Unions take pride in LGBT+ struggle
by Craig Whelan

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) is hosting a celebration of the role trade unions played in the struggle for LGBT+ equality in Ireland. The event, which marks ‘Pride Month,’ will include a discussion of how unions can help achieve marriage equality in Northern Ireland.


A discussion panel will feature trade union activist Kieran Rose, who was among the pioneers of trade union LGBT+ activism in the Local Government and Public Service Union, which is now part of Fórsa.


The panel will be chaired by Séamus Dooley of Congress’ Executive Council and will also feature Clare Moore, who is Congress equality officer in Northern Ireland. Archive material will illustrate the conversation and recount the progress from decriminalisation to marriage equality and beyond.


The event takes place in Books Upstairs, which has long supported the LGBT+ movement. For years the shop was the only to stock gay literature, and it was a vital meeting and information point for the LGBT+ community in Ireland.


The discussion takes place from 6:00pm to 7:15pm this evening (Wednesday, 26th June). Book your place by contacting Natalie Fox.

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