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There is nothing worse than hiding your identity

I am 64 years of age and have reviewed my life many times. I decided, many years ago, that the worst catastrophe to befall me, in fact the catastrophe that had broken my life and made it difficult to survive, was to have been sent away to be educated at two boarding schools, for ten years of my young life.

But I now realise there are worse catastrophes.

I can only imagine how many people suffered greatly in my day (the 1950s and 1960s, and beyond), for just being who they are, gay.

By the way, I survived: the main reason, a wonderful marriage of nearly 40 years.

Just like the great Nelson Mandela in South Africa, we really must put an end to any kind of discrimination, so, in my view, voting ‘yes’ is the right thing to do this Friday.

Brian McDevitt

Ardconnaill

Glenties

Co Donegal

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