*Photo: Bishop Paul Colton stands with Senator Deirdre Clune from the Cork LGBT Awareness Week
Thanks to Olivia McEvoy (PC YR20/1995, Ireland), chair of Ireland’s National Lesbian and Gay Federation, for sharing a great article about Bishop Paul Colton (PC YR03/1978, Ireland). Paul is the Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork and was the guest of honour at the launch of Cork LGBT Awareness Week 2014. Olivia and Paul have known each other since Paul was involved in selecting Olivia for college.
The awareness week is intended to raise the profile of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities in the area, and Paul’s opening speech on May 12 welcomed that awareness. “Awareness is the state or ability to perceive. If that is to happen we all need to be open to looking around – to seeing, hearing, listening and encountering, yes, but most especially, to take the risk of reaching out to understand, especially of reaching out to embrace people we think are different from us.”??
Read Paul’s entire speech here: http://ow.ly/wNSwr
See what the Irish Times had to say about Paul here.