#51 | From the Gutter Bookshop: GAZE LGBT film festival

This week on Sparking Change, Dil joins us from the Gutter Bookshop as she first interviews Sarah Williams, the chairperson of GAZE LGBT film festival (more info here).

The Gaze LGBT film festival has striven over the last 25 years to provide a platform for screening the best of LGBT cinema. The Festival is a place for the LGBT community and allies to come together to have fun, be moved, be challenged and become energised. The legacy of GAZE is a vibrant record of a changed Ireland.

Dil then interviews Beth Hayden, Ryan McConnell and Pamela Connolly, all of Glitter HOLE. These three drag artists performed GAZE film festival’s inaugural Drag Queen Story Time.

Drag Queen Story Time is self-explanatory: drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and book shops. Drag Queen Story Time captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.

We then hear a recording of the fantastic performances by Glitter HOLE for the kids—such great fun for both kids and adults!

Be sure to see more of Glitter HOLE’s performances at the upcoming Dublin Fringe Festival this September, where they perform their new show, ‘Fianna Fellatio Party Launch’!