Quite. Even in 2019, Irish American leadership is working hard to stop LGBTQ people from participating in St. Patrick’s Day parades in the US. This despite the fact that Ireland itself leads the world in LGBTQ acceptance and equality.

My own grandmother, born in the early 20th century, told me stories about how Irish Americans were discriminated against. People remember.

But it seems like instead of engendering empathy, memories of oppression and inequality often inspire groups of people to oppress others in return.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com