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Sweet Video of LGBT+ Seniors Attending Pride Goes Viral

Dublin Bus advertisement featuring gay seniors attending their first Pride festival strikes an emotional chord.


An ad for a bus company in Dublin, Ireland featuring LGBT+ seniors attending their first Pride event has gone viral. The ad includes audio snippets detailing tales of homophobia from their lives, noting how difficult it was to live as an LGBT+ person 30-40 years ago, and how they each felt alienated and alone in their surroundings as a result of their sexuality.

"I was in the hospital," notes one elderly gay man. "I just said to the doctor, I couldn't live without affection. And he said to me, 'what right have you to affection?'"

The video goes on to include young LGBTQ+ individuals who approach each senior and invite them to attend the Pride parade with them on a celebratory Dublin Bus ride.

You hear the voice of one of the young women say, "They're the ones who fought for our right to be who we are," as she embraces one of the senior women in front of her home.

The young people help the seniors prepare for the bus ride by painting rainbows on their cheeks and draping feather boas over their shoulders. You can feel the raw emotions of the seniors as they board the bus and are welcomed by the cheers and warm hugs of fellow riders.

LGBT+ seniors attend their first Pride festival in Dublin, Ireland.

"You shouldn't look at life as a journey," one of the senior gay men notes. "You should look at it as a dance."

The ad ends with clips of the happy seniors participating in their first Pride parade in downtown Dublin, waving rainbow flags and embracing loved ones.

"I never expected to do anything like this in my life," a gay woman says with tears in her eyes. "Thirty years ago I couldn't do this."

Video and images c/o Dublin Bus

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