2:00pm – 3:00pm. Saturday 17 August
Brendan Fay, activist and film maker weaves stories of activism and friendship from the streets of New York, here at EPIC as part of Heritage Week.
Wondering what was it like to be Irish and gay during the 1980s and 1990s in New York? Hear about the 25 year campaign for the Irish LGBT group Lavender and Green Alliance- Muintir Aerach na hEireann to be included in the NYC St Patrick’s parade, living through the AIDS crisis and the tragedy of 9-11. Brendan’s stories takes us on the “Civil Marriage Trail “- his campaign for marriage equality helping couples cross borders to Canada following his own legal marriage with Tom Moulton in July 2003.
Brendan speaks of efforts to find “home” in the Irish diaspora in New York. His activism and love of stories leads to a search and discovery of Irish in America who over a century helped make the road for LGBT equality and whose lives were celebrated in Stonewall 50. Hear about “Oiche Aerach” celebrations and the gay ceili dancing, coming out and coming home in New York and Drogheda!
Brendan is a popular public speaker and an engaging story teller. He has been active on campaigns for immigration reform, civil marriage, HIV/AIDS awareness, inclusive parades, cultural hospitality, policing reform and human rights and nuclear disarmament. In his free time, he also enjoys jogging, phoning home and catching an Irish traditional music session. Find out more about his life here.