— Roderic O’Gorman TD (@rodericogorman) June 30, 2018
In a two-year-old tweet (above) being shared again online, newly-appointed Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration Roderic O’Gorman (above left), of the Green Party, poses with veteran British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell (in green shirt) at the 2018 Dublin pride.
In a letter to The Guardian in 1997 (above), Mr Tatchell stated that friends as young as nine had sexual experiences with adults which gave them “great joy”.
Mr Tatchell, who has called for the age of consent to be 14 in the UK, claimed that not all sex involving children was “unwanted, abusive or harmful”.
He later said the letter had been edited and issued a ‘Statement Of Clarification’.
Mr Tatchell said:
“The printed version [of the letter] did not include my point that I oppose adults having sex with children. I empathise with victims of child sex abuse and agree for the vast majority of children, sex with adults is neither wanted nor joyful.”
A clip from the 2018 Pride Debate. @PeterTatchell advocates forcing parents that don’t want their kids in the new Sex Ed classes to pick up their kids from schools. He says this wears them down and forces the resistance rate for the classes down to 0 😳#IrelandsPedoGate pic.twitter.com/SfDL3HjwRH
— Professor JennyQ (@jenny87797866) July 1, 2020
My letter was edited. It still says paedophila is “impossible to condone”. This means I condemn it. I oppose adults having sex with children. I’ve supported abuse victims & campaigned for proposals to help combat abuse https://t.co/DBZ7bFnXQY
— Peter Tatchell (@PeterTatchell) July 1, 2020