With the date for the same-sex marriage referendum drawing closer all the time, Dublin welcomed one the most successful screenwriters working in Hollywood at the moment.
Dustin Lance Black is an American screenwriter, director, film and television producer and LGBT rights activist. For his work on the screenplay of the film Milk, he picked up a Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award.
When Dustin Lance Black was in Ireland last week, he spoke about how the rights of a minority are being decided by a majority: "I think it's the cornerstone of a democracy to protect the minority from the tyranny of a majority."
He also commented on the referendum here in Ireland: "I believe that marriage equality will be the law of the land in Ireland by the end of May and I think it's a beautiful thing. It says something really wonderful about the Irish people."
Dustin went on to discuss his own personal story, saying that his mother gave the same hugs as before: "My journey with my Mom, my family... it wasn't all good all the time. My Mom didn't understand right away. There was a period there of a lot of heartbreak and certainly with a lot of my extended family."
His advice was: "Keep the avenues of communication open, keep talking about it because it's about misinformation, that's where homophobia comes from."
You can listen back to his interview here: