Writer and debate enthusiast Ryan Hoey interrogates the differences between the gay-rights movement of the past and contemporary LGBT activism. What has changed, he argues, is not just the addition of the T, but a lack of commitment to tolerance. Both morally and practically, tolerance serves as a guiding principle for creating a society that values people as individuals and not as members of identity groups, he writes. It is time for LGBT activists to rediscover tolerance and, in doing so, once again be proponents of individual liberty.

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Ryan Hoey is a politics graduate of Queen’s University Belfast. He is a trustee of the Literific, the University’s debating society, and one of the 2023-24 Northern Ireland Emerging Leaders. He regularly appeared on TV and radio during the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union and was a candidate in the 2018 local elections in England.

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