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Gay man from Travelling community shares wonderful #YesEquality letter from his sister

“Yes, of course yes!”

OEIN DE BHAIRDUIN, a member and activist in the Travelling community has shared this wonderful e-letter he received from his sister.

He had gotten in touch with family members to see “if we can get the family/wider travelling community to vote”.

His sister replied:

oein Source: @eoiny

DeBhairduin told that his sister has always been “of incredible support and a very kind guiding hand to me in life. A strong determined rock of sanity that insists that people should live life rather than just survive it”.

He said that both he and his sister experience intersectionality in their own ways, he as a gay man and she as a Traveller with a disability.

Asked about opinions on marriage equality within the Travelling community, he said that those opinions are “much akin to the wider community” and that there are “distinct polarities and confusions around marriage as a legal right and that of a religious association. The topic of sexuality that it reflects is not that often discussed, but the equality it represents is never the less known”. 

I believe that people are starting to truly realise that the referendum does not simply reflect or create protections around the sense of “others” families, but our own too and from this understanding more people will be taking to the voting. It’s an exciting time ahead and certainly not without its challenges, but I’m looking forward what awaits ahead.

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Emer McLysaght

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