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Irish Set to Vote on Abortion

Irish Set to Vote on Abortion

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | Irish citizens will go to the polls on May 25 for a referendum on whether to “Repeal the 8th” Amendment to their Constitution, which bans abortion. Three years ago, the country voted overwhelmingly to add an amendment that affirmed marriage equality. The entire country seemed to take part in that grassroots campaign […]

A Quick Chat During a Victory Lap      

A Quick Chat During a Victory Lap      

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | Rory O’Neill and his alter ego, Ireland’s “national fucking treasure” drag queen Panti Bliss, had some adventures onstage and off in their recent sojourn in New York City, less than a month after Ireland went to the polls and voted a resounding “yes” in a marriage equality referendum. Rory is currently taking […]

When a Straight Irishman Stumbles into a Gay Parade

When a Straight Irishman Stumbles into a Gay Parade

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | It all started with the big drum. “I had built the biggest drum in the world, 15 feet in diameter,” Brian Fleming said. “The drum they called the biggest drum in the world, it looked like a little bongo compared to mine!” Fleming, who lives in County Clare, Ireland, decided that the […]

Irish Internet Drag Sensation Joins Record Inclusive St. Pat’s

Irish Internet Drag Sensation Joins Record Inclusive St. Pat’s

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | For the first time since its founding in 2000, the St. Patrick’s for All Parade this year played host to a New York mayor who traveled to Sunnyside, Queens to march, but will not be on hand March 17 when the big Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade — which excludes openly […]