It’s easier for young people to come out of the closet.Most do not have to distance themselves from their families after coming out.
They speak of the big city as a place of opportunity in every context.“A lot indicates that their relationships to the families are less troublesome.For those Irish who live in more rural areas of the country, issues still remain around not fitting in with how society long held that you should look and feel.A new edition of RTÉ’s Reality Bites entitled The Only Gay in the Village, co-produced by documentary-maker Shauna Keogh, is due to air tonight.Growing up gay in a rural ranch community made me who I am today. ‘Struggle' implies the typical high school experience — balancing acne, popularity, sports, grades and parental control.I am emotionally strong, shamelessly confident and relatively successful. The ‘struggle' I speak of was an internal battle so fierce and destructible I was frequently left with severe nausea. Before I could face my peers every day, I had to face myself.