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Happy Pride Month - Lyra McKee TED Talk – Uncomfortable conversations

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25-06-2020

Lyra McKee was a freelance journalist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She had written for publications including BuzzFeed, The Atlantic, and Private Eye. In 2006, she was named Sky News Young Journalist of the Year. In 2016, Forbes Magazine named her one of their 30 under 30 in media in Europe. On 18 April 2019, McKee was fatally shot during rioting in the Creggan area of Derry/Londonderry.

Growing up as a gay teen in Northern Ireland, Lyra McKee had her share of disagreements with the Church and, as a journalist in her 20s, found herself estranged from religious institutions. It wasn't until 2017 and an unexpected conversation about LGBTQ rights in an Orlando mosque that she found herself reckoning with the influence of religion on marginalized lives. "I realised that I couldn't run away from religion anymore because religion shapes how LGBT people are treated in the world," she says. In this hopeful Ted talk, she points out plentiful evidence that religious institutions are capable of embracing LGBTQ rights and that the process begins with having that first difficult conversation.

Lyra is remembered for commitment to LGBTQ rights in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and the message of hope she delivered to LGBTQ youth,

“Keep hanging on kid. It’s worth it. I love you.”

Link to TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/lyra_mckee_how_uncomfortable_conversations_can_save_lives?language=en

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