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May 22nd

Same sex marriage referendum in Ireland.

Irish people are a lot more tolerant and welcoming than they used to be. Religion has less control over the population but there are still older citizens that are closed-minded. All polls are showing that the referendum will pass. I’m still not hopeful.

Young people don’t like to vote and they are the most tolerant. If I had to give you a reason why, quite simply, I would say it’s because they’re lazy. That may sound unfair but it’s true. I expect LGBT citizens to vote and their supportive relatives to support them and vote too.
If the younger people would vote, I believe this would pass easily.

This leaves me on to another issue. The majority of the media have been supportive and expect this to pass. Not bad huh? (Nice that the Catholic Church don’t control mainstream and left media). Then a Senator, Ronan Mullen, states that the media are pushing an agenda… Right.. Is that the agenda for equality? Passing this referendum will only bring happiness to LGBT citizens and future citizens; if people are against same-sex marriage, that is their issue, it’s not hurting them (even if they say it is).

Here is the link to the article: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/senator-claims-broadcasters-pushing-gay-marriage-agenda-1.2135363

He’s correct about one thing; it may not pass. But it is bigoted to say there is some kind of ‘gay’ agenda being pushed. This is about equal rights for Irish citizens; if I married my future wife/girlfriend, why would this hurt a straight person? Hint: it doesn’t. He comes across as a homophobe and a bigot and I am disgusted he is a member of the government, albeit in An Seanad.

He says he wants a more balanced debate. What does that entail? Inviting more religious bigots on to tv and radio shows, claiming that same sex marriage will destroy children and the good old catholic definition of a family? Don’t make me sick! This is plain and simple a human rights issue. If this is defeated, I will be so ashamed to be Irish. If you don’t vote, you’re killing hope from LGBT citizens and you should be ashamed. This could be your friends, children, future children that you are denying future happiness (or pain depending on how you view marriage!). Don’t kill someone else’s hope.

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I fucking love learning

Spending the evening watching documentaries! I find one that links to another and then find tons more! BBC Panorama has a few interesting ones. I’m lacking in feminist and LGBT docs. I would love for anyone to give me recommendations!

I’ve set myself the task of watching at least one documentary on each country. My reasoning; I won’t go to every country so I can try and experience a small insight on their culture, people or environment.

It’s fascinating that a lot of things wrong with the world link back to capitalism, greed, power or religion. Simple really, most governments and officials are selfish. This world could be so much better.

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Greed & Waste

I don’t make New Years resolutions… I don’t see the point making the effort to change at the beginning of each year when you can make a change at any time of the year. It’s forced and is rarely carried through. You also hear the same old nuggets each year – losing weight, going to the gym, read more books, save more money. I don’t know why people can’t start doing these things in September, or how about in May? It’s nicely exploited by the media and shops – they can promote the same bullshit articles year upon year and sell you shit that you’ll only use for a month or two…

People have become sheep. Avid consumers, nothing is enough, get more, want more.

I am about to read the book ‘This Changes Everything’, I can’t wait. It should give me a broader understanding of capitalism, not that it’s already in my face everyday.

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What equality?

It makes me sick that there are still people in the world today that treat others as if they’re inferior.
There is no equality. Uganda is sickening. There are millions of slaves in the world still; there are more slaves in the world today than ever before.

The Iona Institute in Ireland… It’s been bothering me so much but I just can’t speak about it. The thought that I’m an inferior person, a disgusting, vile person because of my sexual orientation? How are there still people like this? I don’t have the same rights as the rest of my family, as criminals, and even the religious bigots. I always thought gay marriage would get passed in a referendum, but young people don’t vote and the older population are more conservative. I’m not as hopeful as before. I’m not even looking forward to it. It makes me feel like shit and it’s not something I can control.

If only my family and friends knew how much this affected me. Very few of them would even care about gay rights, after all, it doesn’t affect them.

No country is progressive if there isn’t equal rights for all its citizens.