David Norris on The Cosmo!


This week’s The Cosmo is a very special one indeed, as we become a bit more political!

Senator David Norris comes into the RTÉ Pulse studio to chat with Scott De Buitléir about his sense of Irishness, the decriminalisation of homosexuality, the gay scene before the George and Dragon were established and much much more!

David Norris

David Norris speaking to RTÉ Pulse presenter Scott De Buitléir



Senator Norris discusses life in Ireland before homosexuality was decriminalised in 1993, an event which was brought about through the work of Norris himself and a select number of associates, including former President, Mary Robinson.


“People in the Civil Service thought they could lose their jobs as they possibly could have, because it was still a criminal offence. So I became a visible face and I was very happy to do that.”


“Lesbians were ignored which is even more insulting…At least we as gay men had a target – law reform. ‘We are being unfairly treated, we demand our rights and we will have them established!’ Whereas the women were just regarded as contempt.”


However, politics and crime are not the only topics on the special ‘serving’ of The Cosmo! David Norris lets listeners in on how the gay scene was before the days of The George and Dragon and also talks to Scott about his involvement with the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and his thoughts on civil marriage in Ireland, including the efforts of activist groups such as LGBT Noise and MarriagEquality.


When talking about how homosexuals are labelled and the use of the word “Queer” Senator Norris said: “Fairy or Puff – that’s fine by me but I am definitely not a Queer and I’m not going to be queer for anybody.”

The Cosmo with Scott De Buitléir – Wednesday evenings from 8-10pm on RTÉ Pulse.


2 Responses to “David Norris on The Cosmo!”

  1. 1 mark

    hi scott i heard a piece of your norris interview on playback on radio 1 this morning, i’d never heard of cosmo before so i thought i should def investigate. sounds like you are doing an excellent job representing the lgtb issues. if you’d like to meet for a chat sometime send me an email im pretty interested in poetry etc like yourself – mark 🙂

    • Hi Mark,

      Thanks for your comment! I’m so happy and proud to be providing a platform for LGBT issues on national radio, but I also need feedback from the audience for such a platform to work. I hope you tune in to next week’s show on RTÉ Pulse and that you’ll keep in touch! – Scott x

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