In this eight-part series, we meet 8 older members of the LGBT community to reflect on the journey to finding your identity and the courage it takes to be yourself.
COMING SOON: Ed Roche - Our Unique Tales
After keeping his sexuality a secret for over 31 years Ed Roche is now at a point where he’s ready to share his experiences. In this preview of the new 5 part series to celebrate Pride Month, we hear the real life stories of some incredible LGBTQIA+ people who grew up in Ireland. We learn what life was like for them growing up and what life is like for these people now.
8. Damian McGrath
Damian is a 66 year-old retired teacher living between Dublin and his home town of Tuam in Galway, he was a a founder member of the Irish National Teachers Organisation’s LGBT group, which started in 1979. After college he lived in Australia and London, returning to Ireland in 1992 – a year before homosexuality was decriminalised – having to conceal his identity in his workplace due to Section 37.1 of the Employment Equality Act (allowing workplaces to discriminate in terms of employment “…in order to maintain the religious ethos of the institution”) took an enormous emotional toll and resulted in him having a breakdown, since this time he has gone on to advocate for greater protection or LGBT Teachers.
7. Anne O'Reilly
Anne is a retired academic living in North Dublin, she is a teacher, poet and theologian. She married when he was 19 and had two children. In the late 90s she met a woman and decided she need to follow her heart – she left her husband and started a new journey accepting her identity. She was close friends with Anne Louise Gilligan who helped her understand the courage it took to be herself and end her marriage.
6. Brian Lacey
Brian is a 71 years of age and is an archaeologist, historian and author. He grew up in Donnybrook, Dublin 4. After living in Brussels and Paris for a period he settled in Derry for 24 years, he now lives in Donegal, surrounded by musicians, painters, poets and very creative people – many of whom are also gay. Brian was active in opposition to the Save Ulster from Sodomy political campaign in the late 70s. He has written a book called 'Terrible Queer Creatures: Homosexuality in Irish History' which is a history of homosexuality in Ireland, from ancient Ireland through to 2015.
5. Louise Hannon
Louise Hannon is a 60 year-old transgender woman from Northern Ireland, living in Dublin. Louise was the first transgender person to use the Employment Equality Act to win a case against an employer on the grounds of gender discrimination. From an early age, Louise realised that she wasn’t comfortable in the male role, at the age of 16 seeing derogatory media coverage of April Ashley terrified her and she married and had children, in the early 00s after her marriage broke down she relocated to Dublin where she began the process of transitioning.
4. Sean Vail
Sean is a 62 year-old retired physio & farmer, he has been livening West Cork in Skibbereen since 1991. Born in Michigan, near the Canadian border to an Italian mother, and a Scottish father in to a military family. When he was 19 he joined the Navy and was one of the first service members to be honourably discharged when he revealed his identity to his superior following the death of his partner. He moved to Ireland in 1991 where he worked with one of his sisters on a family farm in Ballylickey.
A Podcast for the Ages
This is a stunning podcast, so many interesting characters and stories that we would never otherwise of known about. Really shows how privileged we are to live in a modern society and how we need to admire, respect and thank the older members of the LGBTQ+ community 🌈