Can we just take a second to appreciate the President of my country?
President Michael D Higgins has hit out at what he described as “the appalling, destructive reality of homophobia”.
The President made his remarks this morning while addressing a conference organised by youth organisation Foróige.
President Higgins described suicide resulting from racism and homophobia as an appalling blight on a society.
“The idea that any young person would be driven not just to lower self-esteem, exclusion, isolation, loneliness but self destruction itself is an appalling blight on a society,” he said.
“We have to ask about how racism gets going, how homophobia does its destructive work, how isolation tears at a person’s wanting to exist, how important every person is. These are important issues, they are not merely emotional issues,” President Higgins added.
I have to say from time to time I found it a little tedious to be asked about the matter over which I had absolutely no control, which is my chronological age, and I was very delighted to be able to tell people that I was intellectually firing away in all cylinders and that the same was true about my physical reality.