Date/Time: 6 May(14:30)
Venue: TEACHERS CLUB (UPSTAIRS) Category: Academic Seminar
‘Visibility Changing Lives’ – Free Event
A Special Seminar Marking 25 years since Decriminalisation in Ireland
In 1993, Ireland became the last country in Western Europe to decriminalise the expression of being gay.
The pioneer campaigners who risked visibility in a hostile Ireland, built on the International Human Rights victory of Senator David Norris and his legal counsel Mary Robinson in 1988, who later as President of Ireland, invited the LGBT community to visit Aras an Uachtarain. Not everyone could afford to be photographed at that great event. Discrimination was rife in society and the workplace. There was an absence of State supports for HIV/Aids.
In 2004, on the tenth anniversary of decriminalisation, the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival was founded.
The goal of IDGTF was to remove the LGBT mask and the negative stereotype from theatre by presenting Irish and international LGBT stories on mainstream stages in Dublin city. These were stories that could not be told in the past and stories that needed to be told today if further progress was to be achieved.
Join Irish Queer Archivist Tonie Walsh, Marriage Equality Campaigner Grainne Healy and Festival Founder Brian Merriman as they address visibility as a catalyst to educate society and change laws.
Chaired by Seamus Dooley (NUJ) and including panellists Kieran Rose and Dr Kerric Harvey, the Festival presents our annual free seminar marking this milestone anniversary, resulting in Ireland being a more equality society and world leader for LGBT rights today.
Duration: 90 mins
Admission is free but register your interest online below to guarantee a seat.