Why Did Government 'Sit on' LGBT Report for 17 Months?

A damning report on the experiences of LGBT youth in Northern Ireland’s schools has just been published, but critics are asking why it took so long. The report, which reveals that 67% of LGBT people feel unwelcome at school, was completed in April 2016 but has only just been released by th Department of Education. […]

'Equal Love' Campaign Falls at European Hurdle

The Equal Love campaign is today formally closing its 2011 application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), which sought to secure full equality in UK civil marriage and civil partnership law. This follows the decision of the European Court that the application was “inadmissible” and subsequent fruitless attempts by campaigners to challenge this […]

Mervyn Kingston – August 17th, 1947 to August 2nd, 2013

Mervyn Kingston was a priest of the Church of Ireland who affirmed the Church as an integral part of the community life of South Armagh; and who affirmed the presence of gay Christians in the Church. Until ill-health forced his retirement in 2007, he was rector of Creggan, Ballymascanlon and Rathcor, parishes that cover much of […]

Funeral of Veteran Ulster LGBT Rights Leader

The funeral was held on Saturday the 17th of November of one of Northern Ireland’s best known LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights campaigners, PA Maglochlainn, who died from a long illness. Mr Maglochlainn was the president of the Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association (NIGRA) and helped organise Belfast’s first gay pride event in 1991. As […]

Queen's Gongs Go to LGBT activists

Three LGBT ‘unsung heroes’ have received gongs in the New Year’s Honours. Jeffrey Dudgeon, Liberal Unionist politician and equal opportunities and human rights campaigner, receives an MBE for services to the LGBT community in Northern Ireland. He brought a six year long case against the UK in his defence of the right to enjoy – as a […]