Out Now! Nov/Dec 2018 Issue of EILE Magazine – FREE!

Welcome to the November/December 2018 issue of EILE Magazine

This jam-packed edition sees an eclectic mix of musical artistes – Daithí from Ireland, Sam Callahan from England, and Corina Seas, David Ayscue, and Jake Fields  from the US.

Scott De Buitléir writes telling us that the Irish government is planning to join the ERC, an intergovernmental rights body. The prolific Frances Winston reviews the Boy George and Kylie gigs, and also some great films like Aquaman and Bumblebee. Lisa Reynolds reviews Christmas Queens and the musical, The Band, and our Health article by Brian Rochford tells you how to get the zest back into your life! Brian also writes on Party Fashion, and our Travel section features the Deep South and Ski holidays.

We also include lots of news, views and entertainment in this issue, so we hope you enjoy our November/December 2018 edition of EILE Magazine!

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Iceland: Intersex children at risk while without new protection, activist says

The future health of Iceland’s intersex children has been put at risk with the removal of protections from a draft law that promotes transgender rights, the country’s leading intersex activist said on Tuesday.

An article in the draft Bill on Act on Sexual and Gender Autonomy, expected to come before the Icelandic Parliament this month, which would have outlawed cosmetic surgeries on intersex infants, was taken out, said Kitty Anderson, the founder of Intersex Iceland. Continue Reading »

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Trans sportswomen hit back at Navratilova’s ‘cheating’ comments

Martina Navratilova – Image: fibcbulk.com

Trans sportswomen hit back at Martina Navratilova, after the tennis champion said:

“it’s insane and it’s cheating” for transgender women to be allowed to compete in women’s sport.

“A man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organisation is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies if he so desires”, 18-times Grand Slam winner, Navratilova, wrote in The Sunday Times.

Navratilova’s comments are “disturbing, upsetting, and deeply transphobic”, said Rachel McKinnon, who, in 2018, became the first transgender woman to win a world track cycling title, reigniting a debate over whether trans women have unfair physical advantages in sport. Continue Reading »

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Anglican Church slammed for excluding same-sex spouses from 2020 conference

A woman holds a placard during a vigil against Anglican Homophobia, outside the General Synod of the Church of England in London, Britain, February 15, 2017 Image: REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Leading gay Christians have accused the Anglican Church of hypocrisy following its decision to ban same-sex spouses from attending the church’s 2020 global conference.

Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who in 2014 became the first Church of England priest to wed his same-sex partner, said the move to exclude LGBT+ spouses “panders to the views of the most extremely conservative” members of the Anglican Church.

“I just think they increase public revulsion at their hypocrisy and their inability to treat people decently”, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Monday. Continue Reading »

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US: Chicago police seek follow-up interview with ‘Empire’ actor

Jussie Smollett – Image: answersafrica

(Reuters) – Chicago police have shifted the direction of their investigation into actor Jussie Smollett’s report of a hate-crime assault, and are seeking to interview him again, after releasing two men detained for questioning in the probe, a police spokesman said on Saturday.

Smollett, 36, an openly-gay African-American performer, who plays a gay character on the musical hip-hop TV drama, Empire, ignited a furore on social media last month, when he reported he had been attacked on the street by two men yelling racial and homophobic slurs. Continue Reading »

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Theatre: FAMILY TREE – Smock Alley – Thur. Feb 28th & Sat. March 2nd – 6.15pm

“You were almost unrecognisable.  Maybe that’s why I agreed to go for coffee with you because I wasn’t entirely sure who you were

FAMILY TREE is the story of Rachel and Fiona’s relationship.  A smart and funny drama about the bravery and choices of what is called ‘ordinary life’

From the makers of festival hits, BEASTS, BLIND DATE, YES and TENDER MERCIES.
Home You Go Productions is a production company set up by award-winning director and writer, Colette Cullen, and producer, Madeleine Roche, to develop and produce high quality theatre, films and television drama.

Family Tree Cast & Crew:

Writer & Director – Colette Cullen – BLIND DATE shortlisted RTE’s P J O’Connor Radio Drama Awards 2015, Nominated Intercultural Dialogue Award (YES) & Best Female Performer (YES) Gala Awards IDGTF 2016, Nominated Best Male Performer (BLIND DATE) Gala Awards IDGTF 2014)

Cast – Leona Burke and Rachel Walshe

Production team – RC Bates, Tamar Keane, and Madeleine Roche

Costume design – Lydia Constance Dorman

Set design – Diarmuid Woods

Graphic Designer: Ciara O’Neill


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Film Review & Trailer: On the Basis of Sex

Frances Winston reviews this film about a woman who changed history, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Directed by: Mimi Leder – Starring: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Sam Waterston, Kathy Bates

This biopic of the inspiring powerhouse that is Ruth Bader Ginsburg (played here by Jones) is written by her nephew, so comes with the approval of the legendary equality advocate. Therefore you know you are probably going to get something closer to the facts than many similar offerings.

If you’re not familiar with RBG’s back-story, she has been fighting the good fight since the 1970s, having actually graduated from law school in the 1950s. Continue Reading »

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Film Review & Trailer: Instant Family

Frances Winston reviews this Sean Anders film based on his own experiences of adoption 

Directed by: Sean Anders – Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Margo Martindale, Julie Hagerty, Octavia Spencer

When I first saw the trailers for this I assumed it was a screwball comedy, especially since it is directed by Anders, who is best known for his work on movies such as Horrible Bosses 2, and both Daddy’s Home films. So I was quite surprised when I learned that it was based on Anders’ own experience of adopting his children. Continue Reading »