25 years on from the historic decriminalising of homosexuality, two of the most pivotal players at the time will come together on Wednesday, 27th June 2018 in Smithfield’s Lighthouse Cinema, in a national event organised by Fianna Fáil, to reflect on the changes that have taken place since then.
Máire Geogheann Quinn who as Justice Minister spearheaded the legislation through the Oireachtas in 1993 and Senator David Norris who famously took the State to the European Courts in the 1980s will speak at an event to celebrate the historic legislative change.
Over 200 activists, campaigners and LGBT community members will hear from Máire about the challenges she faced in getting her proposals through the Dáil and about what helped strengthen her conviction that repealing the provisions under the Offences Against the State Act 1861 that criminalised homosexuality was needed.
“It’s highly appropriate that this event will take place during Dublin Pride Week 2018 which has as its theme, ‘We are Family’,” said Fianna Fáil Equality Spokesperson, Fiona O’Loughlin TD who will chair the discussion.
“It was in many cases the families of gay men who were some of the most forceful supporters of the campaign for decriminalisation. It’s right that we celebrate family life in all its diversity, and the campaign that ended this shameful criminalisation of some of our citizens.
“I’m thrilled that Senator Norris has agreed to join Máire and I to discuss this momentous moment in Irish LGBT history. David has done so much to advance the rights of the Irish LGBT community, and his work in the 1980s was, I believe, instrumental in delivering the positive changes that have shaped Irish society since.
“Personally, what will be very special for all attending will be the first meeting between Máire and Mrs. Phil Moore, the mother who met with Máire, when she was Justice Minister, and implored her to do what was right and decriminalise homosexuality. ” concluded O’Loughlin.