Out Now! Sept/Oct 2018 Issue of EILE Magazine – FREE!

Welcome to the September/October 2018 issue of EILE Magazine

Bursting with goodies, this edition sees some great musical artistes gracing our pages, like STF, Jared Dylan, MIKA and the NI’s Japanese Popstars.

Scott De Buitléir interviews longtime LGBT and civil rights activist, Tonie Walsh, about his upcoming show, I AM TONIE WALSH, and Stephen Spillane raises awareness on how to preserve your mental health. Also Happy Birthday to Club GASS in Galway, who celebrate their 3rd birthday in November.

Frances Winston reviews 5 great films, and Lisa Reynolds reviews the Laverne Cox documentary, The T Word. Our health article, by Brian Rochford,  reminds us that exercise keeps the brain healthy, and he also writes on men’s fashion for the cold weather. Our Travel section features India and the US, and we also feature art at the RDS, dance, and theatre.

With lots more news, views and entertainment inside, just relax and enjoy this Sept/Oct 2018 edition of EILE Magazine!

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Everyman Theatre Cork: Christmas Panto – Cinderella!




The Christmas season wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Cork’s favourite traditional family pantomime at the Everyman.

This year’s magical tale is Cinderella and it will bring the beautiful old theatre alive from Saturday, December 1st. Continue Reading »

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NI: QUB – Conor McGinn MP – Equality & Diversity Lecture – 22 Nov

Conor McGinn, who recently proposed an NI equal marriage amendment to a Westminster Bill, gives an Equality and Diversity talk at on Thursday, 22 November, at 7.00pm.

Register here:


Conor McGinn MP, Labour Party

22 November 2018 @ 7.00pm | Emeleus Lecture Theatre | Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

University Road



Queen’s University Policy Engagement Lecture Series provides a platform for meaningful discussion, engaged debate, and open dialogue on a range of today’s most pressing issues. It honours the commitments made in the University’s Social Charter to engage civic conversations, knowledge exchange and intercultural dialogue.

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Statement: International Gay Rugby denounce homophobic attack on rugby star Gareth Thomas

Gareth Thomas after homophobic attack – Image: Twitter

International Gay Rugby (IGR) stands shoulder to shoulder with Gareth Thomas in condemning the homophobic attacks that he was subject to on Saturday evening in Cardiff, following Wales’ 74 – 24 win over Tonga.

The IGR community offers their full support and a speedy recovery to Gareth who first came out as being gay in 2009.

Speaking on the attacks, IGR Chair Ben Owen said:

“To us Gareth is a hero, one of the few brave enough in men’s rugby to stand up and be open about who he is. Continue Reading »

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Gay British former rugby star opts for apology after homophobic attack

Gareth Thomas – Image: Action Images / Andrew Boyers

A gay British former international rugby star said on Sunday he had chosen to ask for an apology rather than criminal charges after being attacked for being gay, in a bid to send out a “positive message”.

Gareth Thomas, former Wales rugby captain, posted a video on social media, sporting cuts and bruises to his face, in which he said he had been attacked on Friday in Cardiff, his home town.

Thomas, who came out as gay in 2009, and retired in 2011, said he was attacked for his sexuality, but he decided to opt for “restorative justice” with a 16-year-old boy involved, which meant he could address his attacker rather than press charges.

Thomas, 44, said he wanted his social media post to spread a “positive message”, which comes as figures show hate crimes against the LGBT+ community are on the rise in Britain. Continue Reading »

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Tanzania loses Denmark aid over rights and homophobic comments

Ulla Tørnæs, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation

Denmark said it would withhold $10 million worth of aid money to Tanzania, citing “unacceptable homophobic comments” made by a government official

(Reuters) – Denmark, Tanzania’s second-biggest donor, said it would withhold $10 million worth of aid money due to concerns over human rights abuses, and what it called unacceptable homophobic comments made by a government official.

The decision came on the same day that the World Bank said it had scrapped a plan to loan Tanzania $300 million, after the country reaffirmed its policy of banning pregnant girls from school, and made it a crime to question official statistics. Continue Reading »

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Guyana strikes down law against ‘improper’ cross-dressing

Transgender campaigners in Guyana celebrated on Wednesday after a Victorian-era law banning cross-dressing in public “for an improper purpose” was struck down by the South American country’s highest court.

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) said the vaguely-worded law was unconstitutional and violated transgender citizens’ right to equality and non-discrimination. In a judgment delivered on Tuesday, it said the law must be removed. Continue Reading »

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LGBT+ migrants face abuse in Mexican border city – activists

Migrants at the border between Mexico and the US after arriving in Tijuana, November 13, 2018 – Image: REUTERS/Jorge Duenes

The arrival of about 80 LGBT+ asylum seekers from Central America in the Mexican border city of Tijuana has provoked an angry backlash from local residents, rights activists said.

The asylum seekers are among thousands of migrants who are making their way through Mexico towards the United States. They split from the caravan they were originally travelling with after facing discrimination from others in the group.

Fergie Bibiana Andersen of the advocacy group, Diversidad sin Fronteras, said the LGBT+ migrants had been verbally abused in Tijuana and also threatened on social media. Continue Reading »