About London Irish LGBT Network

Who are we?
Founded in 2014, we're a not-for-profit organisation that connects, gives a voice to and campaigns on behalf of Irish LGBT people living in London. We run regular events and activities to reflect the interests, backgrounds and needs of the Irish LGBT diaspora helping to create those connections which foster cultural pride and togetherness. We're about inclusion and strength, vitality and visibility.

What are our aims?

  • To raise support for and awareness of the Irish LGBT community in London.
  • To campaign and help develop a broader, more inclusive Irish diaspora.
  • To organise events and activities for Irish LGBT people.

THE BOARD MEMBERSHIP

^Anne O Donoghue - Co-Chair
Anne is Co-Chair and a founder member of London Irish LGBT Network. She is a feminist and LGBT activist with a core interest in achieving minority rights. She has worked in France where she was director of an English language college and in Ireland and Britain where she has held senior management roles within state sector education.

Joseph Healy - Secretary
Joseph Healy is the Secretary and comes from Dublin and moved to London in 1984. He was very active in the early gay rights movement in Ireland and was the editor of Ireland's first publicly sold gay magazine in 1979. He founded a group of gay poets who toured Ireland between 1982 and 1983. Joseph has a strong academic background in history and languages and was awarded a PhD in 2000. He was diagnosed HIV+ in 1990 and was very active in support groups and a trustee of the Positive Place between 1998 and 2001. Joseph is active in politics and stood for election to the European parliament in 2009 and 2004 as well as standing in the UK general election in 2010. An active trade unionist in UNITE, Joseph works for a disability organisation. Having a passionate interest in music and literature, Joseph is definitely an "opera queen". 'I love Irish folk music and am totally hooked on the Irish folk group The Gloaming which I only discovered via the special concert for the Irish President's visit to London in 2014,' says Joseph.

Nigel Harris - Board member
Nigel is the Director of Camden LGBT Forum, a registered charity that supports LGBT people in and around Camden. Camden LGBT Forum helps victims of hate crime, combats bullying in schools and builds resilience and cohesion through its innovative arts, events and social activism. The Black Cap was home to many Forum members and its loss has had a marked effect on their community. Nigel is an Independent Advisor to the Metropolitan Police, a member of the Safer Neighbourhoods Board in Islington and a magistrate.

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