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BeLonG To: Reopening of Frontline Service & New Online Youth Group

The past few months have been a difficult time for LGBTI+ young people, with 93% telling BeLonG To they have experienced stress, anxiety and depression during lockdown.

In order to respond to the needs of this vulnerable group, they rapidly moved their specialised support services online, offering one-to-one support over text, phone and email. Additionally, they moved their Youth Groups online, and invited existing members to join via Zoom. Continue Reading »

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The Young Offenders S3 on RTÉ One TV July 24th

The hit comedy, The Young Offenders, from producers, Vico Films, will return to Irish TV screens with the third series, on Friday July 24 at 9.35pm, moving from RTÉ2 TV to prime time RTÉ One TV, in the Late Late Show slot. The series will also air on BBC One on Fridays at 9.30pm, from 24 July.

Created by Peter Foott, The Young Offenders tells the coming of age adventures of Conor (Alex Murphy) & Jock (Chris Walley) and their mother/guardian, Mairéad (Hilary Rose) as she tries to keep them on the straight and narrow. Set in Cork, the best friends continue to navigate their awkward teenage years, as they hatch plans to help distract from their tough home lives, work on sustaining their relationships, and try to care for the newest family member, baby Star. Continue Reading »

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Thailand: Cabinet backs bill allowing same-sex unions

(Reuters) – Thailand’s cabinet approved a civil partnership bill on Wednesday, that would recognise same-sex unions with almost the same legal rights as married couples, in one of the most liberal moves yet for a largely conservative nation known for its tolerance.

If passed by parliament, the legislation would make Thailand only the second place in Asia to allow registration of same-sex unions, with couples able to adopt a child, and afforded rights to inheritance and joint property ownership. Continue Reading »

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Singapore: Gay rights – Taboo subject in election

Photo of Victor Ong and Harry Marshall – Image: REUTERS/Joseph Campbell

(Reuters) – Among a record eleven parties set to contest Singapore’s election on Friday, there has been virtual silence on one of the conservative city-state’s most controversial issues – gay rights.

Advocacy groups have stepped up awareness campaigns with scorecards for politicians and online rallies in recent weeks, over what they see as everyday discrimination that stems from a rarely-used, colonial-era [anti-gay law]. Continue Reading »

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GSK says long-acting HIV drug 66% more effective than Truvada

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(Reuters) – Britain’s GSK said on Tuesday that an injection of its cabotegravir drug, given every two months, was found to be 66% more effective in preventing HIV infections than Gilead’s Truvada daily oral pills.

HIV incidence rate – or the number of people who contract the infection in a period – was 0.41% with the injection, compared with 1.22% with Gilead’s Truvada, final data from a study presented at the virtual AIDS conference showed. Continue Reading »

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HIV patient in remission offers hope to millions

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When Ash Kotak found out he was HIV-positive in 1993, the diagnosis was still a death sentence.

“I was told to go off and have a good life on the assumption I would be dead in a few years,” the 54-year-old playwright, writer, and HIV/AIDS activist told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Tuesday. Continue Reading »

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Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry apologises for considering trans role

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Oscar-winning actress, Halle Berry, has issued an apology for considering playing a transgender character in an unnamed movie, following criticism arguing that such roles should go to trans actors who are underrepresented in film.

Recanting her position, the actress said on Twitter that she had made a mistake by looking at the potential role, which she first mentioned last week in an Instagram live interview. Continue Reading »

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Cork Pride Festival 2020

CORK PRIDE!

The Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival announced that Cork’s Pride Festival will take place between 19th and 26th of September, subject to HSE Guidelines. This year’s theme will be ‘Family Matters.

 

Finally, some useful links to support you throughout this period.

HSE Guidelines
Cork City Council
Cork City Libraries 
COVID – 19 Payment

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UN: Faltering AIDS battle risks 10-year setback from COVID-19

World AIDS Day at the Kuchingoro IDPs camp in Abuja, Nigeria December 1 2018 – Image: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

(Reuters) – The global fight against AIDS was faltering even before the COVID-19 pandemic, and this newly-emerged viral disease is now threatening to put progress against HIV back by 10 years or more, the United Nations said on Monday.

“The global HIV targets set for 2020 will not be reached,” the UN’s AIDS agency said in a report.

“Even the gains made could be lost and progress further stalled if we fail to act.” Continue Reading »

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Elton John mints new record with commemorative coin

Singer Elton John

Legendary gay singer Elton John, who has sold 300 million records and raised almost half a billion dollars in the fight against HIV/AIDS, marked a new milestone on Monday: His own commemorative coin issued by Britain’s Royal Mint.

The coin is the second in the Royal Mint’s Music Legend series celebrating British bands and singers. Continue Reading »