||[Jun. 27th, 2007|11:31 pm]
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So my letter made it into the Metro. Slight problem though, they edited it to bits. It wasn't even a very good editing job... but anywho, I got in there.
Firstly, please let me congratulate the team of Metro Ireland for
producing an excellent free morning paper. However, I must express my
great disappointment with your lack of coverage of Dublin Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered & Queer (LGBTQ) Pride (
http://www.dublinpride.org) this year.
This is not merely a curiosity for a slow news day.
While it is easy to dismiss the parade as merely a colourful display
of gaiety on Dublin's streets once a year, in reality it is a way for
LGBTQ people to show ourselves and let our voices be heard. We do this
to draw attention to our mostly invisible presence the rest of the
year, to show our numbers, and to highlight our issues - civil
partnership, and homophobic violence and bullying - in a good-natured
and non-threatening way.
These points are made all the more salient by the Equality Authority's
2007 Year of Equal Opportunities for All. While the EU works towards
providing civil partnership to same-sex couples, last year our own
government defeated a bill to those same ends.
Pride, however, is not just a marker of how far away we are from true
equality, it is also a celebration of how far we have come. A mere 14
years ago, homosexuality was decriminalised, while last year saw a
Fianna Fail TD approve a national poster campaign against homophobic
bullying in secondary schools.
Recognising that Pride stands for all of the above, I hope that Metro
Ireland will put more thought towards properly covering the parade
next year. In the meantime, let me congratulate everyone who
participated in Dublin Pride 2007, and who made it what it was... You
guys were brilliant out there!
Edit: Humph, I just noticed that they added the title "Gay Abandon". Once again, humph.
I realise it was a very idealistic letter, but I was just annoyed that there wasn't any coverage... especially given the whole Equality Authority angle on it... sure the papers jumped on the initial launch, but nothing since. Still, at least they printed some of my letter.
It does go to show, though, that they really do follow the inverted pyramid model that we were told about in media studies in school.