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PRIDE and PROTEST – BRÓD agus AGÓID – 50 years of LGBT Liberation in Ireland

June 30 @ 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Pride flag flying at the top of Kilkenny Castle.

As Ireland marks a half century of LGBT activism, Kilkenny Castle is delighted to host a talk by Tonie Walsh, founder of the Irish Queer Archives. The talk will trace the evolution of queer activism on the island of Ireland; from the formation of Belfast’s Gay Liberation Society (1972) and the hugely influential Sexual Liberation Movement (1973) at Dublin’s TCD to the establishment of community resources and mainstream advocacy groups across all our cities and large towns.
This is a potted history of the LGBT civil rights movement as it fights state-sponsored homophobia, cycles of violence, media and government censorship and conservative Christian values to advance visibility and Senator David Norris’ Constitutional Action; following decriminalisation, the advent of equality legislation throughout the 1990s, culminating in the Equal Status Act in 2000 and, fifteen years later, Marriage Equality and the Gender Recognition Act.
Irish LGBT liberation didn’t happen in a vacuum; important political and socio-cultural currents like the Northern Irish civil rights movement and the second wave of feminism, even membership of the EU, all impacted on the movement for change.

This event is free, seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Doors open 30 minutes before start of event.
For information contact Kilkenny Castle team on 046 942 3020 / kilkennycastleinfo@opw.ie


June 30
3.00pm - 4.00pm


Parade Tower
OPW Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny, Kilkenny R95YRK1 Ireland
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