Irish Queers

New York, NY, United States


(212) 289-1101

Irish queers first started coming out as a movement in the 1980s, when writer Joni Crone stunned Ireland by outing herself on the Late Late Show. The Irish Lesbian & Gay Organization was started in 1990 by a group of queer Irish immigrants in New York. A few friends placed an ad in an Irish American newspaper, trying to find Irish queer community in a way that hadn’t been available in closeted Ireland. They started meeting, breaking down their isolation and silence as Irish queers, and soon had the idea of coming out in the most public Irish American venue there is: the St. Patrick’s Day parade…

There are no new stories, only ongoing struggles. Irish queers continue in a long line of fighting for civil rights, justice and equality, and we will continue until we defeat the religious right attempt to hijack our communities and control our identities. The St. Patrick’s Day parade – the most public expression of the Irish community in America – is the right place exactly to stage our struggle.

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