Ahern walks out of interview over Mahon Tribunal questions

Ahern walks out of interview over Mahon Tribunal questions

Mr Ahern has always denied any wrongdoing and rejects the findings of the tribunal Former taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Bertie Ahern has walked out of an interview with German broadcaster DW after being questioned about the findings of the Mahon Tribunal.

The Mahon Tribunal was a report into corruption in the Republic of Ireland’s planning process.

It found that Mr Ahern failed to truthfully account for a number of financial transactions.

It did not make a corruption finding against Mr Ahern.

Mr Ahern has always denied any wrongdoing and rejects the findings of the tribunal.

When asked about the issue, he told DW’s Conflict Zone programme he was "quite happy he cleared his name"."The tribunal gave its views and I gave my evidence, and I was very happy with my evidence."The tribunal is over."I’ve dealt with that issue and I’m not saying anymore about it." Report However, interviewer Tim Sebastian continued his line of questioning around the subject.Mr Ahern responded with: "I agreed to meet you on the Good Friday Agreement, we’ve done that, so we’re finished, thank you very much."He then left.When it was suggested to him he might seek a nomination to run for president, he replied "that’ll be for another […]

Unboxed: a rare glimpse into the remarkable lives of gender diverse artists

Unboxed: a rare glimpse into the remarkable lives of gender diverse artists

Filmmaker Sam Matthews. | Photo: Supplied Sam Matthews never thought she would find a job that she was passionate about and where she could truly be herself.

Matthews has long worked behind the scenes of film in post-production, editing and animation. But she’s slowly made her way closer the camera and has made a stunning new series about trans and/or gender diverse Australian artists called, Unboxed.

‘I came out five years ago as trans and started transitioning and since then I’ve really connected with the gender diverse community,’ Matthews told Gay News.

‘I’ve met so many people with inspiring stories and that’s why I wanted to create authentic stories.’

Growing up, Matthews felt stifled creatively because she could not live in her true gender. She hopes Unboxed will help all people learn more about gender diversity.

‘Being raised of being a man and a boy I felt creatively limited in how I could express myself,’ she said.‘I feel like my life would be very different for me if I’d been educated about transgender issues or even known what a trans person was.’ More than diversity than just gender Mitchell made Unboxed with a grant from Screen Australia. In the six-part series Matthews l manages […]

Spiderman’s Tom Holland thinks RuPaul’s Drag Race is a show about cars

Spiderman's Tom Holland thinks RuPaul's Drag Race is a show about cars

Benedict Cumberbatch (R) and Tom Holland. | Phott: Absolute Radio British actor, Tom Holland, may have lost himself a few fans recently after he hilariously trips over a question about RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Holland has been on the press circuit promoting The Avengers: Infinity War where he reprises his popular role as Spiderman.

The actor was in an interview alongside fellow Brit, Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Doctor Strange in the Marvel movie, when he was asked about the reality drag queen show.

The interviewer from Absolute Radio was asking the duo questions in the game segment Showbiz Scenarios.

‘Who would win RuPaul’s Drag Race? Tom Hiddelston, Bradley Cooper, or Robert Downey Jr.?,’ the interviewer asked.

To which Holland replied: ‘I think Downey would win at Drag Race because he has the fastest cars.’An amused Cumberbatch quickly corrected his young co-star: ‘Aaaah…it’s not that kind of Drag Race .’ ‘RuPaul, man,’ Cumberbatch said to Holland.Holland took a second and then exclaimed: ‘oh yes, I do know what that is!’But it was too late, he demonstrated he was not up to date with his ‘herstory’.Cumberbatch eventually answered the question saying Tom Hiddleston would because ‘she can dress up pretty mighty fine’.It’s a pretty good response given […]

‘Outright discrimination’ as Philippines cuts funds to LGBTI youth

'Outright discrimination' as Philippines cuts funds to LGBTI youth

National Youth Commission’s Ronald Gian Cardema announces cuts to LGBTI youth funding. | Photo: RTVM Funds to a vital LGBTI youth program linked to an outspoken opposition Senator in the Philippines were abruptly cut off this week.

The National Youth Commission (NYC) announced it would stop funding a foundation linked to Senator Bam Aquino.

The NYC will no longer give the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations of the Philippines Awards (TAYO) 1.7 million pisos (US$326,094) annually.

Ronald Gian Cardema is the new NYC officer-in-charge and previously held the position of Duterte Youth chairman.

President Rodrigo Duterte is the much worshipped but also controversial leader of the Philippines. He has run a bloody war on drugs, which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of suspected drug users and dealers without arrest or trial.

Senator Bam Aquino has publicly spoken out against the drug wars and a number of other Duterte policies.Cardema said NYC would replace the TAYO awards with the President Rodrigo Roa Duterte Youth Leadership Award.He also announced the NYC would no longer focus on LGBT issues.‘We are the National Youth Commission, not an LGBT commission,’ Cardema told mesia.‘We are here to serve tens of millions of youth, not only a specific sector,” he […]

Now we are legal, I hope to retire to Trinidad and Tobago with my husband

Now we are legal, I hope to retire to Trinidad and Tobago with my husband

David Soomarie welcomes the news from Trinidad and Tobago. Love won. Two simple words that matter to LGBTIs in Trinidad and Tobago who have been continuously told they are less than human because of who they are and who they love.

Love won.

The news that Trinidad and Tobago has decriminalized homosexuality meant love won.

Across the seas in a foreign land that has offered me safety, I felt it. I felt the carnivalesque energy and beauty of a land whose watchwords include tolerance.

Trinidad and Tobago is the land of my birth. And it is the land that robbed me the full enjoyment of my human rights, denied me protection when I needed it and policed my sexuality. This land that now presents me with hope that I can return in my later years and retire with my husband.

Outside the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain, the wave of emotion matched with the wave of rainbow flags signaled that justice had come.I also remembered the people who had fought and died in the quest for this day of decriminalisation, and who never got to see it. Trinidad and Tobago’s great LGBTI heroes I remember Godfrey Sealy, the first openly gay […]

Digital Pride: The global LGBTI Pride is back and even bigger

Digital Pride: The global LGBTI Pride is back and even bigger

Digital Pride is coming to the big screens in Times Square, New York next week. | Photo: Terabass Digital Pride is back from 23 to 28 April. And this year our message – that all LGBTI people around the world deserve freedom, equality and protection – will be louder than ever.

We’ll be displaying that message on huge screens in Times Square, New York and Canary Wharf, London, thanks to our friends at Thomson Reuters.

We will be Tweeting it to millions of people via our social media Thunderclap, thanks to the many celebrities, organisations and influencers who support our community.

And we will be rubber-stamping it onto the front of millions of envelopes and postcards put through the UK postal system, thanks to our sponsors at Royal Mail.

We call this our Millions Of Us message. After all, there are hundreds of millions of LGBTI people around the world, not to mention our friends, families and allies. And if we all pull together, we can build a better world for everyone. What is Digital Pride?

Digital Pride is a Pride anyone can take part in, provided you can get online.You can be part of Digital Pride if you live in a […]

How I battled my mental illness to perform at a gay dance show

How I battled my mental illness to perform at a gay dance show

The GMDC performs at the charity gala at the Troxy in London Cut to me at 16 years old. A drama lesson. Separated into small groups, we were asked to go over a scene from a Richard Sheridan play and perform it for the class.

Picking our roles, nobody was interested in the male lead. He was some debonair lothario and yes, admittedly, a very big stretch from a newly out awkward gay teen with bad skin. It was teens acting out a comedy of manners farce, it wasn’t intended to be realistic.

A girl, who was chosen as the director, was definitely direct.

‘Can you even do a straight voice?’ she asked, in front of the whole group.

That not only stung, it pierced something deeper.

My sexuality was never going to be a huge surprise to anyone who knew me as a kid. Isolating myself from others happy to interact and play team sports, I was a reader and writer. A flair for the dramatic, a sensitive worrier, and a penchant for Madonna and David Bowie, I was bullied from my early days at school.Acting was a release and a welcome one at that. Theatre troupes felt like my tribe.But there was […]

Frat party turned violent when students beat up a gay man on video

Frat party turned violent when students beat up a gay man on video

An ex-student was attacked at a frat party for wearing pink shorts A gay man was left with a broken leg after students attacked him at a frat party.

Rancel Valdez attended a party at the Phi Gamma Delta at the University of Delaware last Friday.

A former student, he was waiting for a friend to come out of the bathroom when a frat brother walked up to him and told him to leave.

Vadez told the man he was waiting for his friend.

The frat member then allegedly called him a homophobic slur and pushed him from behind.

‘They were just being rude, telling me to leave, calling me names,’ Valdez told NBC 10. More members of the frat then began to attack him and broke his leg. ‘I didn’t even look their way or nothing,’ Valdez said. ‘They all just came to me.’He believes he may have been targeted because he was wearing pink shorts.‘He didn’t even do anything wrong that day,’ said Erica Bundsehuh, who attended the party with Valdez.‘I ran over. I’m trying to pull these kids off. Literally felt like it wasn’t stopping because they were getting pulled off and then someone else would just come over.’ Police are […]

Stephen Fry, George Takei support 30 million (and growing) strong message for Digital Pride

Stephen Fry, George Takei support 30 million (and growing) strong message for Digital Pride

Celebrities like Stephen Fry and George Takei have come out to support Digital Pride’s viral message this year.

Believes in equality have signed up to a Thunderclap that will be posted on social media on 26 April at 5pm.

And with a week to go, we already have a reach of 30.5 million people.

This is already bigger than last year. Digital Pride 2017’s Thunderclap message had a reach of 19 million people. This year we’d love to get double that (and more!).

The message posted on social media will say: ‘All LGBTI+ people deserve freedom, equality and protection. I am one of Millions of Us fighting for this world.’

Stand up with #MillionsOfUs All LGBTI+ people deserve freedom, equality and protection. I am one of Millions of Us fighting for this world. Join this Thunderclap A Gay Star News spokesperson said: ‘We are working with LGBTI people in some of the toughest places in the world to be yourself.‘We want to raise their profile and give them a platform to tell their stories.‘The Thunderclap is the start of all that. A moment to tell the world that every single one of us deserves freedom, equality and protection, wherever we live in […]

UK pledges over £5m to help Commonwealth countries reverse LGBTI laws

UK pledges over £5m to help Commonwealth countries reverse LGBTI laws

It’s a step forward to making the world better | Photo: Flickr/Matt Buck This week, anti-LGBTI laws within Commonwealth nations have been making headlines.

It started with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). On the first day of the summit, the non-profit group All Out, projected messages of these laws on London buildings.

Since then, reversing these laws became a major talking point at the summit.

British Prime Minister Theresa May apologized for the laws, while Prince Harry and Meghan Markle declared their commitment to LGBTI rights.

It all coalesced into a massive protest and, today, real action.

UK Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Amber Rudd announced the UK government is taking a step forward. They are pledging £5.6 million to help advance LGBTI rights in Commonwealth countries. ‘It won’t go far’ Baroness Elizabeth Barker, a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords, praised the donation.She’s a co-founder of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Global LGBT+ Rights and warns that while the pledge is welcome, ‘it won’t go far’.In a statement sent to GSN, Barker advises: ‘The LGB community in the U.K. should commit to matching that sum, and should aim to triple it, so that organisations […]