Following three years in Berlin after his MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture from University College Dublin, Gavin was awarded the Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship in 2014 to carry out his PhD at the School of English in Trinity College Dublin. Gavin's project, the first comprehensive analysis of queer Irish-American literature and culture, aims to counter the alleged impossibility of queerness in Irish America by highlighting the radical potential of non-normative sexualities to interrogate and unravel heterocentric systems of gender, kinship and home in the diaspora.

Gae Pride Parades: The Impossibility of Queerness in Irish America at the St Patrick’s Day Parades

2015 marks twenty-five years since the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization’s (ILGO) first application to march in New York City’s St Patrick’s Day parade on Fifth Avenue. Still the world’s largest celebration of the day, it was rejected by the event’s organizers, the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), a Catholic… Continue reading