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A recent YouGov study has revealed that employees who are part of the LGBTQ+ community have annual salaries of roughly 16 percent less than their straight, non-trans (cisgender) colleagues.

The discrepancy adds up to about £7,000 per year, or €7,800. The study of UK workers was conducted by LinkedIn in partnership with Black Pride, and 4,019 workers took part.

The income gap was calculated by asking participants about their Gross Personal Income, with 2,154 straight, non-trans participants and 1,863 LGBTQ+ respondents.

The total earnings of both groups were compared, including salary, wages and rent before tax deduction. Unsurprisingly, homophobic activity is still fire in the workplace, according to the data.

28 percent of LGBTQ+ respondents said they are not out at work because of the fear of judgement, and 47 percent of these employees had no plans to come out in the future.

35 percent of LGBTQ+ participants in the study claimed to have witnessed homophobia at work, and 21 percent had experienced personal verbal abuse at work.

Other findings included the fact that female LGBTQ+ employees are actually more likely to hide their sexual orientation at work than men, and 14 percent of LGBTQ+ professionals feel their chances of promotion would be less likely if they came out at work.

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Black Pride, emphasises the importance of continuing to fight for equality; 

"Whilst it's brilliant to see research like this highlighting the conversation, it's vital that there is change in the day-to-day cultures of companies to help LGBTQ employees feel comfortable at work, including those of colour that may also be experiencing discrimination and racism." she says.

It's clear there are still substantial issues which hinder LGBTQ+ professionals, and it's morally right to have an equal working environment for all.

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Tesco Ireland has pledges it's support to BeLong To Youth Services ahead of Dublin's LGBTQ+ Pride festival this weekend.

BeLonG To is a national organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) young people aged between 14 and 23, and offer vital services for this community's needs.

This valuable charity believe that LGBTQ+ youth should be cared for on the same basis as all other young people, and should be safe and supported by society, their family and schools.

Tesco Ireland will support a fundraising partnership with BeLonG To Youth Services this year, donating much-needed money to aid the equality of the young LGBTQ+ people of Ireland.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tesco Ireland is ‘bursting with pride to come back this year as the platinum sponsor for Dublin's 2019 LGBTQ+ Pride Festival.

The company has created three exciting donation initiatives as part of their fundraising efforts, including a limited-edition F&F Pride t-shirt, and delicious donations with Ben & Jerry’s ‘Love is…’ ice-cream.

Once again, community-led fundraising will take place across 44 Tesco stores nationwide. 

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Tesco F&F unveiled a limited-edition Pride t-shirt this week, and a proportion from every sale will be donated directly to BeLonG To Youth Services.

Tesco’s ‘Bursting with Pride’ campaign line is the inspiration behind the vivacious design, which features an artistic explosion of rainbow colours and costs just €8. 

44 Tesco stores nationwide have also chosen BeLonG To Youth Services as one of their three causes for the current fundraising phase of the Tesco Community Fundwhich supports local needs in the community.

 Amazingly, in five years Tesco Ireland has supported over 12,000 community projects all over Ireland through the Community Fund initiative, with over €3.7 million being donated to those in need.

We are gaggin' to get a taste of Ben & Jerry's new flavour of ice-cream, purely to celebrate love in every flavour.

Their 'Love is…' ice-cream is exclusive to Tesco in Ireland, and contains buttery brown sugar ice cream with pink chocolatey salted caramel cups, a cookie swirl and a pink topping. God help us.

A 50 cent donation will be made from the sale of every tub of Ben & Jerry’s 'Love is…' flavour sold in Tesco Ireland stores until July 15, in support of BeLong To Youth Services.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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CEO of BeLonG To Youth Services, Moninne Griffiths has praised the value of working together for LGBTQ+ equality;

“This Pride, we celebrate the power of working together to continue our life-saving work with LGBTQ+ young people.

"Support from Tesco Ireland’s fundraising initiatives helps us to strengthen our impact and fulfil our mission of creating an Ireland where young people can be who they are, and love who they love, without experiencing hate and discrimination.”

Get yourselves down to support one or all three of Tesco's colourful Pride fundraisers and help empower LGBTQ+ youth.

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Pride is one of the biggest events of the colourful year, and the rainbows will be flying loud and proud in Dublin this weekend.

Make-up and fashion are two of the festival's most noteworthy aspects, since using beauty to express ourselves and our individuality is empowering.

Expect to see some swoon-worthy looks being served by queens far and wide for the parade, and nightlife events shortly after.

Though Pride was, and still is, a protest; Showing off your inner and outer beauty has become a staple part of the festival. The march is about never being afraid to stand out, in many ways.

To celebrate the amazing event, Urban Decay will be giving away complimentary mini-makeovers this Saturday, June 29 in their Grafton Street boutique and we're literally bursting with anticipation.

The rainbow-inspired makeovers will use the brand's new Sparkle Out Loud Glitter collection, made to turn heads and stay in it's place. Basically, it's ideal for a night on the dancefloor.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Included in the range is the Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in eight glorious shades (including the limited-edition Stonewall), which contain water-based, superfine glitter.

The Heavy Metal Glitter Gel is featured in six new shades as the vibrant, hyper-sparkly, buildable formula for your eyes, body and face. Lasting up to nine hours with minimal fallout, the gel will fast become your cult product.

The award-winning 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil wows in the collection, coming in four more shades which are spreadable with a super-creamy and metallic finish. It's even waterproof, so those tears of Pride joy are protected.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Last but certainly not least, is the Hi-Fi Ultra Cushion Lipgloss in four brand new hues. The glitz and shine won't stop you from kissing your LGBTQ+ love interest on the night, don't worry.

Check out the full Urban Decay Sparkle Out Loud Glitter Collection in the boutique, 50-51 Grafton Street. Get yourself down there ASAP on Saturday for the makeover of your rainbow dreams.

Each makeover will take roughly 15 minutes and are subject to availability. We feel a physical connection to the glitter that's about to be spread all over our face this weekend…See you there.

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Taylor Swift has just released the colourful explosion that is the You Need To Calm Down video, filled with LGBTQ+ icons and Easter eggs galore.

Her anti-homo/bi/queer/transphobia anthem has emerged in the midst of Pride month, and has divided fans online.

Some are claiming that a heterosexual, cis-white woman speaking for the LGBTQ+ community and profiting from the song is problematic.

Others are pointing out her recent activism and dedication to donating funds towards LGBTQ+ charities. (Almost $100,000, if we're counting)

The term 'queer-baiting' has been thrown around, which is basically a marketing technique in the entertainment industry which hints at same-sex relationships or gender queer relationships, but doesn't actually deliver them for the purpose of profit.

Is Taylor simply jumping on the 'Gays Are Great' bandwagon for the sake of her image, and upcoming album release? However, any visibility is good visibility, and she's giving members of the queer community a chance to shine in the video. 

So many celebrities showed their fierce personalities in the latest music video, with ALL of the Queer Eye 'Fab 5', Ellen DeGeneres, Hayley 'Lesbian Jesus' Kiyoko, Laverne Cox and Billy Porter flaunting their stuff. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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However, Taylor has never openly discussed her sexuality, and we can't make any assumptions, but fans have viewed her hair in the music video as a clue about her possible bisexuality.

As we all know, Taylor hides an array of meanings within her music videos, and her hair simply CANNOT be an accident. Her barnet is actually the colours of the upside-down bisexual flag, hello hint? 

The bi Pride flag features pink, purple and blue stripes, and bisexual Twitter has damn near lost their minds. Representation is incredibly important, and these fans definitely confirm that.

"I’m just gonna sit in the corner and point out that Taylor Swift’s hair is the colour of the bisexual pride flag," wrote one hyped fan.

Another used caps lock to a ridiculous extent;

"WILL I EVER SHUT UP ABOUT THE FACT THAT TAYLOR'S HAIR IS THE UPSIDE DOWN BISEXUAL FLAG PROBABLY NOT OKAY, RIP ME."

"It has to mean SOMETHING!" We have to agree with Mackenzie here, who appears to have been hyperventilating.

There seems to be plenty of gasping going on over at Twitter HQ…The excitement is palpable. 

Is Taylor a bisexual icon or just an ally supporting her pals at Pride?

She has previously discussed the difference between queerbaiting and ally-ship, so she definitely knows the difference.

Either way, for someone with a platform as big as Taylor's to give a nod to a marginalised community is hugely meaningful.

Visibility to heavily stigmatised groups of people will always be special, so we see nothing wrong with Taylor's music video.

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June is Pride month, in case you haven't noticed the onslaught of rainbows on every corporation's logo over the last two weeks, but we've got another matter in mind to address: Dating apps.

Most of us haven't yet realised that the most popular dating apps around are heavily tailored towards heterosexual, cisgender people.

Why not spread the love around, eh? Give queer people, gender non-binary folk, trans people, gay men and lesbians a shot at swiping right.

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We've gathered our top five best dating apps for queer people, so grab your Pride and get on the Swipe Slide. 

1. Her

Her is, without a doubt, one of the best dating apps for lesbian, bisexual and queer women.

Why? It's simple: It was made BY queer women FOR queer women, rather than just creating a heteronormative app and then tailoring it for lesbians.

We absolutely love Her's unapologetic approach to love, and their respect for intersectional inclusion for those of all races, sexes and gender-identities. 

Don't let the name fool you: The site is one of the most popular dating apps for both cisgender and non-binary people looking to meet other queer women or non-binary people.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The app allows users to create a social media-like presence through profiles and queer event suggestions, allowing you to meet people in the flesh. Love is in the air, for everyone this time.

2. Lesly

Dating apps created specifically for lesbians and bisexual+ women seem like few and far between; enter Lesly.

The site works similarly to Tinder, and uses photo-based profiles that you can swipe left or right for.

On this app, however, you'll only find queer women and no straight men looking to creep on lesbian women…Thank the Lord.

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3. Fem

Fem is a dating app geared towards lesbians and those interested in meeting lesbians. Despite the language, which appears to exclude trans people and gender-non binary folk, the app isn't only for lesbians.

Queer women of any and all sexual orientations and gender presentations use it successfully, and the app encourages users to make video profiles. There's also a group chat setting.

Making a video profile isn't compulsory, so don't worry if being in front of the camera isn't your thing. Just upload a killer selfie, and get swiping.

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4. OkCupid

While OkCupid began by focusing almost exclusively on straight people, it has now developed to become far more welcome towards the queer community.

The site have added a rake of new gender identity and sexual orientation option, and has more extensive user profiles so it's great for finding a real, romantic connection for a long-term, relationship/

They ask a huge amount of questions when you download the app, but the detailed profiles definitely pay off.

5. Hinge

Hinge sets up potential partners through their mutual friends on Facebook.

It only matches you with friends of friends, so you're never meet with someone too far outside of your social circle, rather than basing matches on location.

The site allows you to answer questions about yourself in your profile, meaning it's more in-depth than Tinder or BumbleHinge also sends you daily ‘batches’ of matches, so it's pretty good for progress.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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That sums up our top five dating apps for queer folk, but don't forget that Bumble and Tinder still work for the LGBT+ community, they just weren't initially made for them.

Grindr and Chappy are also KEY for gay men, with Grindr working incredibly successfully for hook-ups and Chappy supporting long-term gay relationships. All we can say is…YAS.

Happy Pride, folks. Find some romance, even if it's just self-love. If you can't love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love anyone else?"

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Every since June began, we've been waiting in the shadows for the explosion of rainbows and glitter during Pride Month.

Mainly, we've been anticipating PrettyLittleThing's brand new Pride campaign, which pays homage to the LGBTQ+ community with a gorgeous line of clothes.

They're hoping to fly all colours of the rainbow this year, representing equality, love and acceptance through some epic threads.

The latest PrettyLittleThing campaign collaborates with some badass babes in fashion and social media: Jade Laurice, Mitchell, Julia Ofelia, Gothy, Alexander Ko, Leslie Sidora & Chloe Scantlebury.

The online retailer has gathered the ultimate gang of pride advocates, who each have their own #MyPride story to tell. Despite their race, sexuality and gender, they're loud and proud and we love them for it.

100 percent of the profits of the stylish campaign is going towards various registered Pride charities across the UK, which makes buying every gorgeous item of clothing even better.

Some of the PLT Pride advocates have opened up about why Pride is so special to them, from self-love and positivity to making bold political statements.

Down-to-earth make-up artist Mitch has a sunny personality that glows as bright as the glamour he creates; 

“No matter where you come from, what you are, what you identify as, what you look like, we can all share the same love. For me, that’s what Pride is all about.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Jade Laurice infuses style with substance, as an influencer and all-round badass babe. Her goal is to smash expectations of queer women and challenge your misconceptions;

“Pride is important to me because it is an event where my visibility and equality as a queer woman is prioritised and celebrated.

"Pride makes me feel empowered as an individual but also gives the LGBTQ community a platform where we can help the next generation.” YAS kween.

Julia Ofelia is a vibrant pansexual babe, with a Scorpio sting and zero time for intolerance in our heteronormative society;

“Pride reminds me that there is a huge community of beautiful and diverse people who do accept me for who I am.”

Left: Black FREEDOM Crop Tee, €14.00
Right: UNISEX Pink EQUAL Oversized T-shirt, €14.00

UK-based drag queen Gothy Kendoll from #hausofkendall spins serious tunes as a DJ and serves serious looks on his Instagram too, so the level of fierce is always sky-high.

Rumour has it the queen is appearing on the UK series of Drag Race, and we desperately hope the gossip is true. We'd love to see Gothy working the runway and winning lip sync battles.

“Working throughout the year within the gay community, I recognise that pride season is a time when we can truly celebrate who we are and how far we’ve come in recent years.”

The Pride collection is live as of this week on the PrettyLittleThing website, so wear your rainbow colours and don't let anyone hold you back.

Stand proud to support the LGBTQ+ community, and refuse to hide your pride. Equality is the greatest look of all.

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Pride month is one of the greatest, and most colourful times of the year: Fashion needs to follow suit.

The entire month represents the LGBTQ+ communities around the world showing strength and defiance in the face of hate and discrimination, and with their strength comes rainbow flags, glitter and a welcoming atmosphere.

Online retailers boohoo and boohooMAN have created an exclusive collection just in time for Pride, which launched globally this week.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'Love Without Limits' is all about empowering and celebrating the queer community by offering designs which appeal to people from all walks of life, no matter who they love.

A wide range of trend-led designs were inspired by the idea of unity and standing together. Loving one another ultimately makes a more accepting world, and slogan prints embody this messaging this year,

T-shirts with the words; 'Validity’, ‘Unity’, ‘Proud To Be’ and most importantly ‘Love Without Limits’ are all available for those inside and outside the queer community.

The range features over 100 pieces spanning hats, jewellery, shoes and other accessories, as well as colour-pop clothing and slogan t-shirts.

There are some gorgeous tie-dye outfits, festival tops, block colours and cropped clothing pieces for you to enjoy, with stripes being incorporated to reflect the inclusion of the colours within the new Pride flag.

There are pieces for those who want to make a bold statement, but also more subtle styles. We absolutely adore these unisex multi-coloured denim jackets:

You may have noticed that the male model in the incredible campaign is Shae Pulver, a rising star influencer who is part of the LGBTQ+ community.

CEO of boohooMAN, Samir Kamani, commented on the launch of their Pride collection:

“Both boohoo and boohooMAN are proud to come together again to create their third Pride collection. We believe as a brand that diversity and inclusion are to be celebrated and what better time to celebrate self-love than during Pride."

The products are available in sizes XS – XXL and ranges from €5 – €45 and 10 percent of all profits will be divided between OutRight Action International and the LGBT Foundation.

OutRight Action International fight to protect and advance the dignity and human rights of LGBTQ+ people around the world.

Founded in 1990, OutRight strengthen queer communities through trainings and grants, holds governments accountable and prove through data that discrimination has very real consequences. 

LGBT Foundation is a national charity which offers advice, support and important information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. Both charities are working to secure a safe, healthy and equal future for all LGBTQ+ people.

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Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt has hit back at Ellen Page after the actress called him out for attending an alleged "infamous anti-LGBTQ" church.

The Juno star criticised Pratt on February 8 after his appearance on The Stephen Colbert Show, questioning why he didn't address Hillsong's 'infamous' views.

She later elaborated on her frustration, writing on Twitter;

“If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organisation that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides. The damage it causes is severe. Full stop."

She continued her emotional statement;

“If LGBTQ+ people are expressing their pain, their trauma, their experiences… maybe just try and listen? Open your heart, stop being defensive and have compassion. It’s a beautiful and life changing feeling, empathy.”

The 31-year-old is married to Emma Portner since last January, and made an impassioned speech on The Stephen Colbert Show accusing Donald Trump and Mike Pence of continued dangerous discrimination against the LGBT+ community.

“I am fired up tonight, it feels impossible not to feel this way right now, with the president and Vice President Mike Pence, who wishes I couldn’t be married. Let’s just be clear. The Vice President of America wishes I didn’t have the love with my wife.”

Now Chris Pratt has responded to her claims about Hillsong, a celebrity-infused church in Los Angeles which has faced controversy over it's views.

Pastor Carl Lentz, who leads its New York branch, in 2015 said that he believes homosexuality is a sin and that a gay member of the church could never hold a leadership position. He claims that the church opens its doors, but doesn't encourage the 'gay lifestyle'.

Pratt took to Instagram writing: “It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is "infamously anti-LGBTQ." Nothing could be further from the truth."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He continued; “I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.” He elaborated on how the Hillsong community helped him through his divorce with actor Anna Faris.

“Despite what the Bible says about divorce my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk,” Pratt said.

“They helped me tremendously offering love and support. It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race or gender.”

We'll have to wait and see if Ellen Page answers his statement. 

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There are now more Irish people identifying as gay than ever before, a new study has shown. 

The survey, carried out by Dublin innovation studio Connector found that while 70% of participants identified as "completely heterosexual", 23% of people defined her sexual orientation as neither completely gay or straight, where 7% identified as gay. 

This is quite high in contrast to the UK and Australia where the number of people who identify as gay are estimated to be between 1.5% and 3.5%. 

While this is great news in terms of LGBTQ people being more accepted in Irish society, the survey also found that about a fifth of participants were largely unaware of "alternative" sexualities. Of those surveyed, 40% could not define terms such as asexual, pansexual and cisgender, while 25% had never even heard the terms mentioned before.

However, 22% of people reported that they are more accepting of people of non-traditional gender identity than they were a year ago with 12% of people knowing someone who uses non-binary pronouns. 

When asked how open Irish society is to trans people, 40% said that the general Irish public would be uncomfortable sharing a bathroom with a trans person. Conversely, only 16% admitted that they would react negatively to a trans person using their bathroom. 

18% for people don’t consider it important for public spaces to have gender-neutral access, and do not believe that they are becoming more accepting of non-traditional gender identities. Most interestingly, age is actually a postivive factor in acceptable of alternative gender identities; 28% of all 14-17-year-olds don't accept gender neutral pronouns, compared to 6% of all 45-54-year-olds and 12% of those who are 54 years or older.

According to Connector, this gap suggests that people become more accepting as they get older and experience different situations and perspectives.

The research showed that heterosexual people were more likely to be aware of alternative sexualities and more accepting of non-traditional gender identities if they have family or friends who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Commenting on the research, Ivan Adriel, Innovation & Strategy Director at Connector said: “Connector is a proud supporter of the LGBT community and we believe that creative innovators need to create work that reflects the society and push boundaries of the acceptance. Advertising is one of the strongest forces to challenge perceptions and we want this research to be an eye opener for marketers to become more inclusive”.

While we've come on a long way as a nation, we still have a lot further to go.

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It's not just us humans that are showing our support for LGBTQ Pride this month, oh no sir. These gorgeous dogs got in on the action and we can all agree that pooches decked out in rainbow attire are the cutest things ever. #PrideMonthPuppo

The Twitter trend was kick-started by WeRateDogs, and they've been showing snaps of the cutest four-legged creatures dressed up in all the colours of the rainbow. And we couldn't be happier. Supporting LGBTQ rights? Cute dogs in capes? Done.

The account, which was founded by Matt Nelson in 2015, was set up to rate other people's pooches. However, he asked his 6.8million followers to send in pictures of their Pride-supporting hounds for WeRateDogs to rate and repost.

Anything that brings positive attention and support for a cause like LGBTQ rights is a winner in our book. Plus it doesn't hurt that these doggos are absolutely gorgeous to look at. 

Twitter users quickly responded with images of their dogs rocking rainbow caps, wings, ties, bandanas and capes. One tweeted, ''Again? Seriously? We only rate dogs. Please don’t send in any downright magnificent butterflies,'' while another posted their dog Bacon draped in rainbow wings and tassels. 

Pride has been honoured throughout the month of June in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and this week, Dublin Pride has kicked off. 

If you want to join in the Pride festivities and have a furry friend on hand, festoon them in rainbow accessories with the hashtag #PrideMonthPuppo, and tweet it out. People have been really getting on board with the hashtag –  just look at this tutu!

Dublin Pride's main event – the Pride Parade –  takes place this Saturday, June 30th. In the meantime, join us by having a scroll through the hashtag – like c'mon, how adorable are they?! 

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Yas, queen. 

Dublin's annual Pride parade is on Saturday 30th of June and we cannot wait. Glitter: check. Flags: check. Unconditional love and support for our LGBTQ+ family and friends: double check. 

We're all about the festivities of Pride week, but do you reckon that you and your friends deserve a spot at the front and centre of the parade?  

Well, Dublin Bus has the Proudest Bus in Dublin! To honour Pride week Dublin Bus have unveiled not one, but two, Pride buses decked out in the Pride colours. 

Now they're offering you, their lovely customers, the chance for you and three friends to win spaces on the rainbow bus. All you have to do is go to the Dublin Bus Facebook or Twitter pages (@dublinbusnews) and tag three people you want to bring with you; it’s as simple as that!

They're so sound. 

"We all know our families and friends love us unconditionally, supporting us through thick and thin, whether it’s a quiet word, a wink or an arm around the shoulder," said a spokesperson for Dublin Bus. 

"This year Dublin Bus wants to celebrate these proud families and friends across Dublin and their LGBTQ siblings, parents, partners and pals by giving them a special experience at the top of the Dublin Pride Parade."

The parade this year will be led by  Grand Marshal Sara Phillips, Chair of Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI), Taoiseach Leo Varadkar along with Lord Mayor Mícheál MacDonncha and is expected to draw crowds of up to 30,000 people. 

This isn't the first time Dublin Bus has shown it's support to the LGBTQ+ community. It made headlines last year by launching comprehensive Workplace Gender Transition Policy and Guidelines. The policy shows employees and management of Dublin Bus how to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for employees transitioning.

Comprised in consolation with TENI, Phillips praised the move,calling it “one of the most progressive policies on transgender inclusion in the workplace.”

Dublin Bus has also been named one of the most progressive for inclusivity and supporting diversity among its workforce and was previously named a GLEN (Gay & Lesbian Equality Network) Diversity Champion.

So what are you waiting for? Get your Pride on with thanks to Dublin Bus! 

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Love Island fans could soon be treated to two instalments of the series per year after the show's bosses confirmed they are looking into the possibility of creator an LGBTQ+ version. 

The news comes after the reality show scooped the award for Best Reality and Constructed Factual at last night's BAFTA ceremony. 

Speaking at a press conference after the win, producers Richard Cowels and Sarah Tyekiff said they were open to the idea of creating a separate LGBTQ+ series.  

 "We've had bisexual people in the show – for a dating show, you need everyone to fancy everyone, so if you have gay and heterosexual in the same place, they're not going to fancy each other," Cowels said. 

"We'd have to dedicated show… Absolutely we'd consider two series a year."

When asked if fans can expects any twists in upcoming series, he replied: "We've always got things up our sleeves, but the show is written as it goes along.

"So everyone is reacting to what's happening on and then the format is being written as it happens… Whatever we have planned, (they) get ripped up pretty much every hour as the cast goes in.

"Everything we predicted hasn't happened and whatever is happening is more exciting than we predicted. We just go for it."

Love Island is set to return next month for a total of eight weeks, making it the longest series to date. 

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