President Obama signed two executive orders this past Monday which will ensure protection for LGBT employees in the US. Federal employers (or employers holding federal contracts) will no longer be able to fire employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The title of a recent Guardian article caught my eye. “Tireless campaigning means this is the best era to be female in modern times,” says Ellie Mae Hagan. I was pleasantly surprised to read an astute piece on the state of the women’s rights movement today, topped with the positive slant of progress.
Big news! An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, announced to the Dáil yesterday evening that the referendum on marriage equality will be held in Spring 2015. The announcement has been welcomed by campaign groups GLEN, Marriage Equality and the ICCL.
Following deliberations on the part of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission earlier this year, including a review of a public call for submissions, Minster for Education Ruairí Quinn and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald are expected to bring an amendment to the Equality Employment Act .
This year The Garda Band will be marching for the first time in the Dublin Pride Parade. Another first after Sergeant Paul Franey was the first Garda to ever march in full uniform, at the European Gay Police Association (EGPA) in Berlin this weekend.
Transgendered Yew Yorkers have yet again been let down by their Senate who leave GENDA on the shelf. Not satisfied with that they also leave LGBT minors susceptible to conversion therapy.
Denmark becomes the first European country to allow legal change of gender without clinical diagnosis
Yesterday the Danish parliamentarians passed a law which removes a number of obstacles for legal gender recognition. Denmark is now the first country in Europe where a requirement for ‘Gender Identity Disorder’ diagnosis or any psychological assessment/opinion is not necessary for a person to legally obtain their preferred gender.
Over the years Outhouse has continued to maintain its commitment to building and supporting a high quality service and appropriate information resource to the LGBT community.
Renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou was found dead this yesterday morning. The award winning author was 86 years-old and had apparently been in ill health for some time now.
Nintendo’s upcoming life game Tomodachi Life has received an overwhelming amount of attention before it has even hit our shelves. The game has been in the spotlight over the past week with LGBT equality advocate GLAAD calling Nintendo “behind the times”.
This week sees us go to the polls for the European Parliament Elections, you may think they are unimportant but this is a chance to have a say throughout Europe and as a minority, this is our chance to help protect our brothers and sisters in countries less LGBT friendly.
The US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was asked about transgender service members during an interview with ABC News’ This Week on Sunday. Transgender military members can still be dismissed even though “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” has been struck down.
Is it fair to say that Irish people have not yet caught up with the front runners in the race for marriage equality? Are we, as a nation, still afraid of change or are we hoarse from screaming Gay Marriage Now to politicians who aren’t listening?
Between October and November last year the Finnish economic research pollster Taloustutkimus conducted a survey for Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company. They put out a series of questions for people to respond to along a 5-point Likeart scale, with questions about climate change, official languages, morals, equality and wolf hunting.
In Ireland, north and south, men who have had sex with men (MSM) can never give blood. But this might be changing in the north as it has to get in line with the rest of the UK where it’s ok once you haven’t had sex with another man in a year.
A lesbian Christian couple from Bournemouth have made history by becoming the first same-sex couple to have a church wedding in the UK.
The blatant accusation that women lie about sexual violence is extremely dangerous; we already live in a society that appropriates blame to a woman depending on how she dresses, her sexual history, whether she has consumed alcohol or drugs.