Cassie Stokes has opened up about the difficulties that still face the gay community in Ireland.
The TV3 Xpose presenter has been openly gay since taking on her role back in 2016, and has revealed that she still finds it ‘a little difficult’ to be open and public with her relationship.
“Anyone who is gay and open about it, it’s not easy. Still when myself and Kathleen walk down the street holding hands sometimes it’s a little difficult,” Cassie told Evoke.ie.
“You are making a stance and you’re making a statement every time you hold hands.
“Luckily we’re at the stage in Ireland where, if anyone said anything to me, I’m so over it. But it must be hard for people who aren’t as comfortable as I am.
“Every time I see a gay couple holding hands I think, well done, because that’s taking a stance.
“And a young gay person might see that and just be more comfortable about themselves.”
The 31-year-old has been with long term girlfriend Kathleen since they met in Canada, where Cassie lived for four years. Kathleen recently moved to Dublin to continue her relationship with the star, and they look as happy and loved up as ever.
“I am very open about it and I have had responses from people that say it does help them.
“When I was just coming out I don’t think I was as open but that’s just because you want everyone around you to be okay with it.
“I’ve had amazing support from family and friends so maybe that helps as well.”