Cork Gay Collective COLLECTION

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Cork Gay Collective COLLECTION


Cork Gay Collective


Cork Gay Collective (CGC) was set up in Cork in 1980 to campaign for Gay rights. The CGC was established as a radical gay group. They recognised that legal change was important, but that this wasn't enough. What was needed was a deeper challenge to society's view of sexuality and gender stereotyping and they encouraged a more open and positive attitude amongst gay people about their sexuality. The Cork Gay Collective produced a Manifesto setting out their aims and beliefs. The CGC was actively involved in a range of activities during the 1980s.


Orla Egan



Collection Items

1981 Cork Gay Collective Manifesto / Poster
Manifesto and Poster for Cork Gay Collective. It sets out the aims and beliefs of the Cork Gay Collective, encourages gay people to have a positive view of their sexuality and locates the struggle for gay rights within the context of wider social…

Letter Cork Gay Collective to UCC Students Union
Letter from Cork Lesbian Group and Cork Gay Collective to Martin O Reagan Vice-President of UCC Student's Union, protesting the inaccurate and misleading information on lesbians and gay men in the UCC Student Handbook. 1984-85

1980s Cork Lesbian and Gay Leaflet for Schools
Double sided A5 leaflet providing information on coming out at school and on groups and meeting places for lesbians and gay men in Cork. 1980s

1984 Cork Gay Collective Information
Information sheet prepared by Cork Gay Collective to keep in touch with other LGBT groups and activists. September 1984.

Cork Gay Collective letter to Gay Miners Support Group
Letter from Donal Sheehan on behalf of Cork Gay Collective to Gay Miners Support Group in Sheffield. 28 September 1984. Letter offers support and suggests getting a speaker from the Sheffield group to visit Cork.

1983 Cork Examiner Interview Kieran Rose
"Kieran seeks rights for gays' Interview with Kieran Rose by Liz Doran, Cork Examiner August 3, 1983. Includes discussion of impact of church's stand on homosexuality, gay bashing, gays rights at work, feminism and the activities of the Cork Gay…

Request for participation for discussion on lesbians and gay men in the Quay Co-op 1980s
Request for people to participate in a taped discussion on the experiences of lesbians and gay men in the Quay Co-op in Cork as part of the preparation of an article for inclusion in the Irish publication Out For Ourselves (published in 1986).

1980s Gay Rights Now Leaflet
Gay Rights Now Leaflet produced by Cork LGBT groups in the 1980s. Covers the rights of lesbian women and gay men, the right to form loving relationships without being labelled criminals, the right to live as citizens equal before the law with…

1981 Receipt for P.O. Box for Cork Gay Collective
1981 Receipt No. 1366 for P.O. Box No 39 for Cork Gay Collective from An Roinn Poist Agus Telegrafa. From 1/3/81 to 31/12/81. P.O. Boxes were frequently used as a contact address for groups.

The Development of Cork Gay Collective
Handwritten notes outlining the background to the establishment of the Cork Gay Collective, its initial development and relationship with the Cork IGRM (Irish Gay Rights Movement).
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