Changing landscapes: Gay men in the west and northwest of Ireland

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Aidan McKearney (2020). Changing landscapes: Gay men in the west and northwest of Ireland. Sexualities. 25 (5-6). https://doi.org/10.1177/1363460720981699
AuthorsAidan McKearney
AbstractThis article focuses on the experiences of gay men in the rural west and northwest region of Ireland, during a period of transformational social and political change in Irish society. These changes have helped facilitate new forms of LGBTQI visibility, and local radicalism in the region. Same-sex weddings, establishment of rural LGBT groups and marching under an LGBT banner at St Patricks Day parades would have been unthinkable in the recent past; but they are now becoming a reality. The men report continuing challenges in their lives as gay men in the nonmetropolitan space, but the emergence of new visibility, voice and cultural acceptance of LGBT people is helping change their lived experiences. The study demonstrates the impact of local activist LGBT citizens. Through their testimonies we can gain an insight into the many, varied and interwoven factors that have interplayed to create the conditions necessary for the men to: increasingly define themselves as gay to greater numbers of people in their localities; to embrace greater visibility and eschew strategies of silence; and aspire to a host of legal, political, cultural and social rights including same-sex marriage. Organic forms of visibility and local radicalism have emerged in the region and through an analysis of their testimonies we can see how the men continue to be transformed by an ever-changing landscape.
KeywordsGender Studies; Anthropology
Year2020
JournalSexualities
Journal citation25 (5-6)
PublisherSage
ISSN1363-4607
1461-7382
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1363460720981699
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1177/1363460720981699
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Online25 Dec 2020
Online25 Dec 2020
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Accepted23 Nov 2020
Deposited04 Jan 2021
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