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UN expert calls for global ban on ‘cruel’ conversion therapy

A top UN expert urged global governments on Monday to ban the “degrading” practice, known as conversion therapy, which aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

The call came as new United Nations research said the widely discredited treatment was used in at least 100 countries, despite no scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be altered.` Continue Reading »

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US: As protests rage, LGBT+ activists call for return to ‘radical roots’

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As widespread protests over racial injustice roiled the US, LGBT+ campaigners on Monday, start of the annual Pride month, called for a return to the rebellious origins of the US gay rights movement.

Pride celebrations have come under criticism for becoming heavily commercialised, and straying from their roots, and the outrage sparked by the killing of George Floyd is an opportunity to return to protests for social justice, advocates said. Continue Reading »

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Video: Coping at home #InThisTogether

Dr Eddie Murphy gives his three expert tips for how to cope during Covid-19.

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Netflix: Space Force – Comedy with Steve Carell

SPACE FORCE, a new kind of workplace comedy, from co-creators, Steve Carell and Greg Daniels (The Office), where the stakes are sky high, and the ambitions even higher, premieres this Friday on Netflix.

A four-star general is tapped by the White House to lead a new branch of the armed forces, with the goal of achieving total space dominance, and getting American boots on the moon (again) by 2024. Continue Reading »

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Droichead Arts Centre young filmmakers showcase

Droichead Arts Centre’s doors may be closed at the moment, however, their creativity and community continues despite the restrictions. The arts centre, which is celebrating its 30th year, has been working on its summer arts programme behind the scenes, and has been exploring different ways to work on planned programmes.  They want to continue to provide opportunities and support for partnership, to showcase work, and commission new work.

Droichead has launched #DroicheadConnects, a programme of online activity, over the Summer, including Droichead’s Youth Focus Group Film Project, for young film makers between the ages of 12 – 22.   Droichead Youth Focus Group is designed to look specifically at the needs and interests of young people aged 15-20. The purpose of the group is to advise on programmes that interest young people, to propose new initiatives, means of communication, and to be a consistent youth perspective for the Centre. Continue Reading »

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US Ed. Dept. rules against transgender girls competing on girls’ teams

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The US Education Department has ruled that allowing transgender girls to compete in girls’ sports leagues is illegal, and could mean that schools allowing the practice would lose federal funding, it said in a letter made public on Thursday.

The department’s civil rights office said the policy violates federal civil rights law, which guarantees equal education for women, in the 45-page letter to the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC).

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US: Gay weddings boost economy by $3.8 billion since landmark ruling

Rodrigo Zamora (L) and Ashby Hardesty after their wedding in Manhattan, June 26, 2015 – Image: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Gay and lesbian weddings have boosted state and local economies by an estimated $3.8 billion since same-sex marriage was legalised in the United States in 2015, according to a study published on Thursday.

Nearly 300,000 gay and lesbian couples have tied the knot since the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage, according to researchers from the Williams Institute, at California’s UCLA School of Law. Continue Reading »