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Winter Pride Maspalomas 2017 – Get The New App!

For those of you thinking of going to Maspalomas for the Winter Pride 2017 celebrations in November, you can now download the Winter Pride Maspalomas App – 
Available at the Apple App Store (iPhone) and Google Play (Samsung)

Winter Pride Maspalomas 2017 have developed a new app for your iPhone or Samsung.

This means you can always have the complete programme for the Winter Pride 2017 festivities with you on your mobile phone!

It also includes discount coupons valid for restaurants, bars, shopping and more!

These are only available on the app!

Winter Pride Maspalomas say download the app today! and Thank you! Gracias! Danke! Bedankt! Grazie! Merci!

Winter Pride Maspalomas 2017

From 6 – 12 November 2017, Maspalomas in Gran Canaria

Download on iTunes at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/winter-pride-maspalomas-2017/id1276564824?ls=1&mt=8

and Google Play Samsung at:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.q9928EJ

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ILGA Europe: Update on EU and Istanbul Convention (Violence Against Women & GIrls)

The flags of the Member States of the Council of Europe fly in front of the Palace de l’Europe in Strasbourg – Image: www.cvce.eu

The European Union’s journey to full ratification of the Istanbul Convention continued this week in Strasbourg.

The report on the EU conclusion of the Istanbul Convention was approved by a large majority, with 489 MEPs voting in favour.

The report calls on the European Commission and the Council to:

  • draw up a holistic strategy to combat gender-based violence,
  • to specifically address the needs of vulnerable people, including LBTI women,
  • to actively combat sexism, by promoting gender neutral language, and
  • to include the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics within the EU legislation on hate crime.​

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Film: ‘Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect’ opens at IFI Cinemas October 13th, with additional screenings nationwide

Architect Kevin Roche – Image archdaily.com

Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect to open at the IFI Cinemas on October 13th, with additional screenings nationwide

Wavelength Pictures have announced that documentary Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect, will open at the IFI Cinemas, Dublin, on October 13th.  This will follow the World Premiere of the film at the Irish Film Institute on October 1st, where it is screening as the closing night film of IFI Documentary Festival. 

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Film: ‘Breathe’ Starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy

Breathe, starring Golden Globe winner Claire Foy (The Crown, Wolf Hall) and Academy Award nominee Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge, Silence), has been set for a 27th October 2017 release date in Ireland, by distributor STXinternational.

Andy Serkis’s (Jungle Book, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) feature directorial debut, Breathe, written by twice Academy Award-nominated writer William Nicholson (Everest, Les Misérables andGladiator), is an inspirational true story of love without limits. Continue Reading »

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US: ACLU Seeks Immediate Halt To Trump’s Transgender Ban

Image: Transgender Forum

The American Civil Liberties Union, and the law firm Covington & Burling LLP, yesterday asked a judge to immediately halt the Trump administration’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military, while their lawsuit challenging the ban moves through the court system.

The motion for preliminary injunction was filed on behalf of the ACLU of Maryland and six current members of the armed forces who are transgender: Petty Officer First Class Brock Stone, Senior Airman John Doe, Airman First Class Seven Ero George, Petty Officer First Class Teagan Gilbert, Staff Sergeant Kate Cole, and Technical Sergeant Tommie Parker. Continue Reading »

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UN Human Rights Council: LGBT Monitor Vitit Muntarbhorn Resigns

Vitit Muntarbhorn – Image: OHCHR

Vitit Muntarbhorn, an international law professor from Thailand and the first-ever United Nations (UN) Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, has resigned effective October 31. In a September 8 letter to the UN Human Rights Council, he regretfully cited illness and family obligations as the reasons for stepping down.

“The decision to establish an Independent Expert for LGBTQ rights was a significant milestone in the global effort for LGBTQ equality” Continue Reading »

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US: LGBT Rights Group Remembers Edith Windsor

Marriage Equality campaigner, Edie Windsor (RIP) Image: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times

On Tuesday (12th) the American gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) responded to the tragic news that Edith ‘Edie’ Windsor has passed away at the age of 88.

“Edie Windsor is a hero and civil rights icon who pushed our country closer to the promise of a more perfect union”

said HRC President Chad Griffin.

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