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.