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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.

March 9, 2014

Catholic and Protestant schools in Ireland will display anti-gay bullying posters in a bid to eradicate homophobia in education

Catholic and Protestant schools in Ireland are to display anti-bullying posters to support gay students victimized because of their sexual orientation.

The Irish Independent newspaper reports the posters will be part of a scheme to crack down on homophobic bullying.

March 6, 2014

Irish actor, most famous for playing Moriarty in the BBC drama hit, reveals how growing up in a country where it was illegal to be gay affected him

Sherlock star Andrew Scott has said that growing up in Ireland made him ashamed to be gay.

The Irish actor most famous for playing Moriarty on the BBC drama was asked for his views on the recent furore surrounding homophobia in Ireland.

Speaking to Hot Press, he said: ‘I don’t think that people are intrinsically homophobic, because otherwise we’d have to give up.

‘I think people are ignorant, and there’s a lot of work to do.’

March 5, 2014

Government calls the oversight 'slightly embarrassing' and is working to get it fixed with new legislation

Isle of Man merchant ships still ban gay sex, a law described as an ‘oversight’ by the government.

Lee Vorster, of the Manx Rainbow Association, said he was ‘shocked’ to discover the archaic law still existed on the partially independent island between England and Ireland.

Famously, the Isle of Man decriminalized homosexuality long after the rest of the British Isles changed its laws.

While gay sex between consenting adults became legal in 1992, the Sexual Offences Act of the same year banned it on Manx-registered ships.

March 4, 2014

New survey is breaking ground in exploring the benefits of inclusive workplaces, based on the experience of almost 600 lesbian, gay and bisexual employees in Ireland

One in three LGBT employees are harassed at work, according to a survey released today (4 March).

New employees are twice as likely to conceal their sexual orientation at work than long standing employees, and often feel stressed about being open at the office.

Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) surveyed 590 full-time employees in Ireland, with over 30% reporting harassment in the workplace.

Two out of three employees who were out and happy were far more likely to be committed and do better work.

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 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 17, 2014

Neil Francis was asked for his comments on Michael Sam's coming out, said gay people were more likely to be interested in hairdressing

A former Ireland rugby star has caused outrage after saying gay people have no interest in sport.

Neil Francis, who played for the national team between 1987 and 1996, is now a sports journalist and broadcaster.

He was asked for his comments following US football player Michael Sam’s decision to come out as gay before entering the NFL draft.

Speaking on Newstalk radio’s ‘Off The Ball’ show, he compared it to the interest straight men have towards hairdressing.

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 10, 2014

Pending a public vote in 2015 to allow same-sex marriages in Ireland, those who travel abroad to get married will have their status recognized in their home country

Same-sex couples who travel from Ireland to marry in the England, Wales and Scotland will have their status recognized pending a public vote next year.

A Department of Justice spokesman has confirmed that once a referendum allowing same-sex marriage in Ireland is passed, all foreign unions will be recognized.

February 9, 2014

Performer Rory O’Neill wants an apology from Irish network RTÉ blaming him for naming homophobes on a chat show

Irish performer Rory O’Neill, also known as drag queen Panti Bliss, has demanded an apology from Irish television network RTÉ after the fallout from his appearance on a chat show talking about homophobia.

In an interview with Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio One (9 February), he discussed his appearance on The Saturday Night Show where he named several people who he believed to be homophobic.

January 31, 2014

DUP politician confronted a doctor over an email he sent blaming the political party's conservative views for gay and lesbian people killing themselves

A Northern Ireland right-wing party is being blamed for LGBTI people committing suicide.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has made a formal complaint against academic Dr Graham Ellison who allegedly claims the politicians are responsible for the deaths.

The alleged contents of the email were quoted in an exchange between Dr Ellison, a post-graduate research co-ordinator at Queen’s University Belfast, and DUP member of legislative assembly (MLA) Jim Wells.

January 17, 2014

She is portrayed by Judi Dench in film Philomena which has been nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award

Philomena Lee kept a secret for 50 years but now the entire world knows her story.

The story of her search for the son she was forced to give up was made into the film Philomena which was nominated this week for an Academy Award for best picture.

Judi Dench, who plays Lee in the movie, was also nominated for an Oscar as was her co-star Steve Coogan for his screenplay adaptation of the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee.

January 9, 2014

Former Irish president says that gay priests in the Catholic Church are ‘not so much the elephant in the room but a herd of elephants’ in criticizing the church’s approach to homosexuality

Ex-Irish president Mary McAleese has criticized the Catholic Church for being in denial about gay people for decades and called for disgraced Scottish cardinal Keith O’Brien to come out as gay and tell his life story.

McAleese told the Royal Society of Edinburgh that there were so many gay priests in the church the issue was ‘not so much the elephant in the room but a herd of elephants.’

January 7, 2014

Former Irish president Mary McAleese has said the Catholic Church's denial over homosexuality is ‘not so much the elephant in the room but a herd of elephants'

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien is being urged to help gay priests come out of the closet.

Former Irish president Mary McAleese has said because the Catholic Church has been in denial over homosexuality for decades, it is ‘not so much the elephant in the room but a herd of elephants’.

December 30, 2013

Drinks giant, currently under fire for sponsoring the Sochi Olympics in Russia, included a gay wedding scene in most European countries with marriage equality

Coca-Cola is under fire for cutting a gay wedding scene from their latest advert to air in Ireland.

The new campaign, Reasons To Believe, shows familiar scenes intended to inspire viewers such as charity runners, cakes being baked and child choirs.

In one part of the advert, the line reads ‘For every display of hatred’ – showing a gang breaking into a car – ‘there are 5000 celebrations of love’ – which shows, in many countries, a gay couple getting married.

December 6, 2013

National University of Ireland Galways has been attacked for not protecting the 'religious liberty' of students who wanted to cure their gay classmates

A Catholic group has been suspended from an Irish university over posters saying ‘I’m a child of God. Don’t call me gay.’

The National University of Ireland, in Galway (NUI Galway) suspended the Legion of Mary as a college society after they allegedly distributed the homophobic posters.

Up to 70 complaints were made against The Courage Community, a Legion of Mary linked group responsible for the posters pasted up in the university’s library.