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OPINION: Doireann O’Malley

Humans are such diverse, queer creatures, and should be embraced for their dif erences rather than oppressed because of them.

Diversity

Diversity as a sociological term implies difference, variation and resistance to the status quo. Having lived away from Ireland for ten years, am not qualified to speak about how it is in Dublin of other parts of the country in the LGBT+ scenes.

My queer self grew up in Berlin, where there are many scenes that fall under the umbrella of LGBTQI or queer.

When first moved here, initially to do a three-month art residency with my girlfriend and collaborator at the time, was overwhelmed by the diversity and freedom to be whoever one wanted to be; to change, to explore how wanted to present my image, to become more masculine or more feminine. The utopian atmosphere of possibility drifted in the summer air, steeped in history, leftist politics, community, and joyful parties occupied by queers who gravitated to Berlin to escape the heteronormative repression in their native countries.

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