With Pride celebrated tomorrow and the whole month packed with so many events, it’s easy to forget that it hasn’t always been such an anticipated occasion. Not only has Irish Pride grown so much in the past 6 years, but it has been remarkable to observe the sea change in how Pride has been viewed in Irish Society. It is very real proof that being proud of the person you are and owning “You” with pride can change how you are perceived, in doing so demanding the respect that every human being deserves.
I am a straight white girl,. There are many 1st world issues that I deal with on a daily basis but I’ve never had to worry about people accepting who I am based on an innate part of my being. Sexuality is not a choice. Acceptance of who you are is a gift, a gift we would all be blessed to have. A large part of being a gay person is accepting who you are from a very young age and announcing to the world that ‘I’m ok with it’. I have a number of gay friends. This doesn’t make me ‘down with the gays’ nor am I teetering on the territory of ‘I know someone gay so that makes me understand’. What it has made me is aware of is that this acceptance has produced some of the most understanding, liberal, open, witty , loyal, honest and courageous, people I have ever met. My friends are comfortable and categorically secure in who they are, and it is inspiring.
I could go on and on with the understandings and misunderstandings of gay rights and the celebration of gay pride but I won’t. However, if you would like to open your eyes to the many offerings of gay culture on our doorstep please visit http://www.dublinpride.ie/