Queer Whispers : Gay & Lesbian Voices Of Irish Fiction
Quick overview Before gay decriminalisation in 1993, there was no solid gay or lesbian tradition in Irish writing, due to the political and cultural dominance of a conservative, censorious Catholic ideology that conflated itself with notions of national identity and social respectability. Praised today as a beacon of gay rights, Ireland has become the first nation to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote in 2015. Significantly, whereas in the recent past there was much silence, stigma and prejudice surrounding homosexuality, now there is a plethora of voices reclaiming equality, visibility and recognition. Yet today’s liberal culture still silences aspects of gay and lesbian life which go beyond the parameters of the ‘socially acceptable’ homosexual.