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Growing Up Gay

Via journalist Anna Carey on Twitter, comes the news that two of the stars of documentary Growing Up Gay, Riyadh and Siobhán, are set to appear tonight on The Late Late Show (RTÉ 1, at 9:30pm after the news).

Directed by Aoife Kelleher, of Crossing The Line Films, Growing Up Gay follows a year in the lives of young LGBT people in Ireland over the course of two episodes. The programme’s makers approached the members of a number of LGBT youth groups around Ireland as part of their research.

As many of the readers of this blog may know through experience, awareness of one’s sexuality can emerge in the early teens, yet we may not speak about it until around the late teens – well, that’s the case for the lucky ones, at least!  Serendipitously, the programme coincides well with BeLonG To’s Stand Up! campaign, and it provides “a frank and sensitive exploration” of the young people’s experiences.

We say: both tonight’s Late Late and Growing Up Gay are well worth a watch.  Tune in!

  • The Late Late Show: Friday, 16th April 2010 at 9:30pm – RTÉ 1
  • Growing Up Gay: Starts Monday, 19th April 2010 at 9:30pm – RTÉ 1


Last night’s Late Late Show can now been viewed here and here. Skip through to 1hr 3mins.


- Telling Dad I’m gay was really tough, but he’s fine now (Evening Herdild)
- Crossing The Line explores ‘Growing Up Gay’ (IFTN)

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  • The programme was really well done, I thought.
    Riyadh’s father was a real head shaker though.
    I felt gutted for the kid when his father raged and screamed “why me?”
    I wanted to say, hey, buddy this isn’t about you, this isn’t your life.
    So depressing.

    Medbh said:
  • The program was well done and I’m glad it looked at familys that arent just coming from upper class backgrouds but also ones on housing estates etc.  I think its amazing the supports that exist I would of love to be that comfortable in my skin at that age. 

    mel said:
  • [...] by Anna Rodgers, who you may remember from her production work with director Aoife Kelleher on the Growing Up Gay TV series, and from BeLonG To’s Stand Up! campaign video which was co-directed with Aoife [...]

    OutLook: LGBT films at the Cork Film Festival | gaelick said:
  • How can one find a copy of this to watch now? I can’t find it online or on amazon. I’m not in Ireland by the way, does that make it more difficult? Is there an Irish website?

    Celeste said:
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