LGBT community hold 'kissing' protest calling for hate crime legislation


Jack Quann
Jack Quann

13.30 6 Nov 2019


Share this article


Members of the LGBTI+ community have staged a 'kissing' protest outside the Dáil.

They are demanding the Government bring in hate crime legislation to deal with homophobic attacks.

They say there has recently been a large increase in the number of attacks on people because of their sexuality.

Danilo Matta was attacked by a group of six after kissing his boyfriend outside his flat in September.

While last month Marc Power was attacked by a group of at least four after being lured to the location by a fake dating profile.

These men publicly shared their stories, but campaigners claim similar incidences are often left unrecorded.

kissing protest Danilo Matta shared details of his attack on Facebook | Image: Supplied

After the attack, Danilo expressed his desire for the Government to introduce proper legislation.

"My wish is that no one should experience hurt in this kind of way anymore.

"It's horrible. I just want Dublin to be a bit more safe for everyone. Not just gay people, but for everyone", he told GCN.

Lisa Connell, managing editor of GCN, hopes the event will inspire change in legislation and attitudes.

"The increase of violence is an alarming new development for Ireland's tenacious LGBTI+ community, however we have the power to take action.

"We will show that these incidents of hate are not a true reflection of our city and celebrate the freedom to express affection publicly, no matter who you are."


Share this article


Read more about

Danilo Matta Dáil Protest Hate Crime Legislation Homophobic Attacks Kissing Protest LGBT Community Lgbti+ Marc Power Shift The Hate Away

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

Between The Lines With Andrea...

Between The Lines With Andrea Gilligan

20:00-21:00

Share

Up next

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWST...

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWSTALK

21:00-22:00

Share

BEST OF THE PAT KENNY SHOW

BEST OF THE PAT KENNY SHOW

22:00-23:00

Share

BEST OF THE HARD SHOULDER

BEST OF THE HARD SHOULDER

23:00-00:00

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-07:00

Share

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWST...

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWSTALK

07:00-08:00

Share

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST WITH SUSAN...

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST WITH SUSAN KEOGH

08:00-09:00

Share

ALIVE AND KICKING WITH CLARE M...

ALIVE AND KICKING WITH CLARE MCKENNA

09:00-10:00

Share

TAKING STOCK WITH VINCENT WALL

TAKING STOCK WITH VINCENT WALL

10:00-11:00

Share

ON THE RECORD WITH GAVAN REILL...

ON THE RECORD WITH GAVAN REILLY

11:00-13:00

Share

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

13:00-19:00

Share

TALKING HISTORY WITH PATRICK G...

TALKING HISTORY WITH PATRICK GEOGHEGAN

19:00-20:00

Share

SOUNDSCAPE

SOUNDSCAPE

20:00-21:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on