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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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We've all been complimented on an outfit before, and replied with a swift; "Thanks gal, it's from Penneys" to scores of disbelieving crowds.

Today, the queen of affordable fashion is celebrating 50 years of business since opening on Mary Street in Dublin in 1969. The golden jubilee of the iconic brand is gifting shoppers with a new collection.

The first store grew and gained loving fans, becoming famous with Irish and international fashion fans alike. The company now has 372 stores in 12 countries, over 75,000 employees and 15 million square feet of retail space.

The store brings 'Amazing Fashion at Amazing Prices' to the masses, and we owe it dearly for many killer outfits and Harry Potter merch.

The brand operates as Primark outside of Ireland, and has become a huge success story over the last 50 years. It plans to expand into Eastern Europe in the future, having just opened a store in Slovenia last month.

The largest store yet was opened in Birmingham this year, with five floors and 160,000 sq. feet of retail space. Primark's biggest beauty studio to date is featured, as well as a barbers and three restaurants.

With womenswear, kidswear, menswear and homeware in it's arsenal, Penneys continues to evolve it's homewear range and has achieved Leaping Bunny certification from Cruelty-Free International for all its own brand, Primark PS... products last year.

Ranges from jeans to pyjamas made using sustainably sourced cotton, grown by farmers trained through Primark’s Sustainable Cotton Programme, are now a regular store staple.

We were LOVING their eco-friendly biodegradable glitter, which launched last month just in time for festivals.

The brand are aware that there's more to be done, and wants to ensure their products are made with care and respect for the environment and workers making the clothing.

Mary Street remains a valuable landmark, with the company's international headquarters located above the shop. The HQ is named after Primark's founder and chairman, Arthur Ryan.

Expressing his pride over the 50-year milestone, Primark CEO, Paul Marchant said: 

“The doors to the very first Penneys opened on Mary Street 50 years ago today, and I am so proud of everything we have achieved together in that time – starting from humble beginnings with just one store to now serving over one million customers a day."

The Lion King collection, released today, has already sent fans into a frenzy. Prices start from just €3.50, so you can imagine the rush to buy the entire range.

The amazing line include a white jumper with all your favourite characters from the hit movie, denim shorts, trainers and a yellow bag. Penneys have even created a beauty aspect to the line.

A three pack of lipsticks, a €6 highlighter palette and a mini eye shadow palette are all part and parcel of the range, and we've reached peak excitement.

Penneys bedding from €17

There's even a gorgeous duvet set that is sure to be snapped up quick. We have our eyes on a terracotta hoodie with a mini Simba's face on it for €14…

The shop dropped a 'Feeling Proud' collection to mark pride weekend in support of LGBTQ rights a few weeks ago too, not to mention a Toy Story 4 range.

We're been treated well by the budget fashion house, that's for sure. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Paul Merchant also made sure to give his thanks to Penneys' exceptionally loyal customers;

"I would like to thank our customers for their loyalty over the past five decades. We look forward to providing them with an exceptional shopping experience into the future."

The visionary company is celebrating in style in its Mary Street store, encouraging customers to drop by today to join in the fun and fashion from 12pm onwards with a live DJ, giveaways and treat stations throughout the day. 

May as well pop in, you may just get a well-deserved gift out of it. Not to mention it's time to scout out that incredible Lion King collection before it sells out…

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Dublin Pride is FINALLY here and the glitter-filled excitement has been building up to this epic weekend of incredible parties and rainbow parades.

Despite a bit of frustration as to why the Gardaí and PSNI are marching in the parade this year and conflict over 'pink-washing' and rainbow capitalism; it remains a time of equality, inclusion and empowered love.

The events this year have an even higher demand than ever before, and with good weather upon is, town will be absolutely buzzing for the next two days.

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With the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rising this year, the meaning behind this vital month in the rainbow calendar is peak emotional.

So the question is; Where should you get your freak on? Here's a compact list for all our LGBTQ+ folk.   

First of all, you HAVE to attend the Outhouse Cafe on Capel Street for your beginners breakfast before the parade. It's from 9am to 1pm, and has free entry.

1. Mother Pride Block Party: Saturday June 29, 4pm – 11pm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This is set to be one of the biggest Pride events happening in Dublin this weekend, and the annual Mother Pride party is back with a huge bang.

Since the tragic closure of staple nightclub District 8, the Mother Pride Block Party have decided to host at Collins Barracks this year at the National Museum of Ireland.

The stellar lineup features Lean On singer MØ, Pillow Queens, Daithí, Panti Bliss, Paul Ryder and many more, so infectious energy and bangin' tunes are both guaranteed.

An after-party in The Grand Social will also take place, but get ready to grab your tickets ASAP as the demand is high.

2. Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride Parade, Saturday June 29, 1pm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The main event of the season, the star of the show, the burst of colour. 

The parade is let by the grand marshall and tireless LGBTQ+ advocate Will St. Leger, and will kick off in the city centre at 1pm.

It begins at the Garden of Remembrance and moves down O'Connell Street, then makes it's way along Eden Quay past Liberty Hall, across the Liffey at Talbot Memorial Bridge, down Lombard Street and Westland Row and finally ends at Merrion Square.

The Pride Village at Merrion Square takes place from 12pm onwards with food vendors, community areas, face painters, a Pride shop, children's play areas and much more.

3. Rainbow Revolution Trail: Running from June 28 for the year free of charge

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The National Museum of Ireland is unveiling some of the most memorable artefacts in LGBTQ+ history in Ireland from today, with items going on display in honour of Pride celebrations.

The incredible items include 'Panti’s dress' – worn by Panti Bliss when delivering her famous ‘Noble Call’ speech in the Abbey Theatre in 2014, and the wedding dresses of Minister Katherine Zappone and her wife Ann Louise Gilligan.

The Rainbow Flag used by activist Conor Kelly to counter protest against extreme pro-life groups demonstrating outside Irish hospitals during the Repeal the 8th Campaign last year will also be shown.

The Rainbow Revolution Trail launched through the Collins Barracks site to emphasise noteworthy members of the LGBTQ+ community from early history to the present day.

Beautiful and historical video footage, photos and tales from public and private archival collections will be involved.

4. Pride Day at The George and Closing Party at The George, 12pm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dublin's oldest LGBTQ+ bar and nightclub will host their very own Pride day and it's set to be amazing. Gok Wan will be there on Friday night DJ-ing, so there'll be some top tunes bouncing off the walls.

The George is a momentous aspect of Irish culture, and they always know how to throw a party. They'll be hosting Pride Day from 12pm with some unforgettable drag shows kicking off.

To top off the weekend of Pride celebrations, Dublin drag queen Shirley Temple Bar is hosting bingo night at The George (their usual Sunday vibe).

Shirley’s bingo night is Ireland's longest running weekly drag show, and they've got a snowball prize to be won on the night so it's set to be unmissable.

5. Street 66 Discotheque, Friday at 10pm/Street 66 Pride & Love, Saturday June 29, 12pm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Parliament Street favourite Street 66 (formerly The Front Lounge) are hosting some very special Pride celebrations on Friday from 10pm and Saturday from 12pm; 'Discotheque' and 'Pride & Love'.

Special guests for Friday's 'Discotheque' night include Pixie Woo and 1980s and 1990s disco hits mixed with all time pop classics are on the music menu.

The most well-known and loved Pride anthems will be booming from the DJ booth at 'Pride & Love' on Saturday night, and the bar has just launched it's own limited edition Stonewall Beer to mark 50 years since the Stonewall Riots.

They want to remind everyone exactly why Pride came about, while offering a grand oul' time too, of course. 

6. Mockie Ah: Dublin Pride Vogue Ball, Workmans, Friday June 28

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The biggest drag family in Ireland are bringing their Vogue Ball to Dublin tonight, hosted by Candy Warhol.

Sponsored by Dublin Vintage Factory, Workman's will host Mockie Ah and a massive lineup of special guest DJs, judges and performers.

Categories include: Butch Queen (First Time In Drag), Club Kids, Executive Realness, Opulence / Evening Wear, Body Positivity, Voguing, a secret round and the final round.

If you want to enter the competition, email puremockieah@gmail.com. Tickets are €10 and doors open at 11.30pm.

7. Panti Bar and Penny Lane Street Party, Saturday June 29

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Panti Bliss has only just recently opened the sister bar to Panti Bar, Penny Lane, and it's gorgeous.

On Saturday, the two bars will host a street party of the ages from 2pm in Dublin city centre.

8. Grace #4- Queer Rave, Saturday June 29, 11pm, The Sound House

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This is genuinely techno heaven for the gays. The new rave parties hosted by Grace have a no phone policy, and it's strictly for dancing to your heart's content only and living in the moment.

Their fourth rave takes place at the Sound House on 28 Eden Quay this Saturday, starting at 11pm.

Enjoy the greatest gay weekend of the whole year, and we hope you feel more loved and empowered than ever before.

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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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Pride is the greatest month of the entire year; it's full of rainbow colours, glitter and love in all it's wonderful forms. What could improve such a glorious time? Free ice cream, that's what.

Thanks to Deliveroo, a kiss cam is being launched in Dublin in celebration of World Pride Month. 'Scoop for Pride' allows anyone who locks lips to get a free scoop of delicious gelato.

Kissing and ice cream? This is a miracle. The Deliveroo app is now being updated to Deloveroo on their home screen, and showing love is being hugely encouraged by the food delivery service.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The month celebrates activists who fought hard for LGBTQ+ equality over the years, taking a stand against violence and prejudice in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in NYC.

Following a police raid at the bar, it's been 50 years of rebounding discrimination, but June reminds us to keep pushing for equality and love for everyone.

100 percent of donations from Deliveroo's Kiss Cam with Scoop for Pride will be given to BeLong To youth services. Dublin Pride takes place on June 29, and we are SO excited.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The kiss cam will open in Merrion Square from 12pm until 4pm, and thousands of free gelato will be given away to those daring enough to lock lips.

Deliveroo will send the adorable images via email to each participant, so a memory of that special kiss will live on forever.

You can receive a starring role in Dublin pride if you can make it on to Deliveroo's giant kiss cam screen.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Head of Marketing at Deliveroo Ireland, Filipa Allen, spoke about the company's involvement in the Dublin community; 

“Pride is a time when we can come together to celebrate love and help champion LGBT+ inclusion and we’re thrilled to be taking part in the city’s celebrations”.

The limited edition Deloveroo rider kit will also be available for free to those who wish to show their support for Pride this June.

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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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News that Ariana Grande is headlining Manchester Pride has caused quite a stir already, with many arguing that the ticket prices have become extortionate as a result of the big name booking.

However, Grande is once again under the spotlight as reports are claiming that she's getting paid €116,000 MORE than Kylie Minogue to perform.

Sources close to the pop star are claiming that the Thank U, Next singer is getting a HUGE €291,000 for her Pride show, which hasn't impressed ticket buyers.

This tweet caught the attention of Grande the other day, who responded to the criticism with an eloquent note defending her performance;

"Hi my love, I have nothing to do with ticket pricing- Manchester Pride sets those rates, and they’re mostly out of my control," she tweeted. "The LGBTQ community has been so special to me and supportive throughout my entire career."

"The relationships I have with my LGBTQ fans, friends, and family make me so, so happy,’ she continued. "I want to celebrate and support this community, regardless of my identity or how people label me. And also I wanna visit a city that means so much to me."

"LGBTQ representation is incredibly important, and I’m always proud to share the stage with LGBTQ artists! Over the years, pride events have been headlined by performers and artists of all sexual orientations and genders, including straight allies like Cher and Kylie Minogue," she said.

"I’m not claiming to be the hero of the community or the face of the LGBTQ rights movement – I just wanna put on a show that makes my LGBTQ fans feel special and celebrated and supported. That’s all I wanna do," she concluded.

People aren't impressed that Ariana Grande is getting over €116,000 more than Kylie to perform, with a source at The Sun writing;

"Obviously they’re both massive stars but Ariana is like gold dust at the moment, so the organisers offered her top whack to take part."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 25-year-old has paid attention to the criticism, but claims that ticket pricing was out of her hands. Kylie Minogue herself has yet to comment on the whole debacle, but the pay difference is most likely due to Ariana's demand.

As a recent Grammy winner, as well as releasing two albums over the last six months which have both reached number one, she's one of the world's most popular pop stars.

7 Rings, Thank U, Next and Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored show no sign of leaving the charts anytime soon, and we definitely can't get them out of our heads. They're bangers.

What do you think of the debate on Manchester Pride? Is it acceptable for allies to get paid that much?

Olly Alexander from Years & Years recently pointed out that Pride will support more LGBT+ artists when people LISTEN to those artists' music, to hike up demand for them at festivals and concerts.

It's a two-way street; support can't just be shown one day of the year at Pride for LGBT+ musicians; it has to be 365 days a year for it to make an impact.

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Social media may come with its ups and downs, but we can't help smiling when we think of how it's connected us to others.

Twitter, in particular, has been a way for people to forge relationships across the globe.

We may be looking for people similar to us who we can identify with, or those who are much different so we can learn from them.

Now, Twitter is celebrating the beauty of Pride and the love shown for people of every gender, orientation and identity.

Hashtags like #LoveIsLove, #BornThisWay, and #MarriageEquality are used worldwide as rallying cries for equality.

Twitter is hoping to continue championing equality, and this year are using a new rainbow heart emoji to celebrate #Pride.

The hashtags that trigger the special emoji are #Pride, #Pride2018, #LoveIsLove, #PrideParade, and #LoveWins (in Spanish, French, Chinese, and Russian, too).

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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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