This Life: Let freedom ring

For 40 years the Gay Switchboard has provided a lifeline for those struggling with their sexuality, writes Alex Meehan

9th February, 2014
Clem Clancy: one of the founder members of the Gay Switchboard in 1974. Picture: Feargal Ward

When the Gay Switchboard phone service was started in 1974, things were very different for gay people in Ireland. Homosexuality was still illegal and the vast majority of gay people were obliged to keep their sexuality firmly under wraps.

For many members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of the time, there was no socially acceptable way to talk about their feelings or the problems they faced. People located outside the major cities...

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