Comedian Oliver Callan has spoken about the “terrified” he felt when he heard about a “horrific attack” on rugby player Evan Somers over the weekend.
r Somers suffered horrific ankle injuries and a fractured eye socket in an alleged homophobic attack.
The 23-year-old remains in hospital after undergoing surgery on his ankle, which sustained two fractures and a dislocation after an unprovoked attack on Dame Street on Saturday night.
“I remain scared of holding my own partner’s hand in public,” Mr Callan said.
“In lockdown we were wandering around Dun Laoghaire, outside of some very middle class areas of Dun Laoghaire and there were a couple of lads who stopped by and made a comment. They had kind of spotted us, not holding hands, they were a couple, and they were like, “None of that here guys”… “It’s for the city,” or something like that was the comment.
“They were kind of gone when it dawned on us and it makes you uncomfortable. That’s how it is for many at the moment, and you’re trying to get your hopes up.
“They are concerned and if there’s an incident, it makes the news because it’s rare.”
Oliver and John have been together since 2012 and got engaged in 2018. They had planned to get married in October 2020 but had to postpone their wedding plans due to the pandemic.
https://www.independent.ie/news/i-continue-to-be-afraid-to-hold-my-own-partners-hand-in-public-comedian-oliver-callan-speaks-of-fear-in-wake-of-recent-homophobic-attacks-41550126.html “I’m still scared of holding my own partner’s hand in public” – Comedian Oliver Callan speaks of “scared” in the face of recent homophobic attacks.