‘New Irish’ Christians mobilise to vote no to gay marriage

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Tens of thousands of Christian immigrants who have become Irish citizens are being mobilised across the Republic to vote down a historic move to legalise gay marriage in Ireland this week. While liberal Roman Catholic priests and nuns are defying their bishops to urge a yes vote on Friday, religious leaders in the evangelical Christian community are now placing their congregations on the frontline of the battle to persuade Ireland to say no. The Irish Republic is the first country in the world to hold a referendum to decide on whether or not the state should allow gay marriage. If passed, the right of gay couples to marry will be incorporated into the Republic’s constitution.

In the yes corner are radical Catholic clergy such as Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, a lifelong anti-poverty campaigner who backed gay marriage last week. On the no side, more than 30 born-again Christian pastors originally from Africa and representing dozens of churches are urging their congregations to help defeat marriage equality. As campaigning enters its last week, both sides accept the gap between yes and no is narrowing. An opinion poll published by the Irish Times newspaper had the yes vote on 58% and the no vote on 25%, with 17% indicating they were undecided. But a previous poll found that, among the age group with the highest voting rate in Ireland – the over-65s– a majority say they would reject the move to equal marriage. And organisers of an evangelical alliance for a no vote believe that the votes of up to 200,000 African and eastern European immigrants, many of them conservative Christians and Muslims, could help swing the vote in favour of no on 22 May.

 

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“Balanced” Homophobia

On the approach to the Marriage Equality Referendum, Ruth Murphy looks at the media’s place in homophobia in Ireland Homophobia is a word that has gained strength in the last year. It simply means fear or dislike of homosexuals.

 

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The LGBT movement’s next frontier: Transgender rights

LOS ANGELES (TNS) — Transgender issues are the next frontier of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement. A string of high-profile cases, such as a Kansas judge’s decision

 

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PES reaffirms its support for IDAHOT

The Party of European Socialists (PES) brings together the Socialist, Social Democratic and Labour Parties of the European Union

 

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Growing Up LGBT In East Africa

Digital media organization None on Record shares a series of interviews with individuals in Nairobi about growing up LGBT in East Africa

 

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International Day Against Homophobia Raises Issues in Brazil

The 2015 International Day Against Homophobia served to highlight ongoing human rights violations faced by those in the Brazil’s LGBT community.

 

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Oxfam and Partners Defend LGBTI Rights Worldwide

Everyone Has the Right to Pride:Oxfam Partners Defending LGBTI Rights WorldwideHomophobia, biphobia, and transphobia are some of the root causes of sexism and inequality. Oxfam supports partner organizations in advancing LGBTI worldwide because..

 

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Obama: I’ll Commemorate Sunday as ‘International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia’

The New York City Gay Pride Parade

 

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Over 80,000 people watched Maspalomas Gay Pride Parade 2015

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An important part of Maspalomas Gay Pride is the parade through the streets that ends at the Yumbo Centre, as the local LGBT community and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender visitors from across Europe demonstrate their rights to equality and tolerance. LGBT rights, respect and acceptance are not open to everyone across the world, and this parade was an opportunity the celebrate the equal rights given to LGBT people across Spain and the Canary Islands, as well as other countries that recognise this equality. The rainbow flag was carried to also remember and recognise LGBT communities in countries that do not respect this equality.

However, the 2015 Maspalomas Gay Pride Parade was also supported by over 80,000 visitors and residents who lined the Avenida de Tirajana. Rights, respect and acceptance by everyone involved and everyone watching, as well as a great party of celebration, and now time to plan to visit Maspalomas in Gran Canaria in May 2016 when the next Gay Pride will take place from 1 to 15 May. See you on Saturday 14 May 2016 for the next Pride Parade in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria!

Let’s hope that soon all countries across the world will recognise LGBT rights, respect and acceptance, and that Pride Parades will be held as a regular day of celebrating these basic human rights everywhere.

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Maspalomas Gay Pride – Mr Gay 2015

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The Yumbo Centre stage was the setting for Mr Gay Maspalomas 2015 as part of the evening entertainment during Gay Pride 2015 in Gran Canaria. Although Dustin from Germany and Duva from Colombia were in the finals of the competition, forty-seven-year-old Ari from Cyprus was named as Mr Gay Maspalomas 2015. All events for Maspalomas Gay Pride were organised by the local LGBT business association, GLAY.

This evening also raised awareness of the local charity that supports those living with HIV and AIDS in Gran Canaria, known as ACES or Amigos Contra El Sida. Visitors to Gay Pride in the Yumbo Centre could buy a red candle and place their lighted candle to create a giant red ribbon, which is the symbol of AIDS charities.

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