Call for members for a new LGBT+ Pop-up Choir in Sligo. Every Autumn the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo runs a pop-choir program called Sligo Sings. This year to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Sligo Sings there is a call out for interest in a LGBT+ choir. The choir would be open to everyone, no auditions … Continue reading New LGBT+ Pop-up Choir in Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo.
Isolde Ó Brolcháin-Carmody, is an artist and performer based in County Leitrim, she is one half of the Story Archaeology team and is one of the founding members of 8 Rays Leitrim. As well as helping to volunteer with Northwest LGBT Pride (ceased) and host events as part of our group here, Isolde has also helped … Continue reading My Diary of Insufficient Support – Day 0
Some of you may have already read that 8 Rays Leitrim will be proudly hosting ShoutOut on their 'The ABCs of LGBT' tour this year. Its happening this coming Monday in The Bush Hotel at 6.30pm and the talk is open to all but please do RSVP to Bella so that we can ensure everyone … Continue reading Homophobia: A series of personal experiences
8RL is delighted to have Andrew Leavitt joining us as guest blogger today. Andrew will be sharing a little about what PrEP is, how to access reliable information on PrEP and access it safely. Andrew Leavitt is a recording engineer and musician with Dublin-based pop band Clay Hips. He has been active in LGBT and … Continue reading Andrew Leavitt on ‘PrEP’ in Ireland
The ABCs of LGBT is a free educational workshop presented by ShoutOUT.ie as part of their Irish Tour. The workshop is for: Teachers Youth Workers Parents & Guardians Social Workers And anyone who wishes to listen... The Leitrim leg of the ShoutOUT tour will take place in The Bush Hotel, Main Street, Carrick on Shannon, … Continue reading The ABCs of LGBT presented by ShoutOUT
8 Rays Leitrim has wanted to signpost information on the availability of PrEP or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis in Ireland ever since the Government made room through the HSE services for generic brand of PrEP called either Teva or Mylan to be accessible through Irish pharmacies. This news is undoubtedly good news as reports of HIV transmission … Continue reading Accessing PrEP a brief Overview
'Travellers and The Importance of a Healthy Mind' is an afternoon event organised by Sligo Travellers Support Group Ltd. (STSG) in the run up to World Mental Health Day on Tuesday October 10, 2017. STSG's event will be on Monday October 9, 2017. Invited speakers will share with the audience their experiences living with and … Continue reading Travellers & The Importance of a Healthy Mind
The Galway brach of the National LGBT Helpline is hosting a free information evening on sexual health with speakers Dr. Patrcia Cremin and Clare Coleman from the UCHG Sexual Health Clinic. The helpline, which launched in Galway in May 2015, recently took up residence in the newly opened resource centre and is doing all it … Continue reading Sexual Health Information Evening
The following is an email from Drew Murphy, a postgraduate researcher from Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT). He is conducting research on gay and bisexual men and male identity. This research focuses on the experiences of Gay and Bi-Sexual men in Ireland developing an identity and sense of self whilst also managing dual masculine expectations; … Continue reading Research Interview
Well worth a read! In it’s hay-day, Northwest LGBT Pride was instrumental in helping to provide a safe-space for asylum-seekers and refugees who were still at risk here in Ireland due to hostile attitudes held by their fellow asylum-seekers.
Ideally, no one would be shunned or ridiculed or indeed verbally or physically harmed that they have to leave their family and home and so we here at 8 Rays Leitrim believe in being aware of the plight(s) faced by other members of the global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* community.
The tiny Pacific island country of Nauru has repealed its law against same-sex intimacy, reducing the total number of countries with anti-homosexuality laws to 77 worldwide, by this blog’s count.
By another count, the total is now 73 countries, according to an adjusted version of a list from ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.
Before the law was repealed, Nauru provided for up to 14 years in prison for sexual intercourse between men, but the law was not enforced. Sexual intimacy between women was not covered by that law.
For details about the total number of countries with anti-LGBT laws, see this blog’s article “77 countries where homosexuality is illegal.”
For news about Nauru’s repeal of its anti-gay law, read the following May 27 account from Radio NZ:
Nauru decriminalises homosexuality
Nauru has updated its Crimes Act, decriminalising homosexuality and abolishing suicide as an offence.
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