The local Family Resource Centre of Easkey, population 250, is urging residents to “go gay” in an act of support of the local LGBT community.
The village, which is best known as a surfing and fishing town and has just two shops, two pubs, two butchers and a post office, will host a reception in its Family Resource Centre followed by a shore side barbecue.
Organizers expect around 80 people from the community to attend, all of whom will wear pins proudly stating: “gay for a day.”
The event is part of the Northwest LGBT Pride festival. In its fourth year, the festival hosts a series of events across Counties Sligo and Leitrim in acts of solidarity with rural Ireland’s gay community.
“There is a trend now in Ireland where gay people are leaving the big cities and returning to their rural roots,” said 10-year Easkey resident Denise Clarke,
“It is no longer a necessity to run off to Dublin or London or Manchester to ‘come out’. As a society we have moved on and are more broadminded and accepting.”
IrishCentral.com Staff Writer
Published Sunday, August 9, 2009,