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Review: Depeche Mode at the 3Arena, Dublin

There seems to be an eighties revival at the moment, with many bands of that era taking to the road to transport their fans back in time, playing all the hits from their heyday.

Not so Depeche Mode. Despite being together 36 years, and enjoying a string of hits in the 80s, they managed to endure well beyond that, and their latest album, Spirit, released in March this year, has been heralded as some of their finest work. Continue Reading »

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Film Review & Trailer: Justice League

Frances Winston enjoyed Justice League, but felt that the female characters were diluted down in this movie

Directed by: Zack Snyder – Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, Ciarán Hinds

After a slow start, the DCEU (that’s the DC Extended Universe to the uninitiated) finally found its feet during the summer, with the juggernaut that was Wonder Woman, which exceeded all expectations.

Following Batman vs Superman (which makes far more sense if you watch the extended edition by the way) reactions were mixed about this flick. Continue Reading »

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GFEST 2017 and Magnum Ice Cream to reward LGBTQI artistic excellence  

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival and MAGNUM Ice Cream, the brand synonymous with pleasure and renowned globally for its luxurious ice creams, have partnered to reward the excellence that exists in the LGBTQI artistic and creative community.

The launch of the 10th anniversary celebrations of GFEST – Gaywise FESTival has kick-started a fortnight long (Monday 13th  to Saturday 25th  November) showcase of eclectic art, films and performances by LGBTQI artists. Continue Reading »

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As Australian LGBT Community Celebrate, NI LGBT Feel More Isolated

Yesterday, Wednesday 15th November, Australia voted overwhelmingly that they wish to allow same-sex marriage, in their marriage equality plebiscite. Meanwhile, Theresa May’s UK government is propped up by the DUP in Northern Ireland, a party that has consistently blocked the north’s LGBT community equal marriage rights. Continue Reading »

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Review: STEPS at the 3Arena Dublin – Party On The Dancefloor Tour

Frances Winston reviews the latest STEPS Tour, Party On The Dancefloor, at the 3Arena Dublin

Steps are the marmite of the pop world, with people either loving and adoring them, or utterly despising them.

Originally conceived as a techno-dance group, that fell by the wayside after their first single, 5-6-7-8, Steps‘ sound was then replaced with a fresher more Abbaesque-type sound, and indeed, they often drew comparisons to the 70s super-group for their vocals and arrangements (obviously they didn’t write their own songs however). Continue Reading »

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Australia: Waiting For Result From Plebiscite On Marriage Equality

After months of campaigning for a fairer Australia in the postal survey, Australians will find out the results this week! The ABS will announce the outcome in Canberra on Wednesday at 10am AEDT.

In every capital city, as well as towns across Australia, YES supporters are gathering to watch what unfolds. Whatever the result, many want to stand together and celebrate the LGBT community’s proud, positive campaign for equality.

You can check out the details of each event here, and join the Australian LGBT community if you can:  Continue Reading »

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BeLonG To: It’s Time To Stop The Silence

At the launch of ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’, Against Homophobic and Transphobic Buyllying, which runs between November the 13th and the 17th, were left to right, Minister Katherine Zappone TD, Theodore Curley, Minister for Education Richard Bruton TD and Moninne Griffith, Executive Director, BelongTo Youth Services.
Image: Tommy Clancy

Happy Stand Up Week From BeLonG To!

During this week students, teachers and school communities across Ireland will take a stand against the anti-LGBTI+ bullying, harassment, and name-calling that silences many students. It is unacceptable that 70% of young LGBTI+ students feel unsafe at school.

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