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Monday 29 May 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Homosexuality

This year
Pope calls for bishops to welcome LGBTQ people into church
Some 67 countries or jurisdictions worldwide criminalise consensual same-sex sexual activity, 11 of which can or do impose the death penalty.
Last year
# Gay Rights
'Lives were ruined': State moves closer to exonerating men convicted of homosexual 'offences'
Ireland could follow the UK’s lead and exonerate gay men later this year.
Ireland could follow the UK's lead and exonerate gay men later this year, Órla Ryan reports
A working group is set to submit a progress report to the Justice Minister this month and its final report later this year
Hundreds of gay men were convicted under laws later repealed when homosexuality was decriminalised in 1993
All time
# jason evert
US chastity speaker cancels trip to Ireland 'due to illness' after number of talks were axed
A number of talks by Jason Evert had already been cancelled amid criticism of his stance on homosexuality and other issues.
# irish events
'Untold damage could be done': Talks by US chastity speaker cancelled amid criticism
Jason Evert has described homosexuality as a disorder and is critical of contraception.
# 1982
'It was shocking': GRA to speak to Commissioner over sacking of garda for 'alleged homosexual activity'
The Garda Commissioner recently confirmed to the former garda that this was the reason for his dismissal in 1982.
# Front Line Defenders
Attacks, surveillance, moving home every six months - The life of an LGBT activist in Tunisia
Badr Baabou accepted an award for his work in Dublin this week.
# Mohamed al-Gheiti
Egyptian TV host sentenced to one year in prison for interviewing gay man
During the interview, the gay man, whose face was blurred, openly talked about his relationship with another man.
# Workplace Relations
Employee awarded €8,000 after colleague linked homosexuality to child abuse
The harassment occurred over a six-month period.
# Gay Rights
Up to 150 homosexuality convictions could be overturned under Government proposals
Last month, the Government apologised to men historically convicted of engaging in consensual same-sex activity.
# decriminalisation
Government to apologise for historical convictions of gay men
A motion before the Dáil this evening will acknowledge the harm caused by historical criminal laws.
# Anniversary
Taoiseach planning measures to 'recognise the wrongs' done to those criminalised for homosexuality
Ireland officially passed legislation which finally decriminalised homosexuality on 24 June 1993.
# taking a stand
'There are 37 countries in the Commonwealth where it’s currently illegal to be who I am'
Tom Daley has urged a number of nations to relax their anti-gay stance.
# Job application
Man who listed 'standing up against homosexuality' as achievement loses discrimination case
Mark Savage claimed he was told to remove the line from his CV.
# Christianity
Leader of Liberal Democrats won't say if he thinks being gay is a sin
Tim Farron’s comments have been criticised by some, but others have defended him.
# Campaigner
'Being gay was portrayed as a scandal and shame': George Michael's journey to LGBT activist
He was outed by the press in 1998, and went on to become a major supporter of HIV campaigns
# Marches
Thousands march over Malawi's plans to legalise homosexuality
The peaceful marches were organised by Catholic and evangelical churches.
# Historical injustice
New bill will 'exonerate and apologise to' people convicted of homosexual acts
Senator Ged Nash called the move “an important gesture”.
# we take it all back
Britain is to pardon thousands of people convicted of homosexuality
Anyone alive who was convicted of same-sex acts before the law was abolished will now receive an automatic pardon.
# Bad taste
Gay couple asked to leave Dublin restaurant for holding hands
The shocking allegation comes just five months after the country legalised marriage for homosexual couples.
# gino flaim
Italian priest suspended after saying he "understands" paedophilia
Fr Gino Flaim added that homosexuality was an “illness.”
# Bruce Arnold
Journalist says that 'homosexuality was never a crime in Ireland'
Bruce Arnold has spoken out against former President Mary McAleese taking a position in the same-sex marriage referendum.
# Pat Carey
14 lovely reactions to Pat Carey's courageous interview about being gay
The former Fianna Fáil minister spoke about his sexuality on RTÉ Radio One this morning.
# Pardon
Benedict Cumberbatch appeals for pardon for gay men convicted of 'indecency'
Stephen Fry is also one of the signatories of an open letter calling on the British government to pardon the men.
# State of the Nation
Enda Kenny's visit to a gay bar shows how far the country has come
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# Equality
British man jailed 'for being gay' in Morocco
Ray Cole’s family has started a petition for his freedom.
McAleese advert rejected over the former President's views on female ordination
An ad for a speaking engagement has been rejected by Australian newspaper ‘The Catholic Weekly’ over the former President having ‘an agenda’.
# Protest
Hollywood stars boycott Beverly Hills Hotel over Brunei ownership
The Sultan of Brunei introduced sharia laws that mean stoning for people found guilty of adultery and homosexuality.
# Galway
Gardaí called as students protest at NUIG over same-sex marriage referendum
The students who are protesting say they intend to remain there overnight.
Column: Are you frustrated by the number of 'gay' stories in the media? Then read on ...
Do you view the issue of gay rights as being mundane? Are you annoyed by the ‘hype’ over homophobic bullying and marriage equality? Then these are the facts you need to know, writes Christine Allen.
# Uganda
Uganda tabloid prints list of 200 'top' gay people
The Red Pepper tabloid published the list the day after a bill criminalising homosexuality was enacted.
# let it go
This woman has gone to extreme lengths to prove Frozen has a 'Gay Agenda'
She’s not concealing her feelings when it comes to the smash hit Disney movie.
# Human Rights
Tánaiste: Anti-gay laws will "affect our valued relationship" with Uganda
Meanwhile, Uganda’s government has defended its decision to push through the controversial laws.
# LGBT Rights
Gilmore "deeply concerned" over Nigerian homosexuality law
The Tánaiste says Ireland is “completely opposed to discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation”.
Column: As the Winter Olympics kick off in Russia, let's consider oppression in all its forms
The situation in Russia is one of the more extreme examples of LGBT rights abuses in the world, but let’s not run the risk of thinking that our community is wholly welcoming by comparison, writes Kevin Donohue.
# strong words
NUJ condemns "unacceptable" speech on homosexuality from Nigerian state governor
The comments were allegedly made by the Governor of the Delta State in Nigeria at a recent awards ceremony.
# Catholic Church
Spain's new cardinal says homosexuality is a 'defect'
The 84-year-old has been criticised by gay rights groups for his comments.
# Church
McAleese: Catholic Church 'in denial over homosexuality for decades'
Her comments were welcomed by liberal Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery.
# 1983
Changes to prison accommodation rules raised concerns about homosexuality
There were “obvious objections to having two prisoners in one cell – the most common objection being that it facilitates homosexuality”.
# Homosexuality
Uganda passes tough new bill against homosexuality
The anti-gay bill allows for life imprisonment for certain homosexual acts.