Gay Community News tweetz:
An Taoiseach, @LeoVaradkar is the latest addition to our #PrideMonth celebration of #queer #Irish people. Becoming, at 38, the youngest person ever to hold the office, he is Ireland’s first, and one of the few openly gay heads of government in modern times. #RainbowIcons
With regard to Leo Varadkar’s inclusion in our #RainbowIcons list. We worked on the list collaboratively to portray a diverse and representative array of notable LGBT figures in Ireland. Leo Varadkar made the list solely due to his being the first ever openly LGBT Taoiseach.
Some responses to the announcement…
Are we forgetting? Because I haven’t how he stood in the Dail and voted against Civil Partnerships? He didnt come out until he knew it was safe and not once did he do anything for the LGBTQ community in Ireland. He joined in when the work was done! To further his career
— Keith Browne-Byrne (@KeithBrowne82) June 12, 2019
He rode on the coat-tails of our community and it’s warriors to the position he is in now. He is no friend.
— Electroboy (@PFQMUSIC) June 12, 2019
On January 27, 2009, Mr Varadkar, during a second stage debate in the Dáil on the Civil Partnership Bill 2009, said:
Every child has the right to a mother and father and, as much as is possible, the State should vindicate that right. That is a much more important right than that of two men or women having a family.
That is the principle that should underline our laws regarding children and adoption.
I am also uncomfortable about adoption by single people regardless of their sexual orientation.
I do not believe I as a single man should adopt a child. The child should go to parents, a mother and father, to replace what the child had before.