LGBTQ+ Rights

Equal marriage: Referendum tactic must be considered

Equal marriage: Referendum tactic must be considered

In November, Australians voted to endorse same-sex marriage by 61.6%, putting the reluctant government under huge pressure to make it legal. As we go to press, the first same-sex marriages are now taking place. Northern Ireland is becoming increasingly isolated in denying this right, lagging behind Britain and the South.

Free Ali Feruz, LGBT+ activist in Russia

Free Ali Feruz, LGBT+ activist in Russia

At the start of August, Ali Feruz – trade unionist, LGBT+ activist and journalist for an opposition newspaper in Russia – was unjustly arrested and threatened with deportation to Uzbekistan. Through his position as a journalist, he exposed how migrant workers and national groups are discriminated against in the country. […]

Marriage equality: Cross-community campaign can break DUP blockade

Marriage equality: Cross-community campaign can break DUP blockade

A majority of DUP voters now support equal marriage. The DUP’s support is not primarily based on support for their fundamentalist agenda but – like Sinn Féin – upon being seen as the strongest voice for ‘their’ community. They are not impervious to pressure from below, as was reflected in the sacking of Jim Wells as Health Minister after making outrageous homophobic comments.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 13:  Thousands of people take part in a march and rally calling for legislation for same-sex marriage on June 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The March for Civil Marriage Equality demonstration was organised jointly by Amnesty International, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and The Rainbow Project. Following the Yes vote in last month's Irish referendum, Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK or Ireland where the right to civil marriage is denied to gay couples.  (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

March for Marriage Equality – People power can win change!

It has been two years since the demonstration in Belfast which brought 20,000 people to the streets in support of marriage equality. Prior to this point, the issue had been brought up a number of times in Stormont, but was repeatedly rejected by elected representatives.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 13:  Thousands of people take part in a march and rally calling for legislation for same-sex marriage on June 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The March for Civil Marriage Equality demonstration was organised jointly by Amnesty International, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and The Rainbow Project. Following the Yes vote in last month's Irish referendum, Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK or Ireland where the right to civil marriage is denied to gay couples.  (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

March for Marriage Equality! People power can win change!

The gains made over the last few years, both North and South, show what can be achieved when we stand up and make our demands known. Progress has come about as the direct result of organised, mass campaigns involving ordinary people.