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Inaugural Science on Screen Film Festival Ireland Launched

Yesterday marked the official launch of the ‘Science on Screen Film Festival Ireland’, an exciting new annual Irish Film Festival, running from the 5-8 November 2020 online. The free online Festival will showcase the best of science in film, and this year incorporates themes of representation and diversity in science, and the value of art-science collaborations.

The Festival tagline, ‘Join the conversation’ invites audiences of all types to immerse themselves in scientific storytelling, hear from filmmakers and researchers on critical topics such as climate change and health research, and take the opportunity to question leading scientists on cutting-edge research. Continue Reading »

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Pope’s support for gay civil unions gets mixed reactions

Pope Francis – Image: ncronline.org

The pope’s comments in support of gay civil unions did not go far enough, and could even harm the campaign for same-sex marriage, [some] LGBT+ rights campaigners said on Thursday.

In a documentary called ‘Francesco’, released on Wednesday, the pontiff said that gay couples needed legal rights, and that “homosexual people have a right to be in a family”, some of his clearest language on the subject since his election in 2013. Continue Reading »

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Pope: Same-sex couples should be covered by civil union laws

Pope Francis’ weekly general audience at Aula Paolo VI, the Vatican, October 14, 2020 – Image: REUTERS/Yara Nardi

(Reuters) – Pope Francis has said that homosexuals should be protected by civil union laws, in some of the clearest language he has used on the rights of gay people, since his election seven years ago.

He made his comments in a new documentary ‘Francesco’, by Oscar-nominated director, Evgeny Afineevsky, that was released on Wednesday. Continue Reading »

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India’s first trans-run dairy farm brings jobs

Members of India’s first trans-run dairy farm – Image: Thomson Reuters Foundation/District Collector Thoothukudi

As head of India’s first dairy farm run by transgender women, Bhoomika has finally found security, having spent years as a beggar after fleeing parents who taunted their sari-wearing son.

The state-backed Transgenders’ Milk Producers’ Cooperative Society officially opened its doors in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu last month, providing 30 trans women each with an individual home, a cow, and a shared business venture. Continue Reading »

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Myanmar: First openly gay candidate kindles hopes for LGBT+ rights

Myanmar’s first openly gay candidate Myo Min Htun campaigns in a market in Mandalay, Myanmar – Image: Thomson Reuters Foundation/STRINGER

Myo Min Htun, who is bidding to be elected as Myanmar’s first openly gay lawmaker next month, knows what discrimination feels like, in a country where same-sex relations can be punished with 10 years in jail.

Rejected at job interviews, and repeatedly mocked in the street over his sexuality, Myo Min Htun said he would fight for change and LGBT+ equality, if elected on November 8 to the regional parliament in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city. Continue Reading »

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US: Gay former Goldman exec Chavez on diversity on Wall Street

Marty Chavez – Image: forbes.com

(Reuters) – Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc executive, Marty Chavez, said on Tuesday [that] Wall Street’s position on diversity has evolved since he started at the mega-bank, in the 1990s.

Chavez, who is Latino and openly gay, said he hesitated when he was first offered a position on Wall Street, fearing Goldman Sachs might see his identity as a gay man as a liability. Continue Reading »

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IDGTF 2020: Bursary Recipients Announced!

As the IDGTF were unable to hold the 17th edition of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, they opened their first Bursary Programme. They received 39 applications, and would like to thank all of the playwrights for sending in their work.

IDGTF Artistic Director, Brian Merriman, had his work cut out for him. He was so impressed by the quality of the many plays that were sent in, that the Festival decided to expand the Bursary Programme! Continue Reading »

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‘It got scary’: Gloria Estefan’s daughter on coming out

Emily, Gloria and Lili Estefan (l-r) of ‘Red Table Talk: The Estefans’ , March 2020. Handout courtesy of Sami Drasin / Red Table Talk

Forbidden by her global superstar mother, Gloria Estefan, from coming out as a lesbian to her grandmother, singer Emily Estefan said she contemplated suicide.

The second child of multi-Grammy award-winning, Cuban-American singer of hits like ‘Rhythm is Going to Get You’, said her “anxiety went through the roof” when her grandmother died a few months later in 2017. Continue Reading »

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Global HIV funds underfunding GBT

Funding to fight HIV among gay and bisexual men and transgender women is a fraction of what it should be, researchers said on Tuesday, with advocates blaming stigma for the shortfall.

Gay and bisexual men account for about one in five new HIV infections, but they were only allocated 1% of the $57 billion in global donor funding to treat the virus, and combat its spread, between 2016 and 2018, Dutch HIV charity, Aidsfonds found. Continue Reading »

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US: ‘Equal’ stars Samira Wiley, Billy Porter on LGBT history

Billy Porter in Giles Deacon and shoes by Jimmy Choo at the 92nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, February 9, 2020 – Image: REUTERS/Mike Blake

Emmy Award-winning actors, Samira Wiley and Billy Porter, may be among the most well-known LGBT+ stars in Hollywood, but when it comes to LGBT history, even they admit there’s a lot to learn.

Wiley and Porter are featured in an upcoming documentary series, ‘Equal’, which mixes archival footage and dramatic reenactments to depict some of the lesser-known moments in LGBT+ history. Continue Reading »