LGBT History Matters


Thursday 14 May, 7pm, Foyle LGBT Centre, 20 Strand Road, Derry

Inishowen-based writer Hilary McCollum will speak about the importance of uncovering the hidden histories of same-sex relationships in Ireland and beyond at the unveiling of a permanent exhibition about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) history. The event will take place on Thursday 14 May 2015 at 7pm in the Foyle LGBT Centre as part of the Rainbow Project’s LGBT Awareness Week: Challenging Prejudice – Promoting Inclusion.

At a time when marriage equality is being discussed both north and south of the border, Hilary McCollum will talk about the need for LGBT lives and voices, both past and present, to be more visible.

“The church and right wing politicians have long played a role in suppressing stories of same sex love. This is still largely the case but support for such prejudice is dwindling.

“Lesbian and gay people have always been here, we have always been part of families and communities. We deserve to have our stories recognised and told, the same as everybody else. Without seeing our lesbian and gay ancestors in history, how can any of us truly see ourselves?”

Hilary McCollum’s award-winning play, LIFE AND LOVE: LESBIAN STYLE, weaved together stories of the lives of contemporary lesbian and bisexual women. The play was sold out in Belfast, Derry and Dublin last year, showing a real thirst for stories of lesbian lives. Hilary’s first novel turns the spotlight on lesbian lives in the past. Set in the 1840s, it tells the story of young Frances Moriarty, who falls in love with a woman for the first time until the Irish famine devastates her community.

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