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Gay Rights

# gay-rights - Saturday 29 March, 2014

First gay marriage takes place in England and Wales

Same-sex couples who were married abroad are now recognised under the new law in England and Wales.

# gay-rights - Thursday 27 March, 2014

This MEP is appealing for votes on Grindr

She’s not interested in advertising on electricity poles.

# gay-rights - Tuesday 18 March, 2014

White says gay laws will ‘stigmatise and criminalise’… but won’t say that to Russian counterpart

Junior health minister Alex White told the Russian LGBT Sport Federation that Ireland disagrees with last year’s anti-gay propaganda law.

# gay-rights - Sunday 16 March, 2014

“I’m disappointed”: Boston Mayor confirms parade pull-out, as talks with organisers fail

Activists have welcomed his decision, saying “no other group is asked to march without a banner and their standard – not the police, firefighters, or the Irish”.

# gay-rights - Saturday 15 March, 2014

Alex White to discuss LGBTI concerns with civil rights groups in Moscow

The Junior Health Minister will be visiting the Russian capital as part of the government’s St Patrick’s Day “Promote Ireland” programme.

# gay-rights - Monday 10 March, 2014

Telecom giant Orange pull ads from Ugandan tabloid that outs LGBT people

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law subjects all gays and lesbians to life imprisonment.

Column: It’s unrealistic to expect oppression to disappear overnight, but we now have hope

Important debates about gay rights have taken place in Ireland and the world in the past few months, leading young people to feel more valued, more included and more heard, writes David Carroll.

# gay-rights - Wednesday 5 March, 2014

Column: Are you frustrated by the number of ‘gay’ stories in the media? Then read on …

Do you view the issue of gay rights as being mundane? Are you annoyed by the ‘hype’ over homophobic bullying and marriage equality? Then these are the facts you need to know, writes Christine Allen.

# gay-rights - Monday 24 February, 2014

“Others cannot dictate to us”: Uganda signs controversial anti-gay bill into law

The news has been condemned by Amnesty International, which described it as a “step backwards”.

# gay-rights - Sunday 23 February, 2014

In Your Words: Being a gay teenager in Ireland

Homophobia can be expressed overtly – but it can also be casual, insidious and suffocating. Here, six teenagers tell their stories.

In Your Words: Being a gay teacher in Ireland

Experiencing homophobia in all forms, while being in fear of their work, job and career. These five teachers tell their stories…

# gay-rights - Wednesday 19 February, 2014

WATCH: Senator asks RTÉ payout recipients to ‘give the money back’

During his two minutes speaking time last night, David Norris claimed there is homophobia present in the upper house.

# gay-rights - Sunday 16 February, 2014

Over to you: Have you ever experienced homophobia?

We want to hear your story.

Bullied, egged, kicked out and beaten up: Homophobia in real life

Society has come on leaps and bounds but some words are yet to disappear. Queer, puff, faggot, unnatural and perverted…are all still hurled at men and women in today’s Ireland. Here are stories from seven members of the LBG community.

# gay-rights - Friday 14 February, 2014

Boston Mayor to boycott St Patricks Day parade unless gay community included

Mayor Martin J.Walsh hopes to broker a deal before the day arrives.

# gay-rights - Thursday 13 February, 2014

Column: The struggle for human rights in Russia won’t end with the Winter Olympics

The abuse of minorities and their defenders in Russia affects gay people but also Roma, immigrant workers and other ethnic communities. Let’s not forget about them, writes Stefania Kulaeva.

# gay-rights - Tuesday 11 February, 2014

‘When you boycott, you’re just ignored’: Varadkar at odds with Burton’s stance on NYC parade

Leo Varadkar is at odds with Cabinet colleague Joan Burton over whether or not ministers should attend the New York St Patrick’s Day next month.

# gay-rights - Monday 10 February, 2014

Poll: Should Ministers take part in the NYC Patrick’s Day parade? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Ministers take part in the NYC Patrick’s Day parade?

Joan Burton has already said she will not take part in the parade over its treatment of gay groups, but should other ministers follow suit?

# gay-rights - Saturday 8 February, 2014

From The Daily Edge Landmark Dublin bar boycotts Coca-Cola over Sochi Olympics sponsorship By George

Landmark Dublin bar boycotts Coca-Cola over Sochi Olympics sponsorship

The George will stop selling the soft drink for the duration of the Games.

# gay-rights - Friday 7 February, 2014

Check out Google’s not-so-subtle Winter Olympics doodle

The web giant is making a point with the Winter Olympics starting today.

Column: As the Winter Olympics kick off in Russia, let’s consider oppression in all its forms

The situation in Russia is one of the more extreme examples of LGBT rights abuses in the world, but let’s not run the risk of thinking that our community is wholly welcoming by comparison, writes Kevin Donohue.

# gay-rights - Thursday 6 February, 2014

Kenny plans to participate in St Patrick’s Day parade that NY mayor will boycott

Enda Kenny will not be following Bill de Blasio in boycotting the event over its ban on pro-gay rights expressions, but the Tánaiste insisted the LGBT community has encouraged Irish government participation.

# gay-rights - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Gay rights student protest takes place at Russian Embassy in Dublin

Last year, Russia banned the promotion and providing of information on homosexuality to under 18-year-olds.

New York City mayor refuses to take part in St Patrick’s Day parade

Bill de Blasio says he will not walk in the parade because of the ban on participants from carrying signs for gay rights.

# gay-rights - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

Column: I am gay. I have always been gay. I’ve never not been gay.

I’m happy with who I am and I love this country – but I am not happy with how I get treated for how I live my life, writes Christopher Chong.

# gay-rights - Wednesday 29 January, 2014

Open Letter to RTE: Explain why you censored gay rights advocate Rory O’Neill

The term ‘homophobia’ refers to an irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against gay people… So why it is not permissible to state that a group that actively campaigns against same-sex marriage is homophobic?

# gay-rights - Monday 27 January, 2014

Poll: Should Ireland give aid to countries that deny gay rights? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Ireland give aid to countries that deny gay rights?

We’ve given generously to countries that have outlawed homosexuality. But should aid ever come with conditions attached?

Irish aid with strings attached: Should Ireland help countries that deny gay rights?

Conditional aid in return for human rights improvements – is this to be the future of development aid?

# gay-rights - Saturday 18 January, 2014

Column: Living for love, dying because of hate – the rising tide of homophobia in Africa

Jean-Claude Roger Mbebe died an untimely death last week, after his family allegedly prevented him from receiving necessary medical treatment. He had been previously been convicted of “homosexuality and attempted homosexuality” and imprisoned.

# gay-rights - Thursday 5 December, 2013

Galway university society disbanded for homophobic message

The NUIG Legion of Mary society was suspended for its ‘Purity Matters Initiative’.

# gay-rights - Wednesday 6 November, 2013

Gay rights groups welcome marriage referendum plan, Catholic Bishops don’t

The Bishop of Kildare says that the issue is “not about equality”, but Alan Shatter says that people should not be discriminated against because of their sexuality.

# gay-rights - Monday 4 November, 2013

Column: Boycotting the Olympics would make things more difficult for Russia’s LGBT people

International support is necessary, but ultimately the change to Russia’s attitudes to LGBT people can’t come from a foreign country – it has to come from a grass-roots movement within Russia itself, writes Igor Yassin.

# gay-rights - Friday 11 October, 2013

Column: ‘Coming out’ as gay meant that, at 54, I could finally be myself

On National Coming Out Day, 68-year-old Eddie Parsons remembers growing up in an Ireland where “being gay was not an option” – and how he finally came out at the age of 54.

# gay-rights - Sunday 6 October, 2013

Poets, presidents and polls: The Seanad through the decades

It’s existence now secure after Friday’s referendum, takes a look back at some interesting moments from the history of the upper chamber…

# gay-rights - Thursday 3 October, 2013

From The Daily Edge Grandfather writes incredible letter to daughter after she disowns gay son Shame In The Family

Grandfather writes incredible letter to daughter after she disowns gay son

“I now have a fabulous grandson to raise, and I don’t have time for a heartless daughter.”

# gay-rights - Friday 27 September, 2013

Athletes and spectators can expect ‘fabulous experience’ at Russian Winter Olympics

The IOC said that as long as the Olympic Charter is respected, it is satisfied, despite criticisms of the country’s ‘anti-gay laws’.

# gay-rights - Wednesday 4 September, 2013

Amnesty Ireland: ‘G20 leaders must stand up to Russia’s draconian homophobic law’

Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty Ireland has said the anti-gay laws create a climate of intolerance.

# gay-rights - Saturday 31 August, 2013

Applicants for Dublin Fire Brigade were asked if they’re gay or straight

The Public Appointments Service says it’s a standard procedure, and helps them monitor equality across the public service.

# gay-rights - Friday 30 August, 2013

Californian court upholds ban on “gay therapy”

A Christian legal group will appeal the decision that outlawed therapy that aims to turn gay teens straight.

# gay-rights - Thursday 22 August, 2013

Journalist confronts Russian TV hosts over ‘anti-gay laws’

James Kirchick was on the Russia Today to speak about Bradly Manning’s but instead labelled the channel a “Kremlin funded propaganda network”.

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