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US: Govt. contractors could refuse LGBT+ workers under new religious exemption

US: Govt. contractors could refuse LGBT+ workers under new religious exemption

US businesses with federal government contracts would be allowed not to hire LGBT+ candidates on religious grounds, under a proposed rule announced on Wednesday by the US Department of Labor. The policy change would state that government contractors, including universities, hospitals and corporations, can claim religious exemptions in employment decisions, if they can produce evidence […]

UK: Gay men at risk without access to HIV prevention pill

UK: Gay men at risk without access to HIV prevention pill

Delays in rolling out an HIV prevention pill in Britain are putting gay men’s lives at risk, with thousands buying it online without medical supervision, HIV campaigners said on Wednesday. Britain is lagging behind the United States and Kenya, where the highly-effective drug is more widely available, as health authorities only give the pills to […]

Semenya says she never felt supported by other women

Semenya says she never felt supported by other women

(Reuters) – Double Olympic champion, Caster Semenya, who has been locked in a battle over her testosterone levels with athletics authorities, said on Wednesday that she has not felt supported by other women in sport. The South African athlete will not be able to defend her 800-metres title at the world championships in September, after […]

Australia: Folau case set for trial in early 2020

Australia: Folau case set for trial in early 2020

(Reuters) – Israel Folau’s unfair dismissal case against Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Waratahs will head to trial in February, 2020, if no settlement is reached beforehand. Fundamentalist Christian, Folau, is fighting the termination of his four-year contract in May, after he posted a meme on social media that said hell awaited ‘drunks, […]

Everyman Theatre Cork: Last Chance For ‘The Odd Couple”

Everyman Theatre Cork: Last Chance For ‘The Odd Couple”

The Odd Couple (Female Version) DATE AND TIME | UNTIL SAT 17 AUG, 7.30PM PRICE | €33 | CONCESSION €30 | STUDENTS €9 | OPENING WEEK €26 The Everyman’s production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, is a perfect summer night out, and it must finish this Saturday, August 17.  Since it opened in July, audiences have been delighting in […]

Event Review: Dublin Comic Con

Event Review: Dublin Comic Con

Frances Winston reviews this now biannual event, which sees some big stars in attendance Dublin Comic Con The Convention Centre Dublin:  9th, 10th and 11th August From humble beginnings with a small event in Swords in 2013, Dublin Comic Con has now become a biannual event that welcomes tens of thousands, and sees some of […]

South Africa: Ancestors guide LGBT+ healers to mend mental scars

South Africa: Ancestors guide LGBT+ healers to mend mental scars

Smoke swirled around Badanile Maci as she crouched on all fours, clapping and chanting with half a dozen other sangomas – South African traditional healers – to greet their ancestors’ spirits. Widely respected by South Africans as spiritual guides, healers and counsellors, gay sangomas like 23-year-old Maci, are also challenging the idea that being LGBT+ […]