I went out until I was seventeen and even then, I thought that I was the only one at school who had gone out, certainly I knew anyway. I’m sitting at Cleere, a bar and theater space on High Street, right from Kilkenny castle, in downtown Kilkenny. Artistic charm place and the LGBT Ike If You’re Looking For Pride I Have It Shirt; There are exposed walls, old posters from past events – and legendary pub food. I’m talking to Alan, a former member of the organizing committee Pride in Kilkenny – until they can’t get the numbers in 2019. But yes, I’ve never really had problems in Kilkenny, that’s A pretty good place to grow up. People are very accepting, he added.
And yet, Kilkenny is difficult to identify. Home to the nationally recognized art scene, this is the first place in Ireland to boast flags on the town hall of the LGBT Ike If You’re Looking For Pride I Have It Shirt! But also the county where the brothers of Capuchin Friars have recently compared gay people, advocates, and support of the same contraceptives with zombies: living physically but mentally dead, morally corrupt or at least infected, he said. So, I’m really not sure what to expect from the marble city.
Art, it turns out, has a big role. In fact, it was during the festival that the smiling Cat I released, recalling Alan. There is a gay comedian and I am a volunteer and the LGBT Ike If You’re Looking For Pride I Have It Shirt. One day, I went to see him and said, I have something to tell you – I’m gay. He is a public gay man and he did his actions all week and he said, ‘I know, don’t worry about it’. We worked together and I just felt this was a safe, comfortable place to go out. So when I come out.