Anti-gay attitudes of authority figures are failing our young, warns LGBT activist

Supporters take part in a Gay Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre

Supporters take part in a Gay Pride Parade in Belfast City Centre

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Anti-gay attitudes held by authority figures exacerbate the alienation and shame felt by some homosexual people which can lead to depression and in the most serious cases suicide, a lesbian woman and gay rights campaigner has said.

Ruth McCarthy said her statement is a bold one but added that she is firmly of the belief that comments made by figures of authority hurt those in the gay community struggling for acceptance in a society that “has difficulty with people who are a little bit different”.

The 43 year-old, who hails originally from Limerick but has lived in Belfast for more than half her life, has battled depression and suicidal thoughts which she said were partly sparked by her feeling of isolation as a gay person.

 

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