10 Aug 2022

LGBT+ history to be celebrated at OUTing the Past event in Museum of Free Derry

The award-winning Museum of Free Derry will host the Derry Hub of OUTing the Past, the International Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History this coming weekend. Four speakers will each highlight an aspect of LGBT+ history in what’s sure to be a very memorable afternoon event taking place on Saturday in association with Cara-Friend. From noon, Edmund Lynch will discuss his work recording over 180 interviews with older LGBTQ as well as with important political supporters who played their part like ex-Presidents Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese, all telling the story of the struggle of LGBT+ people in Ireland to become full citizens in their own country. At 12.45pm, Kate Drinane, from the National Gallery of Ireland will talk about key works from the National Gallery of Ireland’s collection, with focus on the narrative of Irish LGBT+ history through art and how art can help us explore and understand how Ireland’s LGBT+ community has been shaped by it’s past. At 1.30pm, a talk by Adam Murray (pictured) will offer an insight into the mindsets and needs of LGBT+ people who wrote to Cara-Friend between 1990 and 1995, offering illuminating research into the period. He analyses 78 letters sent to Cara-Friend and will give a sense of people's experiences. At 2.15pm, Marie Query will present the transcript of a workshop held in 2000 and attended by over 300 people. The workshop was addressed by queer and human rights activists from the US and Ireland addressing the issue of intersectionality. OUTing the Past will take place at the Museum of Free Derry in Glenfada Park from noon onwards this Saturday, 2 March. All welcome and admission free.

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