We’re one year old! Aww..
Greetings one and all!
Just a quick message to say that we’re one year old this month, so thank you to all our readers, commenters and fellow bloggers.
So we thought it would be appropriate to do a quick re-cap of the year that’s past. Here’s the first six months:
In May, things picked up a little, and we noted Ian McKellan‘s honour by HRH; carried a review of the très French film, “Water Lillies“; and saw the start of our L Word posts (mmm..). May also saw its installment of the International Dublin Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival. Sad news struck the lesbian world, when Jodie split from her partner of 56 bizillion years – oh noes!
Ah, June: Pride season in most of the world. Also the season, it seemed, for crazy one-man-newspapers to get histrionic about the gays in Co Mayo. That was fun. The (ssshh, don’t mention the war!) Lisbon Treaty result was revealed, and the Euro 2008 tournament revealed football’s stereotypical misogynist self as a reality. We had a review of Martha Wainright‘s latest offering – she being sister of the lovely Rufus. We also had a review of Lebanese flick (har-har) “Caramel” – let’s just say that Beirut’s full of the lovelies..! ..And, apparently, you can use confections for personal grooming. Who knew? Another review, this time from TV-land, dealt with Jan Hamilton and some of the crap she’s had to put up with; as well as the good times she’s been finally able to enjoy. We had the first of several marriage equality posts.
In July, we heard that Christian evangelists were getting local young people to clean up Dublin city. Very well.. (or, WTF?!). And that other crazies in the AFA decided to boycott McDonalds: not because of the serious damage to the health of themselves or their children caused by eating there, but probably something to do with The Gays. In more important news, we listed some of the top signs of being in a lesbian relationship. We had a run-down of fabulous women in sport, and there was a preview of the GAZE Dublin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. There were also the first rumours of the L Word spin-off (mmm..), plus a review of the wonderful kd lang at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. The month ended on a high-note with an interview with none other than the singular Emma O’Donoghue.
We began with a review of a couple of the films from the GAZE festival, and of the Ricoh Women’s British Open. I think that’s about golf or something.. There was a preview of The Meat Factory, an auction of unique art-works by some of Ireland’s best queer and queer-friendly artists, which was appropriately enough in aid of the Butcher Queers magazine. We had a review of the regular Thursday night Panti Show at Panti Bar. It’s still going, and still not to be missed, by the way..! And there was an article on the bizarre morality of the mafia compared with the bizarre morality of the wider world. We had one woman’s view of what it is like to be out as gay in the workplace; plus a take on Olivia, a company specialising in lesbian-only communities. And we had event-of-the-month Ellen and Portia‘s wedding (..sniffle..). There was more queer culture with “Bent” and “The Countess and the Lesbians“, as well as unculture with Brian McFadden (who?) being a total ‘phobe on the airwaves. Sadly, August also saw the death of rights activist, Del Martin, at the age of 87.
Via mamanpoulet.com, we learned of Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) enforcing Mary Coughlan’s anti-gay laws. Perhaps it comes from the school of thought that thinks Katy Perry will burn in hell for all eternity. The death took place of Eileen Flynn, a teacher who was fired in the mid-1980s because of matters in her private life – a law which still stands today. News from bizzarre-o world told us that Maya Angelou was teaming up with Red Hurley (ya wha?!). A preview of the Dublin Theatre Festival brought us lesbonic highlights, plus the stage version of Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking”. There was also the top five hilarious targets of the religious right. Plus the first of many posts on the relationship between Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson. For some reason, too, the Irish government saw fit to put a religious fundie on the parliamentary committee charged with looking at the issues around the Lisbon Treaty. I wonder why that could possibly be? The month was rounded off with a review of ex-Dresden Dolls lady, Amanda Palmer, live at the Academy in Dublin; plus a look at homophobia in football.
We’ll have the remaining six months’ witterings soon – watch this space!
And – Thank you!
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