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Irish village hosts ‘world’s smallest gay Pride’

Jessica Geen August 10, 2009
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A Irish village has hosted what is thought to be the world’s smallest Pride festival.

Easkey, a coastal hamlet in County Sligo, has a population of just 250.

Organisers hoped around 80 people would join the festival and handed out ‘gay for a day’ badges.

Denise Clarke, an openly gay interior designer who has lived in the village for ten years, said there was a trend of gay people moving back to their rural roots.

She told the Guardian that things had changed since she first arrived.

“People were afraid of the new lesbian in town” she said.

“One woman even rang around the local farmers to warn them that their wives could be in danger. It was just a lot of fear and some ignorance, but an event like this today helps dispel those myths and brings the townfolk together.”

The Pride celebrations in Easkey are part of a wider festival called North West Pride, which incorporates a number of western counties.

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