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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!

FREE to read or download! Just click on the magazine icon above right, or far right sidebar if you want the full pantheon of EILE monthly issues.

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Gig Review: U2 Experience & Innocence Tour – 3Arena

From left: Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge, Bono, and Adam Clayton of U2 perform at the Innocence + Experience Tour – Calif. Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

Frances WInston reviews U2’s Experience & Innocence gig at the 3Arena on Friday last, 9th November

U2 finally touched down in Dublin for what was to be the finale of their Experience and Innocence Tour.

Unfortunately, like all the best-laid plans, it didn’t quite work out like that, as they had to reschedule their Berlin show after Bono lost his voice earlier this year! However, there were no signs of any vocal issues on Friday night though, as the group took to the stage of a packed 3Arena for the third of their four dates there.

I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan. I like a lot of the band’s early material, and a smattering of their more recent stuff. However, for me their music has always been overshadowed by Bono’s pontificating on politics. Also, I still haven’t forgiven them for forcing Songs of Innocence on me via iTunes. But having heard great things about the show, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to see it.

The first thing that struck me was the stage, which formed a T-shape, and stretched out the entire length and breadth of the arena. I had been told that this rather impressive rig barely fit in the venue, which will give you an idea of how large it is.

As the band were about to make their entrance, some rather flashy graphics were displayed, and none other than Charlie Chaplin could be heard giving his infamous speech from The Great Dictator. As a huge Chaplin fan, I thought this boded rather well, and it did indeed. The band went right back to their beginnings, with tracks such as I Will Follow and Gloria. Prior to I Will Follow, there was a lovely tribute to the band’s fathers, that moved even the biggest cynics in the audience.

Songs like Beautiful Day and Elevation saw the audience singing along, and when they weren’t singing they were punching the air, and jumping up and down, which apparently is the only dance male U2 fans know!

There was a brief interval after Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, before the band returned with Bono channelling the McPhisto character he donned for the Zooropa tour, back in 1993. This was probably the most theatrical segment of the show, and the crowd loved it.

The biggest cheer, however, was reserved for the classic tracks, Pride (In the Name of Love) and New Year’s Day (although we could have done without the Brexit observations here!). Both tracks have completely stood the test of time, and show just how good U2 were back in the day.

Overall, the set was well-thought-out, and the graphics and visuals were simply amazing. Add to this the fact that the band genuinely seemed to be enjoying themselves, rather than going through the motions, and you’ve all the makings of a great gig. There were moments where the famously morose Adam Clayton even cracked a smile. While obviously this represents a big pay day for them, the fact that they also seem to like performing these songs really does create a special energy.

As rock shows go, this was a tour de force. I’m still not a fan of Bono, but I definitely have a new-found respect for the band.

List:

1. The Blackout 2. Lights of Home(St. Peter’s String Version) 3. I Will Follow 4. Gloria (with Van Morrison’s “Gloria”…) 5. Beautiful Day 6. Dirty Day (first time since December 10th 1993) 7. Zoo Station 8. The Fly 9. Stay (Faraway, So Close!) 10. Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

11. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (Gavin Friday Remix – Tape) 12. Elevation (Influx Remix intro) 13. Vertigo (with “The Jean Genie” snippet) 14. Even Better Than the Real Thing (Fish Out of Water Remix;) 15. Acrobat (with “Hall of Mirrors” snippet) 16. You’re the Best Thing About Me (full band acoustic) 17. Summer of Love (Bono and The Edge only) 18. Pride (In the Name of Love) 19. Get Out of Your Own Way 20. New Year’s Day (reworked version, no final verse) 21. City of Blinding Lights

Encore:

22. Women of the World (Jim O’Rourke song) 23. One (with “Woman of the World” and “Invisible” snippet) 24. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way 25. 13 (There Is a Light) (with “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” snippet) 26. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody Talking Heads song)

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Happy Stand Up Awareness Week!

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.  

Recent research highlights the harrowing effects of anti-LGBTI+ bullying on the mental health of LGBTI+ youth. A huge 76% of LGBTI+ young people surveyed disclosed that anti-LGBTI+ bullying is a major source of anxiety in their lives. 

Spread the Word 

If you have friends or family members who are teachers or students at second-level schools, encourage them to take part! 

Download the free Stand Up Awareness Week Pack today. This includes a Resource Booklet packed with activity ideas; tips on supporting transgender students; and a poster to let students know that their school is LGBTI+ friendly. 

Share BeLonG To’s Facebook posts and Tweets during Stand Up Awareness Week, and help raise awareness about this important issue.  

Growing up LGBTI+ doesn’t need to be painful and challenging. With your help, Ireland can be a place where LGBTI+ youth feel accepted and equal.  

DOWNLOAD STAND UP AWARENESS WEEK RESOURCES HERE

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Galway Pride’s Rob Partridge Excels in Toastmaster’s Contest!

Rob Partridge at the Toastmasters Contest in the Maldron Hotel, Oranmore

On Saturday 10 November, at the Maldron Hotel, Oranmore, the Toastmasters of Area 12 came together for the divisional finals of the Humorous Speech and Tabletopics® Contest, in which Galway Pride’s Rob Partridge was competing.  

Loughrea Toastmasters, a new chapter of Toastmaster International, having only chartered earlier this year, took first and second place in the Humorous Speech contest and second and third place in Tabletopics®. Continue Reading »

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Jobs: ILGA-Europe – Senior Advocacy Officer

ILGA-Europe are looking for a Senior Advocacy Officer to work with the staff team in Brussels. Closing date for receipt of applications: Friday, 16 November 2018, 17.00 CET. 

The Senior Advocacy Officer will be actively contributing to ILGA-Europe’s advocacy work aimed at bringing legal, political and social change for LGBTI people across Europe, by working with European institutions to leverage their mechanisms for change, by setting benchmarks for national governments on LGBTI equality, by engaging with governments and civil society at national level to strengthen capacity to translate political commitments into concrete measures, and by acting as a thought-leader on strategic issues for the European LGBTI movement.

The tasks of Senior Advocacy Officer will include developing and implementing effective policy and advocacy strategies with regional institutions, government or other relevant actors to respond to priorities identified by the European LGBTI movement; monitoring of developments and assessing  opportunities  for  advocacy  of  human  rights  of  LGBT  people  at  European level;  developing  and  implementing  capacity  building   for policy-makers,  civil society and practitioners at European and national levels on implementation of political commitments into concrete measures; and developing strategic partnerships and coalitions with other NGOs and relevant actors.

Open ended full-time position subject to continued funding for the post.

Salary scale: from 51,553.01 € to 54,482.16 €, starting at the beginning of the scale. The organisation has a generous remuneration package, including contributing to local transportation costs, luncheon vouchers, hospitalisation insurance, a pension scheme for employees, and ‘family friendly’ policies.

Relocation support from within Europe to Brussels will be given where appropriate.

Closing date for receipt of applications: Friday, 16th November 2018 (17:00 CET).

Please submit a signed electronic version by e-mail to: recruitment@ilga-europe.org

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www.ilga-europe.org/jobs/senior-advocacy-officer

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES STATEMENT

ILGA-Europe’s equal opportunity policy applies both to ILGA-Europe’s implementation of its work programme, and its employment practices. We will do all within our power to apply the above policies in our day-to-day operations and in our employment practices.

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Tanzania: US concerned by rising attacks on human rights, incl. LGBT+ rights

(Reuters) – The United States has spoken out against Tanzanian moves to cut back human rights and civil liberties, including arrests and harassment of ‘marginalised’ people such as homosexuals.

President John Magufuli’s government has been criticised by opposition politicians and international rights groups, for what they say is growing authoritarianism and intolerance of dissent. The government rejects the criticism.

“We are troubled by the continued arrests and harassment of marginalized persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and others who seek to exercise their rights to freedom of speech, association and assembly”, the US State Department said in a statement seen by Reuters on Sunday. Continue Reading »

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Mexico: LGBT+ rights take centre stage in new Congress

Mexico’s President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico City, September 29, 2018 – Image: REUTERS/Henry Romero

A bill passed this week in Mexico’s Senate, granting same-sex couples equal social security benefits as heterosexuals, now moves to the Chamber of Deputies, where advocates expect it will be voted into law.

The vote in the country’s recently sworn-in upper house was unanimous.

The amendment also included motions granting gay and lesbian couples the right to a widow or widower’s pension, as well as benefits for orphans of same-sex marriages. Continue Reading »

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Gay Lebanese speak out against conversion therapy

Flag of Lebanon – Image: Wikipedia

Doctors in Lebanon warned about the dangers of gay conversion therapy on Thursday, saying homosexuality is not a disease – a common misconception in the Arab country.

The Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health (LebMASH) hosted a conference in Beirut, where leading doctors said that the controversial treatment, which claims to help gay people become straight, can cause suicidal thoughts and depression. Continue Reading »