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N. Ireland relaxes blood donation rules for gay, bisexual men

N. Ireland relaxes blood donation rules for gay, bisexual men

Northern Ireland will relax rules on blood donations by gay and bisexual men, the health minister said on Wednesday, advancing LGBT+ equality in the socially-conservative region of Britain. The change follows similar steps taken from Denmark to the United States and comes as some countries face blood shortages caused by COVID-19.

N. Ireland counts down to first same-sex wedding

N. Ireland counts down to first same-sex wedding

A lesbian couple is set to hold Northern Ireland’s first same-sex wedding next week, as the conservative province overcomes deep division to catch up with the rest of the United Kingdom. The couple, in their 20s, voiced excitement at making history, but said equality remained out of reach so long as same-sex couples could not […]

NI: The Doorman & The Duck – Europa Hotel Xmas Video

NI: The Doorman & The Duck – Europa Hotel Xmas Video

Move over John Lewis, there’s a new Irish star this Christmas. Hastings Hotels has launched its heart-warming 2019 festive campaign, The Doorman and the Duck. This beautiful tale begins on a dark, stormy night, when the little duckling gets separated from his family, and finds a warm welcome at one of Belfast’s most famous landmarks, […]

Northern Ireland all set for Marriage Equality and abortion rights

Northern Ireland all set for Marriage Equality and abortion rights

(Reuters) – Campaigners who fought for decades to end Northern Ireland’s same sex-marriage ban, and restrictions on abortion, prepared today for a momentous change to the laws on both at the stroke of midnight. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that does not allow same-sex marriage. Also, unlike England, Scotland and […]

NI: Taking Pride in the Past – Hillsborough Castle LGBTQ+ Tour

NI: Taking Pride in the Past – Hillsborough Castle LGBTQ+ Tour

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens has announced it will host its first LGBTQ+ tour. Launching Saturday 31 August, this specialist tour explores the evolving attitudes and fascinating stories from the Castle’s past. Visitors will learn the diverse history of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, a place of political evolution, challenge and change, reflected in the collection of […]

NI: ‘Gay cake’ dispute referred to top European Court

NI: ‘Gay cake’ dispute referred to top European Court

The case involving a Northern Irish bakery, which refused to make a cake with a pro-gay message for a customer, has been referred to the European Court of Human Rights. Ashers Baking Co. in Belfast was found guilty of discrimination in 2015, for refusing to make a cake for Gareth Lee, iced with the words […]

NI: Equal marriage intervention said to complicate talks

NI: Equal marriage intervention said to complicate talks

(Reuters) – The British parliament’s decision to bypass politicians in Northern Ireland and legislate on same-sex marriage could deepen a stalemate in the region at the heart of Britain’s struggle to leave the European Union, a senior lawmaker warned on Thursday. British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to compel the government to legalise same-sex marriage, […]

Derry Girls S1 – Now on Netflix Ireland

Derry Girls S1 – Now on Netflix Ireland

All 6 episodes of Derry Girls Season 1 are now on Netflix in Ireland.      Derry Girls is the hilarious comedy series from acclaimed writer, Lisa McGee, who has mined her own experiences to create a candid, one-of-a-kind, family-centred comedy, set against the spectre of The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

UK: Lawmakers vote to legalise same-sex marriage in NI

UK: Lawmakers vote to legalise same-sex marriage in NI

(Reuters) – Britain’s parliament voted on Tuesday in favour of a plan that would compel the government to legalise same-sex marriage and extend abortion rights in Northern Ireland, if the province is unable to re-establish its own devolved government. The changes passed with a large majority in parliament in London on Tuesday, and turned a […]

NI: Thousands rally in Belfast in support of same-sex marriage

NI: Thousands rally in Belfast in support of same-sex marriage

(Reuters) – Thousands of people marched through Belfast on Saturday to demand the recognition of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, the only region of the United Kingdom where it does not have legal status. Attempts to legislate for same-sex marriage have been blocked by the Democratic Unionist Party, a key ally of British Prime Minister […]