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#LGBT Rights

# lgbt-rights - Monday 30 July, 2012

Astronaut Sally Ride sparks posthumous debate on coming out

The first American woman in space kept her coming out until her self-penned obituary. Some wish she’d done it earlier.

# lgbt-rights - Wednesday 25 July, 2012

Scotland to press ahead with plans to legalise same-sex marriage

The Scottish government says it will try to amend UK law, so that celebrants who refuse to marry gays cannot be prosecuted.

Column: For politicians, the gay marriage debate is a careful calculation

The stakes are high for elected representatives in picking a stance on same-sex marriage, writes Scott de Buitléir – and don’t they know it.

# lgbt-rights - Tuesday 10 July, 2012

Gay marriage: Cork city council passes landmark motion in support

Transport minister Leo Varadkar has also expressed cautious support for full marriage equality.

# lgbt-rights - Friday 6 July, 2012

Column: Shouldn’t we be over gay people in the workplace?

Many workers still feel they have to hide their sexual orientation, writes Davin Roche. Changing this would be good for business.

# lgbt-rights - Monday 2 July, 2012

Gay marriage: Shatter joins Gilmore in support

The justice minister has become the second senior Cabinet member to show support for full marriage equality.

# lgbt-rights - Wednesday 6 June, 2012

Californian ban on gay marriage set for Supreme Court hearing

An appeals court has struck down an appeal in rehear the case – and supporters of the ban say they’re heading for D.C.

# lgbt-rights - Friday 18 May, 2012

Department promises 'mopping up' measures to give tax equality to same-sex couples

The Department of Finance commits to making the final changes necessary to give equal treatment to same-sex partners.

# lgbt-rights - Thursday 10 May, 2012

Romney denies deliberately bullying gay schoolmates

The Republican presidential candidate apologised after reports he led a group who cut off a gay classmate’s long hair.

# lgbt-rights - Wednesday 9 May, 2012

Obama breaks silence with full support for gay marriage

He became the first US president to support full marriage equality, saying his daughters have friends whose parents are same-sex couples.

# lgbt-rights - Sunday 6 May, 2012

US vice-president Biden backs gay marriage

Joe Biden is the highest-ranking US politician to come out in support of equal marriage rights.

# lgbt-rights - Friday 13 April, 2012

London mayor bans anti-gay ads from city buses

Boris Johnson intervenes to stop the ‘Core Values Trust’ from taking out ads advocating therapy for homosexuals.

# lgbt-rights - Tuesday 10 April, 2012

Miss Universe to allow transgender contestants from 2013

The contest will allow transgender women from next year, following the outcry when a Canadian entrant was kicked out.

The Daily Fix: Tuesday

All the biggest news stories from the day, as well as the few bits and pieces you might not have seen.

Quinn will back move to stop discrimination against gay teachers

The education minister is “determined” to amend laws allowing schools to discriminate on the basis of their religious ethos.

# lgbt-rights - Sunday 8 April, 2012

Quinn confirms anti-bullying forum to take place in May

The forum will be established alongside a working group on tackling homophobic, racist and cyber-bullying.

# lgbt-rights - Saturday 31 March, 2012

FG members vote to prioritise same-sex marriage in convention

The result of the vote means that all of Ireland’s major political parties are in favour of considering a referendum.

# lgbt-rights - Thursday 22 March, 2012

New Hampshire quashes attempt to ban gay marriage

A large Republican majority in the state House of Representatives is not enough to overturn laws allowing full gay marriage.

# lgbt-rights - Saturday 10 March, 2012

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Catholic Church moves against gay marriage proposals

The Pope has denounced the “powerful” US gay marriage lobby, while Catholics in Britain have been urged to defend heterosexual unions.

# lgbt-rights - Monday 16 January, 2012

Sweden blocks plans to overturn sex-change sterilisation law

Sweden’s government delays proposals to overturn laws which require people undergoing sex changes to be surgically sterilised.

# lgbt-rights - Tuesday 27 December, 2011

Column: Homophobic bullying is taking young lives, yet it’s treated as harmless

Most adults in Ireland can now be openly gay, writes Michael Barron – but the reality for young people is very different.

# lgbt-rights - Wednesday 7 December, 2011

US could make gay rights a condition of foreign aid

“Gay rights are human rights,” says Hillary Clinton, announcing that the US will use diplomatic tools to promote LGBT rights.

# lgbt-rights - Monday 5 December, 2011

'Campaign for Conscience' lodges Supreme Court challenge to same-sex partnerships

The Mayo-based group believes major parts of the Civil Partnership Act are in conflict with the Constitution and therefore illegal.

# lgbt-rights - Thursday 24 November, 2011

Russia faces protests over 'gay propaganda' law

The St Petersburg legislation would effectively ban any gay pride events for promoting “sodomy or lesbianism”

# lgbt-rights - Wednesday 2 November, 2011

Column: Eamon Delaney’s attack on gay people is full of all the oldest tricks

Journalist Eamon Delaney may claim to stand for equality – but his assertions are nothing but the usual homophobic bullying, writes GCN editor Brian Finnegan.

# lgbt-rights - Sunday 23 October, 2011

Gilligan and Zappone vow to continue with Supreme Court appeal

The Supreme Court denies the lesbian couple permission to add a claim of unconstitutionality to their long-running appeals.

# lgbt-rights - Tuesday 4 October, 2011

Gay Mitchell: "I will sign any bill that's constitutional"

Fine Gael’s Presidential candidate says he will sign any bill put before him – and insists he has no prejudice against gay people.

# lgbt-rights - Thursday 8 September, 2011

Ireland won't lift ban on MSM blood donors, despite British move

Britain relaxes its ban on blood donations from men who sleep with men, but there are no plans for a similar move in Ireland.

# lgbt-rights - Monday 29 August, 2011

Column: Why should our love be valued less than anyone else’s?

Most people think same-sex couples should have full marriage equality – so what’s taking so long, asks Kirsten Fjoser.

# lgbt-rights - Saturday 16 July, 2011

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'Thousands of fans' details' stolen from Lady Gaga website

The singer’s UK fan site is hacked by ‘SwagSec’, with names and email addresses of thousands of fans copied.

# lgbt-rights - Tuesday 5 July, 2011

Homosexuality 'a disease', claims India's health minister

Homosexuality is ‘unnatural’ and is causing the spread of HIV, says the man in charge of the health of 1.2 billion people.

# lgbt-rights - Friday 27 May, 2011

Column: Football is failing its gay and lesbian fans - as well as players

Football associations have put the boot into racism. Now it’s time to tackle the rampant homophobia as well, writes TeaAndToast.ie’s Mick Reynolds.

# lgbt-rights - Wednesday 11 May, 2011

Uganda delays anti-gay bill amid international outcry

A bill that would propose the death penalty for some gays is shelved – but could be set for discussion again on Friday.

# lgbt-rights - Monday 21 March, 2011

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Apple criticised for allowing 'gay-cure' iPhone app

Online petition criticising Apple for “supporting homophobia” has received over 80,000 signatures so far.

# lgbt-rights - Thursday 23 December, 2010

Ahern signs order to enable civil partnerships

The Commencement Order is signed to bring the Civil Partnership Act into law as of January 1 next year.

# lgbt-rights - Sunday 22 August, 2010

SAME SEX COUPLES and their supporters who feel that the Civil Partnership Bill does not go far enough towards giving equal rights to all Irish citizens will march through Dublin today.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender campaign group, Noise, have organised the march, which will leave from Dublin City Hall and continue to the Department of Justice in the city centre.

The March for Marriage protest will kick off at 2pm.

Although the Civil Partnership Bill, which was signed into law last month, is the first legal recognition of civil right within same-sex partnerships many feel that it still discriminates between Irish citizens on the basis of their sexuality.

The bill legal provides benefits in the areas of property, social welfare, and tax to same-sex couples; however Noise calls on LGBT people “not to settle for half-measures” and push for full marriage rights.

Saying on its website that the Civil Partnership Bill “makes us second class citizens”, the group outlines their objections to the legislation, focusing on the rights of children with same-sex parents. Noise says that the bill:

  • Offers no way for parents to create protected legal bonds with each other as parents or with their children
  • Denies parents the right to make educational and medical decisions regarding their children
  • Denies children of LGBT parents the right to inherit from their parents