GALAS celebrated LGBTQ+ heroes
People, organisations and groups from across the country came together for an awards ceremony recognising those who make our beloved community great.
First same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland
Following long-awaited landmark legislation, Robyn Peoples and Sharni Edwards celebrated their wedding on February 11.
HIV Ireland launched a peer-led and community-based response to the sexual health and wellbeing needs of gay and bisexual men with an event in IMMA.
March and throughout
Community stayed strong
With the pandemic grinding much of the country to a halt, LGBTQ+ people, organisations and support groups across Ireland did what they could to help the community in the face of adversity. Here’s to you all.
Black Lives Matter
People across the country came out in support of Black Lives Matter, with hundreds gathering outside the US Embassy in Dublin at an event organised by Black Pride Ireland, MASI and MERJ.
With Prides across the country refusing to let the pandemic keep them down, Dublin Pride went digital, with a host of events happening online, including a virtual Parade.
Pride organisations from Kerry, Killarney, Galway, Limerick, Mayo and Black Pride Ireland collaborated on an epic online celebration - Pride Inside.
Irish same-sex parents recognised
Following the commencement of parts of the CFRA, some Irish same-sex couples, through retrospective declarations, are legally recognised as the parents of their children.
Project Arts Centre in Dublin was home to a beautiful exhibition as part of the Queer-in-Progress: Timeline - a research initiative expanding the narrative of Irish queer history.
Community supported Izzy Kamikaze
Following an attack on stalwart LGBTQ+ activist, Izzy Kamikaze, by far-right anti-mask protestors, the Irish queer community in their droves signed an open letter in a show of solidarity with Izzy.
Festival of Dangerous Ideas
The Gay Project in Cork announced a 12-week programme of unmissable online conversations about topics across the spectrum of LGBTQ+ life.
First LGBTQ+ GAA club
In a historic moment, Na Gaeil Aereacha (The Gay Gaels) was welcomed by the GAA, becoming the first LGBTQ+ club.
Intersex Day of Solidarity
Over 60 buildings in 19 counties across the island of Ireland were lit up in purple in solidarity with Ireland’s intersex community.
On November 20, Trans Day of Remembrance, multiple organisations and members of the Irish LGBTQ+ community signed a powerful open letter denouncing transphobia and strengthening community solidarity.
Queer Culture Ireland
A group for people interested in, working in or studying Irish Queer culture, history, art and heritage was launched.
Stand Up Awareness Week
BeLonG To called on second-level schools, youth services and Youthreach Centres across Ireland to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ identities and stop bullying.
Community called for reopening of GMHS
Following the Gay Men’s Health Service closure, with staff deployed to COVID-19 testing centres, a petition called on the HSE to reopen the essential service.
Life In Lockdown
LGBT Ireland, together with the NXF and GCN, released the results of their LGBTQ+ Life in Lockdown survey, detailing how the community has been affected by the pandemic.
Irish Names Quilt exhibition
On World AIDS Day, December 1, President Michael D Higgins addressed the nation, and an exhibition of the Irish Names Quilt by Queer Culture Ireland was unveiled at Filmbase in Dublin.
Taoiseach on delayed Trans Healthcare
Micheál Martin in the Dáil called for the publication of the long-delayed and misplaced Trans Healthcare report and the implementation of its recommendations.