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Sunday 12 April 2015

Watch: Panti's TED Talk

Posted in: Worth Checking Out
By staff - 13th January 2015

Ireland's most well-known drag queen expresses her thoughts on navigating a world in which the simple act of holding hands can be a political statement.

“Every day I am jealous of straight people because that tiny intimate expression of affection has never once been mine,” she says.

“I am jealous of that because gay people do not get to hold hands in public without first considering the risk. We look around to see where are we, who’s around, what kind of place is it…are there bunches of lads outside a pub?

“I’m 45 years old and I have never once casually, comfortably, carelessly held hands with a partner in public. I’m 45 and I’m fed up of putting up so I’m not anymore. Putting up is exhausting.

“I was born six months before the Stonewall riots and you have had 45 years to work out that despite appearances, I am just as ordinary, just as unremarkable, and just as human as you are. I’m 45 years old and I’m not asking anymore. I am just being, human being.” staff - 13th January 2015