Marriage equality: the LGBTQ* community, canvassing and voting yes

On Friday May 22nd Irish people will vote on whether to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples. I hadn’t planned on writing a blog post this close to the referendum because, frankly, since the campaign officially began I’ve been too angry and wound up to write anything sensible. But having written two longer than usual Facebook updates recently, I decided to combine them and elaborate here.

Designed by Fiona Hanley

Designed by Fiona Hanley (@GreenClouds4)

I have written about marriage equality on this blog, and others, before. Since then I have questioned my sexuality, realised I was bisexual and fallen in love.

Two months ago I was lucky enough to get married. I say lucky not just because I am happily married to the man I love, but because the option of marriage has never been open to me before as my previous long term relationships were with women.

Paul and I had a small civil ceremony in Dublin. We invited family and close friends, chose two songs and a reading (you’ll find it here), said our vows and signed our marriage certificate. The entire ceremony took less than 30 minutes. But they were a wonderfully moving 30 minutes. Making that commitment to each other and having it recognised was important.

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This week I’ve been reading #32

It’s time for another round up of articles, blog posts and stuff from the internet that caught my attention this week.

I heard Tina speak at the YesEquality Bus event in Tralee on Wednesday, I’m glad she also made this video so more people can listen to her wise and heartfelt words – Tina Moriarty: A mother from Castlegegory, Co. Kerry on why she is voting yes

 

Decriminalisation of homosexuality was just the beginning

Ursula Halligan: Referendum led me to the truth about myself

Noel Whelan: Remember real people when you vote in marriage referendum

This Stuning Photo Series Shows What It’s Like To Live With Anxiety

The Ridiculous Amount Of Thought That Goes Into Game of Thrones’ Costumes

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The Last Moriarty by Charles Veley

Advance Reader Copy (ARC) via Netgalley included. Full disclaimer here.

The Last Moriarty by Charles Veley

The Prime Minister and his cabinet need Sherlock Holmes to solve a murder that could jeopardise a high stakes British-American summit. The summit is to be attended by John D. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan.

While working on the case Holmes is visited at 221B Baker Street by a young American actress who asks for help after she received threats. Holmes agrees to help, much to the annoyance of those counting on him to enable the summit to go ahead.

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This week I’ve been reading #31

It’s time for another round up of articles, blog posts and stuff from the internet that caught my attention this week.

‘May 2015′ by Ursula Ní Choill –

 

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INFOGRAPHIC: A History of Pen Names

Does Post-Apocalyptic Literature Have A (Non-Dystopian) Future?

Woody Allen’s romanticised rain (and Hemingway, and Toni Morrison and James Joyce)

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Boo by Neil Smith

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Boo by Neil Smith

When 13 year-old Boo wakes up in heaven he assumes his defect heart is responsible and sets about figuring out how to settle in to his new life, his reborn life.

Boo, whose real name is Oliver Dalrymple, didn’t fit in at his school back in America. He was a science geek who memorised the entire periodic table and didn’t really mix well with people.

When he discovers that heaven is divided by age and nationality, meaning he will remain a 13 year-old surrounded by other 13 year-olds, he isn’t pleased. But heaven is the perfect opportunity to carry out some new science experiments, so at least he has that to occupy his time and his mind.

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