HIV/AIDS and the Irish Diaspora

From 1981 onwards, many people from across the LGBTQ+ community have mobilised to help those in their community and others threatened by HIV/AIDS, including members of the Irish diaspora. The history of HIV/AIDS and the Irish diaspora is one that includes a variety of community groups and activists, from Positively Irish Action on AIDS in London to Irish diaspora members of ACT UP, such as Robert Rygor. Today people on effective HIV treatment cannot pass on the virus and anti-retroviral medications ensure a HIV diagnosis is manageable.

Photo courtesy of Kathy Roeder.

Towards Equality

In May 2015, Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce Marriage Equality by popular vote. The Irish diaspora played an important role in securing this victory for LGBTQ+ rights. Yet there remains work to be done for Ireland to become a more inclusive society. One group highlighted in our exhibition is Equality for Children, who campaign for the rights of LGBTQ+ parents in the Republic of Ireland to be recognised as the legal parents of their children.

Photo: Sam Boal,