News & Current Affairs

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

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 […]

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 […]

BeLonG To: Better Out Than In – Life Opens Up When You Do…

BeLonG To: Better Out Than In – Life Opens Up When You Do…

When worries and fears have nowhere to go, they bounce around inside your head, and get amplified more, until they become larger than life. It’s when you share these thoughts that you realise they are far ‘Better Out Than In.’ BeLonG To have recently seen a huge increase in the number of LGBTI+ young people […]

The Everyman: Premiere of ‘Heart of a Dog’

The Everyman: Premiere of ‘Heart of a Dog’

John O’Brien, The Everyman and The Civic Present the premiere of Heart of a Dog Written by Éadaoin O’Donoghue  Directed by John O’Brien Preview Thursday 23 September Friday 24 – Saturday 25 September, 8pm  https://everymancork.com/events/heart-of-a-dog-by-eadaoin-odonoghue/ Heart of a Dog, a new play by Éadaoin O’Donoghue, will premiere at The Everyman on September 23rd, before touring to The Civic as part of Dublin Theatre Festival. […]

Irish Film:  ‘Deadly Cuts’ in cinemas 8th Oct (See Trailer)

Irish Film: ‘Deadly Cuts’ in cinemas 8th Oct (See Trailer)

Wildcard Distribution have launched the official trailer for new Dublin-set comedy DEADLY CUTS. The film will hit cinemas nationwide on Friday 8th October.   Starring Angeline Ball (The Commitments, Shameless), Ericka Roe (Herself, Dublin Murders), Lauren Larkin (Love/Hate), Shauna Higgins (Dating Amber, Red Rock) and Victoria Smurfit (Once Upon A Time, Marcella) with Aidan McArdle (Black […]