LGBTQ+ Rights

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Chechnya: Brutal homophobia raises its head

In recent months, horrific reports have come to light revealing the imprisonment and torture of over 100 gay men in concentration camps in Chechnya. At least four men are thought to have been murdered, while others have been released to their families for ‘honour killings’.

Orlando Massacre: Statement from US socialists

Immediate reaction from Kshama Sawant, Socialist Alternative councillor, Seattle Stand with our LGBTQ Sisters and Brothers! Fight back against Scapegoating & Islamophobia! “This morning, we were all devastated to learn of the horrific terrorist attack on the LGBTQ community at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Our hearts go out […]

"Jim Wells is not the victim"

"Jim Wells is not the victim"

Fight4Equality Campaign Says “Jim Wells is Not the Victim” The Fight4Equality campaign has responded angrily to former Health Minister Jim Wells’ attempt to clear his name regarding homophobic comments made at a hustings event in Downpatrick. Mr Wells claims that a video of him speaking at the event which was […]

How can we step up the fight for equality?

The vote for marriage equality in the South is an important point of inspiration in the fight for equality here. Many will also be disappointed that, once again, Northern Ireland is being left behind when it comes to LGBT rights, as well as women’s rights, while racist attacks increase and […]

Marriage referendum in the South: A Historic victory for Equality!

The Yes vote the Marriage Equality referendum represented a huge vote in support of equality for LGBTQ people and in support of progress and social change. The streets of Dublin and other cities were packed with people celebrating a victory which was the culmination of decades of struggle by LGBTQ […]

After southern referendum victory: Step up the fight for marriage equality!

The landslide endorsement of marriage equality for same-sex couples in the Southern referendum is a historic victory for LGBT rights. 62% voted ‘Yes’ with a turnout much higher than most referendums. Tens of thousands of new voters registered in the run up to the poll while thousands of Irish citizens […]

Sex education stuck in the Dark Ages

“Don’t have sex as you will get pregnant and die;” a humorous line said by the gym teacher in the teen flick Mean Girls – but terrifyingly not that far removed from the sex education provided in Northern Ireland. Having gone to Catholic schools since the age of five, I […]