This very important study examines and analyses the events leading up to the extraordinary success of homosexual law reform in Ireland and discusses the implications for the lesbian and gay community and Irish society in general.
Charts the events leading up to homosexual law reform in Ireland. Examines the implications for the lesbian and gay community and Irish society in general. Shatters the myth about the reactionary nature of Irish politics.
A pioneering study of extraordinary political success. After a twenty year struggle 1993 became the year when gays and lesbians finally became equal citizens. The law reform bill decriminalising homosexuality and providing for equality with heterosexuals was proposed by the first woman minister for justice and was given an enthusiastic welcome. Only nine months previously the Taoiseach stated that law reform was at the bottom of the agenda. With this legal equality and the introduction of anti-discrimination legislation, Ireland has now moved to the forefront internationally in recognising the rights of gays and lesbians. This rapid progress has taken many people by surprise and has shattered many myths about the irredeemably reactionary nature of Irish society and its politics.Diverse Communities analyses the wider background to this sea-change in the Irish body politic, examines the implications for the lesbians and gay community and Irish society in general. Kieran Rose has had extensive experience of the lesbian/gay and other social movements in Ireland and internationally Diverse Communities will be essential reading for anyone interested in political change and social movements.