On June 5, Dublin’s Project Arts Centre will play host to Call It Out: A Queer Perspective – an important an essential evening of discussion between a panel of speakers looking at prejudice faced by the LGBT+ community.
In conjunction with TENI and the Call It Out campaign, GCN will present an evening of conversation exploring the complex and multifaceted nature of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia as experienced by LGBT+ people in today’s Ireland.
Award winning journalist and author, Una Mullaly, will host the conversation. Una has long been an activist for LGBT+ rights. Her novel, In The Name Of Love, documented the movement for same-sex marriage in Ireland, while the anthology Repeal The 8th gathered together works from novelists, poets, artists and journalists on the front line of the referendum. Una recently launched the United Ireland podcast, which she co-hosts with Andrea Horan.
— Una Mullally (@UnaMullally) May 29, 2019
On the panel will be Ellen Murray from TENI. A trans rights and disability rights advocate, Ellen is the founder of the trans youth service GenderJam in Northern Ireland and the Belfast Trans Resource Centre through SAIL NI. Having worked in the past with the European Commission, the European Union and the United Nations, Ellen is also Policy And Research Officer at TENI (Trans Equality Network Ireland).
I've just sent off some shiny new merch to be manufactured. For all those who get accused of being part of the all-powerful transgender lobby, I've made a fancy gold pin~
— Ellen Murray ♿🏳️🌈 #NotInOurName (@ellenfromnowon) May 26, 2019
Also appearing is presenter, broadcaster and fashion designer Brendan Courtney. Brendan is instantly familiar from his successful television career where he has produced and hosted such shows as Off The Rails, Wanderlust, Treasure Island and The Brendan Courtney Show. Brendan recently shared his own experience of homophobia as part of the Call It Out campaign.
Spoke at my nephews school Awards and I was so impressed (that when I asked) I was encouraged by teachers to speak about @TENI_Tweets #CallitOut (Campaign – to combat homophobia biphopia & transphobia) https://t.co/BX0syy0Wae
— Brendan Courtney (@BrendanCourtney) May 23, 2019
Joining them on the panel is Shubhangi Karmakar. Shubhangi is an educator and facilitator of conversations on diversity in academia, politics and media, known better as their moniker ‘Repealist’ and has been involved with grassroots political movements like Radical Queers Resist,. They work with groups like House of STEM, Women in Medicine Ireland (WiMIN) and Pride in STEM internationally, to “queer scientific spaces, and bring science to queer spaces”, with a focus on representation for people of colour, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ people.
I'll talk non-LG/binary queerness, and intersections of ethnicity and disability with Queer Representation ✨See you there! pic.twitter.com/nWfo6Tizrd
— Shubhangi // Repealist (@Repealist_) May 29, 2019
LGBT+ and disability rights activist Paddy Smyth will also appear. Paddy has been a trailblazer for LGBT+ and disabled people in the media, appearing on First Dates Ireland and currently hosting the RTÉ fashion show The Fitting Room. The show features members of the public including gender non-conforming folk and people living with a disability.
A movement is happening. Tonight the very first fashion show that emulates diversity and inclusion in the @facebook HQ. So proud to have been asked. I'm popping my modelling cherry…. As RuPaul would say… 'Don't f××k it up. 🙈😍 #enablerunway @EnableIreland pic.twitter.com/O4fIEHQ7AW
— Paddy Smyth (@PaddyySmyth) May 23, 2019
With such an incredible lineup of speakers, the event is sure to be an important and invigorating discussion. Click here to book tickets for the event.
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