Out Now! EILE Magazine’s February Edition FREE To Read Or Download!

Welcome to the February 2018 issue of EILE Magazine!

In this month’s edition, we have US-based Payson Lewis and Vermillion Road as our musical guests, and a bit of retro with a review of one of Billie Holiday’s albums. We have news of an LGBT-themed film called As The Sun Rises coming up in 2018, by writer director James Postlethwaite, while Lisa Reynolds reviews an LGBT-themed animated short called ArrivalFrances Winston reviews the latest big movies, Brian Rochford writes on men’s fashion for Spring (if it ever arrives!), our Travel section talks about the benefits of using trains rather than planes, and health is all about Osteoporosis. It’s also an exciting time for the LGBT community, as Béar Féile 2018 is coming up in March, and the IDGTF 2018 is warming up with a call for volunteers. Galway’s Club GASS also have two great club nights coming up in March, one on Good Friday!

With all of that, and a lot more news, views and entertainment on offer, we hope you enjoy this February 2018 issue of EILE Magazine!

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ILGA: Invitation To Bid For Consultancy Services – New Strategic Plan

The Executive Board of ILGA invites bids from consultants to develop and produce ILGA’s next Strategic Plan (2019-2022).

For the period 2014-2018 ILGA has operated according to its strategic plan, which was produced by the ILGA Board in consultation with members and approved by ILGA’s membership at the XXVII World Conference in Mexico City in November 2014.

The Strategic Plan, which has guided the production of annual operational plans, will come to an end in December 2018.

ILGA is now seeking to procure the services of a consultant to develop and produce a new draft strategic plan for the next four years.

The new strategic plan will be finalised by the ILGA Board in October 2018, and approved by the XXIX ILGA World Conference to be held in Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand in March 2019.

Please see Terms of Reference.

Time plan
The project to produce ILGA’s new strategic plan should start at the end of April, and a report, together with a draft strategic plan, should be submitted by the end of September 2018.

The bid should contain a description of how the development and production of the new Strategic Plan would be carried out, a time plan, estimated number of hours required, and cost per hour. Please also specify the consultant(s) to be involved and include their CVs.

The deadline for submitting the bid is 15 April, 2018.

Submission of bids
Bids are to be submitted by e-mail to the Head of Operations (acting Executive Director ad interim), André du Plessis, at andre@ilga.org

Please write ”Strategic Plan bid” in the subject line of the email.

Any questions can be directed by e-mail to andre@ilga.org


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Gig Review: Erasure at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Erasure – Image:irishmirror

Erasure at

The Olympia Theatre, 13th, 14th and 15th March

There were a lot of disgruntled fans in January, when Erasure were forced to cancel their scheduled dates, due to singer, Andy Bell, falling ill, and judging by the fact that there were some empty seats at this gig, it’s safe to say that many people couldn’t make this rescheduled date as the concerts were completely sold out. Continue Reading »

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American Idol Winner, Ruben Studdard, Releases ‘Ruben Sings Luther’ Today, Friday March 16 2018

Ruben Studdard, America’s Idol, officially confirmed that he will be releasing RUBEN SINGS LUTHER, a tribute to his hero, Luther Vandross, today, March 16th, and will be launching a 22-city Always and Forever Tour, starting in Sacramento, California, on April 8th.
Ruben, the Grammy-nominated R&B, gospel and pop singer, was the winner of American Idol’s second season. He has recorded six studio albums, appears frequently on TV, toured extensively, and has sold over two million albums worldwide.
My goal was to not only to pay tribute to Luther, but to add my own passion on top of Luther’s brilliant songs” commented Ruben.
As for the tour, we are not only recreating some of the production elements, musicians, background singers, wardrobe and lighting that were ever present when Luther took the stage, but my heart and soul will be in every note I sing as I honor one of the greatest vocalists we’ve ever had.”
1. Always and Forever
2. Never Too Much
3. So Amazing
4. Don’t You Know That?
5. Bad Boy / Having a Party
6. Love Won’t Let Me Wait
7. Here and Now
8. Till My Baby Comes Home
9. A House Is Not A Home
10. Power of Love
To catch up with Ruben, visit:
Facebook: Facebook.com/RubenStuddardMusic
Instagram: @RealRubenStuddard
Twitter: @RubenStuddard
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Irish Senator proposes bill to ban LGBT conversion therapies

Fintan Warfield

An Irish Senator has introduced a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapies claiming to ‘cure’ LGBT people.

Fintan Warfield, a senator with Irish nationalist party, Sinn Fein, proposed the bill on Wednesday, to ban conversion therapy as a “deceptive and harmful act or practice against a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and, or gender expression”. Continue Reading »

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New on Netflix For St Patrick’s Weekend

Ricky Gervais: Humanity on Netflix this weekend

Here are some of the Netflix offerings for St Patrick’s Weekend, from Friday 16th March. Ranging from films to comedies, documentaries, and kids programmes, you’re sure to find something you like! See the list below, plus some trailers:


Edha: Season 1  (Available from 16 March)

A dramatic series set in the fashion-conscious city of Buenos Aires, as seen through the eyes of a trendsetting designer, Edha, whose untraditional male model, Teo, becomes her muse. Their chemistry inspires Edha to create a stunning new fashion line, but Teo’s hidden agenda will set in motion a series of betrayals that cause their worlds to unravel.

https://youtu.be/_ewshztlR6o Continue Reading »

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Stonewall UK Criticise Voter ID Pilots In Local Elections

In Britain, on 3 May 2018, local government elections will be taking place across London.

The British Government is planning to pilot a new voter identification scheme in polling stations, in Woking, Gosport, Bromley, Watford and Swindon. This would require individuals to bring photo ID with them to be able to vote. Stonewall UK are concerned by some unintended consequences of these pilots, and their use of photo ID. Continue Reading »

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Saxophonist, Grace Kelly | Facebook Live, March 18 at 3:00PM EDT (7 pm Irish Time)

Saxophonist, Grace Kelly, Welcomes Fans to the
Studio for a Recording Session, to be Broadcast on
Facebook Live on Sunday, March 18, at 3:00PM EDT

The Facebook Live Event Marks the First in a
Series of Releases from Kelly in 2018; Full Studio Album Forthcoming

Saxophonist, vocalist, and composer, Grace Kelly, has been building a steadily-growing audience and core fan-base since her first release at just 12-years-old.
Now, she has literally opened the doors for her fans, and deepened the connection, by welcoming a small audience to the Systems 2 studio in Brooklyn, New York, for an intimate performance and recording session, all of which was filmed, and is set to be broadcast on Sunday, March 18, via Facebook Live. The date marks exactly 13-years since her inaugural concert as a bandleader.

Watch the Trailer for Grace Kelly’s Upcoming Facebook Live Broadcast

This event is the first in a series of releases expected this year from Kelly; an EP this Spring and a studio album later this year.
Beginning at 3:00pm EDT, Kelly and her band (pianist Julian Pollack, bassist Julia Adamy, and drummer Ross Pederson) are joined by dancers and special guests, such as Leo P of Too Many Zooz, and Elliott Skinner of Thirdstory.

Members of her in-studio audience are driven to get on their feet and dance with her through tracks, including Fish & Chips, Party Chant, Feels Like Home, Unchain My Heart, and Miss You.

An additional set, available on the same date exclusively to her Pledge Music supporters, and to the public in May, will be released as an EP. This outing includes tracks such as Trying to Figure It Out and By the Grave, both fan-favorites from her previous release, unreleased original Count on Me, and Kelly’s take on Billie Jean, among others.


Kelly is no stranger to finding innovative ways of getting her music out to larger audiences.
Via Facebook, Instagram, and her YouTube channel, she has released more than 50 PopUp videos that feature her playing in non-standard live settings – including locations as unexpected as a gondola in Venice, in the water in Labadee, Haiti, and in New York’s Times Square, the latter in a spirited duet with Leo P.


“I have had so much fun doing those,” she says. “I wanted to find other ways to present my music so it feels like an experiential thing for everybody.”


If you’re lucky enough to be in the United States or Canada during the year, you might be interested in seeing Kelly live at the following venues:


April 14 | Boscov’s Berks Jazz Festival | Reading, PA
April 18 | Joe’s Pub | New York, NY
April 21 | City Winery Boston | Boston, MA
April 25 | Ford Hall Ithaca College | Ithaca, NY
May 12 | Jazz on the Vine | Elkhart Lake, WI
May 27 | Music in the Park Concert Series | Las Cruces, NM
May 30 | Yoshi’s Oakland | Oakland, CA
June 3 | Bravo! Vancouver Concert Series | Vancouver, WA
June 5 & 6 | Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley | Seattle, WA
June 8 | Pollack Hall McGill University | Montreal, ON, Canada
June 21 | Aspen Art Museum | Aspen, CO
June 22 | Zoo Music Concert Series | Albuquerque, NM
June 30 | Tri-City Jazz Fest | Cleveland, OH
August 4 | Newport Jazz Festival | Newport, RI


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