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January 27, 2015

The man opened up about his life on an online forum ahead of proposed legislative changes in Ireland around gay adoption and the country's planned marriage equality referendum

Ahead of the same-sex marriage referendum planned to take place in Ireland in early May, LGBT issues are being widely discussed in this traditionally Roman Catholic country.

Last week, the Irish government also announced that it was pushing ahead with legislative changes to allow gay couples to adopt.

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 21, 2015

Irish public will vote in May

The wording of the same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland is now agreed on, it was announced today (21 January).

The Irish public will vote on same-sex marriage in May, the first country in the world to put the issue to a public vote.

They will be asked whether they agree or disagree with the following: 'Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex'.

The government will also enact legislative changes allowing same-sex partners to adopt children.

January 21, 2015

Following a TV debate on the issue of same-sex marriage, the Irish government has acted to clarify the bill relating to adoption by same-sex couples, and the specific wording of its marriage equality referendum

Ireland’s coalition government has confirmed that it plans to enact legislative changes allowing same-sex partners to adopt children before the country’s planned referendum on same-sex marriage in early May.

Currently, gay people can only apply to adopt as individuals. Changes allowing gay couples to jointly adopt will be outlined in the Children and Family Relationships Bill, which the government has confirmed will be published next month.

January 18, 2015

The Irish actor, who has a gay brother, is set to appeal to the Irish public to support marriage equality in an upcoming referendum by appearing in a TV interview which will be aired on Monday night

Hollywood actor Colin Farrell is slated to persuade his country to support same-sex marriage by discussing the issue in a TV interview with Claire Byrne to be aired on Monday night, reports Goss.ie.

Ireland is set to decide whether it will recognize same-sex marriage in a referendum to be held in early May.

January 14, 2015

A referendum for equal marriage rights will be held in May this year

Ireland gay groups have warned that while polls are positive the country will soon get same-sex marriage, they could be deceptive.

Recent surveys have shown a majority of Irish citizens in every age group, in every region of the country, across every social class and across every political party believe gay and lesbian couples should be able to get married.

In May this year, there will be a referendum allowing people to vote for equal marriage rights.

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 6, 2015

Ahead of the referendum in Ireland on same-sex marriage, pamphlets have been circulated demanding kids be protected from ‘unholy’ noises. The internet has responded in its own inimitable fashion

With a referendum due in Ireland in May on the issue of same-sex marriage, campaigning between opposing factions is intensifying.

Although early opinion polls estimated that 70% of the country supported equal marriage, in the last fortnight, several Government politicians have said that the vote could me much closer than previously anticipated, and that LGBT campaigners cannot afford to be complacent.

January 6, 2015

Swears in tweet because anti-gay Northern Irish Councillor Maurice Mills included in annual list of Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Oscar nominated actress Ellen Page is not amused that Queen Elizabeth II has included an anti-gay politician in the New Year's Honours list.

The monarch has bestowed upon Northern Irish Councillor Maurice Mills an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).

Among the homophobic opinions shared by Mills are blaming the spread of AIDS in Africa on gay people engaging in the 'filthy practice of sodomy.'

He also blamed 2005's Hurricane Katrina on Southern Decadence, the annual LGBT pride festival held in New Orleans.

January 2, 2015

The Irish Taoisceach has vowed to campaign strongly for marriage equality – while some in his government now warn that complacency could result in a victory for the ‘no’ campaign

The Irish Taoisceach (the equivalent of Prime Minister) has been speaking about the forthcoming referendum in Ireland on same-sex marriage – due to take place in May.

Fine Gael’s Enda Kenny, who has previously been viewed as conservative, told journalists in a briefing that he would be happy to ‘campaign strongly’ for a 'yes' vote in the referendum, and has confirmed that he will take part in a live debate on the issue ahead of the vote.

January 2, 2015

The Irish Taoisceach has vowed to campaign strongly for marriage equality – while some in his government now warn that complacency could result in a victory for the ‘no’ campaign

The Irish Taoisceach (the equivalent of Prime Minister) has been speaking about the forthcoming referendum in Ireland on same-sex marriage – due to take place in May.

Fine Gael’s Enda Kenny, who has previously been viewed as conservative, told journalists in a briefing that he would be happy to ‘campaign strongly’ for a 'yes' vote in the referendum, and has confirmed that he will take part in a live debate on the issue ahead of the vote.

December 17, 2014

LGBTI military veterans group OUTVETS will be the first ever gay or lesbian group to be allowed to march openly in South Boston’s St Patrick’s Day Parade celebrating the Irish American experience

The organizers of South Boston’s St Patrick’s Day parade have voted to allow the first ever LGBTI group to participate openly in the event despite having a Supreme Court validated right to exclude LGBTI groups if they choose.

The United States Supreme Court found in favor of the march's organizers in a 1995 case brought by the Irish-American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston, ruling the parade could exclude groups they felt ran contrary to its message.

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.