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From The Heart

In Culture, Uncategorized by Shane Conneely8 Comments

Shane Conneely addresses the current issues around homophobia in Ireland from a personal perspective. Me, and my homophobia. I’d long hair as a kid, apparently that made me gay too, or at least that was what would get shouted before I’d get a punch. When I decided to become a young rocker I’d made a decision to stand out, because there is safety in being part of a gang, I’d … Read More

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#soapbox: Norris Tears Into Iona

In Blog, Politics by Mourre10 Comments

A typical firebrand speech from Senator Norris as he calls for an investigation into the Iona Institute from the floor of the Seanad.   I listened to colleagues on these benches putting down motions that were effectively Apartheid. Had I been a Roman Catholic, a black person or a Jew and anything was attempted remotely like that the person would have been fired out of this house straight away. Would … Read More

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Have Ye No Homophobia To Go To?

In Blog, Politics by Fedayn21 Comments

LGBT Noise organised a demonstration showing solidarity with Rory O’Neill (Panti Bliss) and opposing homophobia. The protest Facebook page was shared in the last day or two and a couple of thousand turned up this afternoon on South King St. outside the Gaiety Theatre. If Lucinda Creighton and the other anti-choice, anti gay rights advocates had organised a crowd a third the size of this after spending thousands of euro … Read More

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Dear Daddy

In Blog, Culture by Mourre8 Comments

  Gigi Chao’s billionaire father, Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, issued a HK$500 million ‘dowry’ to a man that could marry her. This despite the fact that she married her partner of 9 years in a civil ceremony in France last year. Her partner, Sean Eav, is also a woman and this is the crux of the story. Gigi’s father won’t accept the fact that his daughter, an executive director at their Hong … Read More

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Germany A Rainbow Nation

In Blog, Culture, Politics by Fedayn6 Comments

The German Winter Olympics team has unveiled its rainbow-coloured uniform for the upcoming games in Sochi. Putin will only be delighted, as will the Mayor of Sochi who recently declared that there are no homosexuals in his city. (via Steve Wilson AP)

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UKIP Shipping Forecast

In Blog, Humour, Politics by Fedayn2 Comments

Hilarious parody of the Shipping Forecast which picks up on UKIP councillor David Silvester’s claims that Britain was suffering from extreme weather because God was angered by gay marriage. UKIP suspended Silvester today, although his manic homophobia may go down well with the more conservative Tory voters that UKIP seems to be wooing away from the traditional bigots’ party. UKIP topped a national poll today although people said they would … Read More

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Kaos on the Streets

In #rabble6, Blog, Politics, Print Edition, Uncategorized by FedaynLeave a Comment

During her recent visit to Ireland to mark pride celebrations, we managed to catch up over a beer with Nevin Öztop. She’s the editor-in-chief of Koas GL, the magazine for Turkey’s LGBT representative organisation and we thought we’d corner her for a few insights into life as an activist during the recent and ongoing street protests in her homeland. Firstly perhaps you could tell us how quickly you adapted to … Read More

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Catholic priest suspended for whistle-blowing on sex abuse

In Blog, Culture, Politics by Fedayn25 Comments

  In late March the Catholic Church suspended indefinitely a Ugandan priest, Fr.Anthony Musala, who chose to blow the whistle on widespread sexual abuse of children and other crimes committed by African clergy. Musaala’s leaked letter to Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga that cited numerous instances of wrongdoings among the Uganda priesthood, including secret wives, children and abuse of minors prompted his suspension. Musala was abused himself by a priest when he was … Read More

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Is pink the new black in France?

In Blog, Culture, Politics by Fedayn2 Comments

A poster calling for an anti-gay rights demonstration in Paris has been attacked as being racist after going viral overnight in the French ‘Twittersphere’. The poster, designed by an anti-same sex marriage activist, depicts France’s Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira, who is black, as a raging gorilla/King Kong, overwhelmed by a flow of demonstrators from the “Manif Pour Tous,” the main anti-same sex organization. The slogan is a play on … Read More