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Cork Gay Project: A Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Roll Up! Roll Up!

The Gay Project is delighted to present a 12-week Queer Studies Programme to entertain, educate and delight you.

Starting on Thursday 29th October, and finishing up in early 2021, each week will see a new topic explored in conversation with an expert – it will be fun and full of surprises. Continue Reading »

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Opinion: Pope’s ‘yes’ to same-sex civil unions could mean more equal Catholic Church

Francis DeBernardo – Image: twitter.com

By Francis DeBernardo

Gene and Bill had been partners for more than 50 years when I first heard their story. The two men met and fell in love when they were both 22. Because of the socially oppressive climate, it was not safe to live together as a couple, so they moved in as ‘roommates’. After one brief year, Bill developed a debilitating disease that required full-time nursing care, and he moved to a skilled facility. He remained there his entire life.

Gene visited him every day, but was unable to let staff or residents know the true nature of their relationship. He also attended Mass daily, but his relationship was hidden from fellow parishioners. Even though their relationship was invisible, it was a model of commitment and fidelity for all Catholic couples. Continue Reading »

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Film: Mixed↑ debuting on OUTtv and OUTtvGo on November 11th

It has just been announced that Mixed↑ (MixedUp), the feature film directorial debut from multi-disciplinary artist, Howard J. Davis (aka HAUI), will launch on OUTtv on November 11th, 2020. The film, born out of HAUI’s own experiences as a queer and BIPOC person, takes a look at what it means to be mixed in today’s society. This personal documentary-arthouse film is a reclaimed book of genesis; a manifesto that merges the wildly diverse elements of being queer, mixed and ‘different’, in a world socialised around the construction of race, gender, and orientation.  Continue Reading »

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Venezuela: Pres. Maduro asks congress to discuss same-sex marriage

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro at the virtual 75th annual UN General Assembly, from Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela September 23, 2020 – Image: Handout via REUTERS

(Reuters) – Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, on Thursday asked the country’s National Assembly to discuss same-sex marriage during its next term, beginning in January, citing Pope Francis’ comments this week supporting civil unions for same-sex couples.

The Pope’s comments were the clearest language yet he has used on the rights of gay people. Gay marriage is not currently legal in heavily Roman Catholic Venezuela, despite laws or court decisions in other South American countries such as Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia, legalising same-sex marriage. Continue Reading »

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Inaugural Science on Screen Film Festival Ireland Launched

Yesterday marked the official launch of the ‘Science on Screen Film Festival Ireland’, an exciting new annual Irish Film Festival, running from the 5-8 November 2020 online. The free online Festival will showcase the best of science in film, and this year incorporates themes of representation and diversity in science, and the value of art-science collaborations.

The Festival tagline, ‘Join the conversation’ invites audiences of all types to immerse themselves in scientific storytelling, hear from filmmakers and researchers on critical topics such as climate change and health research, and take the opportunity to question leading scientists on cutting-edge research. Continue Reading »

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Pope’s support for gay civil unions gets mixed reactions

Pope Francis – Image: ncronline.org

The pope’s comments in support of gay civil unions did not go far enough, and could even harm the campaign for same-sex marriage, [some] LGBT+ rights campaigners said on Thursday.

In a documentary called ‘Francesco’, released on Wednesday, the pontiff said that gay couples needed legal rights, and that “homosexual people have a right to be in a family”, some of his clearest language on the subject since his election in 2013. Continue Reading »

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Pope: Same-sex couples should be covered by civil union laws

Pope Francis’ weekly general audience at Aula Paolo VI, the Vatican, October 14, 2020 – Image: REUTERS/Yara Nardi

(Reuters) – Pope Francis has said that homosexuals should be protected by civil union laws, in some of the clearest language he has used on the rights of gay people, since his election seven years ago.

He made his comments in a new documentary ‘Francesco’, by Oscar-nominated director, Evgeny Afineevsky, that was released on Wednesday. Continue Reading »

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India’s first trans-run dairy farm brings jobs

Members of India’s first trans-run dairy farm – Image: Thomson Reuters Foundation/District Collector Thoothukudi

As head of India’s first dairy farm run by transgender women, Bhoomika has finally found security, having spent years as a beggar after fleeing parents who taunted their sari-wearing son.

The state-backed Transgenders’ Milk Producers’ Cooperative Society officially opened its doors in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu last month, providing 30 trans women each with an individual home, a cow, and a shared business venture. Continue Reading »

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Myanmar: First openly gay candidate kindles hopes for LGBT+ rights

Myanmar’s first openly gay candidate Myo Min Htun campaigns in a market in Mandalay, Myanmar – Image: Thomson Reuters Foundation/STRINGER

Myo Min Htun, who is bidding to be elected as Myanmar’s first openly gay lawmaker next month, knows what discrimination feels like, in a country where same-sex relations can be punished with 10 years in jail.

Rejected at job interviews, and repeatedly mocked in the street over his sexuality, Myo Min Htun said he would fight for change and LGBT+ equality, if elected on November 8 to the regional parliament in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city. Continue Reading »

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US: Gay former Goldman exec Chavez on diversity on Wall Street

Marty Chavez – Image: forbes.com

(Reuters) – Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc executive, Marty Chavez, said on Tuesday [that] Wall Street’s position on diversity has evolved since he started at the mega-bank, in the 1990s.

Chavez, who is Latino and openly gay, said he hesitated when he was first offered a position on Wall Street, fearing Goldman Sachs might see his identity as a gay man as a liability. Continue Reading »