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A passionate speech made by an Irish drag queen who goes by the stage name of Panti Bliss, has taken the world by storm with the video of the speech going viral and being seen already by more than 200,000 people around the globe.
The speech by Panti Bliss, also known as Rory O’Neill, was delivered on stage at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and addressed the issue of homophobia in Ireland with such passion and conviction that it became an instant online hit.
Panti Bliss the dag queen has been hitting the headlines in recent weeks after she accused the Catholic lobbying group the Iona Institute and a number of Irish newspaper columists of “homophobia”.
The claims wee made by the drag queen while appearing on the national television channel RTE which has led to the case continuing and the broadcaster handing out compensation to those accused.
Since challenging the newspapers and other institutes damages have been paid by the national Irish broadcaster RTE who have paid out €85,000 in damages to Institute members and to Irish Times writers John Waters and Breda O’Brien.
In the speech which has caused such controversy Panti Bliss says: “Have you ever been standing at a pedestrian crossing when a car goes by and in it are a bunch of lads, and they lean out the window as they go by, and they shout “Fag!” and throw a milk carton at you?
“Now, it doesn’t really hurt. I mean, after all, it’s just a wet carton, and in many ways they’re right – I am a fag. So it doesn’t hurt. But it feels oppressive.
“When it really does hurt, is afterwards. Afterwards I wonder and worry and obsess over: what was it about me? What was it they saw in me? What was it that gave me away? And I hate myself for wondering that. It feels oppressive and the next time I’m standing at a pedestrian crossing, I hate myself for it, but I check myself to see what is it about me that “gives the gay away”. And I check myself to make sure I’m not doing it this time.”
The speech concluded with: “For the last three weeks, I have been lectured to by heterosexual people about what homophobia is, and about who is allowed to identify it. Straight people have lined up – ministers, senators, barristers, journalists – have lined up to tell me what homophobia is, and to tell me what I am allowed to feel oppressed by.
“People who have never experienced homophobia in their lives, people who have never checked themselves at a pedestrian crossing, have told me that unless I am being thrown into prison, or herded onto a cattle truck, then it is not homophobia. And that feels oppressive.
“And so now, Irish gay people, we find ourselves in this ludicrous situation where we are not only not allowed to say publicly what we feel oppressed by, we’re not even allowed to think it, because the very definition – our definition – has been disallowed by our betters.
“And for the last three weeks, I’ve been denounced – from the floor of the Oireachtas, to newspaper columns, to the seething morass of internet commentary – denounced for using hate speech because I dared to use the word ‘homophobia’, and a jumped-up queer like me should know that the word homophobia is no longer available to gay people. Which is a spectacular and neat Orwellian trick, because now it turns out that gay people are not the victims of homophobia, homophobes are the victims of homophobia.”