On Saturday August 13th Cllr John Hearne, Mayor of The Metropolitan District of Waterford will launch the Road to Equality Exhibition in Central Library, Lady Lane in Waterford City at 3pm.
There will be also two Guest Speakers Jean Webster and Tonie Walsh.
Jean Webster has been an advocate for LGBT rights for the last 20 years and has championed Marriage Equality at every available opportunity. The happiest day of her life was the 23rd of May 2015 “when Ireland voted YES and became a country truly to be proud of”. Her own journey from being a married woman with two young children to being an out and proud gay woman took many of the same twists and turns as the “Road to Marriage Equality”. Her story is one of courage and vision for a truly diverse and inclusive Ireland. Jean is a former Senior Executive Librarian with Waterford Libraries and she now works as a Parliamentary Assistant to a Senator in Leinster House. She misses the waves in Tramore every day.
Tonie Walsh was heavily involved in the LGBT civil rights movement since 1979, A former president of the National LGBT Federation (NxF), Walsh was also staff reporter for OUT Magazine, Ireland’s first mainstream, commercial gay publication. Although OUT lasted only four years, it encouraged him to establish Gay Community News in 1988. He edited GCN, Ireland’s most successful and longest-running queer publication, during its first two years. In 1997 he reorganised NxF’s archives into what would later become the Irish Queer Archive (IQA). The archive was officially handed over to the National Library of Ireland in June 2008.
Exhibition runs from 8-17 August in the Foyer, Central Library