Over the past few weeks, we have been working with the LGBT Helpline on their #heart2heart video campaign, to mark National Coming Out Day.
National Coming Out Day is a civil awareness day that is celebrated annually on 11th October around the globe. In the run up to this year’s celebrations, the LGBT Helpline has produced a video, entitled #heart2heart, featuring six people of different ages from around Ireland, talking to their ‘younger selves’; giving themselves advice on how to handle the process of ‘coming out’; and talking about what they may or may not have done differently.
The Helpline are launching this video today and will run a social media campaign to promote it, with a dedicated hashtag – #heart2heart – with which they are hoping to get as many people as possible to share their stories and memories of coming out.
Those featured in the video come from various backgrounds and include:
Stella Poole: a 42-year-old male to female transgender person, who was once married and came out to her former wife at the age of 39.
Paul Knox: a 29-year-old primary school teacher from South Kilkenny, who came out at the age of 22.
Barbara McCullagh: A 46-year-old community outreach worker, who came out to friends aged 15 and to her parents at the age of 21.
Jack Robertson: a 28-year-old from Dublin, who works in advertising and came out when he was 20.
Vincent O’Toole: A 33-year-old social work student from Tallaght, who came out when he was 18.
Kirsty Park: A 26-year-old communications student from Drogheda who came out aged 21.
In addition to those featured in the film itself, they have secured the support of a number of high-profile personalities to champion the campaign both on and offline, including:
Rory O’Neill aka Panti
Broadcaster, Anna Nolan
Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh
Senator Katherine Zappone
John Lyons TD
Jerry Buttimer TD
Designer and broadcaster, Brendan Courtney
TV presenter and stylist, Darren Kennedy
Singer, Brian Kennedy
Senator David Norris
Journalist, Una Mullally
Author, Brian Finnegan
Radio DJ, Jenny Greene
Broadcaster and activist, Dil Wickremasinghe
Executive Director of Amnesty International and former Senator, Colm O’Gorman
Performer, Declan Buckley aka Shirley Temple Bar
We have really enjoyed working on this campaign and would encourage everybody to watch the video and share their own heart-to-hearts with their younger selves, using the hashtag, #heart2heart.