Next Monthly Issue Will Be A March/April Edition

Just to let you know that our next monthly issue of EILE Magazine will be a March/April edition.


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UK: Terrence Higgins Trust Launches New Report On Women With HIV – Invisible No Longer

Image: Terrence Higgins Trust

The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) in the UK has launched a new report with Sophia Forum that shines a spotlight on the needs of women affected by HIV.

Here are the key findings:

    • Women make up one third of people living with HIV in the UK, yet are left out of research, decision-making and service design and delivery.
    • Women’s experiences of living with HIV, and the impact it has on their lives, vary widely. Almost half (45%) of women living with HIV in the UK live below the poverty line.

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ILGA: Survey – Your Views on UPR Follow-up And Implementation

Have you got 7 minutes? ILGA wants to hear your experiences with UPR follow-up and implementation!

ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) is currently exploring the different follow-up and implementation activities that civil society organisations have undertaken with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. The UPR is a significant innovation of the Human Rights Council, which is based on equal treatment for all countries.

Under this mechanism, the human rights situation of all UN Member States is reviewed every 5 years. 42 States are reviewed each year during three Working Group sessions dedicated to 14 States each. These three sessions are usually held in January/February, May/June and October/November.

If you’re part of an LGBTI organisation that’s been involved with this important part of the UPR process and would like to share your strategies and stories, complete our short multiple-choice survey.

It will only take 7 minutes to complete and you could help make the UPR a mechanism that works for LGBTI civil society!

The deadline to respond to this survey is May 7.

If you would like to take part in the survey, go to:

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US: HRC Calls on Senate to Reject Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan

Kyle Duncan

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, has called on the US Senate to reject the nomination of Kyle Duncan, put forward by the Trump-Pence Administration for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, whose long history opposing the fundamental rights of LGBTQ people makes him unfit to serve.

Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, announced a vote scheduled for today, Monday, to suspend debate over extremist judicial nominee, Kyle Duncan, and confirm him to the federal bench. This follows months of outcry over Duncan’s troubling history of anti-LGBTQ conduct. Continue Reading »

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IDGTF 2018: ‘Let Me Look At You’ at the Pearse Centre Theatre

Starving Artists Theatre Company presents:


by Godfrey Hamilton, performed by Mark Pinkosh

As a part of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival (IDGTF 2018) presented at the The Pearse Centre Theatre – 27 Pearse Street – Dublin, May 7 – 12 at 9 pm, additional performances May 7 & 12 at 2.30 pm

Q: What’s so funny about being gay? A: Let Me Look At You. Continue Reading »

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Saxophonist Dave McMurray’s Debut On Blue Note Records

Saxophonist Dave McMurray makes Blue Note Records debut with Detroit-centric album, Music Is Life – Available May 18

The album serves as pseudo-reunion between McMurray and Blue Note President, Don Was, former bandmates in Was (Not Was), whose hits included Walk The Dinosaur, Spy In The House Of Love,and Robot Girl.

The saxophonist combines his experiences playing with B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, Herbie Hancock, Bootsy Collins, on his Funk-Jazz-Soul Album featuring Seven Nation Army and Atomic Dog covers. Continue Reading »

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Not heading to Coachella – Why not Couchella instead?

With Coachella kicking off again this weekend, you may feel some serious FOMO as you’re scrolling through all the pictures on Instagram; especially when instead of partying in your cowboy boots and fringed jacket, you’re at The Barge Pub on the Grand Canal or Dollymount Strand working on those T-shirt tan lines.

To help ease the pangs of jealousy you feel while re-watching Beyonce’s performance for the 23rd time, why not have your own Couchella  (or Couch Eile as Gaeilge)  weekend from the solace of your own home – with not a portaloo in sight.

Couchella is the perfect event for those of us not heading off to California this weekend. Rather than standing in queues to see your favourite artist, you can enjoy them from the comfort of your living room. No elbowing to get to the front of the line here or having to fork out for an overpriced hot dog, with Couchella, your favourite bag of Tayto will hit the spot.

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Stunning exhibition to celebrate 50 years of North Louth artists

Dundalk-based artist, Derek Bell’s work is part of the 50th anniversary exhibition of North Louth Artists

A stunning exhibition of painting and sculpture, celebrating 50 years of artists working in North Louth, will open in Dundalk’s An Táin Arts Centre on May 9. 

The 50th Anniversary Exhibition of the North Louth Artists features over 60 artworks, paintings, sculptures and ceramics created by leading professional artists living and working in the region.

Founder members included renowned Irish artists, Bea Orpen and Drogheda-born Nano Reid. The North Louth Artists group is a network of 14 professional visual artists who exhibit annually. Continue Reading »