She Has A Dream


This is a transcript of the short speech Union of Students in Ireland Vice President for Equality and Citizenship Laura Harmon gave at the Rainbow Wedding outside the Department of the Taoiseach yesterday..

 The Future We Demand

Our generation knows what future we want for ourselves, for our friends and for our families.

This is a future where children, no matter what their gender identity or sexual orientation is, can aspire to have the same dreams and quality of life as their peers.

They will see role models in their everyday lives who are openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender – teachers, sportspeople, public representatives; aunties and uncles, brothers and sisters.

They will be able to enjoy their childhoods free from homophobic or transphobic bullying –because the society we are fighting for does not institutionalise or tolerate discrimination.

The future we want is a future where young adults will not live in fear that their sexual orientation or gender identity will act as a barrier to employment or threaten their job security.

These young adults will not have to ask their Taoiseach to announce his support for their rights or for the rights of their friends – because it will be a given.

The future we aspire to is a future where all love is valued equally – where all couples have marriage equality, a future where generations like ours are not divided by inequality.

All couples and families will be treated equally in the eyes of the law and by our society. All children will be recognised and protected – be they from same-sex or opposite sex families.

Trans people will be treated with dignity. They will be able to have their gender identity recognised in a respectful manner that does not require them to be diagnosed with a disorder or force them to divorce.

Our generation knows that LGBT rights are human rights.

We refuse to accept the inequalities imposed upon our generation.

By supporting our LGBT friends, by lobbying our TDs, by raising awareness and educating our peers – we will change Ireland for the better, we will realise the future we are fighting for and we will not give up until we achieve this.

We are standing on the right side of history. We hope you will stand with us as we march in the LGBT Noise March for Marriage on August 12.

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Thanks Ronan Costello

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