I am writing as a community journalist, who in the past along with Sean McGoruan and others have tried to write and reflect about the LGBTQ community in Northern Ireland. There were times when it felt an uphill struggle, as we fought censorship and bureaucracy, not to mention the establishment.
We wrote about murders, about police sting operations, about AIDS.
Even today we still have to write about homophobia, how the ‘lockdown’ has and is affecting people; but we are lucky now to not have people thrown into prison without trial. Though I must say that the government’s current stance on ‘gay cure’ therapy beggars belief – is the Prime Minister trying to go back to the days of Margaret Thatcher?
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney’s speech is thought-provoking, and also worrying, because only this morning I re-published on the NIGRA website about the film ‘
Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge, review: a heart-stopping account of those fleeing persecution
which was shown on BBC TV this week
Take time to read the articles and watch the film, if you haven’t already. YOu won’t’ be disappointed.