RTE Television

Growing Up Gay

A two-part documentary series exploring the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people growing up in Ireland.

As recently as 1993, homosexuality was illegal in Ireland. As the first generation born after decriminalisation comes of age, this series seeks to establish how much has changed in Irish society in the intervening years. For young people, whose lives revolve around school and the family, is it any easier to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender today than it was 17 years ago?

Filmed over 18 months, Growing Up Gay follows the lives of six young people and, in the process, captures the challenging and even hostile experiences which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people face in their everyday lives. The series also explores the more universal experiences of growing up - from the ups and downs of life at home and at school, to friendships and falling in love. By presenting the human stories behind labels such as 'gay' or 'lesbian', the series aims to alleviate the stigma surrounding various expressions of sexual identity.


BeLonG To Youth Services
Phone 01 670 6223

Outhouse Community resource and drop in centre 01 8734932/33

Look - loving our out kids: supporting parents of Gay, Lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender children
Tel: 087 253 7699

Childline - www.childline.ie
1800 666 666
Or text the word "Talk" to 50101

The Samaritans
ROI: 1850 60 90 90

Dublin Lesbian Line
01 872 9911

National LGBT Helplines

Gay Switchboard Dublin
01 8721055
Mon-Fri 7pm-9pm

Growing Up Gay
  • RT One, Monday 19 April 2010, 9.35pm
  • RT One, Monday 26 April 2010, 9.35pm