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Young man speaks about the loneliness of growing up gay in rural Ireland

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Joseph Burke speaks about growing up gay in rural Ireland and trying to find your tribe.It can be lonely, being gay in rural Ireland.According to a recent LGBT Ireland report, “The impression also emerged that it is more difficult to be happy and LGBTI in rural Ireland”.When I was still in primary school before I knew I was gay, I had to put up with homophobic bullying.

For someone who was still in the closet and only figuring out my sexual orientation, this experience made me hate myself. I even asked my mother, “Why does it always have to be me that has to stand.

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