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Editor’s Letter: A Date with Castro’s History

castro_flagEILE’s Founder and Editor-at-Large, Scott De Buitléir, writes from San Francisco, where a trip to the popular Castro District revealed a deep-rooted and valuable history lesson worth cherishing. 

The Californian Sun shone brightly upon the colourful streets of Castro as my partner and I walked along Market Street towards the famous gay neighbourhood.

Truth be told, I knew little about San Francisco before I arrived there as part of our annual two-week ‘big holiday’, where we’d usually spend a week each in two different locations. The previous week was spent in British Columbia; exploring beautiful Vancouver and spending Canadian Thanksgiving with my father’s cousins in Victoria, the province’s capital on Vancouver Island. For San Francisco, I knew little more than about Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, and Castro; the world-renowned gay village that was once home to Harvey Milk.  Continue Reading »

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Uniting Network Australia calls for end to LGBT Conversion Therapy

Uniting Network, the LGBTIQ network within the Uniting Church of Australia, is not surprised by the horrendous impact on members of the LGBT community reported in a study entitled, Preventing Harm, Promoting Justice – Responding to LGBT conversion therapy in Australia, which was released this week.  

The report highlights the individuals interviewed:

• knew from an early age, that they were same-sex attracted or transgender;

• Faith and service to their respective faith communities was at the centre of their lives during the period they were subject to gay conversion and related therapies;

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Same-sex penguin couple incubate egg at Sydney aquarium

Penguins, Sphen and Magic, walk at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in Sydney, Australia in this still image taken from social media video published on October 11, 2018 – Image: Sea Life Sydney Aquarium via REUTERS

(Reuters) – Two male penguins who built a nest together from ice pebbles at Sydney’s Sea Life Aquarium are now fostering an egg given them by aquarium staff who suspected they were more than friends.

The penguins, Magic and Sphen, formed a bond ahead of the 2018 breeding season, before starting to collect the pebbles, state-backed broadcaster ABC said.

Sea Life staff then gave the pair a dummy egg, and after having shown strong nurturing skills the pair of Gentoo penguins were given a real one to look after, it said in a report. Continue Reading »

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UK: Rise in reported LGBT+ hate crime a ‘wake-up call’

Reported hate crimes against LGBT people in England and Wales have risen by 28 percent, according to figures released on Tuesday that activists said were a “wake-up call”.

Police recorded nearly 13,300 crimes in the year to the end of March, though rights group Stonewall said its research showed four in five incidents went unreported, with younger people particularly reluctant to go to the police.

“These statistics are a wake-up call,” said Laura Russell, policy head at Stonewall. Continue Reading »

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Northern Irish Duo – The Japanese Popstars – Are Back!

Northern Irish duo, The Japanese Popstars (Gary Curran and Gareth Donoghue) have for years been lighting up the worldwide stage with their House-inspired tracks.

You couldn’t go anywhere near a dance festival without the Japanese Popstars being mentioned. From Dublin to New York to Japan, The Japanese Popstars have done it all, including appearing live on stage with Kasabian during the MTV Music Awards in 2011. Continue Reading »

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Loved and loathed: Raising a gay child in the former Soviet Union

An old campaign poster of LGBT activist Olena Globa, and her son, Bogdan, which reads: ‘My gay son taught me how to be courageous’ – Image: THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/Shanshan Chen

It was the poems that gave it away. Heartfelt writings about a man’s love for a man, and a woman’s love for a woman, found on the family computer, sent Olena Globa into a seething rage when she confronted her then-teenage son about his sexuality.

“I sat down on the sofa next to him. I remember I was looking straight at the door, and I – very sharply, very angrily – asked him, Continue Reading »

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Katie Taylor: Release of trailer for ‘KATIE’ ahead of Irish cinema release

Wildcard Distribution have released the official trailer for the critically-acclaimed and award-winning, Katie, directed by Ross Whitaker (Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story) ahead of its Irish cinema release on Friday, 26th October.

Katie, which picked up the Best Irish Feature Documentary award at the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year, intimately follows champion boxer, Katie Taylor, as she attempts to rebuild her career after a year of turmoil which threatened to derail her career. With many writing her off, Taylor decided to start again, and the notoriously private champion agreed to let a small crew document her attempt to rescale the heights. Continue Reading »