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    Default Sad news: death of Gay Rights Activist PA Maglochlainn

    BBC News - PA Maglochlainn, NI gay rights campaigner, dies after illness

    Sad news: PA Maglochlainn has died.

    According to the BBC, as a member of the SDLP, he was the first openly gay representative to sit on a NI political party's executive. UUP man Jeff Dudgeon, whos case legalised homosexual activity in 1980, described him as a "tireless campaigner" who was "outspoken, eccentric" and had a "huge personality" and said that he "fought long and hard for many of the rights we now take for granted".

    Comment: those who fought for the rights that people take for granted today deserve a lot of credit. The experience of a gay person growing up in NI in 2012 is so much easier than one growing up in the 1970s when these civil rights activists were young.

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    An orange pope - I don't believe it!

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    Those who fought for the rights that people take for granted today were mainly British Soldiers !!
    Our nat/rep chums would do well to remember that !!
    A sad day indeed for Gay Rights..........
    Even with the usual caveats attached to opinion polls, a 65% to 17% majority for Northern Ireland remaining in the UK suggests little room for doubt.

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    R.i.p.

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    I recall PA from years ago , a true eccentric .As somebody else said he added to the gaiety of the nation. Take it easy PA !!!

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    Was only vaguely aware of the guy tbh. It undoubtedly took a lot of courage to come out as a gay man, as he did, when he did. Even now it takes a bit of guts here, and this is very rarely acknowledged. When I was younger, if a gay bloke tried to hit on you, you'd be horrified and you'd shun him thereafter. It was a social taboo, way beyond what it is now, in those days.
    As time has moved on, many of us have learned to be more tolerant and understanding, and the credit for that goes to people who had the courage to stand up for themselves and proclaim that while they were different to us in their sexual nature, they were still decent human beings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedCloud View Post
    Those who fought for the rights that people take for granted today were mainly British Soldiers !!
    Our nat/rep chums would do well to remember that !!
    A sad day indeed for Gay Rights..........
    Don't go telling Bilko that!
    'Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theloner View Post
    Don't go telling Bilko that!
    Or mary mother of gales ?
    Even with the usual caveats attached to opinion polls, a 65% to 17% majority for Northern Ireland remaining in the UK suggests little room for doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedCloud View Post
    Or mary mother of gales ?
    The loon that is MMOTG was never in the British Army, our resident homophobe was.
    'Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness'.

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