Watch: Irish LGBTQ+ heroes radiate queer joy in SpunOut video series

The third instalment of SpunOut's campaign features conversations with activist Nuala Ward, a founding member of Galway Pride.

Nuala Ward holds rainbow umbrella while being interviewed for a SpunOut video series.
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The SpunOut Generations of Joy: Celebrating LGBTQ+ Icons and Queer Futures video series highlights powerful conversations with LGBTQ+ heroes across Ireland. All of the featured stories and interviews celebrate the queer history, progress and resilience of generations of Irish LGBTQ+ communities.

The most recent instalment of the series features conversations between Sarah Murray and activist Nuala Ward. Nuala is one of the founding members of Galway Pride, and is currently the Treasurer of Galway Community Pride as well as an online content creator and activist.

In the series, Ward talks about the joy of being able to live your life as your full and true self. When asked about her advice for the next generation of LGBTQ+ people, Nuala first said that she thinks she could gain a lot of advice from younger queer folk who she described as having a wealth of information and experiences.

She added: “If I was younger today, I’d focus on the good things… there’s so much support amongst the wider LGBTQ+ community and our allies, and in different organisations… We don’t always get it right all the time, we mess up over and over and over, but our hearts are in the right place I think.”



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The SpunOut video series also features conversations with David Gough, Ireland’s first and only openly gay GAA referee and Sara R. Philips, Co-Chair of the International Trans Fund and Former Chair of TENI.

During her interview, conducted by TikTok star Jacob Donegan, Sara describes her hopes for the future of trans freedom and how we all play a role in helping trans people feel seen and accepted in public spaces. When asked about the future of trans rights, Sara said: “I would hope that trans healthcare is just normal healthcare, trans rights are just part of normal society.”


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The full interviews are available in a three-part series available to watch on SpunOut’s TikTok and Instagram.

SpunOut offers education and guidance for young LGBTQ+ people as well as information for allies who want to support their queer family and friends. In addition to the current Generations of Joy campaign, the organisation offers resources about Ireland’s history of Pride, sexual and gender identities, and trans and non-binary experiences.

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