Gay icons makeover for Free Derry Corner

The new 'Queer Icons Foyle Gay Pride 2015' additions at Free Derry Corner.
The new 'Queer Icons Foyle Gay Pride 2015' additions at Free Derry Corner.

Free Derry Corner has been given an artistic make-over to herald the launch of the Foyle Pride celebrations 2015.

Larger than life cut outs of four people who have helped lead the charge for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights have been pasted on to the gable wall.

Sha Gillespie with Sara Greavu, Meabh O Neill and Colleen O'Neill.

Sha Gillespie with Sara Greavu, Meabh O Neill and Colleen O'Neill.

Among those represented under the banner ‘Queer Icons’ are lesbian activist Storme deLarverie and Mark Ashton from Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

Marsha P Johnston, drag queen, gay revolutionary and Stonewall instigator is also represented alongside transgender activist and Stonewall revolutionary, Sylvia Rivera.

Artist Sara Grevau and gay rights activist Sha Gillespie were among the group who installed the art works yesterday.

The new make-over comes eight years after Free Derry Corner made international headlines when it was painted pink for Pride.

The rainbow flag is also currently flying from the mast over Free Derry Corner.

Foyle Pride festival was launched by Mayor Elisha McCallion at the Guildhall this week and will culminate this Saturday with the Foyle Pride Parade, which departs from the Waterside Train Station at 2pm.

Last year saw almost 10,000 line the streets of the city centre as hundreds marched through to Guildhall Square.

Minister for Health in the Republic Leo Varadkar has written the foreward for this year’s Foyle Pride programme, and makes reference to the sea change crystallised by the Yes vote for Marriage Equality in the Referendum back in May.

He also pledged support in the campaign to change the status quo north of the border.

Tonight (Wednesday) will see an exploration of some of the most prominent figures in Irish history in the lecture ‘Terrible Queer Creatures- Homosexuality in Irish History’ by historian Dr Brian Lacey.

The event will take place at the Tower Museum at 7.30pm and is free to the public.