About the Exhibition

Across the generations, Irish LGBTQ+ people have emigrated and found opportunities to live and love abroad. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, in partnership with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, are proud to play a role in illuminating this hidden history of Irish emigration.

Across six themes – exclusion, community, love, defiance, solidarity and return – Out in the World highlights twelve stories from the vast history of Ireland’s LGBTQ+ diaspora. The exhibition also features an artwork by award winning Irish designer and multi-disciplinary artist Richard Malone.

Visit the exhibition at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin from June 8th to January 16th 2022. The exhibition will also tour to select locations across the world in 2022.

About the Curator

Dr Maurice J Casey @MauriceJCasey is the current Department of Foreign Affairs Historian-in-Residence at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Prior to starting this role, he completed his doctorate in History at the University of Oxford in 2020. He also studied at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Cambridge and Stanford University, where he was a Fulbright visiting researcher from 2018 to 2019. His expertise lies in the history of grassroots activism in modern Ireland and Irish contributions to radical and progressive political movements abroad.



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From July – Jan 16th 2022, admission is free with every ticket purchased to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.

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Photos credits for images on homepage:
What’s your LGBTQ+ Diaspora Story – Photographer: Saskia Scheffer
Quote photo – Courtesy of Sheila Clifford
Stories from around the world: Photos courtesy of Noel Dunphy, Donal Godfrey, Sydney Queer Irish and the London-Irish LGBT Network

Photos credits for images below:
Exclusion – Public Domain, Charles E. Feinberg Collection, Library of Congress
Community – Photographer: Ruth Goodwin
Love – Public Domain, Charles E. Feinberg Collection, Library of Congress
Defiance – Photographer Diana Davies, New York Public Library
Solidarity – Public Domain, photographer: Chancellor Dublin, Library of Congress
Return – Photographer Sam Boal, RollingNews.ie