Saturday November 28, 2020

Pride in the name of love

The Dublin Pride Parade is evidence that Ireland has come a long way in its treatment of the gay community, writes Colm O'Gorman.

29th June, 2014
Participants in last year's LGBT Pride parade in Dublin. Picture: Photocall Ireland

It is 30 years since I came out. I was 18. It was 1984 and Ireland was a very different country. Being gay meant I was a criminal.

A year earlier, 31-year-old Declan Flynn had been savagely beaten to death by a gang of young men in Dublin's Fairview Park. The gang who killed him walked free from court on suspended manslaughter charges in March 1983. The case provoked fury among an emerging LGBT activist community and resulted...

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