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European Parliament condemns Brunei over ‘retrograde’ anti gay law

The European Parliament on Thursday strongly condemned Brunei for introducing “retrograde” anti-gay legislation.

The Muslim-majority sultanate has drawn global condemnation from the United Nations, governments, and a host of celebrities, for introducing the latest stage of Sharia laws on April 3. It began rolling out the Islamic criminal laws in 2014.

The resolution adopted by the European Parliament “strongly condemns the entry into force of the retrograde Sharia Penal Code; (and) urges the Bruneian authorities to immediately repeal it.”

The measure was passed on a show of hands, the parliament said in a statement. Continue Reading »

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Australia’s Folau asks for code of conduct hearing

(Reuters) – Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has asked for a code of conduct hearing to be scheduled by Rugby Australia (RA) after the governing body said they intended to terminate his contract for controversial social media posts.

The 30-year-old Folau, a devout Christian, was issued a code of conduct breach notice on Monday following an investigation by RA’s integrity unit and had 48 hours to respond. Continue Reading »

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NI: Dali-icious art break in Belfast’s Culloden Estate this June

Pictured helping to launch the Art In The Garden exhibition with Patrick O’Reilly’s sculpture Bears Dancing On A Dolmen are the Culloden Estate and Spa’s Commissionaire, Jeremy Kevan and Concierge, Trevor Kelso

The largest collection of Dali’s works seen in Ireland, plus collections from Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Banksy, will form the centrepiece of Art In The Garden at the five-star Culloden Estate, Belfast, from June 15-30.

In conjunction with Gormleys Fine Art, 14 pieces from the Dali Universe in Switzerland will lead the exhibition, containing more than 120 sculptures, some of which are valued up to €500,000, and will be exhibited both in the grounds of the 12-acre estate and in the hotel. Continue Reading »

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Listen: Susie blue – She Is

On EILE’s music slot today, we are delighted to feature SHE IS, the latest single from rising Northern Irish artist and LGBTQ activist, Susie blue, an Indie-Pop-Rocker hailing from Derry, with her distinctive gay indie-pop vibe. 

Permeated with a ‘spirit of the 90s’ indie sound, and noughties’ synths, SHE IS is DIY retro at its raw best.

Susie says:
She Is is a song that has a lot of different meanings to me, I created this song when I was going through a bad time, it tells the story of a toxic relationship, mental illness, and substance abuse, but has a happy energetic vibe to it, which shows light at the end of the tunnel, it was tough to write but I’m happy it’s out there”.
We’re happy too, so have a listen, and see what you think!
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IDGTF 2019: Minister Josepha Madigan Launches 16th IDGTF Programme

The 16th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, Ireland’s most exciting and diverse theatre festival, returns to the capital from May 6th to 19th, kicking off the summer season with 21 world class performances from the four corners of the world, across 5 Stages, for two glorious weeks this May. 

The festival, the largest LGBT+ theatre festival in the world, which was launched yesterday evening (16th April) at 6pm in City Assembly House, by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan, brings critically acclaimed productions from the UK, USA, Canada, Ecuador, South Africa and Australia, as well as home-grown talent, to Dublin’s stages for this jam-packed two week long event. Continue Reading »

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Matthew Shepard: Judy Shepard To Receive Honorary Doctorate

Judy Shepard - Image: Gay City News

 Judy Shepard – Image: Gay City News

On Saturday, May 18th, the University of Wyoming will present LGBTQ+ civil rights activist and President of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Judy Shepard, with its highest award, the honorary doctoral degree.

The Doctor of Humane Letters degree, given during the 2019 commencement ceremony, is given to an individual(s) that exemplifies the values of excellence, service and integrity; and possesses distinguished accomplishments in their professions, public service or service to humanity.

Known for her two-decade long focus of advocating for LGBTQ rights in memory of her son Matthew, Judy is honoured to be recognised by her alma mater, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education. Continue Reading »

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Listen: Payson Lewis – Remember (Majurakk Remix)

Born and raised in Philadelphia, and based in Los Angeles where he studied at USC, Payson Lewis delivers music that you can’t help but move to. His music has lots of 80s and 90s influenced pop hooks, and feel-good vibes, and he counts Cold Play, The 1975 and Foster The People among his influences. Have a listen to Remember (Majurakk Remix) and you’ll see what we mean! Enjoy!


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