Barra O Donnabhain Growing Up Gay in Ireland 1960s / 1970s
Barra O Donnabhain's article Open discusses his experiences growing up in Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s and his growing fear that he might be 'one of those', his awareness of the hostility towards and ridicule of gay people and the pressure to hide who you were. "Your options were stark: hide and conform or become a pariah and object of ridicule, derision and hate. Not surprisingly, many chose to check out of our society. Tragically, for many that meant self-destruction in its various forms."