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An Openly Gay Man Is The Next Leader Of Ireland
 
# 46 : Thursday 15-6-2017 @ 07:44
 
 
Someone said :
I think Jack Charlton referred to the Teashop

Stephen Fry recently asked why the British media was talking so much about Irelands first openly gay teashop
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# 47 : Sunday 18-6-2017 @ 19:17
 
 
Someone said :

Perhaps you could count telling parliament that gay men and lesbians shouldn't be parents or perhaps you could count the massive swinging cuts to the mental health budget.

It is remarkable in many ways and quite positive for younger people and it does mean a changing Ireland. But it many other ways it is a step backwards to more of the conservative same. He spoke about bigotry in his victory speech yet at the same time his recent campaign against welfare "cheats" was little other than bigotry against Irelands poor. For young people in Social Welfare he hasn't reversed any of the nasty swinging cuts previously bought in. For women he laughs off their choices around pregnancies.

Varadkars sexual orientation was (mostly) not an issue in the process of his election. This is a very welcome development, after all thats what we have been working towards for decades, to be treated the same, nothing more and nothing less. Given that he will only be the 4th world leader openly out as gay it is another milestone in the LGBTQI world. In the long term that is the aim of the LGBTQI human rights movement, equality for ALL! Varadkars election in some way adds to that in others because of his harsh right wong politics doesn't.

In thinking about Varadkar we should not let Irish society build a myth that all LGBTQI are now fully equaly. There are still many journeys to get there. For many people who are LGBTQI in Ireland their daily life experience is a far cry from what we have witnessed with Leo Varadkar becoming leader of Fine Gael.
Yes, for many many people who are openly LGBTQI here in Ireland their experience of daily life is broadly positive, unremarkable and better than the past. For many many people in the wider communities being LGBTQI is not an issue and that is how it should be too.

But, it is also important to be aware that the reality for many LGBTQI people is not all good and positive. These people who depend on our helpline, our LGBTQI resource centres, peer support groups, LGBTQI youth organisations and so on to survive, to deal/cope with the homophobia, biphobia, transphobia the verbal and physical abuse, isolation and so on. All of this is a very real living life experience for many LGBTQI people in Ireland. Our journey to true equality as a country is far from over.

It is tempting for Ireland to pat ourselves on the back, sure arent we great, everything is grand now we are all equal, similar sentiments when homosexuality was decriminalised and when marriage equality was introduced. The reality is all the activism, all the volunteer work, all the support work is still needed.

The Left foaming at the mouth over Leo is laughable considering that Karl Marx called homosexuality a "bourgeois vice". Communist Russia sent the gays to the Gulags to cure them of the bourgeois decadence. Comrade Che either shot them or sent them to jail. It seems that the Left have hijacked LGBTQI rights. Even in the UK it was Cameron's Tory government that legalised same-sex marriage.
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# 48 : Sunday 18-6-2017 @ 19:39
 
 
Someone said :

LGBTQI rights.

There is a Q now??
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# 49 : Sunday 18-6-2017 @ 19:57
 
 
Someone said :

There is a Q now??

S4, forgive me but I call BS. You are long enough, and active enough a member of Gaire that I find it incredulous that you haven't come across the Q before. Not to mention the fact that the expanding acronym has been a popular talking point online and in traditional media for several years.

If you have a point to make then make it. Don't cowardly try and use feigned ignorance to do it.
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# 50 : Sunday 18-6-2017 @ 20:24
 
 
more inclusive countries also use an H
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# 51 : Sunday 18-6-2017 @ 20:33
 
 
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S4, forgive me but I call BS. You are long enough, and active enough a member of Gaire that I find it incredulous that you haven't come across the Q before. Not to mention the fact that the expanding acronym has been a popular talking point online and in traditional media for several years.

If you have a point to make then make it. Don't cowardly try and use feigned ignorance to do it.

I only pay attention to stuff that interests me?
Collecting, inventing, paying attention to labels is not really my thing

Carry on.
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# 52 : Sunday 18-6-2017 @ 20:54
 
 
Someone said :

I only pay attention to stuff that interests me?
Collecting, inventing, paying attention to labels is not really my thing

Until you felt the need to make a post about them a few minutes ago?

Someone said :

Carry on.

...ignoring the point?
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# 53 : Sunday 18-6-2017 @ 20:56
 
 
Someone said :

Until you felt the need to make a post about them a few minutes ago?

...ignoring the point?

He does that passive agressive crap fairly often to be honest.
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# 54 : Sunday 18-6-2017 @ 23:12
 
 
Someone said :

He does that passive agressive crap fairly often to be honest.

But he's allowed to be an ass so we should nod our heads and shut up.
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# 55 : Monday 19-6-2017 @ 00:16
 
 
Sure why not add the rest of the alphabet while we're at it...
Or at least a W.....for Whatever you're having yourself.
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# 56 : Monday 19-6-2017 @ 03:37
 
 
Someone said :

The Left foaming at the mouth over Leo is laughable considering that Karl Marx called homosexuality a "bourgeois vice". Communist Russia sent the gays to the Gulags to cure them of the bourgeois decadence. Comrade Che either shot them or sent them to jail. It seems that the Left have hijacked LGBTQI rights. Even in the UK it was Cameron's Tory government that legalised same-sex marriage.

It was the liberal democrat / conservative coalition actually .... with the liberal democrats pushing that change forward .
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# 57 : Monday 19-6-2017 @ 12:18
 
 
Someone said :
more inclusive countries also use an H

What does the H stand for?
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# 58 : Monday 19-6-2017 @ 12:49
 
 
Someone said :

What does the H stand for?

HIV positive. Its an American term mainly.

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# 59 : Monday 19-6-2017 @ 14:27
 
 
Someone said :

HIV positive. Its an American term mainly.

I never knew about the H.
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# 60 : Monday 19-6-2017 @ 14:33
 
 
and sometimes you'll see LGBTQHA,
A as in assexual, so noone feels left out.

I still prefer homosexual.
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