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Loved and loathed: Raising a gay child in the former Soviet Union

An old campaign poster of LGBT activist Olena Globa, and her son, Bogdan, which reads: ‘My gay son taught me how to be courageous’ – Image: THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/Shanshan Chen

It was the poems that gave it away. Heartfelt writings about a man’s love for a man, and a woman’s love for a woman, found on the family computer, sent Olena Globa into a seething rage when she confronted her then-teenage son about his sexuality.

“I sat down on the sofa next to him. I remember I was looking straight at the door, and I – very sharply, very angrily – asked him, Continue Reading »

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Katie Taylor: Release of trailer for ‘KATIE’ ahead of Irish cinema release

Wildcard Distribution have released the official trailer for the critically-acclaimed and award-winning, Katie, directed by Ross Whitaker (Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story) ahead of its Irish cinema release on Friday, 26th October.

Katie, which picked up the Best Irish Feature Documentary award at the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year, intimately follows champion boxer, Katie Taylor, as she attempts to rebuild her career after a year of turmoil which threatened to derail her career. With many writing her off, Taylor decided to start again, and the notoriously private champion agreed to let a small crew document her attempt to rescale the heights. Continue Reading »

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Jared Dylan: Today Fri. 19th 6pm: FREE LIVE Performance Tower Records, & Ticketed Event East Side Tavern Sat. 20 Oct (Watch ‘Can’t Stop’)

JARED DYLAN, LIVE AT EAST SIDE TAVERN, this Saturday, 20th October, Tickets €12, 

plus FREE LIVE performance today, October 19th, for his record and animation release at Tower Records, Dublin, with Ryan O’Shaughnessy!

(Watch his video ‘Can’t Stop’ above for a taste of Jared’s great sound).

Jared Dylan, the New Jersey native who moved to Ireland this year, and who is probably best-known for this appearance on NBC’s The Voice, has announced a headline show for his ticketed event at East Side Tavern, in Leeson Street, Dublin, this Saturday 20th October, tickets on sale at Ticketmaster. 

Jared is also giving a FREE LIVE performance today, Friday October 19th at 6pm, for his record release party at Tower Records, Dawson Street, Dublin, with Ryan O’Shaughnessy (register FREE at Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com/e/jared-dylan-at-tower-records-tickets-51245822635).

Jared has also announced the release of Consequence, his animated short film and soundtrack, featuring his new music at the Tower Records FREE LIVE performance.

Consequence, which features the single, Can’t Stop (John Gibbons remix) (previous video above) in the soundtrack, is a great example of what you can expect from Jared, a cross-over between himself and the pulp-fiction graphic novel, The Beach Chronicles, a popular underground, animated, comic book and podcast series, based out of South Beach Miami (think Blade Runner meets Miami Vice).

The Can’t Stop remix (previous video above) is the first single from the Consequence soundtrack, and has already generated over 300,000 Spotify streams, and 170,00 YouTube views of the lyric video.

The theme of Consequence is that Jared’s alter-ego and anti-hero, Kid Dylan, battles with an internal conflict of good vs evil. Questioning authority and rules, he sets out on a series of James Bond-like missions, seeking hidden clues to lost treasures, and the truth about his missing parents. Along the way Kid Dylan must fight, drive, and fly his way to truth and true love. Soundtrack and score by Jared Dylan.

Jared also kicks off an extensive tour of Ireland, including a full run supporting EuroVision star, Ryan O’Saughnessy, plus dates with Paddy Casey, Ryan Sheridan, and The 4 Of Us, as well as some of his own headlining dates.

Aiken Promotions presents a record release party, at East Side Tavern, Dublin, on Saturday October 20th. Pre-dating the Dublin performance, Jared will be joined by Ryan O’ Saughnessy today, Friday, October 19th, at 6pm, for a FREE performance at Tower Records, Dublin, where Jared will also debut the animated film.

While in the Republic of Ireland, Jared will continue his work with Zinc Media (Bob Geldof’s documentary production company) and award-winning, Irish director, Kilian Pettit (RedFM presenter) on a new music-based series called Experiencing Music, where a crew follows Jared around different countries, learning from and collaborating with successful songwriters from each territory, starting in Ireland.

The current production already includes conversations with, and/or in studio collaborations with, Bob Geldof, Christy Dignam (Aslan), Donovan, James Walsh (Starsailor), Paddy Casey, and Stephanie Rainey, with more top name Irish songwriters lined up to join the production this Autumn. Legendary Celtic artist, Jim Fitzpatrick, has also signed on as art director, and creating original art for the production.

FREE Live Performance – Jared Dylan with Ryan O’Shaughnessy Tower Records, Dawson Street, Dublin, (register FREE at Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com/e/jared-dylan-at-tower-records-tickets-51245822635).

Tickets for East Side Tavern Saturday €12.00 inclusive of booking fee – On Sale Now!

You can follow Jared at:




Details of Jared’s appearances with Ryan O’Shaughnessy, Ryan Sheridan, and The Four Of Us, plus his Autumn tour dates, are below:

Ryan O’Shaughnessy w Special Guest Jared Dylan

Sat Oct 27 Glencarn Hotel Co. Monaghan

Fri Nov 9 Arc venue Cork

Sat Nov 24 Garbo’s Castlebar Co. Mayo

Fri Nov 30 Alley Theatre Co. Tyrone

Sat Dec 15 Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee Co. Clare

Ryan Sheridan w Special Guest Jared Dylan

Fri Oct 26 Arc Venue Cork City

The Four of Us w Special Guest Jared Dylan

Fri Dec 21 Spirit Store Drogheda

Sat Dec 22 Dolans Warehouse Limerick

Jared Dylan – Irish 2018 Fall Tour Dates

Fri Oct 19 Tower Records Dublin 2

Sat Oct 20 East Side Tavern Dublin 2

Tue Oct 23 Acoustic Club (Charlie Malone’s Bar) Limerick

Wed Oct 24 The Secret Garden Galway

Thurs Oct 25 Boyles Pub (Purple Sessions) Slane Co Meath Ireland

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Arosa Gay Ski Week – Switzerland, January 19-26, 2019

Image: Arosa Gay Ski Week

Arosa Gay Ski Week – 15th Annual, from January 19th to 26th, 2019

Allegra in Arosa! The typical Graubünden greeting, which can be translated from Romansh as ‘enjoy yourself’, shows how important the well-being of their guests is to the team around Hitsch, Valerie and Alex, the promoters of the Arosa Gay Ski Week non-profit organization.

What started modestly in 2005, has since become one of the best-known, and favourite, ski weeks for lesbians and gays in Europe. The more than 600 participants, from over 30 different countries, gather for fun-filled vacations with lots of winter activities and parties in the gay-friendly mountain resort. Continue Reading »

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Listen: Payson Lewis – Take Me Apart

One of EILE Magazine‘s favourite artists is Philadelphia-born and raised, pop/R&B/rock singer-songwriter, Payson Lewis, who has recently released his debut EP, Take Me Apart.

Today, we’re featuring Take Me Apart, the title track of which has an energetic, upbeat instrumental, paring back at times to show the sweetness and control of Payson’s vocal, then building again to allow his powerful persona to soar over the fuller sound. This man can sing, and was once part of a collegiate ‘a cappella’ group called SoCal VoCals. No wonder then, that his vocal is what stays with you after the track ends, a great listen – See what you think!


You can visit Payson Lewis at:



or buy the EP, Take Me Apart, on iTunes at:


or to find out more about Payson, you can read our February 2018 compilation issue of EILE Magazine at the link below, where he was our cover feature:



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Toronto: LGBTQ Activist To Receive AFP Philanthropy Award

Mark Bonham – Image: http://www.uc.utoronto.ca

LGBTQ activist and philantropist, Mark S. Bonham, the patron and namesake of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at UC, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter. 

In announcing the award, the AFP made particular note of the diverse philanthropic activities for the LGBTQ community made by Mark, including his HIV/AIDS work, his educational projects, his work for LGBTQ homeless youth, and his contributions to the cultural community. Continue Reading »

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Everyman Theatre: A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man 22-24 Oct

Rough Magic presents


by James Joyce – adapted for stage by Arthur Riordan

Everyman Theatre, Cork / Monday 22 – Wednesday 24 October / everymancork.com

ALSO: CLARE – Glór (Oct 27) / GALWAY – Town Hall Theatre (Oct 30 & 31) / KERRY – Siamsa Tíre (Nov 2 & 3)

Rough Magic premieres a brand new stage adaptation, in a dizzying interpretation of James Joyce’s first novel by Arthur Riordan: Continue Reading »