Across the generations, Irish LGBTQ+ people have emigrated and found opportunities to live and love openly. Yet this journey was rarely a simple transition from an oppressive island to a liberal wider world. Irish LGBTQ+ emigrants often faced prejudice abroad. Home, once a place of shame and silence, could also become a welcoming site of return. This exhibition highlights 12 stories from the vast yet largely untold history of Ireland’s LGBTQ+ diaspora.

The exhibition moved to the GLBT Historical Society, San Francisco in April 2022, and on June 1st 2022 it will also open at the Center on Halsted, Chicago.

Exhibition Launch
Tue 8th June 2021 6:30pm

About the
Exhibition

Jun 8th – Jan 16th 2022

#outintheworld

Exclusion

Defiance

Community

Solidarity

Love

Return

What’s your
LGBTQ+
diaspora
story

Exhibition Artist Award
Richard Malone

Finbarr, to me the idea of going back home to live scares me shitless. Ireland is about pretending to be straight. Passing.’

– A line of dialogue from 1985 play ‘Friends of Rio Rita’s’ by
Colm O’Clubhan

Stories from
around the
world

 

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