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Category: LGBT Issues

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A State apology to gay men? No thanks

There is no way to say sorry for dark days gay men endured in Ireland before 1993 When I read recently that the State plans to apologise to gay men who were convicted of engaging in same-sex sexual activity, my initial response was surprisingly one of anger. Senator Ged Nash has campaigned for the official…
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Derek Byrne: Marriage equality creates false sense of security for LGBTI people

High rates of self-harm, suicide, stress and depression persist in LGBTI community wasn’t surprised to read the harrowing findings in the recent report on the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Ireland which was funded by the National Office for Suicide Prevention and carried out by a…
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Same-sex marriage vote: Why I changed my mind from No to Yes

‘As a gay man and campaigner for gay rights I believe equality involves representing many views and reflecting the fact that not everyone will agree on certain issues’ Last October in The Irish Times I put forward my views on why I think marriage, as it currently stands, is not a good fit for gay…
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Marriage is not a good fit for gay people’s lifestyles

Opinion: What we need are laws that celebrate our differences, not laws that make everyone the same