Today in the Victorian Parliament (Victoria is the Australian state, the capital of which is Melbourne) an historic apology was offered to LGBTI people who had been criminalised and convicted up until 1980.
Lullabies of pain and protest from indigenous Australians at the Sacred Edge Festival in Queenscliff.
From today I am off to Australia for a six week trip. I'm taking time off from Corrymeela to do some speaking at conferences, some speaking about poetry and books, and some speaking about faith, story and the spaces in between us.
Thought of the day, BBC Radio Ulster, Dec 2, 2015, in loving memory of Fr. Gerry Reynolds of Clonard Monastery. Ar dheis Dé atá a hanam dhílis, dhílis.
So yesterday was a beautiful day. Sun. Celebration. Support. Story. Hope.
I gave a cúpla focail at the marriage equality gathering in the city. It was organized by the wonderful people at the Rainbow Project, Amnesty and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.
When I was 32, my friend Greg asked me if I was seeing anyone. I cried because this was the first time in my life anybody had ever asked me that question with simplicity and open heartedness. There is a public dimension to having your capacity to love acknowledged.