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December 16, 2014

Over two thirds of Irish people support same-sex marriage

Ireland has set a month for a referendum on marriage equality.

Groups both for and against same-sex marriage will rally as they prepare for the public vote in early May 2015. No specific date has been announced as of yet.

The issue was discussed today by Ministers at their final meeting before Christmas.

It comes as Scottish gay couples are finally able to get married today, following England and Wales earlier this year. There are currently no plans for Northern Ireland to pass same-sex marriage.

December 15, 2014

Benjy the gay bull, saved from an end in an Irish slaughterhouse, is settling in at Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norwich, England and is already making new friends

A same-sex attracted Charlolais breed bull from Ireland who made headlines around the world after a campaign was started to save his life has made it to his new home in the UK and is settling in just fine.

Dubbed ‘Benjy the Gay Bull,’ he arrived at Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norwich yesterday and was greeted on arrival by a bullock named Alex in what some are calling his first kiss.

Benjy will soon be castrated to settle his temperament, which is the usual practice for bulls who are not going to be bred.

December 4, 2014

Catholic church launches a 16-page pastoral statement against gay marriage

The Irish church has said the legalization of gay marriage would be a 'grave injustice' in a 16-page pastoral statement it is distributing ahead of a referendum on the issue early next year.

The pamphlet, titled The Meaning of Marriage, was launched yesterday (3 December) at the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference in Maynooth, and is currently being distributed to more than 1,300 parishes across the country.

The statement said that 'to redefine the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society.'

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 18, 2014

Raymond Burke was head of the Vatican's supreme court until last month

Cardinal Raymond Burke has said he would refuse communion to lawmakers who voted for gay marriage, as he did with pro-choice legislators in his native US.

The prelate made the comments on Saturday (15 November) at a Catholic conference on the family in Limerick, Ireland.

Burke refused to comment on his recent demotion and Ireland's upcoming referendum on gay marriage, but said he would have 'issues giving holy communion' to lawmakers who voted in favour of gay marriage.

November 16, 2014

Hollywood star also discusses his gay brother ‘The fact that my brother had to leave Ireland to have his dream of being married become real is insane’

Hollywood actor Colin Farrell has written an open letter urging Irish people to vote for gay marriage equality.

Writing in today’s Sunday World (16 November) he talks about his gay brother and how Ireland needs marriage equality now.

The Irish-born actor, who starred in films such as Minority Report, Phone Booth and Alexander, writes about when he first knew his brother was gay.

November 13, 2014

Benjy the bull hopes to see out his days in an English animal sanctuary

A same-sex attracted bull is being given a lifeline to save him from the slaughterhouse.

Animal lovers are hoping petitions and a crowdfunding campaign will be enough to make sure he lives the rest of his life in a sanctuary.

Benjy the bull was bought by a Mayo county farmer to breed with his cows but the farmer soon discovered that the Charlolais breed stud was not interested in the heifers.

The farmer initially thought that Benjy might just be shy about ‘doing the business in public.’

November 8, 2014

Think that your sexuality has no bearing on your work? An LGBT business conference taking place in London today reminded those attending that honesty fosters stronger and more authentic business relationships

Although an increasing number of young LGBT people are confident enough to be out whilst at university or business school, it’s estimated that around 61% choose to go back into the closet when they enter the world of business.

In fact, a recent study by Deloitte concluded that 85% of LGBT employees chose not to be out to their work colleagues.

October 16, 2014

And he calls gay people evil

A man who claims he can 'cure' gay people is facing charges he raped a teenage boy and threatened to kill him with his 'warlock powers' if he told.

Kentucky police have arrested Polly Ann Church of God youth pastor Rex Allen Murphy after the 16-year-old male came forward to say he was being sexually abused.

The abuse allegedly happened at the church and at the suspect's home for a period of at least six months.

Colin Hatfield, the chief of Eubank police, has described the accusations as 'very graphic and to the point'.

September 30, 2014

The Iris Prize Festival 2014 will feature the work of the world's best LGBTI filmmakers

LGBTI film lovers are excited as the Iris Prize is set to begin next week.

The world's finest LGBTI filmmakers will gather in Cardiff for the seventh time, welcoming guests from US, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Israel, France and many more.

'It is bigger and better than ever before, with the number of feature length movies doubled to 16,' festivla chair Andrew Pierce said.

'I always think of Iris as family. Granted a rather bigger family today than we knew back in 2007 when the world’s finest LGBT filmmakers gathered in Cardiff for the first time.

September 30, 2014

Irish researchers have found that nearly half of HIV positive gay men would still benefit from receiving the HPV vaccine while 77% of HIV negative gay men would benefit

A study of men who have sex with men in Ireland has suggested that vaccinating men who are already sexually active against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) may still be beneficial in protecting them against the cancer causing strains of the virus.

Previously cost-benefit analyses around the vaccine have suggested that it is only worth vaccinating children against HPV before they become sexually active.

August 24, 2014

Maria Walsh, winner of the competition celebrating Irish heritage, says she is not ashamed of her sexuality

The winner of a competition celebrating Irish heritage has come out as gay.

Maria Walsh, 27, was crowned winner of the Rose of Tralee festival on the 19 August, and revealed her sexuality in an interview with Irish newspaper The Irish Sun on Sunday today (24 August).

‘I'm not ashamed of my sexuality by any means,’ she said.

August 24, 2014

Maria Walsh, winner of the competition celebrating Irish heritage, says she is not ashamed of her sexuality

The winner of a competition celebrating Irish heritage has come out as gay.

Maria Walsh, 27, was crowned winner of the Rose of Tralee festival on the 19 August, and revealed her sexuality in an interview with Irish newspaper The Irish Sun on Sunday today (24 August).

‘I'm not ashamed of my sexuality by any means,’ she said.

July 24, 2014

Fresh from Toronto World Pride and gearing up for Amsterdam Pride next month, the foxy brothers took a break from their jet setting for some travel chat

For anyone curious about Russia’s gay scene, the O’Halley Brothers could be considered quite the authority.

The twin DJ’s, Bachir Mendez Maroff and Fabiano Mendez Maroff, left Brazil for Moscow and have since played not only in Russian commercial venues but also in underground gay parties in a country notorious for its anti-gay laws.

July 1, 2014

All Irish political parties have already indicated support of marriage equality

A referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland will be held in the spring of 2015, Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed today.

Kenny made the confirmation when asked about marriage equality in Ireland during Order of Business by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams.

June 27, 2014

Egypt and Sierra Leone put forward a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council on the ‘protection of the family’ which was passed without language inclusive of LGBTI families with the help of Russia

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on the ‘protection of the family,’ but attempts to have it amended to recognize there are a variety of family structures – including those headed by LGBTI people – were blocked.

The resolution was put forward by diplomats from Egypt and Sierra Leone during the Human Rights Council’s 26th Session yesterday and calls for a plenary panel on the protection of the family and its members at the Human Rights Council’s September Council session.

May 8, 2014

From a bearded bond girl to Polish soft porn - it can only be Eurovision!

Followng Tuesday's Eurovision first semi-final where the Russia act was booed, tonight sees the next 15 countries take to the stage for a chance to be in the Grand Final on Saturday.

Gay Star News was at the rehearsal for tonight's show which promises many more unforgettable moments.

April 2, 2014

Two female penguins have paired up for the mating season in a South Pole exhibition at Dingle Oceanworld in County Kerry, Ireland

Two female penguins have become nesting partners at Dingle Oceanworld in the Republic of Ireland – showing all the signs that they are in love with each other.

The two Gentoo penguins are part of a group of 12 at the sea life park and aquarium in Ireland’s County Kerry so if they had wanted to pair with a male penguin there were plenty of options for them.

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 17, 2014

Australian-American business magnate accuses Guinness of being manipulated by gay rights organizations after the Irish drinks company pulled out of sponsoring New York City's St Patrick's Day parade

Australian-American press tycoon Rupert Murdoch has attacked gay rights groups for ‘bullying’ today (17 March).

The owner of organizations such as US’ Fox News and UK’s The Sun and the now defunct News of the World stepped into the controversy surrounding the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York City.

In the early hours of yesterday morning, Ireland’s most popular stout revealed it would no longer be sponsoring New York City’s parade.

March 16, 2014

'It's time for Guinness, other sponsors and Irish New Yorkers to speak out in favor of an inclusive parade that welcomes the Irish spirit of love and family'

The Stonewall Inn will stop serving Guinness beer because the company has not withdrawn support of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The reason for the boycott is because New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade, Inc, the organizer of the oldest St. Patrick's Day celebration in the US, bans gay organizations from marching.

The Stonewall Riots, the start of the modern gay rights movement, started at the bar in 1969 June.

March 14, 2014

Boston Mayor Martin J Walsh will also refuse to march in the parade over the decision to ban any 'political' statements

It’s going to be a dry St Patrick’s Day in Boston as a brewery has pulled out over the decision to ban gay veterans from marching openly.

Boston Beer Company, maker of Sam Adams brew, says they have attempted to negotiate but in the ‘current state’ it is no longer possible.

The parade sponsor has said veterans are allowed to march but any mention of being LGBTI would be seen as ‘political’ – which is banned.

This is in despite of, as seen in the picture used, mayoral election signs can be seen in the 2009 parade.

March 10, 2014

New track samples Irish drag queen Panti Bliss' speech that condemns homophobia in Ireland that went viral around the world

English electronic pop duo Pet Shop Boys has revealed a new song based on a gay rights speech made by a drag queen.

Panti Bliss, a leading gay rights figure in Ireland, spoke out in a video condemning homophobia that went viral around the world.

Stars such as Madonna, Stephen Fry and Graham Norton were among those to send their support to Panti, real name Rory O’Neill.

The song, ‘The Best Gay Possible’, features all 10 minutes of the speech set to a trance track.