Gay Man Poised to Become Next Irish Prime Minister

An openly gay man is poised to become Ireland’s next prime minister. Members of the ruling Fine Gael party on June 2 elected Leo Varadkar, who is of Indian descent, as their next leader. Varadkar, 38, will likely succeed outgoing Prime Minister Enda Kenny when the Irish Parliament votes later this month. Varadkar, who is


A CORK city school is this week celebrating its first ever LGBT Awareness Week. Deerpark CBS is running the weeklong event to coincide with National Stand-Up Awareness Week, which is organised by Belong To, an Irish support group for LGBT youths. By increasing awareness, friendship and support for LGBT people, this awareness week helps to

Irish equal marriage champ lands new role as government minister

An independent lesbian politician who strongly rallied in favour of equal marriage in Ireland has made history – after she was appointed as a government minister. As an independent Senator, Katherine Zappone became the face of the Yes campaign ahead of Ireland’s equal marriage referendum last year. The politician tied the knot with wife Ann Louise Gilligan in Canada in 2003

Ireland will end exemptions to LGBT equality law for schools and hospitals

Fresh off of the country’s first same-sex weddings, Ireland’s government is pushing forward with more changes – amending LGBT equality law exemptions for schools and hospitals. The Republic of Ireland approved same-sex marriage in a landslide referendum earlier this year, by 62.07% to 37.93% – and overcoming bureaucratic hurdles, yesterday the green light has been

Irish transgender rights law takes effect

An Irish law that allows transgender people to legally change their gender without medical intervention took effect on Tuesday.   The Gender Recognition Act 2015 took effect four days after Deputy Prime Minister Joan Burton, who is also Ireland’s minister for social protection, signed it. “The wait for legal recognition is finally over,” said Broden

Irish president signs same-sex marriage amendment

Irish President Michael Higgins on Saturday officially signed an amendment to his country’s constitution that extends marriage rights to same-sex couples in his country.Higgins amended the Irish Constitution roughly three months after Ireland became the first country in the world in which same-sex couples received marriage rights through a popular vote. The Irish Times reported

Ireland legally recognizes trans people

‘It means that we exist in the eyes of the state, and I think that cannot be underestimated’. The Irish parliament Wednesday (15 July) passed the Gender Recognition Bill. This means transgender people will now be able to change the gender on their birth certificate and passport without a letter from a medical practitioner. Ireland is the fourth country

TRANS PEOPLE in Ireland will now not have to rely on testimony from psychiatrists or endocrinologists to have their gender recognised by the state. Instead, their self-declaration will be accepted, for the purpose of updating passports, driving licences, obtaining a new birth cert, and getting married. Tánaiste Joan Burton announced this evening that the Cabinet

Irish senators approve same-sex adoption bill

Irish senators have approved plans for same-sex couples to adopt. The Seanad in the Republic of Ireland spent nearly a week discussing the Children and Family Relationship Bill – which was subject to over 120 amendments, and days of debate. It was approved late on Monday after nearly eight hours of debate, clearing the Seanad by a vote

Amnesty International launches Yes campaign for equal marriage in Ireland

Amnesty International has launched a campaign to help pass same-sex marriage in Ireland’s upcoming referendum. The Republic of Ireland is set to vote on May 22 on a proposal that would introduce civil same-sex marriage. Exactly two months before the country goes to the polls, human rights charity Amnesty International has launched their “Vote Yes” campaign in