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General News / June 18, 2019

Dublin Digital Radio to launch programme as alternative to increasingly “corporatised and sanitised” Pride

General News / June 18, 2019

Dublin Digital Radio to launch programme as alternative to increasingly “corporatised and sanitised” Pride

Queering the Airwaves is “designed and programmed to provide an alternative space for LGBTQ stories and celebrations during an increasingly corporatised and sanitised public event”.


ddr. will cover topics such as same-sex parenting, clubbing as an LGBT sanctuary, ‘Imagining Queer Futures’ and more during their first ever Pride programme, running June 20-30.

“Queering the Airwaves will touch on the myriad experiences and concerns of the modern LGBTQ community, delving into their past and reimagining their future with a broad range of contributors.”

The programme will run daily each afternoon. Here’s a selection of the shows set to air.

Adam & Steve’s ‘Hidden Sexuality’ – a musical journey through the escapism provided by clubbing during the HIV/AIDS epidemic, where subtle messages gave respite to a community under siege

Nocturnal Emissions – a sound piece that partners with a recent multi-site exhibition of Hervé Guibert’s photography in popular Dublin cruising spots

I Have Two Moms – a meditation on same-sex parenting from the child of a same sex couple

Searching without being able to find you – resident DJ Bambi reimagines queer futures with a journey through euphoria, heard from a distant room.

Capricorn – a special show piecing together the life and music of queer icon Pete Burns and his complex life.

There’ll also be discussions with Shoutout Radio on their workshops with LGBTQ teens and Grace Collective, plus discussions on AIDS Activism past and present with Elena Vaughan (NUIG), Paraic Kerrigan (NUIM) and Andrew Leavitt (ACTUP).

Speaking on why he felt it was important to pull together this programme, Jarlath Curran, co-ordinator for ddr.’s Pride programme says he never felt attached to Irish Pride content and celebrations Ireland has had to offer in the past, saying “it always seemed so sanitised and watered down”.

“This year I wanted to create that platform and bring content together to give another side of pride, a side I felt has been seriously under-represented across Ireland. In doing this, I hope that ddr. can help foster a new and different way of celebrating pride and ensure that more and more people feel included in this sometimes exclusive celebration.”

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