London’s Irish LGBT community to be studied

PinkNews Staff Writer March 26, 2008
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A new project that will Irish gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people choose to settle in London is appealing for participants.

The research study by the University of Essex is being funded by an £82,000 grant from the Economic and Social Research Council.

Dr Roisin Ryan-Flood of the Department of Sociology, said:

“Metropolitan centres have long been associated with tolerance of sexual diversity and established queer communities, and London is a particularly attractive destination for Irish LGBT migrants looking for a more supportive social climate.

“By exploring the relationship between sexuality, ethnicity, and migration, the study will uncover the ways in which contemporary sexual citizenship, migration and LGBT imaginaries of the metropolis are mutually implicated in complex ways.”

Dr Ryan-Flood and her colleague Fabienne Jung are looking for Irish LGBT migrants who would be willing to be interviewed.

The interviews will last approximately one hour and will either take place at the project’s London office or in an environment where the participant would feel most comfortable.

All interviews will be strictly confidential and participants will remain anonymous.

To find out more about taking part telephone: 01206 873551 or 07505 757807, e-mail: or click here.

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