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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Germany: Parliament approves ‘third gender’ option

The Reichstag Building – Image: Wikimedia Commons

(Reuters) – The German parliament has approved a third gender option on official documents for ‘intersex’ people, who do not identify as either male or female, and may be born with untypical sexual anatomy.

The German government in August voted to introduce the third category of ‘various’, alongside male and female, on birth certificates and other documents.

Both chambers of parliament have approved the new law, with the Bundesrat upper house giving its backing on Friday. Continue Reading »

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UK: Cafe provides a lifeline for LGBT+ dementia sufferers

Imagine living through the gay rights revolution that has transformed the lives of LGBT+ people in many parts of the world – and then, in old age, forgetting it.

That is one of the many challenges facing gay people with dementia, who can find themselves plunged into a more hostile past, or be left struggling to remember who knows about their sexual orientation. Continue Reading »

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Irish Film: Smash-hit BLACK 47 now available on DVD and Blu-Ray

James Frecheville in Black 47 – Image: independent.ie

The Irish box office smash, and must-see film of 2018, Black 47, is available to own on DVD and Blu-Ray.  The critically acclaimed feature, directed by Lance Daly, is the top-grossing Irish film of 2018.  The DVD and Blu-Ray are now on sale in outlets across Ireland, including Tesco, Easons, SuperValu, Tower, Irish Film Institute, and Golden Discs.

It’s 1847, and Ireland is in the grip of the Great Famine, which has ravaged the country for two long years. Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger, who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to return home and reunite with his family.  He’s seen more than his share of horrors, Continue Reading »

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Film Review & Trailer: Bumblebee

Frances Winston reviews this Transformers prequel, set in the mid-80s

Directed by: Travis Knight – Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon

If you thought this was a documentary about bees, then your pop-culture knowledge is severely lacking, as it is, in fact, yet another movie in the juggernaut Transformers franchise. Continue Reading »

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UK: Church of England to welcome trans people

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Transgender members of the 85-million-strong Anglican faith community will now have the support of the Church of England, after it released guidelines on Tuesday for ceremonies to welcome them.

The Church of England, where the Anglican tradition originated, has in recent years moved towards greater acceptance of LGBT+ people, including addressing homophobic bullying in schools.

The public ceremonies aim to affirm the new identity of trans worshippers, according to guidelines published on the Church’s website on Tuesday. Continue Reading »

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Brazil: Gay men claim football for their own

Futeboys FC gay football team in Sao Paulo, Brazil, November 22, 2018 – Image: THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION /Alicia Peres

Growing up gay in Vitoria, a city of almost 2 million in south-eastern Brazil, Joao Paulo Silvares never really liked playing football, the country’s national sport and passion.

“I was scared to play, because it wasn’t somewhere I felt comfortable”, Silvares, 34, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“In Brazil, I think that it’s a bit of a homophobic sport, because the common curse words that are used are things like ‘faggot’, ‘little fag’. And if you’re a teenager, a kid who’s gay, you end up withdrawing from that environment”.

The country is among the world’s most dangerous for LGBT+ people, with 445 people killed last year alone, according to watchdog group, Grupo Gay de Bahia, a 30 percent increase on 2016.

But when Silvares came across Futeboys FC, a gay football team, in Sao Paulo last year, it helped him discover a love for the sport adored by the nation.

The club is a founding member of LiGay Nacional de Futebol, a league for gay football teams from across Brazil.

The league’s third tournament, in November this year, saw 16 teams vying for the championship, as more young gay men like Silvares seized the chance to play football without fear of discrimination.

The openly gay league presents a stark contrast to the anti-LGBT+ attitudes that often erupt at the country’s many football stadiums.

Last year, football’s international governing body FIFA fined the Brazilian Football Confederation $10,000, because of homophobic chants by fans.

It was the fifth such fine in two years. The BFC could not be reached for comment.

This sort of anti-gay prejudice is something Bernardo Villas Boas, 29, another Futeboys FC player, knows all too well.

Although he didn’t have a problem coming out to his family, Boas says he often experienced homophobic bullying at school and university.

He claims he was even assaulted by police, when walking home one night with his boyfriend, in his home town of Rio de Janeiro.

“It makes me feel very nervous, very angry”, he said. “I feel powerless. That we end up being seen in a way that’s so inferior, that reduces who we are”.

Unlike Silvares, Boas has always loved football, and even tried out for teams throughout college, and after graduation. But he found homophobia was everywhere.

“When you’re the only gay man in such an environment, and homophobia is the standard for teasing people, it ends up being awful”, he said.

“I never felt part of the group, because I was always different. I liked to play ball, but I felt like there was never space for me”.

But, like his teammate, Silvares, Futeboys FC provided a solution. The team is one of nine such openly gay football teams in São Paulo, where Boas and Silvares now live.

“It was an incredible experience”, says Boas. “I’d never seen football like that: a fun, carefree football, where everyone is learning together, playing together. When I first met the Futeboys, it was love at first sight”.

Futeboys started playing in September 2015, alongside a number of other gay teams in Sao Paulo, that were seeking a friendlier sporting environment, according to Erik Arnesen, the team’s founder and director.

“We started out as a group of friends who liked football, that wanted to play without being afraid of suffering the homophobia of straight teams”, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation via WhatsApp message.

The group quickly grew into an amateur team, and then became a full league. LiGay’s first tournament was held last year in Rio de Janeiro, with eight teams competing; a second was held in April this year in Porto Alegre.

But with the election of far-right candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, to Brazil’s presidency, the players fear that their newfound comfort may not last.

Bolsonaro is well-known for his openly homophobic rhetoric […]

Some of the Futeboys players worry that Bolsonaro’s anti-gay messaging is likely to intensify the growing attacks against LGBT+ people in Brazil, and could result in a backtrack on gay and trans rights.

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“It’s super alarming,” says Silvares, of Bolsonaro’s election.

“We’re worried about losing rights, losing visibility. We’ve achieved so much, we’ve had so many advances, and now there’s this fear of having some kind of setback after that election”.

“Brazil is already a very challenging country for LGBT people”, said Leandro Ramos, the director of programmes at All Out […].

“It’s a bit of a powder keg and this campaign lit a match to it and made it explode”.

Still, both Silvares and Boas are hopeful that, just by being part of an openly gay football team, they can fight back against homophobia in sports and politics alike.

“We are claiming a space”, says Silvares.

“We’re showing that we are here, that we are proud of being gay, and that we won’t be ashamed to show it”.

-Oscar Lopez @oscarlopezgib, Thomson Reuters Foundation

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Argentina: LGBT+ survivors of dictatorship win ‘historic’ apology

Growing up transgender in 1970s Argentina, Noelia Trujullo knew that just walking the streets in her long hair and a skirt could get her arrested, locked up and abused.

Aged just 16, she was detained by police, who ordered her to strip and then mocked her. On other occasions she was held, sometimes for up to two months at a time, in police stations in Argentina’s eastern Santa Fe province. Continue Reading »