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New HIV diagnosis rates in Ireland now higher than the height of the AIDS epidemic

HIV rates in Ireland have risen again this year with numbers now higher than they were at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and 1990s. There have been 476 new diagnoses of HIV in Ireland this year so far compared to 447 in the same period of last year, according to The Irish Times. The statistics mean that Ireland is now at double the European average for new diagnoses. According to HIV Ireland, almost 10,000 people have been diagnosed with the virus in Ireland since the early...
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Mum shares powerful story of how her son knew he was trans at just two-years-old

An Irish mum has shared her powerful story of raising a trans child, and said her son Steve knew he had been assigned the wrong gender when he was just two years old. Aisling Gannon told RTÉ Radio’s Ray D’Arcy Show that he was two and a half years old when he first asked when he would “get the right privates”. Since then, Steve – who is now 11-years-old – has been “consistent, insistent and persistent” that he is a boy, she said. “He says he was always a boy,...
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Queer couples kiss outside Irish parliament to demand better hate crime legislation

LGBT+ people took part in a “kissing protest” yesterday in Dublin, outside Ireland’s parliament, to demand more robust hate crime legislation after a spate of homophobic attacks. The kiss-in protest took place just weeks after Dublin man Marc Power was violently assaulted by a group after he arranged to meet a man on Grindr. The incident was met with public outrage over inadequate hate crime legislation that fails to protect minority groups such as LGBT+ people and people of colour. Now, activists claim that there are parts of Dublin where...
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This is why homophobic ‘death to gays’ hate preacher Steven Anderson was banned from Ireland

US anti-LGBT+ preacher Steven Anderson was banned from entering Ireland earlier this year because government ministers thought he was “likely to stir up hatred”. Anderson – who preaches with the Faithful Word Baptist Church – was due to preach in Ireland earlier this year, but was given an exclusion order before his visit. The exclusion order sent to Anderson was recently released to under the Freedom of Information Act and revealed why the Minister for Justice banned him from entering the country. The order says that – based on...
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