“Our society is homophobic, it is infused with homophobia, it is dripping with homophobia.”
Panti Bliss delivers a follow-up speech at a local TEDx event to her viral video addressing homophobia today, talking about “all the little things” gay people have to put up with on a daily basis.
In the speech from September last year Panti discusses the little things that make us human that lgbt people cannot enjoy without first considering the possible consequences of these actions:
“Everyday I am jealous of straight people because that tiny intimate expression of affection has never once been mine…I am jealous of that because gay people do not get to hold hands in public without first considering the risk…We look around to see where are we, who’s around, what kind of place is it…are there bunches of lads outside a pub? … I’m 45 years old and I have never once casually, comfortably, carelessly held hands with a partner in public… I’m 45 and I’m fed up of putting up so I’m not anymore.”
Panti also covers what homophobia really means, being treated differently or less than straight people and how gay people are reduced to nothing but sex acts by homophobia.