Virtual Event: Rainbow Crossings: Gay Irish Migrants and LGBT Politics in 1980s London

We’re delighted to tell you the news of our next event. The Embassy of Ireland, London, are hosting a live virtual conversation between Dr. Daryl Leeworthy and Dr. Joseph Healy on the published paper by Dr. Leeworthy, ‘Rainbow Crossings: Gay Irish Migrants and LGBT Politics in 1980s London’ .

From Seren Books: “Daryl Leeworthy is a writer and historian. He is the Rhys Davies Research Fellow at the South Wales Miners’ Library at Swansea University, where he continues to research the historical experience of the South Wales Coalfield. He has written widely on Welsh history and literature and is the author of Labour Country (2018) and A Little Gay History of Wales (2019).”

Dr. Leeworthy’s most recent book was published in 2020, a biography of groundbreaking TV writer and anthropologist Elaine Morgan, Elaine Morgan: A Life Behind the Screen.

Dr. Leeworthy will be in conversation with our very own resident historian, Dr. Joseph Healy.

Joseph is a historian, with a PhD in Eastern European history, and was very active in the early LGBTQ rights campaigns in Dublin and Northern Ireland from 1979 to 1984. Joseph also lived in London in the 1980’s. In the early ‘90s, Joseph was actively involved in HIV support groups and organisations, and today is on the London regional LGBT committee of UNITE and recently was elected to the national committee. He has also spoken about the Irish gay immigrants experience in London in the ‘80s and his role in that.

Agenda for the evening

1. The event begins at 8pm with an introduction from the Ambassador of Ireland Adrian O’Neill.

2. Dr Daryl Leeworthy and Dr Joseph Healy will join in conversation on the topic of gay Irish migrants and LGBT politics in London in the 1980s.

3. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions through the Q&A function on Zoom.

The evening’s host will give you detailed guidance at the start of the event, and will be available to offer support where needed. We recommend you join the event a few minutes early to check your connection.

The Embassy would like to refer participants of interactive live events, including Q&As and workshops, to their Terms of Conduct. These help ensure a positive and inclusive experience for everyone attending.

If you experience any problems accessing the event or during the performance, please email at

A recording of this event will be available in the week following the live event. Please follow the Embassy of Ireland, London, and the London Irish LGBT Network social media for the link to view the recording.

You can book your ticket for the event here or in the widget below.

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