Held as part of LGBT Awareness Week 2016, Love Equality are delighted to host the Northern Irish launch of “A Day in May: Real Lives, True Stories” at the QFT on Tuesday 17 May.

Published to coincide with the first anniversary of the marriage equality vote in the Republic of Ireland – the book details the moving life stories and stunning portrait photography of over fifty people who were deeply affected by the historic vote.

Speakers at the launch will include the author and veteran broadcaster Charlie Bird, Brian Sheehan, Executive Director of GLEN and co-director of the Yes Equality campaign for the marriage referendum, and representatives of Love Equality, the campaign for civil marriage equality in Northern Ireland. This event is a perfect opportunity to look back at the brilliant Yes campaign and look ahead to the road to success in Northern Ireland.

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Event: Book launch: “A Day In May: Real Lives, True Stories” by Charlie Bird.

Date: Tuesday 17 May 2016, 5.30pm -7pm

Venue:  Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT), University Square, Belfast


Book description

In May 2015 the people of Ireland made history by becoming the first country in the world to introduce marriage equality by popular vote. The joyous scenes from Dublin Castle and across Ireland, as the historic vote was declared, made headlines across the globe. But more than anything else, the May 2015 vote was about changing the ‘Real Lives’ of the largest minority group in Ireland: the LGBT Community.

Charlie Bird, inspired by the extraordinary Yes Equality campaign, travelled the length and breadth of Ireland to record first-hand the moving life stories from over fifty people who were deeply affected by the marriage equality vote. These are the real stories from ordinary LGBT people who have lived in the shadow of inequality and oppression for decades. A Day in May is a poignant record of that transformative moment in Irish history that will appeal to everyone – gay or straight, yes or no voters, those at home or who watched history unfold abroad. Stunning portrait photography complements the voices on paper to powerful effect, amplifying the life-affirming impact of that day in May 2015 when Ireland said Yes to marriage equality.

About the Author

Charlie Bird is one of Ireland’s most well-known journalists and has had a long and distinguished career in Irish Public Service Broadcasting. He has 38 years experience working for RTÉ, holding a number of positions including Chief News Reporter, Chief News Correspondent and Washington Correspondent. In November 2004 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by University College Dublin for outstanding services to Irish Journalism. In April 2015 he chaired the launch of the Yes Equality marriage referendum campaign.