Tuesday 21 November 2017

Hurling star Donal Og stands up to bullying

Donal Og Cusack, with members and supporters of the Belong To organisation, launching the ‘Stand Up Against Homophobic Bullying’ campaign, which runs from March 11 to 15
Donal Og Cusack, with members and supporters of the Belong To organisation, launching the ‘Stand Up Against Homophobic Bullying’ campaign, which runs from March 11 to 15

Nevan Riley

GAA STAR Donal Og Cusack has told young people they have enough things to worry about, and their sexuality should not be one of them.

Cusack, who was the first elite sportsman in Ireland to come out as gay, was speaking at the launch of the 'Stand Up Against Homophobic Bullying' campaign.

And while he has called time on his inter-county career, Cusack was in good spirits.

"I need to do stuff I'm passionate about – that's what I want to keep my mind on. I've a strong passion and belief that there are enough things for young people to be worrying about and their sexuality shouldn't be one of them," he said.

The campaign has received the backing of Education Minister Ruairi Quinn. It runs from March 11 to 15 and is the brainchild of Michael Barron, director of Belong To – a youth group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) young people aged from 14 to 23.

Asked about his exit from the Cork team, Cusack said: "I've had great days, great memories, met some great people and I wish them all the best."

Meanwhile, he dismissed suggestions that he could potentially be Sinn Fein's first openly gay TD, saying his chances of representing Sinn Fein at the next election were as likely as him "being the number one goalkeeper for Cork in the championship this year".

Irish Independent

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