Outitude documentary explores history of Irish lesbian community

The award-winning documentary about the Irish lesbian community will air Thursday on RTÉ One.

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Outitude is a recent documentary that explores the incredible history behind the Irish lesbian community. The award-winning film covers everything from lesbian activism, collectives, community, politics, and academia from the 1970’s to today.

The documentary also includes powerful messages and personal statements from several individuals including Nell McCafferty (who was slapped by a man who believed she was ‘trying to get off’ with his wife). Other notable people include Ailbhe Smyth, Katherine Zappone, Una Mullally, Mary Dorcey and Marie Quiery. Viewers will learn more about their experiences including coming out stories and challenges they faced with homophobia.

Director of Outitude, Sonya Mulligan, is an Irish lesbian feminist who is an experienced filmmaker, poet, theatre producer and creative director. She worked alongside the producer Dr Ger Moane to create the documentary. Moane is also a psychologist, writer, activist and psychology professor at UCD. The pair worked collaboratively to show the film at many festivals in Ireland, England, Wales and the United States.

The documentary has already won several awards including the audience award at the FilmPride festival in the UK. Outitude provides an abundance of historical information and forms an emotional connection with the audience. One viewer described the film as “A brilliant kaleidoscope of lesbian herstory in Ireland.”

Now is the perfect time to take a look at the Outitude documentary as it will air on RTÉ One Thursday, June 23. It is also available for purchase on DVD and can be streamed on RTÉ player.

This will be a great way to start off a weekend full of Pride festivals and celebrations. The Dublin Pride march and Parade will take place on Saturday, June 25.

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