Yesterday RTE 2 screened the documentary ‘The Only Gay In The Village’ and people around the country thought it was fantastic
RTE 2’s new documentary ‘The Only Gay In The Village’ aired last night and people’s reactions couldn’t have been better.
The show was praised for representing rural Ireland in a positive light, with families coming together to support members of the LGBT community.
‘The Only Gay In The Village’ looks at the experiences of LGBT people in rural Ireland, both the good and bad.
Focussing on a group of LGBT people around the country and their experiences coming out, familial relations and being LGBT outside of the big Irish cities.
Watching 'The Only Gay In The Village' on RTÉ2 & I haven't related to a TV show in a such a long time. Rural Ireland gays represent! ?️???
— Luke ? (@LukeNolan10) November 9, 2016
— Sinead (@sinead_gorman_2) November 9, 2016
— CNI Career Guidance (@CNIcareers) November 9, 2016
What a nice man that father fishing with his daughter is on #TheOnlyGayInTheVillage
— Cormac O'Malley (@cormacpro) November 9, 2016
Wow. Ireland really has come a long way. Excellent production and super Ambassadors of the LGBT+ community #theonlygayinthevillage
— Michael Ryan (@comingoutguide) November 9, 2016
— Daithi O'Laoghaire (@Cunionsandphey) November 9, 2016
I'm about to turn Trump off for an hour and watch The Only Gay in the Village! You always think that at the time but it's never the case ?
— Niall Horan (@niallhoran) November 9, 2016
— Regina Looby (@reglooby) November 9, 2016
So emotional watching #TheOnlyGayInTheVillage Fantastic show!
— Niamh (@niamhie_c) November 9, 2016
The majority of stories shown in the show are overwhelmingly positive.
Roscommon farmer Will Keane campaigned heavily for marriage equality in the same-sex marriage referendum last year despite the county’s majority No vote. Keane had never told his father that he was gay.
Cathy Keane, mother of Shauna Keane, explains how initially she couldn’t get to grips with her daughter’s sexuality.
“I went into complete denial,” Cathy reveals about discovering her daughter was a lesbian.
“And I must say not because she had come out as being gay, but I couldn’t believe that as a mother I had missed it. You know, I just felt that as a mother I had let her down so badly.”
Who cares what everyone in the church will think of you Shauna.. f*ck them! You look fab and you've nice shoes ???? #onlygayinthevillage
— Caoimhe Ryan (@keavaminor) November 9, 2016
“Did you ever think that we would stop loving you honey, did that ever cross your mind I wonder,” Cathy asks her daughter.
“Yeah,” Shauna admits. “I know it’s such a horrible thing to think but I think just because you do be so scared that we’d never have the same relationship, and that was really scary.”
"I don't want my daughter in an environment where she'll just be tolerated."
This mother is a goddamn baller #OnlyGayInTheVillage
— Louise O' Neill (@oneilllo) November 9, 2016
“My priority would be that she has a happy life, if that’s something people don’t consider normal, I don’t care,” Cathy says.
This TV show is available to watch on the RTE Player by clicking here, and will be available until Friday 9 December 2016.
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