Limerick LGTBQ Pride Crowns Mr & Ms Gay Limerick 2017; Pictured are Darren Moloney and Keava Leenon
Limerick LGTBQ Pride crowned Darren Moloney and Keava Leenon as the new Mr & Ms Gay Limerick 2017 in the Clayton Hotel, Limerick City on June 10. The position of Mr & Ms Gay Limerick is one which gives a member of the LGBTQ community a platform and an opportunity to be an ambassador for the LGBTQ community in Limerick.
The host for the Mr & Ms Gay Limerick 2017 contest was the incredible Paul Ryder, a well-known Irish drag performer, who has hosted Mr & Ms Gay Limerick for the past five years in Limerick. With the contest growing each year, it was moved to the beautiful function room in the Clayton Hotel which overlooks the river Shannon.
Darren Moloney, Mr Gay Limerick 2017 who is 26, trained in the Naval service, and is now working in social care recruitment, having previously worked with the long-term unemployed. Darren is fundraising for Bumbelance.
Keava Leenon, Ms Gay Limerick 2017 is also 26, a florist, and the head referee of Limerick Roller Derby. She is fundraising for Pieta House.
Both Darren and Keava will lead this year’s Limerick LGBTQ Pride Parade which takes place on Saturday, July 15.
Talking about how she feels upon winning the competition, Keava said: “It’s just really exciting, and it’s great to be able to do something for the visibility of the community. We’ll do as much as we can with Pride, and afterwards see how far we can go and how much we can do.”
Darren Moloney also spoke about what events he’s most looking forward to this year for Pride. “Saara Aalto is going to be amazing. I love the way every day is so different. That’s something I want to do as Mr Gay Limerick, to incorporate every single segment of society and represent everyone. It’s not just about LGBT, it’s about building an army of allies by bringing everyone together and including everyone in Pride. That way we can all support each other.”
Last year’s winners, Dr Christian Moretti & Michelle Brown, organised fundraisers and campaigned for LGBTQ issues on behalf of the Limerick LGBTQ community throughout the past year.
Talking about his experience, Christian Moretti said “It was an honour to represent Limerick, to raise so many funds for important causes and especially to show everyone that you can be proud of who you are. I matured so much in this year and I am grateful to the whole Limerick community for its support!”
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