death was ruled a suicide by New York City police, and the national media paid little attention. Years later, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson explores her little-investigated death while celebrating her legacy as a pioneer, in the 1960s and beyond, of what would come to be called the LGBTQ rights movement.

The 34th The 34th spans the decade that culminated in the 34th amendment to the Irish constitution. Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea’s IFTA-nominated documentary feature follows the founders and members of the Marriage Equality organisation, as they campaigned for the extension of civil marriage to same-sex couples.

A Secret Lover (Netflix) Amid shifting times, two women kept their decades-long love a secret. But coming out later in life comes with its own set of challenges.

Making Gay History Bringing the voices of LGBTQ history to life through conversations with champions, heroes and witnesses to history.

The Big Gay Bucket List Two Irish bears chat about modern gay life.

I’m Grand Mam Two lads, originally from Cork in Ireland and now living in London, have a cuppa and catch up each week while exploring the collective life landmarks that accompany growing up gay in the world today.

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness A weekly exploration of all the things Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye, Gay of Thrones) is curious about. Come on a journey with Jonathan and experts in their respective fields as they get curious about anything and everything under the sun.

Pantisocracy Host Miss Panti Bliss brings us into a ‘cabaret of conversations’ with guests who influence and inspire us and share their own journey.

Homo Sapiens Out and proud British singer turned actor Will Young hosts Homo Sapiens alongside his pal Christopher Sweeney. The duo navigate the LGBTQ cultural community with a lighthearted approach, describing themselves as “Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’ for an LGBTQ+ audience”.

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