Friday 24 November 2017

Can we all feel some pride?

Leo suffers from a prejudice that many LGBT people in Ireland are confronted by. They are expected to be left wing. And because Leo isn’t a left liberal gay, he is basically made out to be Margaret Thatcher. Picture: Laura Hutton/PA Wire
Leo suffers from a prejudice that many LGBT people in Ireland are confronted by. They are expected to be left wing. And because Leo isn’t a left liberal gay, he is basically made out to be Margaret Thatcher. Picture: Laura Hutton/PA Wire
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Leo Varadkar has admitted that, as a politician, he is a victim of prejudice. Indeed he admits that not every one in the LGBT community supports him or celebrated his election as Taoiseach. "In fact," he says, "some LGBT activists get quite annoyed when I don't agree with them on every other issue."

Leo suffers from a prejudice that many LGBT people in Ireland are confronted by. They are expected to be left wing. And because Leo isn't a left liberal gay, he is basically made out to be Margaret Thatcher.

And it says something about how far we've come. Our first gay Taoiseach didn't come from a predictable place, like the Labour party, or from the left. He came from right of centre, from Fine Gael for God's sake. And you don't have to like him just because he's gay. And even some of the other gays don't support him. It's all so damn normal.

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