LGBTQ+ Rights

Dublin Trans Pride rekindles militant tradition

Dublin Trans Pride rekindles militant tradition

On the 28th July, Dublin had its first annual Trans Pride. It was organised from the beginning as a grassroots protest by and for trans people, trying to bring Pride back to its radical roots as a protest movement and rejecting the corporate taint that suffocates most establishment Prides, with companies that carry out queerphobic policies allowed to march or take part in what for them is nothing but an exercise in corporate pinkwashing.

Marriage equality remains burning issue

Marriage equality remains burning issue

It has been three years since the momentous victory of the marriage equality referendum in the South of Ireland, and four years since The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 was passed in England and Wales. Yet Northern Ireland is still waiting

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 10:
Protestors march through Chinatown en route to the Justice department after a rally in response to last month's suicide of transgender Ohio teenager Leelah Alcorn, on January, 10, 2015 in Washington, DC.  
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Trans Pride challenges rigid gender roles

The first Trans Pride in Belfast was held on Saturday 2nd June, reflecting the need for transgender, non-binary and intersex (“trans+”) rights. While the spectrum of sexuality is for the most part something that is becoming more accepted and understood, gender is a whole other story. Awareness and advancement of the struggles of trans+ people is something that is growing, but ultimately this progress can only go so far, as the system in which it is taking place is not truly compatible with what is really needed.

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.