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Gay Irish Presidential Frontrunner David Norris: 'I Represent the Diversity of Modern Ireland'

Irish Central reports on and speaks with gay current frontrunner for President of Ireland in November, David Norris:

Norris"To date seasoned political observers in Ireland have been divided over the nature of Norris’ appeal, but it’s becoming clear the professorial figure with the clipped tones and an Anglo Irish background is somehow striking a populist note that appears to be resonating with the public. Perhaps it’s because the Irish tend to love a man or woman who takes on the Establishment and wins. It may not matter to them that Norris’ landmark victory helped deliver equal rights for gays in Ireland: what matters is that he won."

They note that, like America, it has become politically inexpedient to be openly homophobic: "Some implacably opposed critics have found themselves reduced to describing Norris with code words like 'flamboyant,' or 'unrepresentative' and even 'alien.' 

Says Norris: “I think that in some ways I represent the diversity of modern Ireland. When I was young man it was assumed that everyone was a white heterosexual Roman Catholic. They weren’t, but that’s what it looked like. Now we have this wonderful vibrant community of different interests and diversity and I think my election will copper fasten the message that in Ireland we are a vibrant community that values it.”

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  1. Sen. Norris was at Boston College this week and I got to meet him. He is an incredible individual with a wonderful energy about him. He has a lot of great ideas for the Republic and I hope he wins!!!

    Posted by: Josh | May 6, 2011 12:19:09 PM


  2. I love David, and encourage all other Irish readers to contribute to his campaign.

    He has a wicked sense of humor and one of my favorite memories of him is at a debate on gay equality at my university in Cork when a fellow student asked him, mockingly: "So wouldn't you fancy a woman like Marilyn Monroe?"

    And David quickly replied:
    "Not in her present state, I wouldn't."

    A huge laugh, brought the house down, and easily won the debate.

    Posted by: Patrick M | May 6, 2011 12:39:44 PM


  3. This is an interesting candidate and a very thoughtful article. Norris is a banchmark of how far Ireland has come so quickly, from a culturally conservative backwater to one of the most progressive nations in Europe.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | May 6, 2011 12:48:31 PM


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