LGBTQ+ Rights

Oppose Nolan’s transphobic crusade

Another month goes by, and the right-wing media commentators spin their tombola for deciding who it will be that launches the next attack on the LGBTQ+ community. This time around it’s Stephen Nolan, popular radio host and TV personality in his most recent BBC Sounds podcast, “Nolan Investigates: Stonewall”. Within […]

Conversion therapy victory: Let’s consign homophobia to the history books!

The fact this motion was passed overwhelmingly – and that it was put forward by two UUP MLAs – is significant, given that the Assembly only backed marriage equality for the first time six years ago. Even the DUP and TUV put their opposition in much softer terms than they would have in the past. This speaks volumes about the positive change in attitudes taking place in society. These are being driven from below – represented by the 20,000 people who marched for marriage equality – not by the politicians at Stormont.

Young people stand up to bigotry and oppression

In recent years, huge strides have been made in both LGBTQ+ and women’s rights here. It was only the beginning of this year when we saw same-sex marriage introduced, and later abortion decriminalised up to twelve weeks. Most would think we are moving into a more progressive world, while others are still ready to fight against it. 

Pride Month: Stonewall’s real legacy and the struggle for liberation

The Stonewall riots are one of the major milestones in queer history. The Stonewall Inn was a bar in the Greenwich Village area of New York, frequented largely by the poorest members of the LGBT+ people in the area. The police had a long history of conducting violent raids on the Inn and harassing the LGBT+ clientele. On 28th June 1969, the police once again entered the Stonewall Inn, with the intent of shutting it down permanently. They began to arrest people in the bar, but met resistance.