I’m still seething at Brenda Power’s gobsmackingly ill-informed and homophobic ‘article’ in yesterday’s Sunday Times. How can she pass judgment (phrases like “get-up” and “carry-on”) on a Pride Parade she didn’t attend? How can the Sunday Times see fit to publish such a poorly-researched article – what next? Reviews of theatre from a production shot? Reviews of concerts from hearsay?
My legal-eagle colleagues will eloquently refute her prejudiced and disingenuous remarks in relation to marriage. I’m particularly incensed by her slur on LGBT families. How can she dare to suggest that being brought up in what she calls “an outwardly unconventional home” damages children and their “prospects for a rounded self-image, the likelihood of social acceptance in their crucial formative years”?
My teenage daughter has marched with me at Pride for the last three years – and has relished the excitement, warmth and possibilities of openness, tolerance and diversity on the streets of Dublin. She loves the colourful celebration that is Pride and – unlike Ms. Power – was profoundly impressed with Panti’s unifying, intelligent and (as always) witty speech. I’m thrilled that she is learning the underlying politics from such an articulate spokesperson. She’ll need this as she moves out in the world…and faces the only real threat to ‘self-image’ as a teenager in a lesbian family – the ugly prejudice and close-mindedness of the Brenda Powers of this world.