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NI: Opinion Piece – the death of Connie Leonard and the risks women face

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From Women’s Aid NI, this is an opinion piece on the death of Connie Leonard, and the risk that more women face in the current climate. However, it might equally apply to any victim of domestic abuse

The murder of Concepta Leonard is a tragedy -a tragedy, and so much more than that.

She must have been terrified all the time, once she realised what kind of person he was, and how violent he could be. He was, it turned out, a prolific abuser with a criminal record.

Connie had done everything right – she had left the relationship, contacted police, sought support from Women’s Aid, and got a non-molestation order which was due to be renewed the day after her murder. She did everything she possibly could to escape the domestic violence she was being subjected to, and used all the legal tools available to her. She must have been hopeful the current system would protect her and her son, Conor. Continue Reading »

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Dublin Bear Pride 2017! All Events FREE Admission!

It’s that exciting time of year again!

Dublin Bear Pride 2017 has launched, and the great news is that all the events are FREE IN, and all are welcome!

This is the line-up for this year’s Dublin Bear Pride:

Fri 23rd June
9pm at Oscars, Christchurch, Dublin 
Her Bee Bee Gees, with DJ Aggie
12am till late at STREET66, with DJ Pixie
Sat 24th June
1pm – Bears on Parade
Sat 24th June 
4pm – Bears & Beards
With DJ Gav
at Barbers Bar, Smithfield
9pm – George not Michael
at Oscars, Christchurch, Dublin 
12am till late at STREET 66,
With DJ Gerry Moore

You can get the full details on the Dublin Bears’ Events page at:

 

 

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Video: The Howlin’ Souls – Anyway You Take It

Rock/Blues band, The Howlin’ Souls, recently released their lively self-titled debut EP, a collection of banging tracks reminiscent of 70s rock. The EP is a mix of accessible classic and blues-rock, flawlessly meshed with catchy lyrics. The first thing that hit me though, was how like early Rolling Stones it sounded.

The first single from the EP, Anyway You Take It, was released in Autumn 2016 (the EP was released in April this year) and is full of feel-good guitar solos, satisfying bass tones, and the Jagger-like vocal supplied by singer-songwriter, Pete Smith. The band consists of Smith (vocals, guitar), Scott Sepe (guitar), Robbie Sokolowsky (bass) and Nate Lang (drums). If you’re a ‘Stones fan, you’ll love this!

-MKB

You can Download the EP on digital music outlets, and keep up with the band by visiting:

TheHowlinSouls.com 

http://www.facebook.com/thehowlinsouls/

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‘BeLonG To’ Calls for Public’s Support to Help Fund Vital LGBT Support Services

National Organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Young People ‘Overwhelmed’ by Demand

Two years on from the historic Marriage Referendum success, national youth LGBT support group, BeLonG To, is experiencing unprecedented demand for its vital support and advocacy services. The organisation urgently needs to secure funding to meet current demand, and is asking the public to support young people across Ireland, by donating online this week at belongto.org

Moninne Griffith, Executive Director with BeLonG To, says that there has been a 100% increase in the number of people accessing the organisation’s services in the past year: Continue Reading »

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First-ever Transgender Sitcom – The Switch – On Amazon, Google Play and iTunes June 13th!

Comedy transgender series, The Switch: Work, Love, Mortal Danger, brings a cast of transgender comedians to what may be the most provocatively left-leaning TV show ever. In the comedy’s pilot, Sü flees the USA for Canada to come out as trans, only to wind up jobless and crashing with her ex, Chris, an adorable eco-terrorist who assassinates oil lobbyists for a living.

The Switch features five trans starring roles, all played by trans actors. In this topical series, stable careers are out of reach, safety is an abstract concept, and reliable housing doesn’t exist. Here, the police can be as dangerous as the bad guys, the immigration system hates you, and keeping a job means settling well below your skill set. Yet the community fights back with innovation and hope.

Yesterday, Sü was an upwardly-mobile software manager. Today she’s an out transsexual, unemployed and sleeping on her ex’s couch at the unfashionable bottom of the rabbit hole that is the East Vancouver Queer Underground. Thrown into a world of marginal living, social inequity and quasi-legal employment, will she claw her way back to her old status? Or, to her horror, will she adapt and thrive?

The Switch isn’t just a show – it’s a place where everyone can find something to love.

Coming to Amazon, Google Play and iTunes on June 13th, 2017

Visit:

www.welovetheswitch.com

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‘Star Trek : Discovery’ Premieres In Ireland This Autumn

Netflix has released the first look trailer for the new series Star Trek: Discovery.

Star Trek: Discovery will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms, and one Starfleet officer, who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.

Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns to television 50 years after it first premiered with Star Trek: Discovery.

The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.

The return of the famed franchise will premiere this Autumn on Netflix, everywhere except the U.S. and Canada, where it will be available on CBS All Access, and Bell Media respectively, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.

Additionally, the series will feature 15 episodes, up from the previously announced 13.

Twitter:@StarTrekNetflix
Instagram: @StarTrekNetflix
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Beats Per Minute, Inspired By LGBT Group Act Up Paris, Premieres At Cannes

120 Beats per Minute Photograph: PR

Remember the days when AIDS was considered by some to be a ‘gay plague’ and the word ‘condom’ was taboo in polite company?  So queries Robin Pomeroy of Reuters.

If not, then you were too young to have lived through the 1980s portrayed in ‘BPM – Beats Per Minute’, a movie that premiered in Cannes on Saturday 20 May, and immediately became talked of as a possible prize winner. Continue Reading »