Queen of Ireland, HIV and AIDS advocate, and lifetime campaigner for LGBT+ rights, drag performer Rory O’Neill AKA Panti Bliss, has tied the knot four years on from Ireland’s historic win for marriage equality, the campaign for which he was at the forefront.
Rory shared the news on his Twitter, posting a picture of himself and his partner, Anderson Cabrera, who have been in a relationship for about a year.
So… We had a big day today.
— Dr Panti Bliss (@PantiBliss) July 10, 2019
Rory O’Neill, AKA Panti, played an instrumental role in the struggle for marriage equality, establishing himself as an undisputed icon for LGBT+ rights in Ireland. His contributions culminated in the release of The Queen of Ireland, a documentary showcasing Panti as a figurehead in the successful movement for marriage equality.
His historic 2014 Noble Call speech in the Abbey Theatre about prejudice and homophobia in Ireland was hugely popular and was translated into a number of different languages.
Twitter has already exploded with messages of congratulations for the happy couple:
Activist Izzy Kamikaze tweeted: “Congrats! Wishing you both many years of happiness. xx”
Pride Grand Marshall Will St Leger also shared good wishes for the couple: “So happy for you and Anderson ❤️.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “Congratulations, may marriage bring so much joy to you both, like the joy you bring to so many others. Enjoy the celebrations. x”
Una Mulally commented on Instagram: “That lesbian certificate thing really escalated! 😉 Big love to you both 👑👑”
Many more users have tweeted the couple to congratulate them on amazing news.
Stop! Congrats! You pulled a Beyoncé! 🖤💙💜💖💚🧡❤️💛🖤
— Jaime Nanci (@JaimeNanci) July 10, 2019
Congratulations! 💜💙💚💛🧡❤️ pic.twitter.com/dChD3422BP
— John Q (@ceegy) July 10, 2019
Amazing .. huge congratulations to you both. Wish you all the love and happiness ❤
— Razan – رزان (@IbrahRazan) July 10, 2019
He has just updated his twitter handle to Dr Panti Bliss-Cabrera.
His contributions to the marriage equality campaign are ineffable and the GCN team are delighted to hear that he has exercised the rights he fought so hard for.
We congratulate Rory and Anderson and wish them a joy-filled day and many happy years to come.
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