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Famous Irish Drag Queen Panti Bliss Blasts Homophobia on Stage of National Theatre: VIDEO


On Saturday night, Rory O'Neill, also known as drag queen and activist Panti Bliss, took the stage after a performance of James Plunkett’s 1913 Lockout drama The Risen People in the national theatre, and gave an impassioned speech on homophobia that is making headlines across Ireland.

Our tipster Hugh F. explains:

Last night, on the Abbey Theatre stage, the national theatre of Ireland, Ms. Panti Bliss (Rory O'Neill), Ireland's most celebrated drag queen and gay rights activist made an impassioned speech about the oppression of homophobia. Appearing as Rory O'Neill a few weeks earlier on the Saturday Night show, he called out a number of public figures who he deemed homophobic because of their active campaigning to treat homosexuals differently. Those people threatened legal action against O'Neill and RTÉ (the national broadcaster) and a large sum of money was paid out in settlement. Ms. Panti Bliss took to the stage of the national theatre to set the record "straight".

Watch Panti Bliss's speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Powerfully expressed and beautifully delivered.

    Posted by: bobspice | Feb 3, 2014 11:35:30 AM

  2. That was quite wonderful!

    Posted by: S | Feb 3, 2014 11:40:25 AM

  3. I don't think there's anything anyone could add to this, that would make it better than how Rory put it.

    This was just amazing.

    Posted by: jtramon | Feb 3, 2014 11:44:27 AM

  4. What an amazing speech. Probably the best and truest I've ever heard.

    Posted by: Androjai | Feb 3, 2014 11:52:26 AM

  5. Right on sister, homophobic as@holes need to be told this.

    Posted by: terryp | Feb 3, 2014 11:54:18 AM

  6. THAT, was an amazing piece of oratory, worthy of a kennedy or a king, and done without a teleprompter and in full drag.

    he left me wanting to storm the ramparts, i just don't know whose.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Feb 3, 2014 11:57:24 AM

  7. Bravo Panti Bliss. Homophobia is everywhere and oftentimes we are our own worst enemy. I will remember this next time I "check myself".

    Posted by: excy | Feb 3, 2014 12:04:34 PM

  8. What an incredible speech! Perfect. Thank you for this.

    Posted by: iBN | Feb 3, 2014 12:04:59 PM

  9. Message would have had more impact if the messenger wasn't dressed up like a clown.

    Posted by: Howie | Feb 3, 2014 12:19:04 PM

  10. "Howie" the Troll is still upset that a man in a dress is more man than he'll ever be.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 3, 2014 12:27:15 PM

  11. Howie,

    I hope you have a seven-day migraine and diarrhea,starting tomorrow morning.

    I truly do.

    Posted by: Charles | Feb 3, 2014 12:29:08 PM

  12. Howie, you're what is proverbially known as "part of the problem."

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Feb 3, 2014 1:02:11 PM

  13. BRILLIANT! Bring Panti to the U.S.A.!

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Feb 3, 2014 1:16:13 PM

  14. i emailed the above to


    Posted by: bandanajack | Feb 3, 2014 1:16:55 PM

  15. i emailed the above to


    Posted by: bandanajack | Feb 3, 2014 1:16:56 PM

  16. sorry for the duplicate post, the site is apparently rejecting my full post. i will try to break it up into parts, but the important part is the address for comments above

    Posted by: bandanajack | Feb 3, 2014 1:20:25 PM

  17. Little Kiwi, I've heard you say this "more man than you'll ever be" line before. What standard are you using to determine what a man is?

    Posted by: David | Feb 3, 2014 1:54:57 PM

  18. Brilliant.

    Posted by: J. Alan | Feb 3, 2014 2:17:05 PM

  19. Those cases, defamation cases brought by right wing iona Institute Catholics, Miss panti refers to should not have been settled.

    The Television company, RTE, bailed; no balls.
    I agree with Miss Panti, there is homophobia and it is being perpetrated by Catholic apologists in Ireland.

    On that speech, it was as wonderful as when WB Yeats stood in that same spot in the Abbey theatre and denounced the ignorant audience for their Catholic reaction to J.M. Synge's play, "The Playboy of the Western World"

    We have a war against the Iona Catholic Propaganda Institute on our hands......it is trying to stifle any debate on the upcoming referendum on same sex marriage.

    We need a voice to denounce the homophobes, the Catholic $h1t$ too afraid of eternal damnation to risk an original thought.
    Destruction to the Iona Institute.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 3, 2014 2:18:19 PM

  20. Leave a message for these clowns with their catholic propaganda :

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 3, 2014 2:21:19 PM

  21. @DAVID, I can't speak for Little Kiwi, but my understanding of "more of a man than you'll ever be" is in reference to the ability to be an adult, recognize that other people are not you, are not reflections of you, hold no responsibility toward you and your opinion of yourself, and thus you don't invest yourself emotionally in all of that.

    People who complain about "masculinity" tend to be incapable of understanding what it is, can only see the surface features, and don't understand that it has to do with being comfortable with yourself, however it manifests. "Being a man" isn't about what you're wearing. It's about being secure in yourself.

    And any man who cannot handle a man in a dress is no man.

    Posted by: Rrhain | Feb 3, 2014 2:55:03 PM

  22. Thanks RRHAIN. I have difficulty understanding sometimes.

    Posted by: DAVID | Feb 3, 2014 3:10:35 PM

  23. Does anyone have a transcript of Panti' words? I'd like to translate them to Brazilian Portuguese and add them to the link I just posted in FB. Tks

    Posted by: Carlos | Feb 3, 2014 3:17:02 PM

  24. To his credit, he was able to speak at length without the aid of a teleprompter. (Can't say that for President Obama.)

    For clarification: Do we celebrate all cross-dressers or just gay ones?

    Posted by: WeHo | Feb 3, 2014 3:18:05 PM

  25. What is so incredibly nauseating is that two or three of the people who sued for 'defamation' are working journalists !

    Imaging a journalist who parades his right to free speech suing someone else for his exercise of that very right.
    Hypocrites anyone ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 3, 2014 3:24:17 PM

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