Tag Archive | Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland to get religious same-sex marriage

Northern Ireland to get religious same-sex marriage

Same-sex religious marriages will be allowed in Northern Ireland, the British government said on Thursday, bowing to pressure from LGBT+ campaigners after the first secular lesbian wedding in February. Gay and lesbian couples in Northern Ireland will be able to have religious weddings from September, a British government spokeswoman said in an emailed statement, while […]

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.

Dance Theatre: THE HERE TRIO – Belfast, Armagh, Limerick & Dublin

Dance Theatre: THE HERE TRIO – Belfast, Armagh, Limerick & Dublin

Maiden Voyage Dance & Liz Roche Company in a new co-production present The Here Trio The Mac, Belfast – 7 & 8 February, 2020  The Market Place Theatre, Armagh – 12 February, 2020  Dance Limerick – April 23, 2020 Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin – April 25 & 26, 2020 The Here Trio: From acclaimed choreographer Liz […]

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: 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 […]

NI: Killing of NI journalist should spur LGBT+ marriage equality, says partner

NI: Killing of NI journalist should spur LGBT+ marriage equality, says partner

An outpouring of anger and grief over the killing of Northern Irish journalist ,Lyra McKee, should spur politicians to put their differences aside, and introduce equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, her partner said on Friday. McKee, a journalist and campaigner for LGBT+ rights, was fatally shot by an Irish nationalist militant while reporting on […]

NI: Lyra McKee (RIP) was an ‘inspiring thinker’

NI: Lyra McKee (RIP) was an ‘inspiring thinker’

(Reuters) – A year after moving to Derry, celebrated journalist, Lyra Catherine McKee, wrote about how she looked forward to “better times ahead and saying goodbye to bombs and bullets once and for all”. She was killed shortly afterwards, shot dead during a riot that underscored the challenges still faced by Northern Ireland, 21 years […]

Listen: Susie blue – She Is

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 […]

NI: ‘New culture war’ – LGBT+ community fights for gay marriage

NI: ‘New culture war’ – LGBT+ community fights for gay marriage

Hidden away up several flights of stairs in the centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland, teenagers, many of them with shocks of red, blue and rainbow hair, relaxed and joked with one another. At the LGBT+ youth group, run by charity Cara-Friend, they felt themselves to be among friends, free to be themselves. But outside, the […]

Game of Thrones actor – ‘crazy’ that Northern Ireland has no gay marriage

Game of Thrones actor – ‘crazy’ that Northern Ireland has no gay marriage

Game of Thrones actor, Kristian Nairn, said on Friday it is “crazy” that same-sex marriage is still banned in his home of Northern Ireland yet legal in the rest of the United Kingdom. “It confuses me why we always have to be that little step behind on social issues like this”, said Nairn, who is […]