'Ireland has come so far on gay rights', says Cassie
TV3's Cassie Stokes believes Ireland has come on leaps and bounds in terms of its treatment of gay people and believes other countries could follow our example.
The Xpose presenter is in a relationship with her partner Kathleen and previously said she feels gay couples are making a statement by holding hands in public.
"Whenever I speak about my sexuality I always say how brilliant Ireland has been and how forward thinking we have been, especially in such a short amount of time," she told the Herald.
"It's great. Ireland is brilliant in that way and there's so many places that could definitely learn from us, which is a nice thing to say, isn't it, about the place you live?
"It's definitely got better. Whether it comes down to me being uncomfortable, it's got a million times better.
"Initially it was me being uncomfortable, now I've changed.
"Holding hands is a statement for any couple.
"You're saying you're together and maybe 'I love you' if you've got to that stage."
The Dundrum woman told how she occasionally has to deal with hate from social media trolls, but understands she won't appeal to everyone.
"It's always difficult. Any negativity always hurts a little bit and I never deal with negativity more by taking it further. I just say OK," she said. "I haven't received too much, so I'm very lucky.
"There's always going to be people who don't like you. You don't have to make people like you."
Cassie will be hosting Xpose's Style Sessions event on Sunday in the Lyrath Hotel in Co Kilkenny.
Tickets are on sale from eventbrite.ie.