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    Author Colin Bell has been talking about growing up gay in NI and the homophobia he encountered. He described how he was once asked at aged 8 "if he had AIDS yet?". Encouraged by his parents, he left NI at 17.

    Inspired by Iris Robinson's now famous homophobic rant, he has written a new play about homophobia in NI.

    Iris Robinson's homophobia 'inspires' play
    Bell, 33, a gay man originally from Bangor, County Down, lives in Edinburgh with his long-term partner. "Iris Robinson may have been engaged in a homophobic rant, but my play isn't a rant against her," he said. "It is an examination of how other politicians in Northern Ireland are dealing with homosexuality. And it also explores how the Democratic Unionist party [DUP] have changed in the wake of Irisgate."
    Growing up gay in NI is undoubtedly very difficult but is it harder in the catholic/nationalist/republican community or the protestant/unionist/loyalist community? Does anyone on this forum have any experiences they can share? Did you experience or witness much homophobia growing up?

    Colin Bell interview on the John Murray Show

    Click on "latest show". Interview starts around 50 minutes in (you can skip directly to this).
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    Quote Originally Posted by johndodger View Post
    Author Colin Bell has been talking about growing up gay in NI and the homophobia he encountered. He described how he was once asked at aged 8 "if he had AIDS yet?".
    He was an openly practicing homosexual at 8? hmmmmmmmmmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clanrickard View Post
    He was an openly practicing homosexual at 8? hmmmmmmmmmmm
    why not, i bet you had kissed a girl by the time you were 8, why can't this man have kissed a boy his own age?
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    Judging by the vast majority of posters on here both nationalist and unionist they dont give a flying f*** what orientation people are ! (I hope that doesnt come across as sounding smart its not meant to!!). They seem more interested in dealing with the political issues. There may be a bit more perhaps on the Unionist side with Unionism being a bit more geared towards traditional family values and being more religious. Again Im open to correction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johndodger View Post
    Author Colin Bell has been talking about growing up gay in NI and the homophobia he encountered. He described how he was once asked at aged 8 "if he had AIDS yet?".
    How can you be a homosexual at age 8? I had no sexual desire for girls yet at that age.

    I had kissed a girl by age 8, but it was more because some of the other boys had girlfriends than any sexual desire for her.

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    Source or details of this incident ?

    1985 was when Aids hysteria really hit the media - was he supposed to have been asked this by an adult ? or another child ? I doubt if many children at that age would have known a lot about either AIDS or homosexuality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    Source or details of this incident ?

    1985 was when Aids hysteria really hit the media - was he supposed to have been asked this by an adult ? or another child ? I doubt if many children at that age would have known a lot about either AIDS or homosexuality.
    Source or details for what incident?

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    Quote Originally Posted by meriwether View Post
    Source or details for what incident?
    This one

    He described how he was once asked at aged 8 "if he had AIDS yet?".
    Bell would have been 8 in 1985.

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    No doubt homophobia is an issue in the North for some people.
    I don't think attitudes here would differ much from opinion in the South or the UK. There are ignorant fools in all societies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    This one



    Bell would have been 8 in 1985.
    What is it you are looking for? A youtube clip?

    An account of the exchange in the FT?

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