Ten Weeks that Changed the World, a photographic exhibition from Alison Laredo, was launched officially by Cllr. Frank McDermott, An Cathaoirleach of Westmeath County Council, on Tuesday May 16th, as part of Mullingar Pride’s IDAHO/IDAHOT campaign.
IDAHOT is International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, and the exhibition, a chronicle of Mayo LGBT Equality’s canvassing efforts in 2015’s Marriage Equality campaign, was used to highlight how regular individuals can impact their own fortunes through political activism.
Chairperson of Mullingar Pride, Nigel Connor, welcomed the group from Mayo, and emphasized how still today there is so much work to do to ensure that the LGBT community can live and thrive, as both individuals, and as a community, in Ireland and abroad.
He spoke about the importance of LGBT visibility, and how there was still an onus on the LGBT community to support each other, and inform the greater population about inclusivity.
He also thanked Miriam Mulrennan, the Westmeath County Council Arts Office, and the Westmeath County Council for supporting the exhibition.
Jean Cross, from LGBT Equality Mayo, gave a stirring account of the canvassing efforts of the team in Mayo around the time of the referendum, and the impact the referendum had for the group.
Marina Tuffy, Mayo’s ‘Inspirational Woman of the Year 2016’, gave a stirring speech on the importance of the referendum, for her personally, and for the LGBT young people she works with.
The exhibition runs for one more week in the atrium of Westmeath County Buildings in Mullingar town, and is free to view.