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Activist Chris Robson passes away

We are deeply saddened here in Gaelick towers to learn that Christopher Robson has passed away after short illness. He is survived by he partner of 35 years, Bill Foley.

Chris was brave, principled and passionate; to be an open gay activist in the 1980s was not easy. We had few friends and supporters in those days, and many powerful enemies; but Chris put himself on the line because he believed that discrimination and oppression was inhuman and that each person had a responsibility to take action where they could.

Mr Robson was committed to working for to equality on a range of social issues from the 1980s onwards and was one of the earliest activists for gay rights in Ireland. As part of his tireless work he was involved in the formation of Gay Health Action, Dublin Lesbian & Gay Men’s Collective, Campaign for Equality and GLEN. He served on the board of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, the Ana Liffey Drug Treatment Project and Marriage Equality. Internationally, through the organisation EUROCASO, Chris influenced the development of the European response to the AIDS crisis.

Ireland has lost one of its great civil rights activists and the LGBT community has lost one of its pioneering campaigners. All of us in GLEN will greatly miss his warmth, his humour and his passionate and inspiring commitment to social justice.

Kieran Rose (GLEN)

 

Our thoughts are with Mr Robson’s partner, family and friends.

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