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Monday 11 December 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Gay Rights

This year
India's top court refuses to legalise same-sex marriages, leaving campaigners 'disheartened'
Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government has staunchly opposed same-sex marriage.
State feared decriminalising same-sex behaviour would lead to ‘public displays of homosexual affection’
Newly released records from the 1970s and 80s show homophobic attitudes within the civil service.
Lawyers for State wanted to use AIDS crisis to defend Ireland's ban on same-sex relationships
A report by
Lauren Boland
Decades-old files show the lengths the State went to in order to try to preserve its criminal ban on homosexuality in the 1980s.
Last year
'Lives were ruined': State moves closer to exonerating men convicted of homosexual 'offences'
Ireland could follow the UK’s lead and exonerate gay men later this year.
Ireland could follow the UK's lead and exonerate gay men later this year, Órla Ryan reports
A working group is set to submit a progress report to the Justice Minister this month and its final report later this year
Hundreds of gay men were convicted under laws later repealed when homosexuality was decriminalised in 1993
All time
'Societal dysfunctionality' around gender roles needs to be tackled, says Defence Forces chief
Vice Admiral Mellett said gender conditioning away from military life begins in childhood for women.
97% of LGBTI+ youth are struggling with anxiety, stress or depression
Six in 10 people are struggling with suicide ideation and half are struggling with self-harm, according to a new survey.
'A giant of a man': Influential Aids campaigner and playwright Larry Kramer dies aged 84
Kramer’s husband confirmed that he died from died from pneumonia.
'We had bottles thrown at us, a woman spit on us': Six in 10 LGBT people avoid holding hands in public
Three in 10 people avoid certain locations for fear of being assaulted, according to a new survey.
'It was shocking': GRA to speak to Commissioner over sacking of garda for 'alleged homosexual activity'
The Garda Commissioner recently confirmed to the former garda that this was the reason for his dismissal in 1982.
Attacks, surveillance, moving home every six months - The life of an LGBT activist in Tunisia
Badr Baabou accepted an award for his work in Dublin this week.
Paris prosecutors open proceedings against Patrice Evra for 'homophobic insults'
The inquiry follows a complaint lodged last week by two French gay rights groups.
Patrice Evra faces legal challenge over 'homophobic' abuse
The 37-year-old defended himself on social media after the incident, saying that “he loved everyone”.
Diplomatic pressure results in Tanzania stating anti-gay crackdown is not government policy
Amnesty International reports that ten men have been arrested since last week’s announcement.
Homosexuality can still mean the death penalty in many countries
A look at LGBT rights across the world.
Up to 150 homosexuality convictions could be overturned under Government proposals
Last month, the Government apologised to men historically convicted of engaging in consensual same-sex activity.
Here's a short history of the battle for LGBT rights in Ireland
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland.
Brian Merriman: 'Identity theatre is always relevant'
I dramatise stories that were impossible to imagine could be told or staged, writes Brian Merriman.
Leo Varadkar visits site of the Stonewall riots in New York
The Stonewall protests are widely considered to be the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement.
'Outpourings of emotion' and 'a force of good': The Gaze Film Festival celebrates 25 years
Dublin’s LGBT film festival Gaze was set up in 1992 – a year before homosexuality was decriminalised.
'We don't have any gays': Chechnya's leader strongly denies his country tortured and killed gay men
Ramzan Kadyrov has faced wide international criticism since reports of serious human rights abuses.
One in five young LGBT people say they still face bullying and harassment
The survey of over 4,000 members of the young LGBT community was part of a national State strategy.
'Men subjected to these gay purges have endured a gruesome ordeal in Chechnya'
The Kremlin is said to be taking its investigation into the anti-gay “purge” seriously.
Taiwan to become first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage
“I’m leaping with joy like a bird,” one person said. Activists have fought for almost 30 years for gay marriage equality.
Leader of Liberal Democrats won't say if he thinks being gay is a sin
Tim Farron’s comments have been criticised by some, but others have defended him.
'I can't stop crying': Tributes after rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker dies aged 65
The former soldier was heavily involved within the San Francisco LGBT rights movement.
Gay priest marries long-term partner in 'beautiful' ceremony in Clare
Fr Bernard Lynch – who grew up in Ennis in the 1950s – became the first Catholic priest in the world to have a civil partnership in 2006.
'Being gay was portrayed as a scandal and shame': George Michael's journey to LGBT activist
He was outed by the press in 1998, and went on to become a major supporter of HIV campaigns
This is why people are talking about North Carolina's 'bathroom law'
Lawmakers in the state have failed to repeal the controversial law, despite Democrats and Republicans earlier reaching an agreement on it.
Uganda blames British colonialism for its anti-gay sex laws
It told the UN this week that it doesn’t tolerate such discrimination.
Poll: Do you agree with the verdict in the gay cake row?
The owners of Ashers Bakery were found guilty of discrimination.
Trump wants to quiz people on religion and gender equality before they enter US
The Republican presidential candidate previously called for a ban on Muslims entering America.
‘I’m still Ivan but I’m wearing high-heels.' - Meet Ivan Fahy, an androgynous model from Galway
The Irish model who’s breaking assumptions about gender.
Thousands turn out for "rainbow vigil" in Dublin to honour those killed in Orlando shooting
A large crowd – some draped in rainbow flags and holding balloons and other items – gathered at about 7pm this evening for the vigil.
Kenyan court bid to stop anal exams of men accused of being gay
Engaging in gay sex is a criminal offence in Kenya.
Mormonism is taking a lot of heat for its attitude towards gay rights
The church declared that the children of gay couples cannot be blessed or baptised until they turn 18.
Church needs to ditch discredited Old Testament views - McAleese
The former president told The Irish Catholic the Church was a conduit for ‘toxic’ homophobia.
Gay couple asked to leave Dublin restaurant for holding hands
The shocking allegation comes just five months after the country legalised marriage for homosexual couples.
Russian politicians plan to outlaw coming out - but not for "more reasonable" lesbians
“We think women are…more able to manage their emotions. So far, we’re not touching women.”
Vladimir Putin phoned Elton John, and this time it wasn't a joke
Suppose you could say they were Putin the world to rights…
Listen: Elton John agrees to go to Moscow Pride parade in hoax call
Audio of the hoax call has been published. The singer says it’s an honour to speak to “one of the most influential people” in the world.