Current Affairs



5 reasons why the Rose of Tralee coming out is actually a big deal

Aug 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Current Affairs

  It was interesting to note some of the reactions yesterday to this year’s Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh, coming out. In particular, I read quite a few comments online, basically saying something to the effect of: “Being gay isn’t a big deal. Why are people talking about this? Why do people care? Why is […]




8,000 attend “final” March for Marriage

Aug 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Current Affairs

Yesterday afternoon, 8,000 supporters of marriage equality attended last March for Marriage in Dublin before the marriage referendum in spring 2015




LGBT activists pay tribute to Albert Reynolds

Aug 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Current Affairs

GLEN, the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, have added their voice to the tributes paid to former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who passed away early this morning, aged 81




Lesbians do it better. It’s science!

Aug 19th, 2014 | By | Category: Current Affairs

Scientific research published this month shows that lesbians experience orgasm during sex 75% of the time, compared to 62% for straight women and 58% for bisexual women




Unwanted sexting? There’s an app for that

Aug 18th, 2014 | By | Category: Current Affairs

The Child Exploitation Unit of the Ontario Provincial Police in Canada is taking a novel approach to tackling underage sexting and online harassment




Concerns raised over broadcasting ruling & public debate

Aug 14th, 2014 | By | Category: Current Affairs

The Gay & Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) says a decision issued by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) raises concerns about open public debate in Ireland




Proposed gender recognition Bill faces further criticism

Aug 8th, 2014 | By | Category: Current Affairs

The Equality Authority yesterday published its report on the Gender Recognition Bill. TENI’s chief executive urged Ireland to be the “first country in Europe to introduce legislation that truly respects the rights and privacy of transgender people.”




Junior minister Jimmy Deenihan attends AOH meeting in St Louis

Aug 7th, 2014 | By | Category: Current Affairs

New Minister of State for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenhian TD, spoke at the AOH event in St Louis last week, along with the Irish Ambassador and a Sinn Féin councillor for Belfast. Earlier this year, controversy arose around Irish politicians attending AOH events given the long-standing ban on LGBT people participating in the New York St Patrick’s Day Parade




Atari’s First LGBT-themed game in development

Aug 5th, 2014 | By | Category: Current Affairs

Atari are taking on LGBTQ pride with their groundbreaking new game Pridefest. The game which will allow users to create their own pride event in a city of their choosing is currently in development




Lesbians who tech

Aug 4th, 2014 | By | Category: Current Affairs

Lesbians Who Tech is an international organisation dedicated to bringing women together who are passionate about technology (and those who are passionate about women who are passionate about technology too).




Italian teacher accuses Catholic school of firing her for being gay

Aug 3rd, 2014 | By | Category: Current Affairs

Last week a young female teacher in an Italian Catholic school claimed she was fired from her position on account of her (perceived) sexual orientation. She had previously been employed at the school in Trento for five years




Obama signs executive order to protect LGBT employees

Jul 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Current Affairs

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 Best Era To Be Female?

Jul 16th, 2014 | By | Category: Current Affairs

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.




Taoiseach: marriage referendum will be in Spring 2015

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Current Affairs

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.




Ministers for Education and Justice to table amendment to Section 37

Jul 1st, 2014 | By | Category: Current Affairs

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 .




An Garda Síochana make history to be proud of

Jun 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Current Affairs

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.




NY Senate ignores their GENDA

Jun 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Current Affairs

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.

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