LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Irish Times

May 20, 2015

'I was so sorry to hear about your cancer but...'

'I was so sorry to hear about your cancer but maybe it is the will of God.'

That is what a lesbian journalist from Ireland was told in a letter days before the country holds a referendum on gay marriage.

Una Mullally, who writes for the Irish Times, shared the letter dated 14 May on Twitter.

'More hate mail from No voters today. My cancer is the will of God for campaigning for equality, apparently,' she wrote.

March 1, 2015

'The parade is an important way for Guinness to support the Irish community, and we look forward to celebrating with millions of New Yorkers on March 17'

Guinness is returning as a sponsor of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

February 13, 2015

The 67-year-old former politician has used the opportunity to speak out for same-sex marriage

Ireland's former equality minister Pat Carey has come out as gay.

The Fianna Fáil minister has said current Health Minister Leo Varadkar, who came out last month, inspired him to do the same.

'My only regret is that I didn’t have the courage or confidence to [come out while I was in politics],' he told the Irish Times.

'When I look back it’s an awful pity I didn’t feel able to do that. Nobody stopped me, but I wasn’t sure how it would be received.

January 30, 2015

'I would like equal rights for both my sons'

A powerful letter from a mother fighting for same-sex marriages rights for her gay son is going viral in Ireland.

Mary Knox O'Brien, writing from the small village Rathgar outside Dublin, has given a simple argument before May's referendum on the issue.

Published in the Irish Times, she said she would love to see both sons have equal rights under the law.

'Sir, - I also share a concern for "the children". I am especially concerned for my own children.

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.

November 29, 2014

Fr Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, likens gay relationships to ‘sexual friendships’, and says that although he is in favor of inheritance and visitation rights for long-term couples, is against same-sex marriage or adoption rights

With Ireland set to hold a referendum on the issue of same-sex marriage in early 2015, an increasing number of its religious leaders are weighing in on the debate.

The latest is the recently appointed Bishop of Elphin, Fr Kevin Doran – one of the country’s most senior Roman Catholic bishops.

November 3, 2014

Former BBC commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest opposes a drag queen winning the show

Irish TV personality Terry Wogan has called the Eurovision Song Contest Conchita Wurst a 'freak'.

The 76-year-old, who has appeared on numerous British and Irish television and radio shows, used to be the BBC's commentator for Eurovision until 2008.

Following this, gay Irish TV host Graham Norton took over the role.

To pay tribute to this, Wogan was asked by the Irish Times to review Norton's new book The Life and Loves of a He-Devil.

'The inspired, logical choice for my replacement was Graham,' Wogan says.

February 11, 2014

A woman has written a perfect letter to parody homophobic opinions in Ireland

An Irish woman has penned a hilarious perfect letter to show why being anti-gay is stupid.

Kay Chambers decided to write to the Irish Times as a response to Catholic writer Breda O’Brien who believes gay people should not be able to marry.

The full letter reads:

‘Like Breda O’Brien, I too think that not everybody should be allowed to marry.

‘As a Cork woman I think that Dubliners should not be afforded this right.

April 14, 2013

Special convention overwhelmingly recommends to Ireland’s government to legalize marriage equality

Ireland’s constitutional convention has voted overwhelmingly in favor of amending the country’s constitution to legalize gay marriage.

The 100 convention members casted their historic votes earlier today (14 April) in Dublin with 79 voting in favor of marriage equality, reported the Irish Times.

February 27, 2013

A transgender woman who won a landmark high court case for gender recognition, is suing Ireland's government for failing to issue you her a correct gender birth certificate for over six years

Dr Lydia Foy, an Irish transgender woman issued proceedings against the Irish state as she remains unable to get a birth certificate indicating she is a woman despite having won a previous high court ruling in her favor.

Foy served the plenary summons against the Irish minister for social protection and the attorney general on Monday (25 February).

Foy told the Irish Times: 'I think it’s beyond belief that the State still hasn’t changed the law.

December 24, 2012

Attackers saw victim had been looking at a gay dating site on evening train to Belfast so attacked, leaving him with a broken nose and head injuries

A gay man in his 50s has spoken of how he was attacked on a train from Dublin to Belfast on Saturday night (22 December) leaving him with a broken nose and head injuries.

The man was on the 8.50pm train from his home town of Dublin when two other passengers found out he was gay and attacked him, reports the Irish Times.

The victim who has Asperger’s syndrome – was sitting in a near-empty carriage using his laptop to look at a gay dating website.

December 21, 2011

Ariff Alfian Rosli’s return demanded by Muslim groups after he married his partner in Ireland

A Malaysian national living in Ireland is under fire from his home country after photographs were published of him and his civil partner.

Ariff Alfian Rosli has been studying in Ireland for eight years and married his partner (known only as Jonathan) at Dublin city hall.

The Irish Times has reported that the photos of Rosli and his partner were published on the front of some local papers.

This resulted in Muslim groups urging the Malaysian police to investigate the issue because Rosli didn’t comply with the country’s Islamic laws.