Wednesday 14 November 2018

'I couldn't tell anyone that I suspected I might be gay because society didn't let me'

Justin McAleese on the marriage equality debate and the reality of growing up as a young gay man in Ireland

Justin McAleese
Justin McAleese
Mary McAleese and her husband Martin McAleese, with their children (left to right) Justin, Sarah and Emma.

St Vincent's beat Castlebar Mitchels in last year's All-Ireland Club SFC final. In his victory speech in the Hogan Stand in Croke Park the St Vincent's captain, Ger Brennan, said thank you to the "girlfriends and boyfriends of the players". That's what equality sounds like - but what does equality mean?

In May, you will have the opportunity to vote for equality - marriage equality - 22 years after the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

I was eight years of age then and was presumed heterosexual. My family didn't know that I was gay (neither did I) and had no idea of the positive, life-changing impact that decriminalisation would have on my life.

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