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January 28, 2015

The classes were intended to create a more tolerant environment

A Dublin school has cancelled workshops to tackle homophobic bullying in order for 'both sides' of the issue to be represented.

Voluntary organization ShoutOut was booked to run four classes at the school Coláiste Eoin in Stillorgan, Co Dublin before Christmas.

On Tuesday (27 January), the day they were due to teach 80 students, they were told at 10.30am via email the workshop was cancelled.

January 22, 2015

'It was a 20-minute ceremony with no witnesses and it cost £4'

Dominic Hannigan has become the first member of the Irish parliament to enter into a gay marriage.

The Labour MP for Meath East yesterday (21 January) announced he wed his partner of more than two decades, Chris, in London on New Year’s Eve.

'It was a 20-minute ceremony with no witnesses and it cost £4 ($6, €5.20),' he told the Irish Star.

Gay marriage is not yet legal in Ireland but a referendum on the issue will be held in May.

January 10, 2015

During a TED Talk in Dublin, Irish drag queen tells the audience why she is jealous of the way straight people can hold hands so freely in public

‘I am 45 years old and I have never once held hands with a lover in public,’ announces Panti Bliss.

Irish drag queen Panti was speaking at a TED event in Dublin, Ireland. Her speech was entitled ‘All the little things’, and explores ‘the little, everyday things that can have a huge impact on the wellbeing of gay people.’

Panti looks at the subject of holding hands in public to discuss the way LGBTI people can feel about themselves and how society treats them.

January 9, 2015

Now that's something worth praising

A Dublin priest decided to risk everything by choosing to come out in front of his congregation in order to fight for same-sex marriage.

But it was worth taking, for he received a standing ovation from his parishioners.

Father Martin Dolan, a priest at Church of St Nicholas of Myra in Dublin's city center, led Mass last weekend by calling on his flock to support same-sex marriage in the upcoming Irish referendum.

'I'm gay myself,' he revealed.

December 18, 2014

The first lady of Irish drag Panti Bliss, also known as Rory O'Neil, on her life in travel – from camping with cowboys at the Grand Canyon to interrogation by a 'giant man-child' on the Mongolian border...

Do you typically take lots of luggage when you go away for all of your fabulous outfits?
Being a travelling drag queen means you are packing for two people and one of those people likes big hair, big dresses, big jewellery, shoes the size of boats, and enough makeup to warrant it's own pack mule. Thankfully a teenage addiction to Tetris has equipped me with excellent packing skills.

Have you ever experienced homophobia abroad?
Thankfully nothing very serious, but I've been called a faggot in a few different languages!

December 3, 2014

Enda Kenny, Ireland’s Taoiseach and leader of the Fine Gael party, reportedly visited Pantibar for a pre-Christmas drink with his party’s LGBT group

Ireland’s Taoiseach – the country's equivalent to a Prime Minister – has been photographed enjoying a drink in a gay bar.

The photo was taken and posted on social media by gay rights activist Rory O’Neill, better known by his drag name, Panti Bliss.

November 25, 2014

A Facebook message has gone viral in Ireland and abroad, proving there are still wonderful people in the world

A gay man wandered into a Dublin store, dressed in a wooly sweater and short shorts.

When the man, who only wants to be identified as Colm, was called an anti-gay slur by another customer, the cashier then reacted in the best way possible.

This is a story that has gone viral in Ireland and now abroad.

Drag queen Panti Bliss shared the story, which reads in full:

November 13, 2014

Make like Rihanna and reside at the jewel in Ireland's hotel crown

An oasis of light, calm and five-star style – The Merrion Hotel is undoubtedly Dublin's leading blockbuster stopover.

This 142-room colossus (which, from the outside, resembles an unassuming townhouse) is a favourite of Diamonds singer Rihanna when she's touring the Green Isle.

It's also played host to the likes of US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, who stayed here during their visit to the country in 2011. Rock god Bruce Springsteen is also known to drop by.

November 13, 2014

Make like Rihanna and reside at the jewel in Ireland's hotel crown

An oasis of light, calm and five-star style – The Merrion Hotel is undoubtedly Dublin's leading blockbuster stopover.

This 142-room colossus (which, from the outside, resembles an unassuming townhouse) is a favourite of Diamonds singer Rihanna when she's touring the Green Isle.

It's also played host to the likes of US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, who stayed here during their visit to the country in 2011. Rock god Bruce Springsteen is also known to drop by.

November 12, 2014

Aunty Ben, a show about a little girl and her drag queen uncle, is coming to London for a one-off performance at the Chelsea Theatre

Created by production company Super Paua, Aunty Ben is described as a LGBT-positive show for children aged 7+.

‘Nine-year old Tracey loves her Aunty Ben. It doesn’t matter to her that Aunty Ben is actually her uncle, or that he’s a drag queen, because in Tracey’s family dressing up is for everyone! But when Ben meets her school friends, Tracey is shocked to discover that other people’s families can be very different to her own.’

September 1, 2014

International musician and civil servant, a couple from Ireland, died off the western coast of Crete

A gay man has died in a desperate struggle to save his partner, who also lost his life off the coast of Crete.

John Lynch, 45, and Kevin Devine, 46, both drowned off the coast of the Greek island last Friday (29 August).

Violist Lynch, originally from Melbourne, Australia, had lived in Dublin for many years with his civil servant partner.

September 1, 2014

Australia’s Sydney Convicts gay rugby club has dominated the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby, winning the Bingham Cup after defeating the Brisbane Hustlers 31-0

The Sydney Convicts have dominated the competition at the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby, with the club’s A team winning the competition in a match against the Brisbane Hustlers with a score of 31 to 0, it’s B team reaching the semi-finals and its C team winning the Bingham Shield.

It was a stunning reversal for the Brisbane Hustlers considering that earlier this year they had beat the Convicts to win the Australian national cup of gay rugby the Purchas Cup.

August 27, 2014

A 26-year-old, who had been recovering from a serious assault, committed suicide in her home

A trans woman has hanged herself in Dublin, an inquest has heard.

Nikita Keane, 26, was found dead in her home in the Irish capital on 26 July last year.

During the inquest, her family demanded Keane be referred to her birthname and to use male pronouns. This is was in despite of her name had been changed by deed poll and she was in the process of transitioning.

March 26, 2014

RTE defends The Centre's trans character, who is described as 'King Kong in a thong', as being a positive LGBT role model

Several complaints have been made to RTÉ over an a ‘transphobic’ new sitcom airing in Ireland.

The Centre, which aired on Monday (24 March), features a trans woman who is part of the cast of characters living on a housing estate in Dublin.

Nuala Mooney, played by Gary Cooke, is described as a ‘40-year-old pre-op trannsexual who’s been living as a woman for the past three years.’

Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) has accused the sitcom of being a ‘throwback to the dark ages of television’.

March 18, 2014

Ger Brennan, captain of St. Vincent’s All Ireland club team, makes casual remark in speech at end of tournament

It was the end of a successful tournament for the All Ireland football club St. Vincent's when captain Ger Brennan made a very casual but powerful victory speech remark.

Holding a microphone and addressing a large crowd on Sunday (16 March), Brennan expressed his thanks to those who supported the team through its final victory over Mayo’s Castlebar Mitchels in Dublin's Croke Park.

February 24, 2014

'The Cosmo' podcast to be featured weekly with Gay Star News

RTÉ's radio show for the LGBT community, The Cosmo with Scott De Buitléir on RTÉ Pulse, is teaming up with global LGBTI news site, Gay Star News, to launch The Cosmo's new podcast for audiences in the United Kingdom, Ireland and further afield.

The new podcast of The Cosmo will feature LGBT news, interviews and discussion from the UK, Ireland and abroad, presented by Scott De Buitléir with regular updates from Gay Star News reporters. The podcast will be featured on GSN and various social media profiles every Friday, recorded from the RTÉ studios in Dublin.

February 10, 2014

After RTÈ's payout of a defamation settlement following a gay rights activists' speech on homophobia, Dr Martin said 'God never created anyone that he doesn't love'

The Archbishop of Dublin has said if you hate gay people, then you hate God.

Diarmuid Martin has reacted to two huge stories in the past month in Ireland; the controversy over drag queen Panti Bliss' comments on television and a politiican who revealed he was spat at and harrassed because of his sexuality.

'God never created anybody that he doesn't love,' the senior cleric said. 'Anybody who doesn't show love towards gay and lesbian people is insulting God.

February 6, 2014

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November 6, 2013

Messages of support and scorn are flooding in as the Catholics, Church of Ireland and LGBTI campaigners have their say on a equal marriage referendum in 2015

In what could be one of the fiercest fights for gay marriage across the globe, Ireland’s Prime Minister has thrown down the gauntlet by revealing his ‘strong support’ for the issue.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny promised to campaign for it in a referendum in front of reporters last night (5 November), ending a long silence over his views on equal marriage.

The Government has decided the Irish public will vote on same-sex marriage by mid-2015.

August 26, 2013

A sexually inactive 21-year-old gay man in Ireland, where it’s illegal for men who have sex with men to donate blood, has been blocked from donating until further notice

An openly gay man is accusing an Ireland blood bank of discrimination after doctors requested he stop donating even though he’s never had sex.

While Ireland has a lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men or intravenous drug users to protect blood supplies, 21-year-old Tomas Heneghan claims he’s never had sex with a man before and feels he should still be eligible to donate blood.

August 23, 2013

Gay Star News chats to the British singer-songwriter about everything from loving lesbian love on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, growing up and learning life lessons from Finding Nemo

Kate Nash is honest, refreshingly so.

While the British singer-songwriter is responsible for many chart hits like ‘Foundations’, she is down-to-earth, funny and incredibly passionate.

Much like her music, the 26-year-old has what she describes as a 'nothing-to-lose attitude'.

In our interview, she does not hold back from talking about private schoolboy politicians, being dropped from her label, and learning life lessons from Finding Nemo.

May 15, 2013

Organizers are inviting gay singles from all over the world to find love in a weekend long party in County Clare

Europe’s oldest matchmaking festival is going gay for the first time this August.

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in County Clare, Ireland, will invite gay singles looking for love for a weekend filled with parties and events.

It will also be the first matchmaking festival in the world for the LGBT community, the organizers have claimed.

Former Dublin Pride organizer Eddie McGuinness, who was pitched the idea by local hotelier Marcus White, told Gay Star News: 'All of the local businesses have taken it really positively.

May 13, 2013

Gay rugby tournament the Union Cup 2013 will see 550 players from over 20 teams compete in Bristol, pumping £25,000 into the local economy

Bristol, UK will be hosting Europe’s biggest gay rugby tournament, the Union Cup 2013 on 23 – 26 May.

This year 550 gay rugby players from teams including Stockholm, Berlin, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Dublin will travel to Bristol to compete, bringing an estimated £25,000 to the city's local economy.

Tournament director David Arid said: ‘The idea of a gay and gay-friendly rugby club is to provide an accepting environment in which players can develop their sporting potential without fear of prejudice.

April 30, 2013

LGBT football association throws its weight behind calls for FIFA to investigate claims that Nigeria is actively excluding lesbians from the women’s team

While Nigeria’s Football Association has denied claims that lesbians are being excluded from the country’s national team, the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) is backing calls for international governing body FIFA (the international soccer organization) to investigate.

We spoke with Hans Laursen, IGLFA’s communications officer, to learn more about the organization and their work in tackling homophobia in the sport of football.

Why was IGLFA established?