Students in Ireland are changing perceptions around same-sex marriage – one granny at a time.
As part of the #RingYourGranny campaign ahead of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum on 22 May, members of Trinity College Dublin called members of their family for an honest chat to get them thinking about how they’ll be voting – and even change their minds if possible.
‘The best way to change someone’s mind about how they’re voting is to sit down and have a chat, and that’s what we want to do,’ Trinity College Dublin Student Union president Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne, speaking to The Journal.
‘Small chats, which can make a big change.’
Video star Keiran assumed his older relatives might disapprove of him being gay, but explained how speaking to his family made him re-evaluate his pre-conceptions.
‘When I was first coming out I was scared to tell my granny, so I actually got my mum to,’ he said.
‘My granny paused for a second and just went: “Well, he’s still Keiran.”‘
He added: ‘I think we can be quick to jump to conclusions about elderly people and their opinions, and I think we should afford older people that respect and opportunity to have a dialogue and actually speak about the subject.
‘That’s why this campaign is very important. Ring your granny and actually have that conversation – it might turn out better than you think.’
Watch the full video here: