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Pride in Kilkenny 2021: Supporting the T in LGBT

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Rebecca Harold in conversation with Una Mullally

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In 2020 Butler Gallery moved to its new location at Evans’ Home on John’s Quay, Kilkenny. This momentous occasion has afforded the gallery the chance to reach out beyond its walls to invite and welcome a vast array of communities and audiences to take part in a new chapter of life for the gallery. June is Pride month and to mark this special occasion the gallery is teaming up with Kilkennny Leader Partnership to programme a series of events and activities which will be just the start of a prolonged process of mutual cultural and artistic engagement with LGBTQ communities across Kilkenny and further afield.‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎

In January 2020 Kilkenny became a vital place of support for the trans community both within the county and in the wider south east region with the establishment of TransLife Kilkenny. This phenomenal achievement was led by Rebecca Harold, a native of the city. As Kilkenny city changed so too did Rebecca, a journey she shares in this very special talk.

In 2020, Rebecca Harold established Translife Kilkenny with the assistance of Kilkenny Leader Partnership. After coming out as trans, she quickly realised there was limited support structures for adults in Kilkenny and the south east and was determined to change this. She now facilitates support groups in the region, regularly speaks in public about trans issues and is active in national events such Mental Health Week.

Una Mullally is a writer from Dublin, Ireland. As a journalist she writes articles for newspapers, including columns - weekly for the Irish Times, and occasionally for the Guardian. Her articles have also appeared in Granta, the New York Times, and elsewhere. As an author she writes books such as In The Name Of Love (2014), an oral history of the marriage equality movement in Ireland, and the anthology Repeal the 8th (2018), which she edited. As a poet she writes poems, which she and others have performed in various places and at various times when and where poems are called for. As a screenwriter she co-writes films with Sarah Francis, two of which are in development with Screen Ireland. There are other things she does too, most of which relate to organising and contributing to things that appeal to her, with a view to feeling alive.

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Inspiring culture seekers since 1943, the Butler Gallery is a not-for-profit organisation that is free of charge and open to the public six days a week year round. We offer our visitors contemporary exhibitions, which reflect the constantly changing nature of visual art practice. Providing a platform for the best of Irish art today and demonstrating a strong commitment to presenting work by artists of international repute, we aim to stimulate, inspire and challenge our audience. 

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