Reeling in the Queers: Tales of Ireland’s LGBTQ Past (Paperback)
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Reeling in the Queers: Tales of Ireland’s LGBTQ Past (Paperback)

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Published: 07/06/2024
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Marking fifty years of the founding of an LGBTQ rights movement in Ireland, Reeling in the Queers explores the lesser-known stories of the fight for LGBTQ rights since 1974, beyond decriminalisation and Marriage Equality. From 1990s boy bands to the AIDS priest, Fr Bernárd Lynch, from the Belfast Lesbian Line to proud parenting, from the earliest Pride events to the last days of Alternative Miss Ireland, fourteen distinct moments map the changing social and cultural landscape of Ireland.

These stories, from across the island of Ireland – and further afield – celebrate a strong community and its allies, and speak across the generations. Together, they tell a new story of the gains, losses, devastation and community rising from the ashes of defeat. It is a hugely enjoyable and insightful read for both those who lived through this movement and for those who enjoy its benefits today.

Drawing from oral history as well as archives, Reeling in the Queers brings even more to life the great big queer tapestry in Ireland. Queer history in Ireland is Irish history and acknowledging and celebrating the light and the dark of it protects all of our futures as much as our pasts.

 

Publisher: New Island Books
ISBN: 9781848409224
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 350 g
Dimensions: 215 x 135 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘Kerrigan’s prose is a medium to share and promote these moving stories. It… functions efficiently to draw a tender portrait of the quiet heroes, and acts of everyday heroism, that served to advance the rights and dignity of queer Ireland.’ - Brigid O'Dea, Irish Times

‘All of the fourteen chapters in the book tell a wonderful story of what can be achieved when we become agents of change, when we inspire and create a culture that embraces diversity and acceptance. This book is for us all.’ - Bríd Conroy, Mayolive.ie

‘Ultimately, this book is a fascinating, heart-breaking, joyful celebration of Ireland's long and storied queer history.’ - Sinann Fetherston, RTE.ie

Reeling in the Queers by Páraic Kerrigan is a timely take that will ensure many of the heroes in the long battle for rights do not fade into history. - Tonie Walsh, Irish Independent

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