LGBT+ Ally Role Model“He came out of his session and said, ‘You know, it’s just amazing to meet people like me and they’re all totally normal like me.’”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Mum of two Aisling Gannon has just been named a 2019 Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender + Ally Role Model in recognition of her work on workplace diversity and inclusion. She told Ray D’Arcy this afternoon that a few short years ago, she didn’t know what the “T” in LGBT+ stood for, even though she had used the acronym many times. Her teacher came …

Documentary on OneBenjy the Little Gay Bull

As heard on Documentary On One

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In autumn 2014 a small article appeared in a provincial newspaper. It was about a farm in county Mayo and a little Charolais bull who was not performing as he should. Near the town of Kiltimagh, farmer Joe Kelly’s expensive new breeding bull was ignoring the herd of beautiful cows and was instead cavorting in the fields with a younger …

Olivia O'Leary on Pope Francis‘You can’t say that you love women if you exclude them.’

As heard on Drivetime

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Dear Francis, Before your very welcome visit here in August, I thought you might like to know what it was like in 1979. Just before Pope John Paul II came, Irish Times editor Douglas Gageby called us all into his office. “Now listen up, ye gang of lefties, women’s libbers and cynics”, he said. “This visit is historic. And this newspaper will cover it …

‘Gay teachers…that’s an absolute foreign concept to me…that’s not something that would ever be talked about’

As heard on Drivetime

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70% of young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender  (LGBT) people do not feel safe at school, according to research. This week is Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Week which aims to tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying. It will take place in schools and youth services around the country. Mary Wilson spoke with Katie about her own personal experience of bullying and coming out …

Amach LGBT “People who donate to SVP feel their donations are going to help materially needy people. You (LGBT) cannot ever be classed in that category.”

As heard on liveline

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Yesterday evening, the first LGBT centre in the West of Ireland was opened by AMACH!, a volunteer run organisation which represents and advocates on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. The centre is based in Galway city and will serve as a meeting point for support groups. However, as Joe Duffy discovered on Liveline, some people are …