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Celebrating LGBTQ+ Icons in Our Museum for Dublin Pride

With Dublin Pride taking place today, we wanted to honour the LGBTQ+ figures in our museum with a post commemorating their bravery and impact on us as a society. Our collection includes a diverse array of figures ranging from historical heroes, writers, sports stars, musicians, performers, mythical creatures, and more. 

We are constantly expanding our collection to be more inclusive and represent people from different communities. Today, we commemorate some of our LGBTQ+ wax figures such as Mister Pussy, Oscar Wilde, David Bowie, and Boy George.

 

Mr Pussy: Pioneering Irish Drag

Alan Amsby, known as Mister Pussy, was the first drag queen to come to Ireland in 1969, and he never left. Alan, a beloved performer, paved the way for Irish drag artists with his passion for performing and spreading joy. His journey began when he came from England to Ireland for a week of performances. On his first day, his breathtaking and fabulous performance endeared him to all who watched, prompting him to make Ireland his home. He continued to perform, breaking cultural norms and staying true to himself. Mister Pussy created a community full of acceptance and love for the LGBTQ+ community while doing what he loved, which epitomises the spirit of Pride Month. In 2016, he authored the book “Before I Forget to Remember,” detailing his extraordinary life and career.

Oscar Wilde: Literary Genius and LGBTQ+ Icon

Oscar Wilde, the Irish poet, novelist, and playwright, is renowned for his literary classics such as The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). Despite being shunned by family and society and even sentenced to prison and hard labor for being gay, Wilde’s quick wit and unconventional style left an indelible mark on literature and society. His struggles and triumphs helped create a discourse on LGBTQ+ rights, leading to greater equality and making him a role model for many. Today, Wilde is celebrated as a figure we can all look up to, respect, and love in a world where he could be his true self.

David Bowie: Iconic Performer and LGBTQ+ Advocate

David Bowie is known for his iconic red and blue lightning bolt painted across his face and his chart-topping songs like “Heroes” and “Space Oddity.” A prolific performer who loved art, acting, writing, and producing music, Bowie made a significant impact on music, fashion, and pop culture. In 1972, he came out as gay in the British music magazine Melody Maker, a bold move that helped many people become exposed to LGBTQ+ individuals during a time without the internet. He later came out as bisexual, creating a safe space for others who might have been struggling or confused about their own identities. Bowie’s openness and advocacy have left a lasting legacy in the LGBTQ+ community.

Boy George: Breaking Boundaries in Music and Identity

Boy George grew up as the middle child in a large working-class Irish family in the 1960s. From a young age, he knew who he was and refused to conform to societal standards. Despite initial resistance from the music industry due to his sexuality and presentation, he persevered and became the lead singer of Culture Club, winning a Grammy and becoming an iconic LGBTQ+ figure. His determination to stay true to himself in a less than accepting world has contributed to today’s progress towards making the world safe and kind to all people, regardless of who they love.

Conclusion

Our museum celebrates these remarkable LGBTQ+ figures not just today, but every day. Their courage, creativity, and perseverance have shaped our society for the better. As we continue to expand our collection, we remain committed to inclusivity and representation for all communities. Happy Dublin Pride!

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