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Germany: Lawmakers back compensation for gay soldiers

(Reuters) – German lawmakers voted for legislation on Thursday to rehabilitate soldiers, who for decades faced discrimination, discharge, or convictions, on the basis of their sexual orientation. Until the year 2000, Germany’s military considered that homosexuals posed a threat to the discipline of the troops, and were not suitable as superior officers.

Indonesia: Old LGBT+ magazines digitised

Indonesia: Old LGBT+ magazines digitised

(Reuters) – Two men embracing on a magazine cover was more than risqué for Indonesia, thought LGBT+ researcher, Ais, when he first discovered a trove of retro LGBT+ zines in Bali last year. “Suddenly it felt like I was a part of something bigger than myself,” said Ais, 29, who does not want to reveal […]

Ireland’s Stonewall Era: Interview with LGBT Activist Kieran Rose

Ireland’s Stonewall Era: Interview with LGBT Activist Kieran Rose

Kieran Rose is a decorated veteran hero of the Irish gay rights movement, and has continued to campaign and work as an LGBT advocate for over 50 years. Over those years, he has been accosted by police in Paris, interviewed by the late Gay Byrne in a then-groundbreaking interview on Irish television, spoken out against […]

‘Moffie’ director Hermanus on racism and homophobia

‘Moffie’ director Hermanus on racism and homophobia

(Reuters) – South African director Oliver Hermanus says he wants to outrage audiences with his BAFTA-nominated film ‘Moffie’, to help them understand the nature of racism [and homophobia]. Set in 1981 South Africa, Moffie, a derogatory slang term for being gay, depicts the brutal military service young white men had to complete during apartheid.

Dutch couples mark 20th anniversary of first same-sex marriages

(Reuters) – Twenty years ago, Dutch couple Gert Kasteel and Dolf Pasker made history when they tied the knot in the world’s first legally-recognised same-sex wedding in the Netherlands. They were among four gay couples – three male and one female – to be married shortly after midnight by the mayor of Amsterdam on April […]

US: Boca Raton Museum of Art Commemorates Black History Month

US: Boca Raton Museum of Art Commemorates Black History Month

The Boca Raton Museum of Art’s online initiatives have become a mainstay for art lovers to enjoy, from the comfort and safety of their homes, during the pandemic. New for Black History Month: Virtual art to enjoy online, by Renée Cox and Benjamin Patterson. Their compelling works are currently on view at the Boca Raton […]

Cork: Paul Oakley Stovall (Hamilton the Musical) at Nano Nagle Place

Cork: Paul Oakley Stovall (Hamilton the Musical) at Nano Nagle Place

Douglass’s 18 Century to 21 Century Cork Nano Nagle Place launch a series of events and workshops, in partnership with the Cork Migrant Centre, with special guest, Paul Oakley Stovall, star of Hamilton the Musical February 8 to 14 #DouglassWeek  https://nanonagleplace.ie/nanoevents/douglass-week-inspirational-series/ One Hundred and seventy six years ago, a young African American abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, sailed […]

Cork: Gay Project Updates-Dragging Up The Past

Cork: Gay Project Updates-Dragging Up The Past

The Dragging Up The Past Documentary will launch on the 12th of February 2021, and the Gay Project can’t wait for you to witness the FABULOUSNESS! This documentary will highlight the colourful history of Drag in Cork, and features interviews from some of their most tantalising Queens, along with archival footage from times past.This is […]

Cork: Nano’s Digital Presence Goes Live + A/W 2020

Cork: Nano’s Digital Presence Goes Live + A/W 2020

Constantly innovative, and conscious that people can no longer physically visit, the people at Nano Nagle place, the multi award winning complex in the heart of Cork City, have created an amazing culture and history programme for Autumn/Winter 2020. The three month long programme will go live on Saturday next, November 21, Presentation Day. An APP […]

Britain resurrects lesbian pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read

Britain resurrects lesbian pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read

Britain unveiled a statue of two lesbian pirates on Wednesday, resurrecting a duo who ‘broke gender boundaries’, amid a wider debate over why so few women are immortalised with monuments. The statue of Anne Bonny and Mary Read, who, according to some historical sources, were lovers while pirates in the Caribbean, was unveiled at Execution […]