Bil Browning

Holding Hands Should Not Be an Act of Defiance

Filed By Bil Browning | January 10, 2015 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: everyday life, holding hands, Panti Bliss, TED talk, TEDx

Irish drag queen Panti Bliss is back and this time she's giving a TedX talk that will blow your socks off. There are so many things during this speech that will resonate with LGBT people. It should be required viewing for any straight person who wants a glimpse into our lives.

Panti expresses her thoughts on navigating a world in which the simple act of holding hands can be a political statement in itself.

Panti is Ireland's foremost "gender discombobulist" and "accidental activist". She was also presented with an Irish 'People of the Year' award in 2014. Panti's creator Rory O'Neill sparked a national furore when he appeared on national television and named certain individuals and organisations as homophobic. When Panti took to the stage of the National Theatre to defend herself, her ten minute oration became an international sensation.

You can watch her speech at the National Theatre here.

(Hat tip to JMG)

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