Video: Rory O'Neill AKA Panti Bliss delivers impassioned and personal speech about prejudice in Irish society
Fierce powerful stuff.
Self-proclaimed "accidental and occasional gay rights activist" Rory O'Neill AKA Panti Bliss over the weekend delivered an incredibly impassioned and powerful post-show oration at Dublin's Abbey Theatre, as she spoke about prejudice and homophobia in the aftermath of the RTÉ controversy surrounding her recent appearance on The Saturday Night Show.
The moving and compelling speech came in the wake of viewer complaints, RTÉ payouts and a large-scale Dublin city centre protest organised by LGBT Noise, an event that was attended by numerous other groups and individuals who support equal rights for gay people.
Here at JOE we applaud Panti for having the enormous courage to address the theatre audience in such an articulate and compelling manner, and we wish her every success as she, along with many, many others, importantly strives for equal rights for all in Irish society.
Panti's Noble Call and a deserved standing ovation:
Video made with the help of Conor Horgan, Caroline Campbell, Nicky Gogan and Ailish Bracken and with thanks to cast and crew at the Abbey Theatre.