It’s Sunday afternoon, and I’m in the living room of my apartment, occasionally throwing my eyes up to glimpse at some classic episode of Friends. Meanwhile, my boyfriend naps after his post-Pride breakfast, snoring softly on the sofa. It might sound like a disappointingly mundane way to start off a column piece about Dublin Pride, but that’s intentional – because equality also means normality.
This year’s brilliant, colourful, musical, and captivating Dublin Pride parade & festival was the biggest and best way possible for the LGBTQ community to say ‘thank you’ to the Irish people for voting in favour of marriage equality this year. It was also a way to extend the party (and maybe wedding) invitations to the wider Irish community and have them celebrate with us all. The amount of people who attended – and also took part in – this year’s festival proves that the invitations were well-received, as it was undoubtedly the most popular Pride festival in Ireland yet.
Everyone and everything gets back to normal after a big party, though, and this year’s journey back to normality is a special one. Equality, whether with gay couples, or straight couples, now faces a reality that has been hinted at through jokes – that gay & lesbian couples deserve to be as miserable as straight couples when it comes to marriage. I hope “miserable” is a little too dramatic, but that normality is something I look forward to experiencing one day. The lazy Sundays with the lie-ins, the food shopping, the nights in with a pizza and some TV, the summer holidays, the walks along the river or in the park – the little moments that aren’t remarkable at all, but are enough to put that smile on your face at the end of the day. The ordinary becomes extraordinary, especially when you’re in love.
So, thank you for the good times, Dublin Pride. I think I need to nap after all that partying…!