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Our Queer Irish History

Our editor is one of 167 people who have contributed their stories to the Irish LGBT History Project since its originator Edmund Lynch began conducting video interviews across Ireland four years ago. His ambition is to form the basis for a series and films that will work towards making Irish LGBT history and lives visible. It’s also intended that the rich material gathered will eventually be used for research, promotion of civil and human rights in Ireland and beyond.

A Different Country was the first of ten projected films based on the life stories gathered by the project, and last year it won the Best Documentary feature award at at the GAZE Film Festival.

This month, to celebrate Pride, RTÉ One will be screening an hour-long edit of A Different Country. Among those featured in the programme are Declan Buckley (above) aka Shirley Temple Bar, former GCN News Editor, Suzy Byrne, filmmaker and activst Karl Hayden, trans activist, Victoria Mullen, GCN co-founder, Tonie Walsh, and former President Mary Robinson.

A Diffferent Country, Wednesday June 21, 9.45pm, and later available on the RTÉ Player

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