EILE Magazine

Japan: PM race may lead to same-sex marriages

Japan: PM race may lead to same-sex marriages

(Reuters) – LGBTQ rights activists are hoping that Japan may finally allow same-sex marriage if Taro Kono, who has publicly supported gay marriage, becomes the country’s next prime minister, but change will not come easily. Kono is seen as the leading contender to win the ruling party’s leadership vote on Wednesday and become premier.

Gay War Veteran Calls for Equal Rights in Ukraine’s Military

Gay War Veteran Calls for Equal Rights in Ukraine’s Military

Ukraine’s Western-backed government has increased support for LGBT+ rights in recent years. Parliament outlawed workplace discrimination in 2015, though homophobic attitudes remain fairly widespread

Cuba Publishes Draft Family Code That Hints at Marriage Equality

Cuba Publishes Draft Family Code That Hints at Marriage Equality

Cuba published a long-awaited draft of a new family code on Wednesday that would open the door to gay marriage if approved, in a move that LGBT rights activists applauded cautiously as they remained wary of whether it would actually be implemented. The new code defines marriage as the “voluntary union of two people” without […]

EU: Polish regions at risk of lost funding over ‘LGBT-free’ zones

EU: Polish regions at risk of lost funding over ‘LGBT-free’ zones

The European Commission has written to five Polish regional councils urging them to abandon declarations that they are “LGBT-free” in order to receive funding, one of the councils affected confirmed last week. The European Union executive is currently at loggerheads with Poland and Hungary over issues ranging from LGBT rights to press freedoms. In July […]

OPINION: Invest in the LGBT+ movement and change will come

OPINION: Invest in the LGBT+ movement and change will come

LGBT+ activists on the ground are the most important tool for creating change for the community around the world, writes Jessica Stern

USA: Sex Education Becomes Battlefield in Culture War over LGBT+ rights

USA: Sex Education Becomes Battlefield in Culture War over LGBT+ rights

The parental opt-out law passed in Tennessee may embolden more conservative states to follow in the run-up to 2022 midterms, LGBT+ activists say Sex education is emerging as the next battleground in a U.S. culture war over LGBT+ rights, as some conservative state legislators seek to keep discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity out […]

NI: Permanent rainbow crossing in Derry

NI: Permanent rainbow crossing in Derry

“Our vision for a permanent rainbow crossing at a prominent position in Derry city centre has been realised. Contractors completed the work [on] Monday evening, Sep 6th, shortly before midnight”, said Jim Doherty, Chairperson of Foyle Pride Committee 2020. “We would like to thank the Foyle Pride Committee 2020 for initiating this project, and Derry […]

NI: Iconic Europa Hotel celebrates 50th anniversary

NI: Iconic Europa Hotel celebrates 50th anniversary

One of Ireland’s most famous hotels is celebrating its 50th anniversary – and how it withstood the Troubles to emerge as an iconic beacon of hope for Belfast. Whilst often referred to as ‘the world’s most bombed hotel’ – having been targeted 33 times due to its visibility as a landmark building – The Europa Hotel […]

Spain: PM to act on hate crime after homophobic assault

Spain: PM to act on hate crime after homophobic assault

(Reuters) – Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will chair on Friday an urgent meeting of Spain’s commission against hate crimes, amid an uproar over a suspected homophobic assault on a 20-year-old Spaniard in central Madrid. The young man was returning home on Sunday afternoon, when eight people wearing hoods managed to surround him in his building’s […]

Velvet Code helps 2SLGBTQIA+ Musicians In Need

Velvet Code helps 2SLGBTQIA+ Musicians In Need

Velvet Code, founder of So Fierce Music, the international 2SLGBTQIA+ entertainment company, has announced the creation of a non-profit organisation, YOU DO YOU Foundation, that will assist struggling 2SLGBTQIA+ / QBIPOC musicians in need. The YOU DO YOU Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a simple mandate: Empowering struggling 2SLGBTQIA+/QBIPOC musicians, and youth, to prosper […]