Belfast Telegraph

Popular Irish gay club vandalised with homophobic messages and swastikas

By Jason Kennedy

Ireland's best known gay club's exterior was vandalised with homophobic messages overnight.

Discriminatory messages were chalked on the The George on Dublin's George street in the early hours of this morning.

The vile messages were promptly washed away by staff.

The vandalism comes during a weekend of celebrations as Ireland marks two years since the Marriage Equality Refendum passed.

Before the messages were cleaned off, Twitter user @ConanGShore took a snap.

"The George being vandalised is such an upsetting thing," he said.

"This is the first taste of homophobia I've ever had and it is not nice. We need to do something, we need to show them we're stronger than this."

Editor of the Gay Community News Brian Finnegan said that the vandalism shows homophobia still exists in Ireland.

"It happened on the exact anniversary to the day of the marriage equality referendum in May 2015. Last night in The Tivoli Theatre over 2,000 people came together to celebrate Yestival, and at the same time down the road this was taking place.

"The George is Dublin's most identifiable gay spot and this shows that there are still people who think it's perfectly acceptable to be viciously homophobic and anti-gay.

"It clearly indicates that everything is not rosy for gay people. There are gay people who are bullied at school, who are afraid to come out and be openly gay.

"It's unbelievable that it happened on the exact day of a milestone for gay people in Ireland. Shame on the people who did it.

"It's good to see that people are very clearly disgusted and upset by the vandalism, but people need to reflect on how this still exists."


From Belfast Telegraph