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Identity is about what makes you who you are. The world and the places we live have people with a wide range of identities – and also a wide range of opinion about how, when and where we express our identities.

Identity is not just about your politics and religion – it can also include your culture, language, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, ability or disability, interests, sports, hobbies, work, family, life experiences... pretty much anything that is important about who you feel you are.

Identity during ‘The Troubles’
There used to be a common saying in Northern Ireland ‘Don’t talk about Religion or Politics.’ Some people may still think that is a wise saying but others today may disagree.

During the height of ‘The Troubles’ here in the 1970’s and 1980’s keeping quiet about your opinions or identity (especially religious and political identity) made some people feel safer.

Others may have felt it was important to be proud of an identity and to express it very vocally. Some felt discriminated against because of their identity and others may have felt they didn’t want to be ‘categorised’ into particular identities.

Some people felt their political, national or religious identity so strongly that they were prepared to risk their lives, or take the lives of others, for it. There are different views on why the ‘Troubles’ started – but identity was definitely part of it!



   
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