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  1. Just a correction for the author, her name is Panti Bliss. It’s an incredible video.

  2. Ann O'Nimmis 3 Feb, 1:03pm

    It’s famous Irish drag queen Panti Bliss, not Panti Noble. And you could mention the fact in your article that he has received solicitor’s letters from those homophobes purely for calling them homophobic. And that it led to (an admittedly risible) televised debate on homophobia on RTÉ’s Saturday Night Show. And that the state broadcaster in Ireland has paid out over €80,000 to said homophobes. Why not contact @PantiBliss for the full story yourselves?

      1. Ann O'Nimmis 3 Feb, 3:07pm

        Thanks Nick. Couple of things though: 1) Panti’s original reply to Brendan O’Connor was that homophobia wasn’t as rampant in Ireland as it used to be, apart from internet commentators and certain journalists, at which point Mr O’Connor asked her to specify; 2) a rally was held by LGBT Noise in Dublin over the weekend which was attended by c.2000; 3) the number of complaints regarding the apology by RTÉ vastly outweighed the number of complaints about the original complaint. But thank you for posting :)

    1. Ann, just to clarify… It’s entitled Panti’s Noble call… Noble as in noble. Not Panti Noble. They should not have capitalised the “N” though.

      1. Ann O'Nimmis 4 Feb, 9:54am

        Hi Aidan,

        This was in response to a typo in the article which has since been edited. Amazing video though. Glad to see this story is going viral. The beauty of the Streisand effect and a stupid repressive group trying to take on one eloquent, beautiful drag queen.

  3. Gareth 3 Feb, 1:29pm

    This is brilliant… Articulated much of what I feel sometimes, even in England which is considerably more tolerant. It makes me think how precarious and unfinished the work for the LGBT community really is.

    She also articulated why I dislike the term “straight-acting” so much.

    1. It’s not just that way in Ireland, or the U.K. As a gay man from the USA where more and more states are affirming same sex marriage in their laws… I was vigorously nodding my head the entire time. I feel it too, we all do… it feels oppressive just like she said.

  4. “This drag queen’s brilliant response to homophobia will move you to tears”

    Don’t PinkNews…

    Just don’t.

  5. Tim Hanafin 3 Feb, 2:20pm

    Spectacular! You go girl

  6. One of the best and most relevant speeches I have ever seen

  7. Helge Vladimir Tiller 3 Feb, 3:07pm

    This brilliant Panti is more worth than any prime minister in Europe. A candidate for The Nobel Peace Prize !

    1. a candidate for the mac author genius award

  8. Well, it didn’t draw forth tears from me, but I have a close Irish background and am very used to the style. However, I was extremely impressed by that guys BALLS! It was a long oration but it never lost interest, and by its end it had really nailed home a powerful message. Well done, “Panti Bliss”. Let’s all take inspiration and each do the same in some way.

  9. This girl definitely got balls..and brain too! Such a lovely 10 minutes’ speech indeed.

  10. Robert 3 Feb, 5:28pm

    What an amazing human being. Being from Ireland I can tell you that there is a lot of discrimination in this country. Panti is one of few people brave enough to speak out about it. I cried while watching this video and cried again when showing my friends. Courage. Courage is what Panti has and if we only had an ounce of the courage she has then we can hopefully one day get equal rights like everyone else in this country/world.

  11. rapture 3 Feb, 6:08pm

    So in Ireland only censorship of free speech applies if it’s in the interests of the homophobes.

  12. Hayley 3 Feb, 6:25pm

    Moved to tears. What a brave wonderful person. Totally agree with everything she said. I hope that next time she checks herself she’ll say ‘damn I’m awesome!’

  13. A simply BRILLIANT address, worthy of the greatest possible dissemination. Should be in Parliament.. Would definitely get my vote.

  14. Pavlos 3 Feb, 8:12pm

    Very Powerful and brilliantly delivered speech.

  15. Angel Dust 3 Feb, 8:22pm

    Did I read the Iona community is against same-sex marriage, et al? I happen to know quite a few lesbians who are part of the Iona community. In fact that particular community seems to be a veritable haven for lesbians.

    1. I don’t know about them being a haven for lesbians. They are definitely against equal marriage. This is the video they made about it:

      http://www.ionainstitute.ie/index.php?id=2560

      They are mostly careful not to say anything outright hateful, but several of their members and patrons have a history of even more blatant prejudice than the above video.

  16. Colin (Queenstown/London) 3 Feb, 8:24pm

    Get this video world wide. Congratulations Panti Bliss. You got it and put it perfectly into words.
    My goodness your words resonated with me and I will be sending links to a number of homophobes including some of my family.

    I had never put into words that feeling you describe. Stupidly I’ve backed down to prevent an argument when at friends, work or family occasions and gay issues raise their heads. I checked myself and worse I simply do not engage with the homophobes any longer

    I fought for gay marriage in England/Wales and stood outside Parliament with my pink Union Jack. I cried when we succeeded. Not quaint tears buy somewhere deep and angrily going off to sort myself out. Aye that was checking myself. Having found a new respect for myself I urge all of you out there to find one cause you want changed and work for it
    I bow to you Panti and love your resilience and fortitude Keep going Girl. You are correct in every assertion and I hope Courts, Lawyers, Journalists churches listen

    1. allancsn 3 Feb, 8:49pm

      you me to – all my life I’ve been I’ve pretended I am happy to comply and pretend when I should have fought my corner. let the haters hate and never challenged. Patti spoke the words I’ve felt so many times. I’m angry with me for not saying shut up or stop. I’m ashamed that I’ve been embarrassed by my own ‘people’. Well no f8cking more. Patti thank you – you are brave and they my dear are a bunch of money grabbing sh8tes.

  17. Keith in SALFORD 3 Feb, 8:26pm

    Good for you Panti Bliss; very, very good.

    But you failed to mention, you didn’t pinpoint, why.

    And why is it?

    Because Ireland, the Republic, is Catholic, that’s why; wavering a bit, maybe, – and with reason- the clerical abuse, the Magdalene Laundries- “Philomena” -but Catholic nonetheless.

    And all this hoo-haa in Russia is for the same reason, the Orthodox, which has the people in its iron grip.

    It’s all down to disgusting, sickening, gut-churning religion.

    We have it (homophobia) here but not to the same extent because here is secular to all intents and purposes; the vast majority of the people couldn’t give a hoot for religion.

    Keith
    SALFORD.

    1. Bollocks. There is no difference the way SOME British homophobes and and SOME Irish homophobes. Ireland has made great moves towards GLBT rights despite Roman Catholicism.

      1. Keith in SALFORD 4 Feb, 4:52am

        CAL.
        Interested in your reply but can you insert what you left out in the first sentence?

        Do try not to let expletives ruin honest debate; it wastes everybody’s time

        Oh, and see JAMESH contribution a little further down.

        Keith
        SALFORD.

      2. Before I start, I’m an atheist and I live in Enlgand, not Ireland.

        I find that just balming “religion” is a bit of a sweeping generalisation. I know many religious people and very few of them have any problem with any of the LGBT community. Indeed, some them are MEMEBERS of the LGBT community.

        It is important to remember that, on BOTH sides of any argument, extremists exist. 90% of people (in my eperience) are well-rounded, understanding, good natured individuals. It is the remaning 10% that are the zealots, the fantatics, the ones who will use their beliefs as a shield and a cure-all, if you will, so that they can justify their hatred and their prejudice. This does not stop at religious people. I know some perfectly lovely devout Catholics and some down right evil and twisted atheists. And visa-versa.

    2. Keith in SALFORD 4 Feb, 5:32am

      Amendment/correction.
      Panti Bliss does in fact make a quick reference in his speech to the ousted Pope Ratzinger phrase in which in the 1990’s he, as Cardinal, referred to homosexuality as “a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil.”

      Anyway, good on you, Panti Bliss.
      Keith.
      SALFORD

    3. BlokeToys 4 Feb, 10:58am

      I don’t know why you have been voted down, you’re spot on. Religion is the root of most bigotry, it’s used as a tool by people who need it to make others feel inferior to them and therefore elevate them above others.

      Those attracted to devout religious ideas of any kind have a desperate need to feel superior to others, perhaps because they fear a lack of what can be described as “parental” authority over Humans. Religion is a ponzi scheme of dictatorial attitudes, the cardinals and priests have control over their followers, and their followers are fed the belief that they have a right to exert control over “non-believers”.

      She did raise this though, in a way. She did say that it’s a miracle most in Ireland are not rabid homophobes – because of religious indoctrination.

    4. Before I start, I’m an atheist and I live in Enlgand, not Ireland.

      I find that just balming “religion” is a bit of a sweeping generalisation. I know many religious people and very few of them have any problem with any of the LGBT community. Indeed, some them are MEMEBERS of the LGBT community.

      It is important to remember that, on BOTH sides of any argument, extremists exist. 90% of people (in my eperience) are well-rounded, understanding, good natured individuals. It is the remaning 10% that are the zealots, the fantatics, the ones who will use their beliefs as a shield and a cure-all, if you will, so that they can justify their hatred and their prejudice. This does not stop at religious people. I know some perfectly lovely devout Catholics and some down right evil and twisted atheists. And visa-versa.

      1. Religion is a concept, an idea, an ideology. Such things are intangeable and therefore (in my singular, humble opinion) cannot themselves be directly the cause for any hatred, racism, persecution or violence. Ideas do not have thought of their own, nor do they have the means to progress or grow of their own accord.

        Regardless of the concept or ideology – science, religion, sexuality, wealth, beauty, sport, art, you-name-it – there are always people on the extremeties who beliewve wholeheartedly, unerringly and often violently that their view is 100% correct and everyone else can agree or, for want of Panti’s eloquence, go to hell.

        So i don’t think saying “Religion is the root of all bigotry” is accurate. But saying “people are thr root of all bigotry, and they use things like religion as a means of justification for their actions” is perhaps more accurate.

        To Panti Bliss – bloody well said! I agree with every single word!

    5. Irishreader 6 Feb, 12:44am

      Your comment is offensive to many people who are religious but who reject and critique discriminatory ideas. Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland and a committed member of the Catholic church, has publicly criticised the position of that church on homosexuality, saying it is simply wrong it terms of modern understanding. It’s not about religion, it’s about stupidity, which can be found anywhere. Remember than Panti is Irish, his mum and dad are Irish, and Catholic, and they raised this wonderful, eloquent and intelligent spokesman for equal rights and freedom.

  18. Graham 3 Feb, 8:49pm

    It was all going well until you called yourself queer. If you want equality then you have to see yourself as equal. Calling yourself derogatory terms just to endear yourself to people means you’ve lost before you’ve even begun.

    1. I like the term ‘queer’. But that aside, she didn’t call herself queer. She said, with searing, angry sarcasm, “this jumped up queer” referring to the derogatory way the homophobes think of her. Listen again.

    2. Colin (Queenstown/London) 4 Feb, 12:39am

      Graham
      I understand where you are coming from and agree. But for many of us we knew from a very young age to fit in. Sadly we had no role models to show us the way or did not know they existed. I was 28 before I could admit to myself who I am.
      I am very fortunate to have 2 gay nieces, one who did major work on the US case last year opening the door to Gay Marriage there. They are out and proud in their teens. Another niece has a facial disfigurement. She has spoken in Scottish Parliament and works with Changing Faces, has been on TV etc. She is a trainee accountant and her clients love her. She is happy working to help others to accept themselves and society to understand.
      But your point is right. It will take maybe another generation in my opinion.

    3. I feel in this instance the word queer was correctly used. ‘Jumped up queer’ I believe, represents a sound bite from others. He is far too eloquent to use a throw away comment and it is not being used to endear but to expose such comments and highlight them. As human beings we should not have to strive for equality, it should be a given. Our sexuality should not define our social status and yet for some reason people feel that their sexuality should place them above others. Panti I applaud you.

    4. Queer is a term that individuals have used to describe themselves, You should keep up with the times. To take derogatory words and turn them it to something beautiful, is to take control :)

    5. Will Byrd 6 Feb, 1:13am

      Lemonade from Lemons, dear Graham!

  19. dionne coral lomax 3 Feb, 10:14pm

    @PantiBliss I know what you mean .I have the most beautifull wonderfull son who happens to be gay.So what? His sexuality does’nt make him any less clever or nice ! We are what we are and if other people have a problem with that then tough.We can only live our OWN life the very best way we can.I see enough hatred and biggotry on the’ news’ every day.I would like to say to the morons who cause you pain and discomfort ‘Live and let live’ but morons just don’t get it do they? Please dont’t let others make you unhappy.We are all unique and you ARE beautifull .XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  20. Siobhan 3 Feb, 10:32pm

    Love this, as a women I can relate to several of her points. I think her point about those in the position of privilege defining what is or is not offensive is so so important – and happens across the board in relation to all prejudices. Panti manages to make this point in such an astute way as to really highlight the nonsense of this scenario; it is not for the oppressors to decide what is and is not oppression.

  21. Derek Williams 3 Feb, 11:07pm

    Truly extraordinary reflections.

  22. Brilliantly said! For anyone wanting to read more on internalised homophobia and its impact on us, and more importantly the things we do to ‘affirm’ ourselves as ‘OK’, read the Velvet Rage by Alan Downs…. one of the best books I’ve EVER read!

  23. Panti is a treasure. I saw his stage show a few years ago at the Dublin Festival. Very powerful. Simple and searingly honest.

  24. An inspirational speech and a lesson to us all. Well said!

  25. Asa DeMatteo 4 Feb, 12:50am

    I dislike the headline that I will be moved to tears. To have that happened, I would have to pity the speaker, and I don’t. He doesn’t need, and I suspect that he would not want, pity, but rather justice. Well, my man, you have made a coherent, well structured, and well articulated statement of the social injustice visited upon the heads of all LGBT persons, not just fierce and beautiful drag queens. Keep up the good fight, keep your eyes on the prize, and keep on keeping on. The world is changing, and you are part of that change.

    1. SusannaS 4 Feb, 9:54pm

      I was moved to tears and it involved nothing even remotely resembling pity. I was moved by the truth in the words. I was moved by the emotion I could see in her face. I was moved by her articulation of what so many people go through on a day-to-day basis, put into words that I’ve never heard uttered in that way. The headline was certainly appropriate for me, and no pity was involved.

  26. jamesh 4 Feb, 1:09am

    It seems that the Iona Institue, a catholic front for homophobia, is the organisation which has sent writs to Panti. They love emails: info@ionainstitute.ie

    1. Do not write to them. Ignore them – don’t give them oxygen.

    2. Keith in SALFORD 4 Feb, 4:57am

      Had I put my point across as you have done, I would have explained myself better; well done.

      You said what I wanted to say a little higher up this page.

      It’s detestable Catholicism to blame

      Keith.
      SALFORD

    3. Thank you, Jamesh. Have just sent the following:
      —————————

      Dear Iona Institute,

      I understand that you have taken objection to being called homophobic.

      Issuing writs is not the way to deal with that charge.

      Examining your behaviour, and improving your behaviour, is the way to deal with it.

      Sincerely,

  27. Steve_R 4 Feb, 2:29am

    Brilliant and articulate as stated, It’s far too bad that Panti can’t be a delegate to Russia and make the same speech at the Olympics! I wouldn’t say there was anything detrimental to the welfare or well being or children, the whole speech uncensored might actually benefit them. It’s a speech that should be heard and used to give insight on internalized homophobia around the world “especially” Russia.

  28. Anne Watterworth 4 Feb, 3:10am

    Why can’t we all celebrate our differences?

  29. Sister Unity 4 Feb, 3:12am

    Those who had the gall to sue her are homophobes. They are homophobes. Homophobes homophobes homophobes. And bigots.

  30. Worrying and sad this is that most of the ‘homophobia’ I experience is actually from the gay ‘community’ or should I say ‘gay bars’! xx

  31. rapture 4 Feb, 4:10am

    john waters is one of the homophobes in question, such a shame that now the name of a homophobe can taint the great film director.

  32. Alison Bolshoi 4 Feb, 6:07am

    I am so deeply moved by these words that I just want to meet you Panti, and hug you, and do each other’s hair. Please stop checking yourself, anywhere. Everywhere. You are perfect. You are beautiful. Inside and out. From one blonde performer to another. Sending you kisses. Peace, Love & Sandy Feet, Alison Bolshoi

  33. Liam Ledwidge 4 Feb, 7:01am

    This response by Panti Bliss is remarkably brave and is to be commended for bravery and the outright truth in this debate. One would have thought by now that the word ‘Homophobia’ would be well understood instead the content of Ms Panti’s comments have gone viral around the world embarrassing us a nation! Are we really that surprised that it should cause so much fuss? No! The ignorance of some have done it again!

  34. Spike Rainbow 4 Feb, 9:09am

    Subtitles would be good – there are Deaf gay people too!

  35. rapture 4 Feb, 10:15am

    “checking” oneself resonates with LGBT across the globe, i live in London , supposedly more progressive than other cities, but i do not see pda between same sex couples and if i do, then i would think why did i especially notice it, because it’s so extremely rare.

  36. David Skinner 4 Feb, 10:16am

    I am afraid that even if Panti – Bliss were on a desert island he/she would still suffer from homophobia. It is unfair for P-B to blame this on society. All homosexuals have an internalised homophobia that comes from a feeling of rejection by a solar system that represents the antithesis of his or her proclivities. Panti- Bliss would have to go to a completely different galaxy to escape this, but I fear that the Hound of Heaven would pursue him / her even there. There is no escape, except through a very narrow door way indeed, called Jesus Christ who came to save us all from our sins.

    1. BlokeToys 4 Feb, 11:05am

      Oh my.
      You know, to most of us you sound like a Harry Potter fan who’s taken the books far too literally and actually believes that Hogwarts exists.

      I think you need to travel a little, see the world, then you might understand that Homophobia doesn’t exist everywhere, not to the same degree.

      I should also point out that you “religious types” were also claiming exactly the same things about your rights to own black slaves, then about your rights to attack interracial marriage, then about your requirements to pay black people an equal wage. Yet, look where we are now, the world didn’t end (as many religious nutters claimed it would) and the epidemic of racism is almost a thing of the past.

      Religious nonsense is always used as an excuse for bigotry, it used to be sexism, then it was racism, now it’s homophobia. You lot never seem to learn from history, which is remarkable considering your entire lives are based on a book written by several different men over the course of 2000 years.

    2. Though obliterating religion from the face of the planet would remove at least 80% of the hate.

    3. a solar system that represents the antithesis of his or her proclivities

      Would that be the “solar system” your co-religionists refused to believe in, Skinner? No picking and choosing, now …

  37. Tania Jenkins 4 Feb, 4:03pm

    What a wonderful powerful speech, Panti Bliss I truly think your amazing and beautiful, infact would give anything to have your legs and figure. I know myself that Oppression is an evil thing and I myself am no stranger to it for other reasons, mental illness being one of them.
    I’ve been married for 26 years and have three children, and have brought all three up to respect others for race, sexuality whatever, and if they came home tomorrow and said “mum I’m gay” me nor my husband would batter an eyelid.
    The problem is very small minded people, and probably is the fear of being different, but if your speech was made to go into schools I think it was that powerful it would make a difference. Someone mentioned you running for Prime minister, well Thatcher was known as the iron lady, you could be known as the one with brass balls..I think your amazing and could listen to you talk for hours, don’t change for anyone, just feel pity, bigs hugs Tania xx♥xx

  38. Thank you Panti Bliss and I think I love you!!! From a transman in the US, happily and legally married to a lesbian woman. You are beautiful, brilliant, and courageous to speak truth to power(hegemony). Please please don’t hate yourself, EVER, and I will love you and invite others to let you know they love you too, until you can stop hating any and all parts of who you ARE. You spoke words that have resonated in hearts around the world… I read something today that I want to share with you: “You are not responsible for the actions of those who hated themselves so much that they hurt you.” With love from Mark

  39. Help! Need link to that PinkNews story of young gay men who was saved from suicide by passing stranger, and both were recently reunited after “Find Mike” campaign. Can only find the following!

    http://www.onenewspage.co.uk/n/UK/7509b66gt/How-gay-guy-was-reunited-with-the.htm

  40. David Hinchliffe 4 Feb, 9:43pm

    What an extraordinary, powerful, nuanced and balanced articulation of homophobia this is. It is truly repulsive that Irish courts have determined that gays cannot call people who oppose gays having equal rights “homophobic”. It truly is Orwellian, as the speaker says, that it is now not gays who are apparently the victims of homophobia but homophobes! What a strange world we live in. But I have every confidence that this world will get better. I’ve seen it get better in my life time. This strangeness too will pass.

  41. Many straight “alternative” people are victims of Homophobia everyday. What she describes with people in cars yelling “Fag” and throwing objects at you, happens to anyone that doesn’t look mainstream. I’ve had that happen more times than I can count and it’s often something more dangerous than a milk carton thrown. I’ve also been “gay bashed” alone and been with other straight friends that have been “gay bashed” as a group. (the police were not receptive either and tried to ignore us when we went to the station bloodied and asking for help) These violent people call anything that they hate “Gay”. It’s not only about sexuality, it’s about conforming and forcing people to conform.

    1. rapture 5 Feb, 1:37am

      Agreed, I knew goth friends homophobicly attacked, although , they were straight.

  42. Tania Jenkins 4 Feb, 10:07pm

    What a fantastic and powerful speech,I myself have been married for 26yrs and a mum to three children,and my children have been brought up to respect any race or sexuality,if any one of them came home tomorrow and said”mum I’m gay”both myself and husband would respect and support them.Unfortunately in this cruel world there are some very small minded people,probably insecure and fear the unknown,but nobody has the right to hurt another human being for being different!!
    I myself have met oppression,I have a treble whammy,I’m short,fat and suffer depression,made worse by meningitis 3yrs ago which changed my personality from brain injury,so now have lost all my friends,I’ve stayed indoors for 3yrs except for going to doctor appts.
    The only thing I would say to you Panti Bliss is that you are BEAUTIFUL inside and out,infact I’d give anything for your legs and figure,maybe they envy you.Someone mentioned PM,well Thatcher was the Iron Lady,why can’t u be Golden balls,coz you’ve got them,HUGS

  43. Well said Ms Bliss.

  44. What an incredible person. She articulates the issue of homophobia better than I have ever heard it before. I would dearly love to sit down & have a conversation with this amazing individual – I think I would come away a better person. Brilliant brilliant brilliant!

  45. As a heterosexual man I was moved to tears. Shame on RTE! So eloquently spoken by such a lovely person.

  46. M Amoureaux 5 Feb, 4:32am

    This is so moving and eloquent. Thank you Sister for speaking UP !
    -M. Amoureaux
    http://intersexionxrds.blogspot.com

  47. michelle burns 5 Feb, 12:01pm

    Congratulations on speaking out Pati. It was refreshing and wonderful to listen to what you had to say….. Don’t stop speaking up for those who are not strong enough to stand up for themselves. They will get there, in time and with your example to follow I have no doubt that that will be when we all see a huge shift in the mind frame of irish people. Many blessings.

  48. a very positive message on how most gay and transgender people feel each day ,this is why we still do gay prided marches to show that we are still fighting a round the world for equality

  49. Yesh U R 5 Feb, 2:28pm

    http://www.broadsheet.ie/tag/iona-institute/ For more information on the IONA gang and the pay-out they got.

    Worth it just for the Valentine card!

  50. Keith Hach 5 Feb, 2:53pm

    You are fabulous for even now I ” check myself at the pedestrian crossroad crossing”. Thank you for beautiful monologue , forever reminding me that as I work thru my oppression I can help others work thru theirs. Your an inspiration and thank you for your voice to the cause of all LGBT people

  51. The way Ireland has moved forward in the last 2 decades me proud the last vestiges of the oppressive catholic hierarchy are being thrown off by ordinary Irish people catholic and non catholics.

  52. Tonya Sheets 5 Feb, 5:44pm

    Brilliant!

  53. Christopher in Canada 5 Feb, 5:48pm

    Panti should consider a future in Parliament. People like this, the world needs!

  54. Eloquent and elegant. Rockin’ those heels!!! Joking aside, well done. Xxx

  55. Chris Clarke 5 Feb, 6:10pm

    Brave, brilliant and bold response. I am straight, but cannot believe that Eire would fine Panti for accusing homophobes of being homophobic. surely thare is freedom for everyone in the Republic of Ireland? On paper at least.

  56. Mark Vollmer 5 Feb, 7:19pm

    Brilliant; yes!
    Why am I crying?

  57. Andre F 6 Feb, 9:18am

    Finally the gay rights movement gets its I-have-a-dream moment. A superb speech, brilliantly articulated, yet tellingly, without bitterness or malice. It puts the sour old religious bigots to shame.

  58. Carmel Kavanagh 6 Feb, 11:44am

    I am so proud to be the Mum of a lesbian. I, too, was shocked by RTE paying that money under such circumstances. Where gay – rights and total acceptance of gay people in our society are concerned, Ireland still resides in the dark ages. Well done Panti for that wonderfully articulate speech. Thank you, Abbey Theatre for providing the platform and shame on RTE.

  59. Ben (office cubicle, NYC, USA) 6 Feb, 3:25pm

    I cannot overexaggerate how glad I am that this was recorded and posted online — even if only for the very selfish reason of “I wouldn’t have been able to see or hear this otherwise, or even know that this existed; and I am so, SO glad that I got the opportunity to see and hear this.”

  60. R Smith 7 Feb, 10:52am

    I’m amazed we are expected to take this kind of thing seriously.

    A man dressed up as a woman, calling himself Panti Bliss, and we are expected to take this seriously. It’s beyond ridiculous.

    I sympathise with the man that he struggles with his self-worth; I can understand why this is – but his feelings of insecurity are born of the fact he is a bit odd, (dressing as the other gender etc), they are not born of other peoples opinions.

    If I was an LGBT person I would cringe at the kind of representative examples which are given to the mainstream population.

    Most non-LGBT people will not be moved by this and instead will either be baffled or in stitches at the sight of this guy.

    He is welcome to express his opinion,: but did he need to dress up like a woman and completely strip himself of all credibility, before he had even started his speech? What a joke.

    It is fair the people he defamed received compensation. LGBTs are not above the law.

  61. I am what would be thought of as a Male Chauvinist Pig, a complete hetro. My daughter shared this with me and i am delighted that she did. It is OUTSTANDING! Extremely Thought Provoking, Sincere and Honest. I was brought to tears.

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