Out Now! Sept/Oct 2018 Issue of EILE Magazine – FREE!

Welcome to the September/October 2018 issue of EILE Magazine

Bursting with goodies, this edition sees some great musical artistes gracing our pages, like STF, Jared Dylan, MIKA and the NI’s Japanese Popstars.

Scott De Buitléir interviews longtime LGBT and civil rights activist, Tonie Walsh, about his upcoming show, I AM TONIE WALSH, and Stephen Spillane raises awareness on how to preserve your mental health. Also Happy Birthday to Club GASS in Galway, who celebrate their 3rd birthday in November.

Frances Winston reviews 5 great films, and Lisa Reynolds reviews the Laverne Cox documentary, The T Word. Our health article, by Brian Rochford,  reminds us that exercise keeps the brain healthy, and he also writes on men’s fashion for the cold weather. Our Travel section features India and the US, and we also feature art at the RDS, dance, and theatre.

With lots more news, views and entertainment inside, just relax and enjoy this Sept/Oct 2018 edition of EILE Magazine!

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Guyana strikes down law against ‘improper’ cross-dressing

Transgender campaigners in Guyana celebrated on Wednesday after a Victorian-era law banning cross-dressing in public “for an improper purpose” was struck down by the South American country’s highest court.

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) said the vaguely-worded law was unconstitutional and violated transgender citizens’ right to equality and non-discrimination. In a judgment delivered on Tuesday, it said the law must be removed. Continue Reading »

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LGBT+ migrants face abuse in Mexican border city – activists

Migrants at the border between Mexico and the US after arriving in Tijuana, November 13, 2018 – Image: REUTERS/Jorge Duenes

The arrival of about 80 LGBT+ asylum seekers from Central America in the Mexican border city of Tijuana has provoked an angry backlash from local residents, rights activists said.

The asylum seekers are among thousands of migrants who are making their way through Mexico towards the United States. They split from the caravan they were originally travelling with after facing discrimination from others in the group.

Fergie Bibiana Andersen of the advocacy group, Diversidad sin Fronteras, said the LGBT+ migrants had been verbally abused in Tijuana and also threatened on social media. Continue Reading »

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Aid experts fear ‘Cambridge Analytica moment’ over big data

‘Is the data aid agencies collect from the people they help secure enough? Not necessarily, experts say – and that’s creating risks’

Are you HIV-positive? Gay? Frustrated with government assistance after a disaster? Aid workers are increasingly asking such questions of the people they help, hoping to better pinpoint their needs by gathering and analyzing data on them.

But at a conference of development experts in New Orleans this week, some have questioned whether data collection in developing countries is being handled appropriately. Continue Reading »

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Taiwan: Tech, banks back same-sex marriage ahead of referendum

Banking and technology giants, including JPMorgan, Google, and Microsoft on Friday threw their support behind a campaign for same-sex marriage in Taiwan, days before a referendum.

Taiwan’s top court declared last year that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry, but conservative groups successfully petitioned for a referendum, and the island will hold a series of public votes on the issue on November 24.

Tech giants Google and IBM were among 27 multinational firms, local companies and NGOs that put their names to a joint statement on Friday, saying same-sex couples “deserve the same right to marry in Taiwan as other couples”. Continue Reading »

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‘Love will prevail’: Costa Rica’s same-sex couples can marry in 2020

(Reuters) – Same-sex couples in Costa Rica will have the right to get married by mid-2020, the nation’s constitutional court has ruled, a first for socially conservative Central America.

In a majority decision made public on Thursday, the court backed the opinion of the San Jose-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which said in January that countries in the region should legalize same-sex unions. Continue Reading »

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Thai civil partnership bill ‘ignores key concerns’ – campaigners

Thailand could become the first Asian country to legally recognise same-sex couples, under a bill that would allow civil partnerships, but campaigners say it fails to address major concerns of LGBT+ people.

Public consultations on the bill were held this week, and a revised version will go to the cabinet for approval by the end of the year, said Nareeluc Pairchaiyapoom, a senior official at the government department handling the bill.

It gives same-sex couples the right to register unions, as well as to property and inheritance, but does not recognise marriage between same-sex partners. Continue Reading »

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Lithuania: Video Banned Just For Gay Kissing – SKAMP – Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow

Lithuania has banned a music video by an award-winning pop/rock/hip-hop Lithuanian band, SKAMP, because it features gay couples kissing along with straight couples kissing.

The beautiful and heart-warming video accompanies the track Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow, and features young and old couples kissing, both gay and straight, in a totally non-offensive way.

The government banned the video using an anti-gay propaganda law, similar to that of Russia, and singer, Erica Jennings explained that, because the song was about love, she thought it should contain all sorts of couples in the video. Jennings also commented that exposure to violence on TV is so normalised that it leaves no room for love and diversity.

The band had performed in Eurovision 2001 in Copenhagen, with the song, You Got Style.

Members of the band are:

  • Erica Jennings – lyrics, vocals – of Irish nationality and speaks Lithuanian
  • Victor “Vee” Diawara – producer, lyrics, vocals, guitar – born in Vilnius of a Malian father and a Lithuanian mother, speaks fluent French and Lithuanian
  • Vilius Alesius – lyrics, vocals

SKAMP rose to fame in Lithuania in May 1998, with a cover of George Gershwin’s Summertime. Their awards include:

Best Debut (1999), Best Band (2000, 2001,2004 & 2005) and Best Album (2000, 2001 & 2004). Erica has won “Best Female Artist” twice (2001 & 2002) and Vee received “Best Producer” in 2000.

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