Opinion

Opinion: The WHO says I don’t have a mental disorder, but in Japan government says I do

Opinion: The WHO says I don’t have a mental disorder, but in Japan government says I do

By Fumino Sugiyama, Tokyo Rainbow Pride On Monday, the World Health Assembly voted to approve the 11th version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), a global manual of diagnostic codes for doctors. Among other changes, this version of the ICD removes the diagnosis of “Gender Identity Disorder (GID)”, meaning transgender people like me are […]

OPINION: How will the Church of England respond to heterosexual civil partnerships?

OPINION: How will the Church of England respond to heterosexual civil partnerships?

By Jeremy Pemberton The Church of England likes to portray itself as the friend of civil partnerships for LGBT+ people. This is notwithstanding the fact that, when the legislation was passing through the House of Lords in 2004, the majority of its 26 bishops in the British upper chamber of parliament voted for an amendment […]

Out Now! Mar/Apr 2019 Issue of EILE Magazine – FREE!

Out Now! Mar/Apr 2019 Issue of EILE Magazine – FREE!

Welcome to the March/April 2019 issue of EILE Magazine. In this issue, we have an eclectic mix of goodies in store for you! In our Music section, we feature Irish singer-songwriters, Jack Rua, PureGrand (aka Luke Faulkner) from Dublin, and Susie Blue from Derry. We have coming out and self-acceptance stories from Oregon-based writer, Shaley Howard, and […]

Opinion: Homophobia in Britain’s schools must be eradicated

Opinion: Homophobia in Britain’s schools must be eradicated

By Steve Wardlaw Hatred and homophobia start small. It’s someone’s careless remark, or a nodded conversation between two people at a bus stop that’s overheard. But experience breeds normalisation and tolerance of those views, creating fertile ground for intolerance and phobia to grow and spread. Does this sound far-fetched? Perhaps. But there have been studies […]

Opinion: The Church of England must break its toxic colonial legacy

Opinion: The Church of England must break its toxic colonial legacy

March 12 marks the 25th anniversary of the ordination of women priests within the Church of England. Yet while today marks one milestone, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people remain second-class citizens. Next year the Anglican bishops from around the world will meet for the Lambeth Conference. Except that a tranche of them, mostly from […]

Opinion: The power of ‘clicktivism’ in the fight for LGBT+ equality

Opinion: The power of ‘clicktivism’ in the fight for LGBT+ equality

Have you ever read something online, clicked on it and then been compelled to read further? Perhaps you have liked the post, commented – or even signed a petition. Already you have been drawn in by the power of ‘clicktivism’. In essence, it is about harnessing the power of social media. And for LGBT+ activists, […]

Opinion: Bisexual poverty is overlooked by the LGBT+ community

Opinion: Bisexual poverty is overlooked by the LGBT+ community

Poverty is one of the main issues facing bisexual people. Yet it is a problem that is seriously overlooked. Bisexual people are the ‘invisible majority’ of the LGBT+ community. Despite being the largest group under the rainbow flag by some measures, our needs and our marginalisation are often ignored.