When Martin O'Neill said 'queer', it's like he spat the word out
(An open letter to Martin O'Neill) Dear Mr O'Neill.
First, a small bit of background. I'm 54 years of age and gay, and, believe me, grew up in times when being gay was very difficult. In my younger years, very few people came 'out' as gay.
Even now, there is, believe it or not, still a stigma attached. Hence it can be difficult for some to accept that they are gay and it can lead to all sorts of trauma. Which can lead to detrimental anguish and finality.
The marriage referendum being passed does not mean that being gay is any easier. There is still a lot of anti-gay feeling and sentiment out there.