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Lesbian Couple Beaten Unconscious In Homophobic Attack in Ireland

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A lesbian couple in Limerick, Ireland were left bleeding and unconscious following a homophobic attack last Sunday, reports the Independent.

Map-limerickRoisin Prendergast (above, left) and Ciara Murphy (above, right) were walking in the direction of a food outlet at around 2am when two men began "firing homophobic slurs" at them.

Prendergast said:

"We had literally left our apartment only minutes before when these two grown men started shouting abuse at us about being lesbians. Initially we shouted back as we are used to this kind of abuse - but then they walked back towards us and started shoving us roughly."

Following a ten-minute attack, one of the men returned and “threw Ciara against a shop window.”

When the men finally left the scene, Murphy lay unconscious following a knock to her head, while Prendergast had been beaten and was in a state of shock.

The day after the attack, Prendergast wrote on Facebook:

“I know our bruises will heal, I know we will be okay but this is not something I am going to let go. Watching someone you love getting hurt while you yourself are getting hurt is not something anyone should ever have to endure straight or gay. This to me was a hate crime. I am finished crying, today starts the first of many actions which will be taken to get justice.”

Police have launched an investigation but say that the CCTV footage is of too poor quality to be used for identification purposes.

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Irish Bigots Using Hook-Up Apps To Orchestrate Attacks On Gay Men

GrindrA series of premeditated attacks against gay men have caught the attention of the LGBT community living in Cork, the second largest city in Ireland. During the past week a number of people have come forward with accounts of gay men being “catfished,” or lured into unwitting meetings, only to find themselves accosted by bigots looking to cause them physical harm. The attackers, it would seem, are using social networks and hook-up apps like Grindr to target their potential victims.

“Unfortunately, there is a group or groups of young people in Cork carrying out organised beatings against members of this community,” Cork local Louise O’Donnell explained in a Facebook post. “Posing as young men and women on different sites including Tinder, Plenty of Fish and Grindr, they aim to get young gay and lesbians alone in secluded areas of the city to carry out vicious assaults.”

Speaking to the Irish Examiner O’Donnell went on to say that after posting her warning, she received word of similar attacks happening throughout Cork. Though homophobia is nothing new to Ireland, it’s thought that this most recent bout of attacks are tied to Ireland’s upcoming referendum on gay marriage set to take place in May.


Ireland's Former Equality Minister Pat Carey Comes Out As Gay

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Pat Carey, the former minister of Ireland’s center-right party Fianna Fáil has come at as gay. Carey was appointed as a parliamentary member and the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs in 1997. According to Carey his decision to reveal his sexuality to the public was inspired by Leo Varadkar who currently serves as Ireland’s health minister and came out earlier this year.

“When I look back it’s an awful pity I didn’t feel able to do that. Nobody stopped me, but I wasn’t sure how it would be received,” Carey told the Irish Times. “I never had the confidence or the courage to do it, and it gets to a stage where you probably say to yourself ‘it’s too late for me to start talking about it now.”

Carey’s is the latest in a series of high-profile Irish public figures coming out at a critical time for LGBT rights in Ireland. The country is set to vote on the future of marriage equality later on this year in a nationwide referendum. Despite the outpouring of support from Irish celebrities and clergy members alike, those in favor of gay marriage for Ireland are still concerned at the idea of the LGBT minority’s rights being put up for popular vote.


NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio to Boycott St. Patrick's Day Parade Over Gay Group Exclusion: VIDEO

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (right) is likely to boycott the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade again this year because of the lack of LGBT groups taking part, reports Irish Central.

Bill_de_Blasio_InaugurationIt has also been confirmed that a majority of City Council members, including Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, will not take part. The council boycotted last year’s event and withdrew its banner in protest.

Council member Daniel Dromm said:

“I won’t march until an Irish gay group can march. And there will be no council banner in this year’s parade – of course there won’t.”

Dromm added that the decision to allow non-Irish LGBT group OUT@NBCUniversal to take part in this year’s parade came about purely for corporate reasons.

Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer joined Dromm in highlighting the parade’s non-inclusive stance:

“Once again I will not march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. This parade is still not fully inclusive of the thousands of New Yorkers who have been turned away for decades from representing their heritage.

"Until all New Yorkers are able to represent themselves freely and march as proud members of our city’s vibrant Irish and Irish American LGBT community I will continue to boycott this parade.”

De Blasio will march in the St. Pat’s for All parade in Queens on Sunday, March 1st.  Brendan Fay, a co-founder of the alternative parade, welcomed the decision to allow OUT@NBCUniversal to take part in the main parade but agreed with Dromm that it “is looking increasingly like a trick to maintain the parade’s corporate sponsors and ensure that NBC continues to broadcast the parade.”

Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny will not be taking part in this year's New York parade.

Following a boycott by several of NYC's prominent gay bars, last year Guinness announced that it had dropped sponsorship of the parade.

Watch a report on LGBT protests at the 2014 parade, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Irish Bigot Flubs On-Air, Anti-gay Rant Yelling 'We Don't Want to See Men and Women Getting Married!' - VIDEO

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Irish broadcast journalist Vincent Browne held a "People's Debate" in Charleville last week and got an unexpected kick out of one man who flubbed up his rant against gay marriage by mistakenly (and emphatically) yelling into the microphone "We want family values, and we don't want to see men and women getting married!"

The audience and Browne quickly exploded into laughter. 

The Independent reports:

The man, who was initially bewildered by the laughter, soon had it explained to him by another audience member what he had said.

He then demanded the microphone back, and continued on a rant against the majority of Ireland’s political parties, including Sinn Fein, Fianna Fail and the Greens.

Ireland is set to hold a public referendum on same-sex marriage in May.

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Dublin Catholic School Cancels Anti-Homophobia Workshop Over Parental Concerns

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High school students in Dublin, Ireland are planning a protest after the all-boys school Coláiste Eoin cancelled a workshop on homophobic bullying, reports The Journal.

On Tuesday, voluntary organization ShoutOut turned up at Coláiste Eoin to hold the workshop but were told it would not be going ahead because the board of management had decided that “both sides of the argument should be represented”.

There'll always be parents who object 2 their kids learning to respect minorities. Are we really going to give them a veto? #ColaisteEoin Co

— Izzy Kamikaze (@IzzyKamikaze) January 28, 2015

Shout outThe workshop, which has been given in schools all over Ireland and in Coláiste Eoin in 2012 and 2013, focuses on encouraging students not to discriminate against gay people.

In a statement this week, the school said "on this particular occasion however the Board of Management have received written communications from a number of parents outlining their concerns regarding the workshop. In this context it was incumbent on the Board to address all issues and to seek the advice available from Catholic management representative bodies available to secondary schools."

The school has also “proposed” that the ShoutOut workshops would be held “at a future date”.

Nuff said.... #ColaisteEoin pic.twitter.com/DwE9GkSUyF

— James Aherne (@jaherne94) January 28, 2015

Students began organizing a protest yesterday to make it known that the decision does not represent their views.

@mitchellnicola @BocktheRobber I'm sure the 2 sets of #ColaisteEoin parents who complained want to ensure #PureInHeart get equal opportunity

— John (@AnGobanSaor) January 28, 2015

Commentators including Bock The Robber have queried if parents will now be consulted before Catholic activist groups including Pure In Heart are allowed to present at the school.

Very important to ensure that #PureInHeart don't get at our children in schools without parents being asked. #ColaisteEoin

— Bock the Robber (@BocktheRobber) January 28, 2015

Speaking on Newstalk yesterday on the need for "balance", LGBT activist Rory O'Neill aka Panti Bliss, said

Bliss"I think it's pretty clear cut. There's nothing wrong with it at all. Are we going to suggest that bullying is alright? I don't think so. I think it's very rare to come across an LGBT person who'll tell you they had a great time in school. It's a difficult time. Anything we can do to help make it better for them can only be a good thing. When it comes to bullying, I don't think there needs to be a balance."

Earlier this week, Ireland’s Equality Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin confirmed that religious-run schools and hospitals will by Easter be prevented from firing staff for being gay, divorced or an unmarried parent.


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