The announcement that the government is refusing allow certain civil servants to have their pensions recognised as Spouse and Children Pensions is also in defiance of and contrary to the sovereign will of over 1.62 million Irish people as expressed in the landslide Yes result in the marriage referendum.
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?
As the world has progressed into a more enlightened place in some ways, it nevertheless seems that there are some who are fighting towards a “cure” for what Malaysia’s Deputy Education Minister refers to as an “unhealthy lifestyle”
A historic panel discussion took place yesterday at the UN’s Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva. During the meeting the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights detailed a landmark report on the human rights issues affecting LGBT people around the world.
2011 has been celebrated as a great year for the LGBT community. Of course, as long as severe inequality persists, it’s difficult to wholeheartedly agree that it was a great year. All the same, 2011 has certainly upheld that crucial message; that it gets better. So, grab a cup o’ kindness and we’ll run through some of the achievements of the LGBT movement in 2011.
International Human Rights Day commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. One of the key architects of the Declaration was the feminist and humanitarian, Eleanor Roosevelt.
Tomorrow, 10th December, is International Human Rights Day. If you haven’t yet seen Hillary Clinton’s speech to the UN in Geneva this week, here it is. My advice is to set aside 30 minutes to sit down and fully listen to the whole speech.
Ecuador is accused of using torture clinics to “cure” LGBTs – predominantly affecting lesbians. A petition to the Ecuadorian government has now been launched.
The reign of the Marys (I & II) may have ended, but Ireland now welcomes into Áras an Uachtarain a man who is amongst other things a feminist, LGBT ally, intellectual and human rights activist.
During the past week, the ‘Amina’ hoax diverted the energies, time and resources of international human rights organisations, journalists, and the US State Department, among others, from the events actually taking place in Syria. And it has placed activists within Syria at greater risk of harm.
There remain countries in the world where LGBT people are criminalised for who we are, and in six of these the penalties include execution. When LGBTs flee such countries to seek asylum, will we get protection? How does Ireland treat asylum seekers who fear persecution because of their sexual orientation or gender identity? How many LGBT asylum seekers have been deported to unsafe countries where they may face torture, death or other forms of serious harm?
Yesterday afternoon, word was excitedly spreading that the Irish Government had withdrawn its appeal against the 2007 High Court decision which held that the Irish State had breached the European Convention of Human Rights by refusing to allow for the applicant–Dr. Lydia Foy, a transgendered person–to obtain a birth certificate reflecting the sex appropriate to … [Read more...]