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    Posted: 31 Mar 2010 at 14:05

Nolan warns of gay bullying problem


Gay bullying remains a serious problem in Ireland - driving some teenagers to consider taking their own lives, former Big Brother star and television presenter Anna Nolan warned.

The broadcaster said younger people dealing with their sexuality can be plunged into suicidal thoughts because of taunting.

Nolan said those behind the bullying were putting lives at risk.

"Teenagers who feel isolated and threatened can be prone to suicidal thoughts," she said.

The presenter, who has fronted shows on RTE and BBC, was speaking at the launch of suicide bereavement charity Console's National Snowdrop Campaign.

Speaking to students, she said bullying in schools and in the local community, because of homosexuality, remains a big issue in Ireland.

"A young person's mental health can become affected if they feel animosity, non-acceptance, ridicule and fear when telling others about being gay," she said. "They need support and acceptance."

Nolan was joined at the launch by singer and songwriter Jack L, the 2010 ambassador for Console, and RTE presenters Brendan Courtney and Aidan Power, as well as Primetime presenter Miriam O'Callaghan.

Console wants people to buy a three euro snowdrop pin as a symbol of hope during the month of April to raise cash for its suicide bereavement and prevention services.

Major retailers Dunnes Stores, Marks and Spencer, and Veritas and a number of other Irish businesses are stocking the snowdrop pins.


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  Quote Annemariekx Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Mar 2010 at 20:33
Same problems here in Scotland. I live for the day when teenagers do not use the word "gay" as an insult for everything. "This work is so gay" "Your hair is gay" "My tea is gay"
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Apr 2010 at 11:56
Chris Moyles partly to blame for calling all things rubbish 'gay' 
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  Quote crimpo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Apr 2010 at 17:49
To be fair (and it's hard with the ugly fat t*sser) he picked up on something which was already rife. In fact he always sounds like your uncle at the disco calling everything 'groovy' in 1986 - very sad.

To be serious 'gay' is a word and if the English language teaches us anything its that usage determines meaning. Since when, for instance, were 'refugee' and 'asylum-seeker' terms of abuse? We may not like it but saying it ain't so is butting our heads against a very hard brick wall.
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