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A Day in May: Real Lives, True Stories

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A Day in May: Real Lives, True Stories (Merrion Press)
A Day in May: Real Lives, True Stories (Merrion Press)

On May 23, 2015 the Republic of Ireland made history by becoming the first country in the world to introduce marriage equality by popular vote. Charlie Bird, an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, traveled across the country to record the emotional and inspiring stories of over fifty people who were deeply affected by the referendum.

A Day in May: Real Lives, True Stories (Merrion Press) is a poignant record, accompanied by stunning portrait photography, of this transformative moment in Irish history.

“These stories collected by Charlie Bird, filled with bracing honesty and heart-breaking personal revelation, make clear that being gay in Ireland was perhaps a more essential aspect of Irish history and Irish reality than anyone was aware.”
Colm Tóibín

A look at the recent exhibition of photographs from A Day in May at Dublin’s Gallery of Photography. Video:

In the Media

hufflogoCharlie Bird: One Year Later – What I Learned from Ireland’s Historic Campaign for Marriage Equality, and What the World Could Learn Too, Huffington Post
buzzfeed-logoHere’s What Australians Should Know About Ireland’s Marriage Referendum, BuzzFeed
slate-logoWhat It Was Like to Grow Up Gay in Ireland, Slate
salon-logoA Road Map to Freedom: What the World Could Learn from Ireland’s Fight for LGBT Rights, Salon
irish-examiner-logoCharlie Bird speaks about his new book on Marriage Equality referendum, Irish Examiner
What I Learned Talking to LGBT People About Coming Out in Ireland, Vice
Irish CentralA Day in May where the Irish people changed everything, IrishCentral
Vital VoiceRetired Journalist Tells Stories of Ireland LGBTQ Community Members In New Book, Vital Voice
Rising Up With Sonali‘A Day In May’ – How The Irish Legalized Gay Marriage, Rising Up With Sonali
Hogges Figgis, Dame Street, Dublin. Photo: A Day in May
Hogges Figgis, Dame Street, Dublin. Photo: A Day in May

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