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Colin Farrell Pleads with Irish People for Gay Equality in Emotional Letter About His Brother

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Colin Farrell writes about his gay brother Eamon in an open letter to the Irish people published in that country's Sunday World newspaper.Farrell has written about his brother before in support of an anti-bullying campaign in Ireland.

Writes Farrell in Sunday World:

I think I found out my brother wasn’t grovelling in heterosexual mud like most boys our age when I was around 12. I remember feeling surprised. Intrigued. Curious. Not bi-curious before you start getting ideas.

I was curious because it was different from anything I’d known or heard of and yet it didn’t seem unnatural to me. I had no reference for the existence of homosexuality. I had seen, by that age, no gay couples together. I just knew my brother liked men and, I repeat, it didn’t seem unnatural to me. My brother Eamon didn’t choose to be gay. Yes, he chose to wear eyeliner to school and that probably wasn’t the most pragmatic response to the daily torture he experienced at the hands of school bullies.

But he was always proud of who he was. Proud and defiant and, of course, provocative. Even when others were casting him out with fists and ridicule and the laughter of pure loathsome derision, he maintained an integrity and dignity that flew in the face of the cruelty that befell him.

I don’t know where those bullies are now, the ones who beat him regularly. Maybe some of them have found peace and would rather forget their own part of a painful past. Maybe they’re sitting on bar stools and talking about “birds and faggots” and why one’s the cure and the other the disease.

But I do know where my brother is. He’s at home in Dublin living in peace and love with his husband of some years, Steven. They are about the healthiest and happiest couple I know. They had to travel a little farther than down the aisle to make their vows, though, to Canada, where their marriage was celebrated.

That’s why this is personal to me. The fact that my brother had to leave Ireland to have his dream of being married become real is insane. INSANE.

It’s time to right the scales of justice here. To sign up and register to vote next year so that each individual’s voice can be heard

How often do we get to make history in our lives? Not just personal history. Familial. Social. Communal. Global. The world will be watching. We will lead by example. Let’s lead toward light.

Farrell served as his brother's best man in his wedding in Canada in 2009, later celebrating the union in their home country.


Colin Farrell Tells Ellen About His 'Romantic' Relationship with Elizabeth Taylor: VIDEO

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Farrell and Taylor became confidantes before her death after a chance encounter in a hospital.

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6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi The street in Queens where murdered gay rights activist Louis Rispoli lived for 32 years has been named after him: Louis Rispoli Way.

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6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Scott Thorson on his alleged romance with Michael Jackson: “It was short term because Michael became very big at the time and his management team thought it best that we didn’t go any further with our relationship."

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6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Man charged with beating a gay man with bicycle U-lock: "Santos Manuel Marquez is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault by means of force causing great bodily injury and battery causing serious bodily injury. Prosecutors also allege Marquez committed a hate crime. 'That is the subject of why the defendant didn’t want to be seen with the victim. He didn’t want people to think he was gay.'"

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6a00d8341c730253ef017742f270f9970d-800wi6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Anderson Cooper stalker being held in lieu of $75,000 bail: "Since 2008, Alex Hausner — described as a gay, Jewish white supremacist — has allegedly made unwelcome phone calls plus four attempts to see Cooper, last month trying to kick down the red, lacquered door to the posh, four-story West Village converted firehouse that Cooper shares with his hunky, bar-owner boyfriend."

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Creator of upcoming Sean Hayes comedy on the tv show: “I think of this as a post-gay show where there is a gay man at the center but it’s not about his being gay.”

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi The Onion presents "Chick-Fil-A Debuts New Homophobic Sandwich."

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6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Newly married gay man allegedly attacked by man who "hates faggots": "'Next thing you know, he hit me upside the head.' He said he blacked out, but then woke up to a beating of 4 to 5 minutes filled with gay slurs...the man broke wine glasses on his head."

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Join Cleve Jones and ONE's Fight Against HIV/AIDS

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In anticipating of World AIDS Day this weekend, activist Cleve Jones called on a few of his friends, including Colin Farrell, Kellan Lutz and Zoe Saldana Lark Voorhies, to participate in a new video series for the group ONE's campaign fight against HIV/AIDS: "It Starts With Me."

"Things only change when a new generation of people decides that something that was tolerable and acceptable is no longer for them and they say, 'It's got to be changed,'" Jones says in the video.

Watch Jones and company explain the disastrous, preventable gap in HIV/AIDS treatments around the world and how you can help end the nasty retrovirus once and for all AFTER THE JUMP.

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Movies: Colin Farrell Totally Recalls the 80s

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Life is a recurring nightmare for Colin Farrell in "Total Recall"

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It's hard not to feel sympathy for Colin Farrell. His secret movie star weapon is those long, thick unmistakable eyebrows. When he's in distress his brow lifts and pulls them up into a converging point, creating a perfect triangular frame for big brown orbs of boyish angst. "Help me!" is written all over his eyes. That same furrowed brow expression with just minor flickering shifts can also say "Please love me!" and "Aren't I funny?" and "..."  His capacity for impish excitement and moral confusion were a perfect match for his best star turn to date in the hitman seriocomedy In Bruges (2008) and it helps the TOTAL RECALL do-over more than it should.

Farrell plays everyman Doug Quaid who doesn't realize he's actually someone else because his memory has been erased. A trip to the fantasy memory banks of "Total Rekall" (a reversal of Eternal Sunshine's "Lacuna Inc" since the company aims to give you false memories rather than take real ones away) upsets his reprogramming and suddenly he's killing soldiers with the trained might of a futuristic Jason Bourne. Returning home his formerly loving wife (Kate Beckinsale) tries to kill him. Quaid realizes he's completely lost in a false life with no memory of the real one. Cut to: plentiful moments of Farrell Furrowing!

But you shouldn't have time to think about the magic and mystery of physiognomy while you're watching an action movie. If you do your mind wanders and questions come cascading in like...

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"When did Kate Beckinsale's Hair becomes self-aware like SkyNet?"

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Colin Farrell Speaks Out Against Homophobic Bullying

Colin Farrell has released a statement in support of 'Stand Up! Don’t Stand for Homophobic Bullying' and a school awareness campaign launched last Friday by BeLonG To, an Irish LGBT youth organisation.

Said Farrell:

Farrell"If there was one great wish I have for my country - for a land that I love and a people I so revere, it would be that school bullying were a thing of our past.

So much has befallen us in our shared history as a people. The harshest of these times have threatened to take our dignity, or scald our hearts into closing.

“Most of our great trials, from soiled land to the institutionalized abuse of trust and power, were inflicted upon us, whether by nature or the power corrupt. Now with bullying, there is a clear choice and the choice is ours.

“Each individual, as a member of his and her community, must Stand Up! In the face of this appalling brutality that plagues our schools. In effect, bullying is no less than the systematic doling out of pain upon the innocent.  It is literally laughing in the face of somebody as they fall into increasingly grave danger. It's not my place to draw parallels, but we have had enough of such hardships. The world has.

“Whether it be the attacking of Gay students, which I witnessed first hand happening to my own brother, or students who are in the minority as a result of race or religious beliefs or any other such characteristic that separates them from 'the norm', it is all wrong and has no place in a just and compassionate country such as I know Ireland to be.  We have always been praised as being the friendliest and most welcoming race in the world.  My wish is for us to prove it daily, in the school yards and playgrounds across this Great Land of Ours."


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