OUT IN THE NORTH EAST (Then & Now) Questionnaire
QUESTIONNAIRE TIME: Approx. 20 mins

I am conducting an exploration into what it is like (& what it has been like) to live as an LGBTQ+ person in the North East of Ireland in the last 50 years.
At the moment, I am in the process of gathering experiences & stories, but ultimately the plan is to tell these stories through a theatrical piece, with members of the LGBTQ+ community in the North East telling the stories. There is no plan for the final piece yet, but the exploration, the participants involved and the experiences collected will all inform the final piece.
NB - By filling in this questionnaire you are not required to be involved any further ... unless you wish to be.

I would be very grateful if you could fill out the questionnaire below in as much detail as possible.
I am eager to get stories from as many different members of the LGBTQ+ community who have lived in the North East (Louth, Meath, Monaghan & Cavan) for any considerable amount of time in the last 50 year, so please feel free to share this questionnaire with anyone you think fits that criteria (even if they don’t currently live in the North East anymore).
I am especially keen to hear from those who may have recollections from earlier in the time period we’re working from (1969 onwards).
All respondents must be 18+.
I understand that some events maybe quite some time ago so please don’t stress & feel free to use your best recollection/approximation.

All personal information gathered is Private & Confidential and if an experience you recounted (or something like it) is used in a final theatrical piece, all identifying information will be changed to protect privacy.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at anthonykinahan@gmail.com.

Many thanks
Anthony Kinahan
(in association with Create Ireland / Arts Council; Upstate Theatre Project; Outcomers LGBTQ Support Service & An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk)

Informed Consent/GDPR *
By ticking this box you are indicating that you have read the description of the study, are over the age of 18, and that you agree to the terms as described. The researcher will maintain the confidentiality of the research records/data & all data will be handled under GDPR guidelines.
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1. Gender *
Do you identify as (Tick Appropriate):
2. Sexuality *
Do you identify as (Tick Appropriate):
3. Age *
Your answer
4. Are you currently a resident of the North East (Louth/Meath/Monaghan/Cavan) *
5. Would you consider yourself as being “Out” (open to family, friends & wider community as being LGBTQ+) *
a. If YES, what age were you when you came out
Your answer
b. If YES, what sections of society do you consider yourself out to
Tick ALL appropriate
6. At what age, did you start identifying as LGBTQ+ *
Your answer
7. Since this age, approximately how many years in total have you been resident in the North East *
If you moved away during this period, please add years before you left and years after you returned
Your answer
8. Of this time, what type of areas have you lived in *
Tick ALL appropriate
Required
9. Do you consider the North East (or certain areas of the North East) to have its own LGBTQ+ community *
a. If YES, what are your feelings about this community (past or present)
Your answer
10. Here are some Irish LGBTQ+ milestones. Did any of them have an impact on you at the time and if so how? ..... Declan Flynn’s murder/The First Dublin Pride March (1982) ..... Decriminalisation (1993) ..... The Civil Partnership Bill (2010) ..... The first openly LGBTQ+ TDs/Taoiseach (2012+) ..... The Marriage Referendum (2015) ..... Transgender Recognition (2015)
Write as much as you like here
Your answer
11. When you first became aware of your sexual/gender identity, what impressions did you have of LGBTQ+ people LOCALLY (i.e. in the North East)
Your answer
a. When you first became aware of your sexual/gender identity, what impressions did you have of LGBTQ+ people IN THE MEDIA/WIDER CULTURE
Your answer
12. What age did you first actively seek out or meet up with other LGBTQ+ people, whether for social or relationship purposes *
Your answer
13. How did you seek out/meet up with other LGBTQ+ people at that time
Write as much as you like here
Your answer
14. Have you ever met up with other LGBTQ+ people in the North East *
a. If YES, how did seek out/meet up with them
Your answer
b. If NO, why not
Your answer
15. As resident of the North East, what challenges (if any) did you encounter while trying to meet up with other LGBTQ+ people *
Write as much as you like here
Your answer
16. How do you think living in the North East has shaped your life as an LGBTQ+ person *
Write as much as you like here
Your answer
17. Are there any places or sections of North East society in which you feel unsafe or uncomfortable being LGBTQ+ *
Write as much as you like here
Your answer
18. Has your experience of being LGBTQ+ in the North East changed since the Marriage Referendum *
Write as much as you like here
Your answer
19. Do you believe it’s more or less difficult now then it was in previous years to actively seek out or meet up with other LGBTQ+ people in the North East, whether for social or relationship purposes *
a. Please give reason(s) for your answer
Write as much as you like here
Your answer
20. Do you have any specific memories/experiences that show how life has changed for LGBTQ+ people *
Feel free to mention anything you like - no matter how extraordinary or mundane - Write as much as you like here
Your answer
21. If you could give a young LGBTQ+ person currently living in the North East some advice based on your own experiences, what would it be *
Write as much as you like here
Your answer
22. Would you be prepared to discuss your experiences of LGBTQ+ life in the North East in a more detailed interview *
The interviewer would meet you for an interview of approx. 45mins
a. If YES, please fill in your name, contact number & email address below
Your answer
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