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Panti's Tedx talk: 'I'm 45 and I've never got to hold hands in public without first considering the risk'

The talk received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Image: TEDx Talks via You Tube

PANTI’S TEDx TALK addressed the experience of the little everyday things can have a huge impact on the lives of gay people.

In the talk- which is just under 20 minutes – gay activist Panti says, “Our society is dripping with homophobia.”

She describes how she’s jealous of straight couples who can mindlessly hold hands in public without a second thought.

“Everyday I am jealous of straight people because that tiny intimate expression of affection has never once been mine.

I am jealous of that because gay people do not get to hold hands in public without first considering the risk.

“We look around to see where are we, who’s around, what kind of place is it…are there bunches of lads outside a pub?”

I’m 45 years old and I have never once casually, comfortably, carelessly held hands with a partner in public.

Panti also went on to speak out about what she is ‘fed up’ of:

You get fed up of people using their time and energy and talents to campaign against you being treated just like every other citizen.

“I’m 45 and I’m fed up of putting up so I’m not anymore.

“I’m 45 years old and I’m not putting up anymore because I don’t have the energy anymore…putting up is exhausting.

“I’m 45 years old and I’m not putting up anymore because I don’t have the patience anymore.

“I’m 45 years old and I’m not asking anymore I am just being…human being.”

Source: TEDx Talks/YouTube

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