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National LGBT Federation expects largest ever protest at Russian Embassy today

The National LGBT Federation (NXF) calls on the LGBT+ community and allies to join them at the Russian Embassy in Dublin today from 17:00 to 19:00 to protest the Russian Government’s inaction on the atrocities against gay men in Chechnya.

With approximately 1,000 people registered on Facebook to attend the event, the NXF say Continue Reading »

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Transgender Irish youths launch campaign at 10th anniversary of oldest trans youth group in Europe

Yesterday, transgender, and non-binary young people from IndividualiTy launched their TransVisibility Public Awareness Campaign. The campaign was launched at a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of IndividualiTy, the first Transgender Youth group in Ireland and Europe, founded by BeLonG To, the national organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) young people.

This young people-led campaign engaged transgender and non-binary young people throughout the entire process of development and production of five videos, that tell the stories of ordinary transgender and non-binary young people to the rest of Ireland. The campaign will increase the public’s understanding of what it means to be transgender, and the barriers faced by young transgender people. Continue Reading »

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Video: Sitting on Walls – Dublin Band Swords

Sitting On Walls – Live From A Front Room

Dublin-based band, Swords, have recently released a new video for their track, Sitting On Walls.

The video was produced and directed by Amelia Caulfield and Gearoid Connaughton. Live sound was mixed by Micheal Sheil.

The studio version of Sitting On Walls is on their album Tidal Waves.

The album is available on iTunesSpotify and Google Play

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IDGTF 2017 – 2 Weeks To Go – Celebrating Female Voices in Theatre

Festival 2017 starts in less than 2 weeks, with tickets already selling strongly online, and at the IDGTF Box Office on O’Connell Street, opening next week.
As we count down to May 1st, we take a look at a strong and varied programme of plays by or about women.
These extraordinary stories should not be missed.

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US: Case Against Rights Of Minnesota Trans Teen Dropped

An organization that filed a federal lawsuit last year, to bar transgender students from using locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, today announced that they have voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit.

The American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Minnesota, had intervened in the case on behalf of a transgender girl, identified as Jane Doe, to protect her privacy. Continue Reading »

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US: Trump admin drops North Carolina ‘bathroom bill’ lawsuit

The Trump administration has dropped a lawsuit accusing North Carolina of discriminating against LGBT residents on Friday, in response to the state’s decision to undo its “bathroom bill,” according to the Associated Press.

The filing represents the first significant movement in a tangle of legal action challenging the state’s nondiscrimination laws since a deal last month to replace the law, known as House Bill 2, the report said. The law required transgender people to use the bathrooms, changing rooms and showers in state-run buildings that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates rather than their gender identity. Continue Reading »

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UK: Protests At Russian Embassy In London Over LGBT Killings In Chechnya

People outside the Russian embassy in London protest attacks on gay men in Chechnya, April 12, 2017  – Bex Wade/Thomson Reuters Foundation

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Russian embassy in London [last] Wednesday to protest, after reports from human rights groups that up to 100 gay men are being held and tortured in “camps” in Russia’s southern region of Chechnya.

Russian independent newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, reported at least three of the men detained had been killed in secret prisons that were branded “concentration camps”.

The Chechen authorities could not be reached for comment but a spokesman for the region’s president, Ramzan Kadyrov, denied the allegations to other media, adding that gay men did not exist in Chechnya. Continue Reading »