Amnesty International presents ‘Queer Defenders’ with Neil Watkins

Dublin LGBTQ Pride has gone digital this year. While this means we can’t celebrate in person, it does mean we can invite people from all around the world to join us!

We decided to hand over our platform to LBGTI activists so they can tell their stories themselves; to hear about their triumphs, their struggles, and what matters to them. We think you’ll agree the line-up is pretty extraordinary!

Event: 7pm on Thursday June 25th. Hosted on Zoom. Link will be sent Thursday at 1pm.

Kasha Nabagesera is an internationally renowned LGBTI activist from Uganda, winning multiple human rights awards and appearing on the cover of Time magazine. In Uganda, same-sex relations are illegal and there have been attempts to introduce the death penalty for it. Nabagesera has created numerous campaigns to combat homophobia in Uganda and organise local resistance against the neo/colonial legacy of anti-queer legislation.

Ivett Ördög is a trans woman and activist from Hungary, where an increasingly right-wing and authoritarian government is inflaming persecution against the LGBTI community, amongst many groups. Recently, hard won trans and intersex rights were lost when a Bill was passed banning legal gender recognition. But the community is fighting back, including by symbolically burning birth certificates.

Bulelani Mfaco is a South African asylum seeker and activist in Ireland and spokesperson for MASI, the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland. He has spoken out about the issues faced by members of the LGBT community within Direct Provision. He has long campaigned for an end to the Direct provision system and recently spoke out about the conditions in the centres during the Covid-19 outbreak put the lives and health of asylum seekers at risk.

Host: Neil Watkins is an actor, playwright and singer based in Dublin. As playwright and performer, his work includes A Cure for Homosexuality, The Heidi Konnt XXXmas Story and The Year of Magical Wanking. He won Alternative Miss Ireland 2005 as Heidi Konnt and scored the first international try at the Gay Ruby World “Bingham” Cup for The Emerald Warriors.

Register for this free event and come hear from people you usually don’t get to celebrate Pride with!

And show the LGBTI community here and around the world that we stand with them. Now and always.

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