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Petition for UK to apologise for colonial era anti-LGBT laws in 37 Commonwealth nations

A member of the LGBT community poses for a picture during a demonstration outside the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Andrea de Silva

LGBT campaigners called on Britain yesterday (Monday 16th) to urge leaders of Commonwealth countries to make same-sex relations legal across the network of 53 mostly former British colonies, launching a petition and organising a picket.

As the week-long Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) got underway, LGBT campaigners launched a petition calling for Britain to apologise for colonial era homophobic laws, still used in 37 of the 53 member nations. Continue Reading »

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NUI Galway Conference to focus on Homelessness and Socio-economic Rights

NUI Galway’s School of Law will host a half-day conference later today, Tuesday, 17 April, focusing on the theme of ‘Homelessness, the housing crisis and socio-economic rights’. The conference will take place in the Hardiman Building, NUI Galway, from 2.30pm-5.15pm.

The conference will bring together academic and civil society voices concerning legal and policy responses to the homelessness and housing crises. Confirmed speakers include: Niamh Randall, Simon Communities; Padraic Kenna, NUI Galway; Thomas Murray, An Cosán; and Martin O’Connor, COPE Galway.

Conference organiser, Dr Eoin Daly from NUI Galway’s School of Law, said:

“This conference will bring together voices from both academia and civil society concerning what is arguably the most pressing social crisis in Ireland at present.”

The conference is held in assocation with the Masters in Public Law programme at NUI Galway.

Further information is here:

https://bit.ly/2JGLLfy

or contact Dr Eoin Daly at eoin.daly@nuigalway.ie.

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And Now For Something Completely Different…Monty Python Is Now On Netflix

Monty Python was born in May 1969, at the Light of Kashmir tandoori restaurant in Hampstead, where five British comedians (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) and an American (animator Terry Gilliam) first sat down to discuss working together on a new BBC comedy series.  

Since 1966, five of the Pythons-to-be had all been writing and performing in numerous eclectic comedy shows, including ‘The Frost Report’, ‘At Last the 1948 Show’ and ‘Do Not Adjust Your Set’ – the last of which featured Gilliam’s highly-original cut-out animations, which would become integral to Monty Python’s unique style.  Continue Reading »

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Portugal approves law to protect transgender rights and intersex infants

Transgender people in Portugal will no longer need to be diagnosed as mentally ill to change their gender legally, after parliament approved a law last Friday that also bans unnecessary surgery on intersex infants.

Several European nations require transgender people to undergo medical procedures, such as surgery and sterilisation, be diagnosed with a mental disorder, and get divorced if married, to have their desired gender legally recognised by government. Continue Reading »

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Trinidad and Tobago court says laws barring gay sex are unconstitutional

Members of the LGBT community demonstrate outside the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Andrea de Silva

Gay sex between consenting men in Trinidad and Tobago could soon be decriminalised following a court judgment that campaigners said might spark similar decisions elsewhere in the Caribbean.

“The judge came down on the right side of history in this case by striking down the buggery law and ruling it as unconstitutional,” said Kenita Placide, Caribbean advisor for rights group OutRight Action International, in a statement. Continue Reading »

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China: Weibo to ban gay, violent content from platform

Sina Weibo’s booth is pictured at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) 2017 in Beijing, China, April 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

China’s Sina Weibo will remove gay and violent content, including pictures, cartoons and text posts, during a three-month clean-up campaign, the microblogging platform said.

Friday’s announcement comes amid a clampdown targeting content across social media platforms, as China’s leaders look to tighten their grip on a huge and diverse cultural scene popular with the young. Continue Reading »

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Transgender Tongans hope movie will help build acceptance

Tongan transgender activist, Joey Joleen Mataele, poses for photos ahead of screening of documentary movie, Leitis in Waiting in London, Britain. April 12, 2018. THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/Umberto Bacchi

A movie about transgender women fighting for acceptance in Tonga hopes to bring about change in the Pacific island nation – and help local activists start over, after a cyclone smashed their main office, a leading gay rights campaigner said.

Leitis in Waiting, which has its European premiere at the Festival of Commonwealth Film in London today, follows Joey Mataele, a prominent transgender activist, as she organises a beauty pageant, amid growing pressure from religious groups. Continue Reading »