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This Dublin girl’s Facebook post about her experience of equality at Pride is powerful

“I’m sorry for making you all feel awkward, odd and peculiar.”

25/6/2016. Gay Pride Parade Dublin. Gay Pride supp Source: Eamonn Farrell

THE PRIDE PARADE gloriously hit Dublin over the weekend – as well as a load of major cities around the world.

Dublin girl Meadhbh Flynn was performing at the Dublin parade as part of the Halleluia Gospel Choir and had a realisation about how things aren’t so easy for everyone all year round.

So she wrote a Facebook status about her experience

After meeting Panti bliss on the street, Meadhbh and her friend went to get some food. It was then she had a moment of realisation:

At first we thought it was pretty hilarious that the waitress clearly thought we were gay. She was lovely. However I couldn’t help but notice that people were staring at me more than usual. Each time I looked around I caught a different person’s eye. It made me feel awkward. It made me feel odd. It made me feel peculiar. It was not a nice feeling.
And then I finally understood how gay people feel. Even after Panti so tenaciously describing it to us, as heterosexuals we can never truly understand how it feels. So I’m sorry to the gay people who I may have spent a split second staring at because they were holding hands. I’m sorry to the gays wearing outrageous outfits with unconventional hairstyles who I gawked at without realising. I’m sorry for making you all feel awkward, odd and peculiar.

25/6/2016. Gay Pride Parade Dublin. The INTO LGBT Source: Eamonn Farrell

So, what better time than Pride weekend to send out a clear message about how being proud to “accept” gay people isn’t enough:

Gay pride is a phenomenal day for everyone to celebrate the gay community. But heterosexuals genuinely need to stop being selfish and being “proud” that they accept gays in our community; what we need to be proud of is the people who we make feel awkward, odd and peculiar who still manage to be truly resilient and brave. HAPPY PRIDE EVERYONE!


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