News & Current Affairs

New Zealand adds gender-neutral title for voters ahead of polls

New Zealand adds gender-neutral title for voters ahead of polls

New Zealand authorities have added the gender neutral title Mx for voters who do not identify as male or female, seeking to boost LGBT+ participation in next month’s election. Nearly 1,000 people have chosen the gender neutral title since ‘Mx’ was added to voter sign-up forms alongside the existing Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms and ‘other’, […]

Video: ‘I’m Fighting Trump’s Transgender Military Ban’

Video: ‘I’m Fighting Trump’s Transgender Military Ban’

Nic Talbott is fighting to overturn President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people enlisting in the United States military Nic Talbott has dreamt of enlisting in the US Army since he was young, but in July 2017, the Trump administration banned transgender people serving openly. This is how he’s fighting back.

Poland: EU urged to up pressure for LGBT+ rights

Poland: EU urged to up pressure for LGBT+ rights

LGBT+ campaigners have praised an EU decision to withhold funds from six Polish municipalities that declared themselves ‘LGBT-free zones’, urging Brussels to intensify pressure on the nationalist government over its increasingly homophobic stance. Gay, bisexual and transgender rights have become a divisive political subject in Poland, with the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party campaigning […]

US: LA LGBT Center Mourns Dr. Benjamin E. Teller

US: LA LGBT Center Mourns Dr. Benjamin E. Teller

In response to the July 29 passing of Dr. Benjamin E. Teller, who was appointed as the Center’s first Medical Director, and subsequently served as a member of the Center’s Board of Directors from 1976–1980, Center CEO Lorri L. Jean issued the following statement: “It hurts my heart that the wonderful Dr. Benjamin E. Teller […]

El Salvador: Police sentenced in first trans murder conviction

El Salvador: Police sentenced in first trans murder conviction

A court in El Salvador has sentenced three police officers to 20-year prison sentences, for the murder of a transgender woman, the nation’s first convictions in a homicide case involving a trans victim. The verdict was a welcome development in the conservative Central American country, where gay and trans people face rampant discrimination and abuse, […]

Review: My First Holy CoVid

Review: My First Holy CoVid

Review by Frances Winston My First Holy CoVid Multiple free performances daily from July 28th – 31st in a selection of site specific top secret locations in Dublin City Centre This production is taking place in various Dublin City Centre locations, but they are top secret until the day of the show. I had to […]

Droichead Arts Centre re-opens after 4 months

Droichead Arts Centre re-opens after 4 months

Droichead Launches ‘CONNECTION’ Featuring 27 Local Artists SJ McArdle Reveals Solo@Home Video Podcast Series Droichead Arts Centre is back open again after four months. Collette Farrell and her team have been busy working behind the scenes, and are opening the gallery in Stockwell Street initially, and then in September they’re hoping to host an intimate […]

Cork: The Everyman – cancellation of Panto 2020

Cork: The Everyman – cancellation of Panto 2020

The Everyman, and CADA Performing Arts Academy, are saddened to announce that this year’s pantomime, Aladdin, will not go ahead as planned, due to Covid-19 public safety measures. Currently, indoor gatherings are permissible for up to 50 people, with the expectation that this will increase from August 10th. Even with an easing of restrictions, it is unrealistic […]

Yemeni blogger jailed by Saudi court for supporting equal rights

Yemeni blogger jailed by Saudi court for supporting equal rights

(Reuters) – A Saudi court has sentenced a Yemeni blogger to 10 months in prison, a fine of 10,000 riyals (€2,274.42) and deportation, for a social media post supporting equal rights for people in same-sex relationships, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). The group said Mohamad al-Bokari fled Yemen in June 2019, and was living […]

US: Still stigma around HIV study finds

US: Still stigma around HIV study finds

Nearly nine out of 10 Americans believe there is still stigma around HIV, while 59% think it is important to be careful around people who are HIV positive, a study published on Monday found. Half the 2,506 American adults questioned in the survey, for media advocacy group GLAAD and pharmaceutical company Gilead, felt knowledgeable about […]