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HRC & Trans People of Color Report on Violence Against Trans Community

The HRC Foundation and the Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC) released A Time to Act: Fatal Violence Against Transgender People in America in 2017, a heartbreaking report documenting the often deadly violence faced by transgender people, and exploring factors that have made this year the deadliest on record for the transgender community.

The report comes in advance of Monday’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors transgender people who lost their lives during the previous year, and amidst reports of a surge in hate-based violence and harassment, that began during Donald Trump’s campaign, and continues under the Trump-Pence administration. Continue Reading »

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German Gay Film Festival Banned In Turkey, And Berlin Slams Ban

LGBT Flag on German Embassy In Ankara

Authorities in Turkey’s capital banned a German gay film festival on Wednesday, the day before it was due to start, citing public safety and terrorism risks, according to Reuters.

German Deputy Foreign Minister, Michael Roth, has criticized the ban by the Ankara Governor’s Office, on the LGBT film festival scheduled for November 16 and 17, according to the Hurriyet Daily News. Continue Reading »

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LGBT Activists Urge Global End To Electric Shocks, Pills To ‘Cure’ Gay People

LGBT activist, Bisi Alimi, speaks at Trust Conference in London November 16, 2017. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Daniel Leal-Olivas

When Bisi Alimi came out as gay in Nigeria, his parents took him to a church where he underwent seven days of isolation, prayers and fasting to be ‘cured’ of homosexuality, he said.

The experience, which prompted him to attempt suicide at the age of 17, is common for gay people from Nigeria to China to the United States, LGBT activists said on Thursday, calling for global action to end this kind of treatment. Continue Reading »

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Review: Depeche Mode at the 3Arena, Dublin

There seems to be an eighties revival at the moment, with many bands of that era taking to the road to transport their fans back in time, playing all the hits from their heyday.

Not so Depeche Mode. Despite being together 36 years, and enjoying a string of hits in the 80s, they managed to endure well beyond that, and their latest album, Spirit, released in March this year, has been heralded as some of their finest work. Continue Reading »

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Film Review & Trailer: Justice League

Frances Winston enjoyed Justice League, but felt that the female characters were diluted down in this movie

Directed by: Zack Snyder – Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, Ciarán Hinds

After a slow start, the DCEU (that’s the DC Extended Universe to the uninitiated) finally found its feet during the summer, with the juggernaut that was Wonder Woman, which exceeded all expectations.

Following Batman vs Superman (which makes far more sense if you watch the extended edition by the way) reactions were mixed about this flick. Continue Reading »

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GFEST 2017 and Magnum Ice Cream to reward LGBTQI artistic excellence  

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival and MAGNUM Ice Cream, the brand synonymous with pleasure and renowned globally for its luxurious ice creams, have partnered to reward the excellence that exists in the LGBTQI artistic and creative community.

The launch of the 10th anniversary celebrations of GFEST – Gaywise FESTival has kick-started a fortnight long (Monday 13th  to Saturday 25th  November) showcase of eclectic art, films and performances by LGBTQI artists. Continue Reading »

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As Australian LGBT Community Celebrate, NI LGBT Feel More Isolated

Yesterday, Wednesday 15th November, Australia voted overwhelmingly that they wish to allow same-sex marriage, in their marriage equality plebiscite. Meanwhile, Theresa May’s UK government is propped up by the DUP in Northern Ireland, a party that has consistently blocked the north’s LGBT community equal marriage rights. Continue Reading »