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FLAC announces Pop-up LGBTQ Legal Advice Clinic for Pride Week

FLAC CEO Eilis Barry

As part of the 2018 Pride celebrations, FLAC will host a Free Legal Advice Clinic specifically for the LGBTQ community on Monday 25th June.

FLAC CEO Eilis Barry said:

“FLAC is delighted to host a free legal advice clinic in a safe, positive, non-judgmental and inclusive space for the LBGTQ community in Outhouse on Capel Street on Monday 25th June. The clinic will operate on a drop-in basis and will run from 7-9pm. Continue Reading »

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Gig Review: Nile Rodgers & Chic at Malahide Castle


Gig Review By Frances Winston

Nile Rodgers & Chic at Malahide Castle, on 16th June 2018

Chic have firmly established themselves as a summer festival favourite over the past few years, and the sumptuous settings of Malahide Castle were perfect surroundings to chill out to their brand of pop funk.

If you think you’re not familiar with their music, you’d be sorely mistaken. Uber-producer, Nile Rodgers, has worked with so many world-class artists, that the likelihood you haven’t heard any of his songs is pretty slim. Aside from Chic’s own extensive back-catalogue, he is responsible for songs such as Duran Duran’s Notorious, Madonna’s Like a Virgin, David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, and Diana Ross’s iconic anthem, I’m Comin’ Out. Most recently, you are probably familiar with his Daft Punk collaboration, Get Lucky. So as you can probably gather, any gig of his is going to be packed with hit after hit after hit.

And indeed it was. From the iconic opening song, Everybody Dance, Rodgers & Co took the audience on a trip down memory lane. There wasn’t one single song on the setlist that wasn’t instantly recognisable from its opening chords, and the appreciative crowd lapped it up, dancing and singing along. (I even spotted former Republic of Ireland footballer, Niall Quinn, indulging in some dad-dancing!).

Rodgers and the band are super-tight. If you didn’t know they were performing live, you would almost think you were listening to a recording, so flawless were the performances. The two female vocalists, Kimberly Davis and Folami, have amazing voices and range. Indeed, listening to them covering some of the hits, made famous by other artists, almost highlights the flaws in those performers’ vocals (sorry Madonna).

Big ballads are not a feature of Rodgers’ career, and as a result, every single track is upbeat, funky, and begs to be danced to. The group’s back-catalogue is truly astonishing, and serves as a reminder as to just how prolific a composer, writer, arranger, and musician, Rodgers is.

This is a difficult gig to find fault with. Rodgers is an engaging frontman, constantly addressing the crowd, and encouraging them to enjoy themselves. All of the band are charismatic. Every song was familiar and funky. Indeed, if I had to find fault, it would be that the set was just too short at around 90 minutes. Chic are the kind of band you might not think you are a fan of, but once they start you could listen to them all night.

This was my second time to see them in the flesh, and they didn’t disappoint. Their music is just so feel-good that it’s impossible not to enjoy it, and the atmosphere at their gigs is one of a giant house-party.

They’re not reinventing the wheel. They know what they do well, and they stick to their tried and tested formula. But that’s OK. Familiarity can be a good thing. And their music is perfect for a lazy summer’s evening, such as the one they played. This was a fantastic gig, filled with iconic songs, that left everyone with a smile on their face.

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Dublin Pride Festival & Parade 2018: Tomorrow Thursday 21st June to Saturday 30th!

 Image: M. Butler, EILE Magazine

It’s that exciting time of year again, when you dress up in your Pride Day best, and make your way to St Stephen’s Green in Dublin for the annual Dublin Pride Festival and Parade!

This year’s festival, with the theme, We Are Family, runs from tomorrow Thursday June 21st to Saturday June 30th. The Pride pre-Parade festival starts at 12noon, and the Parade begins at 2pm on Saturday, June 30th, 2018.

Parade Date & Time (Map below)

The high point of the festival is, of course, the Dublin Pride Parade (led this year by Grand Marshal, Sara Phillips) which will take place on Saturday June 30th, 2018. Participants will gather from 11am, with music and speeches from 12noon until 2pm, and the Parade begins at 2pm sharp (assemble at St. Stephen’s Green South).

The official Pride After-Party takes place on Saturday 30th at Opium, from 7.30pm, with Samantha Mumba, (tickets from €15 available from Eventbrite.iewith the Mother Pride Block Party 2018, also on Saturday from 4pm, at the Tivoli, Dublin 8, (tickets from €16.61, also from Eventbrite). And don’t forget the many Dublin Pride events happening at Pantibar from Thursday June 28th to Sunday July 1st!

Also at 4pm on June 24th, the Dublin Gay Men’s Chorus present Life Over The Rainbow, at St Stephen’s Church (Pepper Canister) 2 Mount Street Crescent, Dublin 2, which celebrates 25 years of decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland. Tickets, if still available, are €10 from Eventbrite at:

And don’t forget that DUBLIN BEAR PRIDE 2018 happens on 29th and 30th June!

Friday 29th at 9pm: BEAR PARTY IN NEALONS with DJ AGGIE – Admission FREE,

11pm: FABULOUS FRIDAYS in BRIDIE’S BAR, with DJ GERRY MOORE – Admission FREE

Saturday 30th:

1pm: PARTY ON THE BEAR BUS with DJ MARTIN MCCANN – Admission FREE,

4pm: POP PARTY IN NEALONS with DJ EL STYRA – Admission FREE,

10pm: THE FURRY GLEN in SOUNDHOUSE with DJ MARTIN MCCANN & special guest DJ EDDIE KAY – Admission €10

For more, visit:

twitter.com/dubbears

The Dublin Pride Parade Route 2018

This year, the route will follow last year’s parade route, starting off at St Stephen’s Green South, heading towards Kevin Street, then heading south towards the Liffey, crossing Fr. Matthew Bridge, up Church Street, and then turning into Smithfield.

Have a great and safe Dublin Pride!

-MKB

To have a look at the Dublin Pride Guide 2018, go to:

issuu.com/dublinpridefestival/docs/dublin_pride_guide_2018

For more Dublin Pride events listings, go to:

http://dublinpride.ie/events/

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Historic apology to LGBT people from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar And Seanad

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar – Image: Fine Gael

The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has stated that it was no secret that some of the founding patriots of the state, both men and women, also happened to be homosexual, and that the laws that affected them prior to 1993 were “discriminatory, contrary to human dignity and an infringement of personal privacy and autonomy”.

This was said during a debate yesterday evening on a Labour Party motion by Ged Nash to mark the 25th anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland, which came about in 1993. “We remember those who have paved the way for this change” the Taoiseach said. The motion had all-party support, where it was acknowledged that the law had a devastating effect on gay men, their families and friends, and prevented many from engaging in civil and political life. Continue Reading »

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UK: Third of employers ‘less likely’ to hire transgender staff

One in three employers in Britain say they would be less likely to hire someone if they were transgender, according to a new study published on Monday.

Less than one in five British employers have an inclusive policy towards transgender staff, and only nine percent believe in legal protection against discrimination, according to the study by Crossland Employment Solicitors. Continue Reading »

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UN envoy wants global ban on ‘barbaric’ conversion therapies

Victor Madrigal-Borloz – Image: ijrcenter.org

Banning the “barbaric” practice of giving people electric shocks and injections to “cure” them of homosexuality is a key priority, the UN envoy on LGBT rights has said.

Despite global gains in LGBT rights, many gay people are still forced to undergo invasive therapy based on the idea that homosexuality is a mental disorder or medical condition.

Victor Madrigal-Borloz, who was appointed in December, said he would focus on banning so-called ‘conversion therapy’ and repealing discriminatory laws. Continue Reading »

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TENI: Gender Identity no longer ‘a disorder of the mind’ – new WHO classification

Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) has today welcomed the long-anticipated decision of the World Health Organization to delete references to gender identity disorder and related categories from its classification of mental and behavioural disorders. In the latest revision of the International Classification of Diseases*, WHO has removed outdated references toTranssexualism, Dual Role Transvestism, and Gender Identity Disorder of Childhood as constituting disorders of personality or behaviour.

The revised classification system, ICD 11*, sees new categories covering trans identities being added under conditions relating to sexual health. These include Gender Incongruence of Adolescents and Adulthood and Gender Incongruence of Childhood. Continue Reading »