All posts tagged Pride

Easkey: Tiny Irish Village goes Gay for a Day

Published August 12, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Tiny Irish village goes gay for a day | Irish News | IrishCentral

The tiny coastal village of Easkey, County Sligo has “gone gay” today in hosting what is thought to be the smallest gay pride event in the world.

The local Family Resource Centre of Easkey, population 250, is urging residents to “go gay” in an act of support of the local LGBT community.

The village, which is best known as a surfing and fishing town and has just two shops, two pubs, two butchers and a post office, will host a reception in its Family Resource Centre followed by a shore side barbecue.

Organizers expect around 80 people from the community to attend, all of whom will wear pins proudly stating: “gay for a day.”

The event is part of the Northwest LGBT Pride festival. In its fourth year, the festival hosts a series of events across Counties Sligo and Leitrim in acts of solidarity with rural Ireland’s gay community.

“There is a trend now in Ireland where gay people are leaving the big cities and returning to their rural roots,” said 10-year Easkey resident Denise Clarke,

“It is no longer a necessity to run off to Dublin or London or Manchester to ‘come out’. As a society we have moved on and are more broadminded and accepting.”



Published Sunday, August 9, 2009,

The Political Carnival: Hatred and the far right

Published June 19, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

The Political Carnival: Hatred and the far right

The article speaks to the relatively recent rise in Hate group activities in the US (circa 2009). However, these people are out there at all times, except the media ignores them until it is convenient like many things to pump up their sensationalist noise factor. Although as a community, they and their minions are part of our lived experience, in espousing some highly selective vitriol against our very existence. While these ignorant people are found wanting due to the inconsistencies in their argument, some quote from the Bible, however over looking its messages of love and acceptance believing these are only for the selected few. Their logic in arguing something that is in opposition to the source they claim as supporting the position held, escapes all reason. It would seem logic has little to do with HATE or ANGER, they seem to cloak the real emotion and neutralise any chance of reconciliation or do they.
It may speak to our strength as a community both in surviving their ongoing attacks and in actively mounting a resistance to this lunacy. The source of this resistance being our PRIDE, an ability to in example openly defend, lobby and express ourselves in a positive way to the wider community.