Two weeks into 2015 – which is the year that could make marriage equality a reality in Ireland – and derogatory statements are making headlines yet again.
Larry Cosby, has been arrested in connection with the deaths of his daughter, Britney and her partner Crystal Jackson. It seems likely that their relationship was the motive.
Legislators in Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Georgia, and so many other states have tried to force back the hands of time. Instead of considering all people to be equal citizens, some are still focused on judging them.
The introduction of Uganda’s new anti-gay bill has added to the recent list of anti-gay controversies. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has now reportedly come forward with his support for Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni.
On Friday 7th February at 5pm two protests took place in Northern Ireland, against homophobia in Russia.
In light of the up-coming Winter Games, Putin has moved to further clarify his country’s laws in the spirit of peaceful competition and global camaraderie. Putin claims that LGBT* folks will be welcome in Russia, and states that there are “no punishments for such kinds of relations”, but mandates that LGBT* visitors “stay away from the children”.
At this year’s Last Night of the Proms, acclaimed American mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato took to the podium to sing, dedicating her performance to her many gay friends, colleagues and supporters, and in particular, wants to highlight and speak out against the terrifying homophobia that is deepening in Putin’s Russia. Oh and the conductor was lesbian too. Woman power!
I’m alright Jack: A well known Irish expression and a mentality that many of us are guilty of adopting when we hear about other people’s misfortunes, despite our initial feelings/displays of empathy.
Kaitlyn Hunt Smith, who was then a 17 year-old, was recently arrested and charged for having what appears to have been a single sexual encounter with her then 15 year-old girlfriend.
Today is IDAHOT (the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia), and the No Hate Speech Movement of the Council of Europe is asking you to stand up to hate speech online.