EILE – August Issue OUT NOW!

The August issue of EILE Magazine is now available to read and /or download for free! This month:

  • Gareth Russell’s Transgender Spy of Versailles
  • New Director of Gay Switchboard Ireland, Maria Keogh
  • Pam & Wini, the first civil partnership in Tipperary
  • Men’s fashion with Mark Graham
  • Film with Frances Winston
  • California Dispatch
  • Nick’s Picks in music
  • Lisa Reynolds on Dorian Gray
  • Dr Shay Keating on health
  • Mark Power on his music
 All that, plus the latest news, and updates for the LGBT community, now available in the August issue of EILE Magazine, out now!
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Watch: Chilean Navy Officer Makes History By Coming Out As Gay

A member of the Chilean Navy has made history by coming out as gay, becoming the first openly-LGBT officer to serve in the South American naval service.

Mauricio Ruiz, 24, called a surprising press conference in the Chilean capital of Santiago, where he came out as gay. Ruiz told media that he hoped that his announcement would help dispel myths that LGBT people cannot be valued members of Chile’s armed forces. Ruiz, currently stationed in Valparaiso, said his superiors in the navy had granted permission for him to make his announcement to the press. 

Chile has quite a mixed record regarding its attitude to its LGBT community, and while homosexuality was decriminalised in 1999, it took the murder of a gay man in 2012 before the government introduced anti-hate crime legislation.

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Michael Sam Cut From St. Louis Rams

Michael Sam has been cut from the St. Louis Rams. [Image: Michael Sam/Facebook]

Michael Sam has been cut from the St. Louis Rams. [Image: Michael Sam/Facebook]

Michael Sam has been cut from the St. Louis Rams’ selection squad, failing to meet the requirements to be on the 53-man team.

Sam, the first openly-gay American football player to be drafted by an NFL team, may still have an opportunity to be included on the Rams’ 10-man practice squad, although his dreams of being the first openly-gay NFL professional player are on pause for now.  Continue Reading »

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Watch: Emerald Warriors Captain Chats About Bingham Cup on Australian TV

The captain of the Emerald Warriors rugby team, Bru Amerlynck, appeared on ABC News in Sydney earlier today to discuss the Bingham Cup, also known as the Gay Rugby World Cup, which is currently taking place in Sydney.

In the clip above, Bru Amerlynck discusses the success of the Bingham Cup, playing with a gay-inclusive rugby team, and current measures being taken to combat homophobia in sport.

To watch the full segment on ABC News, click here.

H/T: Erik @ Bingham Cup

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Watch: Australia – It Gets Better – BTFG

Watch as BT Financial Group employees in Australia tell their coming out stories to show support for LGBTQI teens, and assure them that “It Gets Better”. BTFG have partnered with It Gets Better Australia, a not-for-profit group trying to reduce bullying and support LGBTQI youth.

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Watch: My Two Dads

Watch this heart-warming video of two dads, Vivian Cummins and Erney Breytenbach who have been fostering in Ireland for the past 9 years. Another great case for marriage equalilty to be introduced in Ireland.

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Watch: Historic Announcements at World Cup of Gay Rugby

As the Bingham Cup kicked off today in Sydney, two Rugby World Cup winning Wallabies’ captains joined senior federal politicians for every major Australian party, as the International Rugby Board (IRB) and the Australian Rugby Union made history.

The IRB is believed to be the first major international sporting federation to publicly endorse a gay sporting event, while the Australian Rugby Union is the first Australian sport to adopt a range of policies aimed at eliminating homophobia. Other international sporting organisations, such as FIFA (soccer) were challenged to follow rugby’s lead.  Continue Reading »

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Review & Trailer: If I Stay

If-I-Stay-MovieFrances Winston found this film to be a little schmaltzy, but a good midweek watch          

Directed by R.J. Cutler – Starring: Chloë GraceMoretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Stacy Keach, Aisha Hinds, Liana Liberato

Based on the Young Adult novel of the same name, Moretz plays talented teen cellist Mia, whose thoughts in life revolve around her boyfriend, Adam (Blackley) her family, and her music. Having auditioned for prestigious music academy Julliard, she is anxiously awaiting news of whether or not she got in, when a snow day is declared. Continue Reading »

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