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Ugandan court frees dozens of gay men on bail

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(Reuters) – A court in Uganda granted bail on Friday to 39 people, most of them gay men, held for days after what police said was a raid on a same-sex wedding that violated coronavirus rules, but which a rights group described as a round-up at an LGBT shelter.

Frank Mugisha, Executive Director of rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMU), told Reuters [that] 17 of the men had been subjected to rectal examinations in police custody, in what he called a “witch hunt against the LGBT community”. Continue Reading »

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Chile: Pinera to push same-sex marriage bill

map_of_chile(Reuters) – Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said on Tuesday he would seek to expedite a same-sex marriage bill, that has languished in the historically conservative South American nation for years.

Chile’s LGBT community has long pushed for the legislation, but the country’s ruling conservative coalition has until now been slow to advance the bill in Congress. Continue Reading »

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Leitrim Pride: ‘First Time For Everything’ – Let’s Raise the Flag!

Screen shot 2021-06-01 at 23.24.23In a year of firsts for many, Leitrim Pride have another first.This is the first time Leitrim will have a Pride Festival of it’s own! As such, the steering committee of Leitrim Pride has decided to announce their theme for 2021 as:
‘First Time for Everything!’ 
 
They are very excited with the theme for what is the inaugural Leitrim Pride Weekend, as they celebrate new beginnings and possibilities for members of Leitrim’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex communities, as well as their family and friends.

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Queerbio: LGBTQ Inventors

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Most people consider inventions in the realm of science, and indeed many of the LGBTQ inventors on the list have been particularly active in the field of computer science.

Well-known inventors are particularly prominent in medicine and engineering. The profession is led by such LGBTQ icons as Great Britain’s Sir Francis Bacon, who is considered the father of modern science, though Italy’s Leonardo Da Vinci preceded him. However, there have also been great inventors in the areas of photography, fashion, and art forms. Continue Reading »

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Florida bans trans girls from sports

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(Reuters) – Florida on Tuesday became the latest, and by far the largest, US state to ban transgender women and girls from participating in school sports, part of a campaign in statehouses nationwide this year, assailed as discriminatory by equal rights activists.

Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who is closely aligned with former President Donald Trump, enacted the law on the first day of Pride Month, which celebrates the LGBTQ community. Continue Reading »

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Biden: Nearly 14% of agency appointees are LGBTQ

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(Reuters) – Nearly 14% of US President Joe Biden’s 1,500 federal agency appointees identify as LGBTQ, he said on Tuesday, in a proclamation marking the start of Pride Month, celebrating the LGBTQ community.

A Democrat, Biden urged Congress to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, by passing the Equality Act. Donald Trump, his Republican predecessor, did not officially recognise Pride Month during his four years in office. Continue Reading »

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A City + A Garden – Hilary Rose, Conor Lovett and more

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LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT: A CITY + A GARDEN

Featuring voice artists and musicians Tolü Makay, Dorothy Murphy, Hilary Rose, Conor Lovett, Seán Mac Erlaine, Fish Go Deep and The Quiet Club, and writers Lisa McInerney, Louise Hegarty, Melatu Okorie and Gavin Corbett

11-20 June 2021 | Cork & Dublin

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A City and A Garden, commissioned by Sounds from a Safe Harbour in association with Body & Soul is presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. It brings together some of Ireland’s most exciting writers, musicians, and voice artists to realise a new state-of-the-art sonic experience that combines story and song with the world around us. Continue Reading »

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Go! Indie: LGBT music platform launches from Denmark

 

 

Martin Rasmussen, a gay Danish music nerd, has founded  GO! INDIE, an indie/folk/alternative playlist platform, supporting upcoming artists, including LGBTQ artists, and music from around the world. One of his most popular playlists is the ‘Upcoming LGBT artists An Indie/Folk Playlist’.

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New Study: Noble False Widow Spider Bites Can Result in Hospitalisation

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A team of scientists from NUI Galway have published a new study, showing that Noble False Widow spiders can deliver a bite that requires hospitalisation.

The threat posed by the Noble False Widow spider has been debated among spider and healthcare specialists for many years. This new study, published in the international medical journal, Clinical Toxicology, confirms that some bite victims experience symptoms very similar to the true black widow spiders, and some severe cases require hospitalisation. Continue Reading »

Video: UB40 – New Single ‘Message Of Love’

UB40UB40 have just released the video for their new single, ‘Message Of Love’, one of three collaborations with New Zealand’s roots reggae band, House Of Shem, from their forthcoming album, Bigga Baggariddim. 

Watch the video for Message of Love at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdIP24thdCE

Since meeting the late House Of Shem front man, Carl Perkins, in NZ in 1981, UB40 have formed a close bond with the man and his band, forging a 40-year friendship. Like UB40, since the passing of their father, Carl, House Of Shem is a band fronted by two brothers, and Te Omeka and Isaiah Perkins both write, sing, and play instruments, just as their late father did.

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