7 September 2015
By David O’Sullivan
Kieran Rose and Arthur Leahy, long time LGBT activists who played a prominent national and local role in this year’s Marriage Equality Referendum, have been chosen Cork Persons of the Month.
Kieran Rose, a civil rights activist also played a pivotal role in securing decriminalization of homosexuality in Ireland back in 1993. He has been a champion of human rights and equality over the years, particularly for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. He is the current Chairman of GLEN, the gay and lesbian equality network and has worked closely with successive governments on the development of legislation in the areas of equality for lesbian and gay people.
Arthur Leahy is director of Southern Gay Men’s Health Project based in Cork. He is also a founder of Cork Gay Community Development Project and has had long term involvement in Cork’s Quay Co-Op initiative. Centrally involved in a substantial Sheltered Housing initiative he is also a board member of GLEN.
Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer nominated Kieran and Arthur for these awards and their names now also go forward for possible selection as overall Cork Persons of the Year at a Gala Awards Lunch on January 15th next at the Rochestown Park Hotel.