LGBTI rights lawyer Richard Green dies at 82

LGBTI rights lawyer Richard Green dies at 82

Famed psychiatrist and advocate has died | Photo: Alchetron Richard Green , a lawyer and psychiatrist who made a name for himself fighting for LGBTI rights , has died at 82 .

He died of esophageal cancer at his home in London. His son, Adam Hines-Green, survives him.

Green spent decades of his life battling against LGBTI discrimination and oppression. Both his work as a lawyer and psychiatrist reflect the passion and resilience he possessed for this endeavor.

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1936, he went on to study medicine at Johns Hopkins under John Money, a well-known sex and gender psychologist. When training as a psychiatrist at UCLA, he worked with gender identity expert Robert Stoller.

Two of his most well-known accomplishments happened a decade apart in 1962 and 1972.

In the first instance, Green successfully challenged Chester Morales’ deportation from the US. Morales, originally from Nicaragua, was being deported due to his homosexual identity.

Ten years later, he published a paper appealing to the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders. According to LGBTI activist Peter Tatchell , people advised him this course of action would ruin his career.

One year later, he appealed again, and the APA removed homosexuality from the list. Pioneering LGBTI paths

Green’s commitment to LGBTI rights was broad and far-reaching.

In his medical career, he also advocated for gender confirmation surgery. In the 1960s, he began seeing transgender patients with Harry Benjamin.

Beyond medicine, he also fought for marriage equality and the rights of LGBTI parents.

In 1974, he appeared on the US television show The Advocates, participarting in a debate on marriage equality. He also testified in numerous court cases as an expert witness for LGBTI parents look to adopt or get custody rights to children from previous relationships.

In court, he also a witness and champion in several discrimination cases.

As Tatchell writes, Green’s work risked his ‘reputation and career to advance the understanding and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities’. Because of his contributions, several crucial strides towards equality were made. See also

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Ariana Grande says it’s ‘hell’ touring with emotional trauma

Ariana Grande says it's 'hell' touring with emotional trauma

Ariana Grande is currently on her fourth concert tour, the Sweetener World Tour . It’s in support of her fourth and fifth studio albums, Sweetener and Thank U, Next.

While Grande’s music has been breaking records and landing her at the top of charts , her personal life has been much more full of emotional turmoil.

The terrorist bombing at her Manchester concert during her Dangerous Woman world tour happened two years ago next month. Since then, her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller died of an accidental overdose and she became engaged to Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson before calling it off.

In a since-deleted tweet made on Thursday (18 April), Grande revealed how this is affecting her current tour.

A fan tweeted at her, writing: ‘Music is your therapy and I love seeing it heal you.’

Grande acknowledged the healing nature of music in her reply, and then got real.

‘Making it is healing,’ she wrote. ‘Performing it is like reliving it all over again and it is hell.’

In another tweet, she wrote that she is ‘sharing’ because she is ‘trying and my soul is confused and tired and i love u’.

When replying to another fan’s tweet, the 7 Rings singer wrote that she feels ’empty’.

Grande tweets more about her mental health | Photo: Twitter @arianagrande Talking openly about mental health

This is not the first time Grande has opened up to her fans about her mental health .

Last week, she shared brain scans showing evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many of her fans responded with love and compassion, sending their strength to one of their favorite singers.

Following these latest tweets about touring, they’re doing the same. See also

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US health department wants to cut information on LGBTI foster kids

US health department wants to cut information on LGBTI foster kids

Are we preparing children for the world they will enter as adults? | Photo: Pexels/Sharon McCutcheon The Trump-Pence administration is proposing cutting another Obama-era regulation, this time having to do with LGBTI children in foster care .

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a new document in the Federal Registry on Friday (19 April). It proposes cutting information on sexual orientation and gender identity from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS).

Originally adopted in December 2016 right before Barack Obama left office, the goal of collecting this information was ‘to help meet the needs of LGBTQ youth in foster care’.

Collected information also pertains to LGBTI parents looking to foster.

The HHS justifies cutting the collection of this information because ‘a third of the states expressed concerns with the data elements
around sexual orientation and recommended they be removed’.

If information on sexual orientation and gender identity ‘is important to decisions affecting the child’, then it will remain in the case file.

Otherwise, the states said ‘asking for sexual orientation may be perceived as intrusive and worrisome to those who have experienced trauma and discrimination as a result of gender identity or sexual orientation’.

Ultimately, the HHS states ‘it is clear that AFCARS is not the appropriate vehicle to collect this information’. LGBTI advocates are concerned

A 2014 study by the HHS found that around one in five children in foster care identity as LGBTI. It also showed they are twice as likely to suffer negative experiences.

‘LGBTQ youth are tragically overrepresented in foster care, and this attempt to erase them and important data on adoptive and foster parents undermines efforts to address the marginalization, harassment and discrimination that LGBTQ youth in foster care and families face,’ said David Stacy, Government Affairs Director at the Human Rights Campaign.

‘It’s crucial that fair-minded voices speak out now and demand that HHS reject this proposed rule change.’

This proposal follows several states trying to pass laws allowing foster care agencies to reject same-sex couples based on religious and moral convictions, as well as agencies suing to do the same . See also

New Canadian one-dollar coin honouring LGBT rights to be unveiled

New Canadian one-dollar coin honouring LGBT rights to be unveiled

The Royal Canadian Mint announced today (April 18) that it will hold an official unveiling of a new Canadian one-dollar coin that it describes as “recognizing 50 years of progress in the journey to equal rights for LGBTQ2 Canadians”.

The event, to be held on April 23 at Toronto’s LGBT community centre The 519, will include attendance by Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s LGBTQ2 advisor Randy Boissonault.

The coin, which the Royal Canadian Mint claims in a news release is the “world’s first circulation coin recognizing LGBTQ2 rights“, commemorates the date of decriminalization of same-sex sexual activity in the country in 1969, which was two years after then-justice minister Pierre Trudeau made his often-quoted remark that "there’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the coin on December 14, 2018.

CBC News has reported that the design will feature two overlapping faces within a large circle.

The coin follows after the formal apology that Justin Trudeau delivered in 2017 to LGBT Canadians for past discrimination by the federal government. The apology addressed what was known as the Gay Purge, in which civil servants who were thought to be LGBT were targeted from the 1950s to 1990s.

In June 2018, Historica Canada released its first Heritage Minute about Canadian LGBT history by focusing on pioneering gay-rights activist Jim Egan, whose fight for marriage equality failed but led to sexual orientation being protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights.

In November 2018, the Bank of Canada released the first Canadian bank note to feature a woman: Nova Scotian civil-rights activist Viola Desmond who challenged racial segregation.

Not so good Friday: Padres offer refunds for scheduling pride game on holy days

Not so good Friday: Padres offer refunds for scheduling pride game on holy days

Commemorative Out at the Park Padres hat Despite scheduling tonight’s “Out at the Park” game at Petco Park between the Cincinnati Reds and the hometown San Diego Padres on a holy day for two major religions, the head of San Diego LGBT Pride tells Outsports he’s expecting a record crowd.

“Looks like we’re getting close to 5-thousand,” Fernando Lopez , executive director of the nonprofit organization, told Outsports. The Padres confirmed that’s nearly double the number of last year’s sales of a special pride package.

Each $25 ticket includes a seat, a commemorative rainbow-brimmed cap, a $5 donation to San Diego LGBT Pride and a pass to a pre-game VIP party.

A flurry of complaints, however, prompted the group and the team to offer a special refund plan. But so far not one fan has asked for a refund, Lopez said.

A pre-game “Tailgate Party” happy hour event is set to take place starting at 4:30 p.m. in the stadium’s Park at the Park VIP space, just minutes after many Christians leave their churches for Good Friday services, a solemn ceremony that marks what they believe was the crucifixion of Jesus. The first pitch is at 7:10 p.m., 11 minutes before sundown, which is the traditional start of the first night of Passover, when Jews the world over gather in homes and synagogues for the Passover Seder, an event commemorating what they celebrate as the exodus of Hebrew slaves from Egypt.

Adding to the conflict is the fact that many Christians either abstain from meat or fast the entire day, presenting a temptation tonight every time a vendor shouts, “Hot dogs!” There are at least vegetarian options . But Jews will be hard-pressed to find Gefilte fish or matzoh ball soup at any of the park’s dozens of concession stands.

The scheduling of the “Out at the Park” game on April 19, 2019, was made in 2018, Outsports has learned, on what the team said is the Padres’ only Friday night homestand. That, according to the team, was the date that worked best for San Diego LGBT pride.

“Unfortunately, for this year, this particular date was the only one that was available to both of us to select as an option that would work for both of our organizations,” Lopez said. “We’ve had ‘Out at the Park’ on similar dates before, but folks were a little more vocal about it this year.”

In response, San Diego LGBT Pride added an addendum to the “Out at the Park” website, offering refund options. “We understand that this may pose a timing conflict for some people of faith within our community. This was the only date available that worked for our joint schedules. If you have already purchased a ticket without realizing this conflict there are a few options available: 1. You can request a full refund from the Padres. 2. You can turn in your ticket to San Diego Pride allowing for Pride to retain the $5 donation, and a Pride staff member will ensure we secure your free commemorative hat that you can pick up after the event. 3. You can turn in your ticket to Pride to donate your seat and commemorative hat to an LGBTQ youth.” “We wanted to find a way to still have our event and acknowledge that there are LGBTQ people of faith,” Lopez told Outsports.

“I think a lot of us are very familiar with religion being used as a weapon against LGBTQ individuals, against our efforts to get full equality in the country, and it can even be used for things like conversion therapy that we’re all opposed to. But the reality is that a lot of LGBT people feel very connected to their faith,” he said.

“We wanted to make sure that people of faith in the LGBT community knew that we see them, that we recognize their existence, and that we actually have programs that are connected to LGBTQ people of faith.”

Both the Padres and Lopez said they learned from this snafu and will work around religious holidays in the future. The team said they would pass along a suggestion to hold a pride night for all general admission fans, not just those who purchase a special pride package.

Lopez said out lesbian city councilwoman Dr. Jen Campbell informed them she’ll be on hand tonight at Petco Park and has decided to celebrate Passover on the second night.

We asked Lopez, who himself is Jewish, what will fans who go to Petco Park tonight see, and what will those who decide to get a refund miss? One is MLB vice president for social responsibility and inclusion, Billy Bean, throwing the first pitch.

“Every aspect of ‘Out at the Park’ night, from the national anthem to the first pitch to the military color guard, to the deejay that’s performing, to the youth band at the beginning, all of them are LGBT. People are feeling more welcome and recognized. And that’s what it’s all about.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: The original version of this report incorrectly identified Fernando Lopez as the executive producer of San Diego LGBT Pride. His correct title is Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, and that change has been made to reflect his proper title. We regret the error.

LGBT groups, HHS clash over asking youth in foster care about sexual orientation

LGBT groups, HHS clash over asking youth in foster care about sexual orientation

Youth Pride in 2010 (Washington Blade file photo by Joe Tresh) LGBT rights groups and the Department of Health & Human Services are clashing over the proposed elimination of questions seeking to identify the sexual orientation of youth in foster care, which the Trump administration concluded could be “intrusive and worrisome.”

Julie Kruse, director of federal policy at the pro-LGBT Family Equality Council, said in a statement the planned removal from HHS is an “abdication of its statutory responsibilities to promote the safety, well-being, and permanency of foster youth, including those who are LGBTQ.”

“States, tribes and agencies cannot improve care and outcomes for youth if they do not have data to measure their efforts,” Kruse said.

The Family Equality Council statement was backed by 48 pro-LGBT groups, including Athlete Ally, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

David Stacy, government affairs director for the Human Rights Campaign, said in a separate statement the removal is the “Trump-Pence administration’s latest assault on the LGBTQ community.”

“LGBTQ youth are tragically overrepresented in foster care, and this attempt to erase them and important data on adoptive and foster parents undermines efforts to address the marginalization, harassment and discrimination that LGBTQ youth in foster care and families face,” Stacy added. “It’s crucial that fair-minded voices speak out now and demand that HHS reject this proposed rule change.”

The proposed rule — published Friday in the Federal Register — seeks to roll back data collection requirements for the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis & Reporting System, or AFCARS, which is charged with collecting case-level information from state and tribal agencies on all children in foster care.

According to the HHS website, examples of data reported in AFCARS include “demographic information on the foster child as well as the foster and adoptive parents, the number of removal episodes a child has experienced, the number of placements in the current removal episode and the current placement setting.”

Federally funded child welfare agencies are required to submit the AFCARS data twice a year based on two 6-month reporting periods.

In 2016 during the final month of the Obama administration, HHS issued a rule that expanded the data collection requirements for children in foster care, including instituting a requirement for case workers to ask youths questions about their sexual orientation. (A question on gender identity wasn’t instituted as part of the 2016 rule.)

According to HHS, the questions on sexual orientation were instituted because they were thought to “yield important national information” not found in other national data collection initiatives.

But after soliciting states a year ago for follow-up input on the rule, the Trump administration has proposed streamlining that regulation by, among other things, cutting the sexual orientation questions. According to HHS, one-third of states “expressed concerns with the data elements around sexual orientation and recommended they be removed.”

“States commented that if this information is important to decisions affecting the child, the information will be in the case file; however, when it is not pertinent, states said that asking for sexual orientation may be perceived as intrusive and worrisome to those who have experienced trauma and discrimination as a result of gender identity or sexual orientation,” the proposed rule says. “This would be a mandatory conversation a worker must have in order to complete the data elements. Mandating such a conversation may be contraindicated based on a child’s history of abuse or neglect.”

The HHS proposal cites a 2014 report from the Obama administration’s Office of Management & Budget on the inclusion of LGBT-related questions in federal surveys, citing concerns about the age of the individuals asked about the sexual orientation, adolescents using different terms to describe their sexual identity, potential bullying as well as regional and racial/ethnic considerations.

“As a result of our review of the OMB document, in particular, taking into consideration the need to validate questions related to sexual orientation and ensure responses about sexual orientation, especially with adolescents, are private, anonymous, and confidential, it is clear that AFCARS is not the appropriate vehicle to collect this information,” the proposed rule concludes.

The proposed rule also cites concerns about the confidentiality of the answers to the questions because a case worker would be required to enter that information into a child’s record, and that could be disclosed to courts and providers under certain circumstances.

Further, the rule notes there is no statutory requirement for case workers to ask youths about their sexual orientation as part of the national administrative data set.

A spokesperson for the Children’s Bureau at the HHS Administration for Children & Families expanded on those points in defense of the proposed rule change, emphasizing 36 states expressed concerns about the current rule.

“One year ago, ACF published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to solicit comments on the more than 150 additional required data elements, costs to implement and burden hours to implement the final rule for child welfare agencies,” the spokesperson said. “In response, 36 states indicated that the burden the rule imposes will impede their ability to serve vulnerable children and families.”

The proposed rule change, the spokesperson said, would be beneficial to children in the child welfare system, not detrimental.

“The modifications in the proposed rule would allow state and tribal child welfare agencies to focus more of their time and resources on child welfare — from prevention to foster care services to adoption and guardianship — and less on unnecessary data collection and paperwork,” the spokesperson said.

LGBT rights groups, however, pushed back on the notion the questions on sexual orientation for foster youths were inappropriate, citing other instances in which federal agencies seek to obtain this information.

Kruse said the child welfare profession “has acknowledged the importance of collecting sexual orientation and gender identity (“SOGI”) information about children” in foster care and said “many public agencies already collect SOGI information on youth.”

“Sexual orientation questions have been included on school-based surveys of adolescents since the mid-1980s through versions of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (as noted in Children’s Bureau comments to the Final Rule) and SOGI information is collected by many health care providers,” Kruse said. “Researchers have surveyed LGBTQ youth in the juvenile justice system, significantly increasing the profession’s understanding of the disproportionate numbers of LGBTQ youth in detention, as well as differences in offense and detention patterns.”

Ellen Kahn, the director of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Children, Youth & Families Program, told the Washington Blade in an interview that case workers who collect data on children in foster care “have always collected information that is highly personal, private, confidential.”

“We’re talking about information like sexual abuse background, do they have mental health diagnoses, what medications do they take, things that are very sensitive things to be on a record,” Kahn said. “And so, folks in child welfare are used to and charged with collecting and holding and very appropriately utilizing data about children. Sexual orientation in that mix should not be handled any differently than the sort of sensitive information they, for decades, have been collecting and managing about children in care, so that, I think, is a stretch to say you’re asking them to do something different or new.”

Although the proposed rule seeks to eliminate the questions on sexual orientation in foster care as a whole, it does seek to keep in place that question for families on whether there was any conflict based on the sexual orientation of a child in the event of a removal.

“This means that agencies will report whether this was a circumstance surrounding the child at removal,” the rule says. “This is different than asking for someone’s sexual orientation because the information would be gathered during the course of the investigation that resulted in the child’s removal from the home and documented in the case record.”

Although Kahn said that component of data collection is “really important,” she added having a “full picture” of LGBT youth in foster care is also essential.

“For that particular data collection, if you are asking a parent or parents if the child’s gender expression or sexual attraction was a factor, whether you’re going to get an answer or correct answer, I think there’s a lot of concern about that,” Kahn said.

According to data from the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, 12.9 percent of LGBTQ youth report being treated poorly by the foster care system compared to 5.8% of non-LGBTQ youth. LGBT foster youth also suffer worse outcomes in foster care than their non-LGBT kids, such as multiple placements, longer stays in residential care, and greater rates of hospitalization for emotional reasons, homelessness and criminal justice involvement.

The public has 60 days to comment on the proposal. If the administration deems the measure appropriate, the rule will then become final after an unspecified amount of time passes.

Heterosexual Worker Stung by 5th Cir. Stance on LGBT Bias (1)

Heterosexual Worker Stung by 5th Cir. Stance on LGBT Bias (1)

A rainbow flag is pictured. Worker lacked reasonable belief Title VII bars sexual orientation bias

Complaints about lesbian owner therefore not protected by statute

A heterosexual human resources employee fired over an anti-transgender Facebook post has no claim for sexual orientation-based job retaliation under federal law, the Fifth Circuit ruled April 19.

Circuit law is clear that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s sex discrimination prohibition doesn’t extend to bias based on sexual orientation, Judge Edith H. Jones said. Bonnie O’Daniel therefore couldn’t have reasonably believed she was complaining about behavior that violated Title VII when she reported that one of the…

Italian broadcaster wants gender-based TV channels: ‘Rambo obviously appeals to men’

Italian broadcaster wants gender-based TV channels: ‘Rambo obviously appeals to men’

Sylvester Stallone as Rambo (PH) Rai, the Italian state broadcaster, has stoked controversy with plans to create TV channels based around heteronormative gender stereotypes.

Under the plans there would be one channel aimed at men, airing films such as Rambo, with a separate service for women.

Amid an instant backlash, a source told The Guardian : “There are lots of channels that are targeted according to age and gender. Take, for example, the film Rambo. It’s obvious that this would appeal more to a male audience.” “There are lots of channels that are targeted according to age and gender.”

The source added that the idea was to allow advertisers to target audiences more effectively, and called the row “ridiculous.”

“This plan is not intended to discriminate. It never came to mind to create a channel about sewing or one called Rai Men and another called Rai Woman. That would be offensive.” Italian leaders criticise plans

Vladimir Luxuria, an Italian actor and LGBT+ who became Europe’s first openly trans MP in 2006, has called for a boycott of Rai should the plans go ahead.

She told PinkNews: “This plan seems quite antiquated to me. We live in a time where gender shouldn’t preclude women from being astronauts (like the Italian, Samantha Cristoforetti), truck drivers or political leaders.

“Do we need a specific channel for women? Would it be a channel with romance movies, kitchen shows and gossip? Taste overcomes gender, so why not let audiences decide what they want to watch regardless of gender.” USIGRai, the Italian journalists’ union, said in a statement that the “division on the basis of gender is unacceptable and risks opening up the door to the worst stereotypes.”

Salvatore Margiotta, a Democratic senator, called the proposals “frankly incomprehensible.”

“As we try to overcome gender discrimination, in 2019, having one public channel that is dedicated to a female audience and another to a male audience is crazy. But it seems to be in line with the subculture of this government,” he said. “Having one public channel that is dedicated to a female audience and another to a male audience is crazy.”

It was first reported on Friday (April 19) that Rai would reorganise its content along gender lines to replace two ailing channels: Rai Movie and Rai Premium.

While the stations bring in a reported €30m (£26m) in annual advertising revenue, they both suffer from low ratings.

Rai is part-funded by an annual television license, with the remainder of its budget coming from advertising sales.

This isn’t the first time that Italian media has come under fire for archaic views on gender and sexuality.

In January, the newspaper Libero ran a headline which appeared to link economic decline with an increase in LGBT+ people. No compatible source was found for this media.

Honduran trans woman freed from ICE custody six months after being granted asylum

Honduran trans woman freed from ICE custody six months after being granted asylum

A Honduran transgender woman has been released from solitary confinement in a men’s immigration unit, six months she was granted asylum by a federal judge.

Nicole García Aguilar was detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after she fled Honduras in April 2018, having survived rape, attempted murder and police abuse.

A federal judge granted her asylum in October 2018, a decision which ICE appealed.

In the past six months Aguilar has been held in a unit populated by men in the Cibola County Correctional Facility, New Mexico.

Three of those months were spent in solitary confinement, an ordeal which caused her to lose one third of her body weight, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). ALCU petitioned for Nicole García Aguilar’s release

Aguilar was freed on Wednesday (April 17), six days after a petition for her release was filed by the ACLU.

ACLU layer Kristin Love said in an April 11 statement : “It is beyond cruel that ICE continues to detain a woman upon whom an immigration judge has already conferred asylum status.

“Continuing to hold an asylee who has already suffered so greatly serves no purpose other than to inflict misery. We demand that ICE end her prolonged and illegal detention immediately.”

Following Aguilar’s release, Love added: “We have forced ICE to review what it was doing to one person, but this is an out-of-control agency that refuses to follow the law unless sued. That’s not how government should operate.”

Since its liberal president was removed in a 2009 coup, Honduras has become especially hostile towards LGBT+ people. 307 LGBT+ die in Honduras

In the past decade an estimated 307 LGBT+ people have been killed, according to the LGBT+ group Cattrachas . Of that number, 98 were transgender.

Those who flee to the US face further challenges from ICE, which has been repeatedly criticised for its treatment of LGBT+ refugees.

Roxsana Hernández Rodriguez , another Honduran trans woman, died in ICE custody on May 25, 2018. A member of the Pink Unity Collective holds a photo of Roxana Hernandez. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty) An independent autopsy found that she was beaten shortly before her death, which an official report put down to a rare, AIDS-related illness. The state medical investigator refuted THE claims of abuse.

Shortly afterwards, in June 2018, a report found that LGBT+ detainees were 97 times more likely to be sexually assaulted while being held by ICE than straight people.

Lyra McKee vigil: Journalist’s death ‘must not be in vain,’ says partner

Lyra McKee vigil: Journalist’s death ‘must not be in vain,’ says partner

Lyra McKee Lyra McKee’s partner made an emotional plea for peace at a vigil in Derry, Northern Ireland, after the lesbian journalist was shot dead on Thursday (April 18).

Thousands of people gathered in the Fanad Drive area of Creggan, where the 29-year-old was killed while observing a riot.

Her partner Sara Canning told the crowds that McKee’s death had left the LGBT+ community “without a tireless advocate and activist,” and her “without the love of my life.”

“Our hopes and dreams, her amazing potential was snuffed out by a single barbaric act,” she said on April 19. Her amazing potential was snuffed out by a single barbaric act.

“This cannot stand. Lyra’s death must not be in vain because her life was a shining light in everyone else’s life.

“Her legacy will live on in the light that she’s left behind.” Lyra McKee’s partner Sara Canning (Freya McClements) McKee first rose to prominence with “ A Letter To My 14-Year-Old Self “, an essay about coming out and enjoying a promising career in writing.

She was the author of Angels With Blue Faces, an investigation into the murder of Ulster Unionist MP Robert Bradford at the hands of the IRA, which is shortly due for release.

Recently McKee had signed a two-book publishing deal with Faber & Faber, with a new book about the disappearances of Troubles-era children due for release in 2020. Tributes paid to Lyra McKee

Representatives from all of Northern Ireland’s political parties appeared at the rally, including DUP leader Arlene Foster who said: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Catholic or a Protestant, or whether you identify as Irish or British, when people come out with guns to shoot people from their own community then we have to say enough is enough.”

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald took to the stage holding a rainbow flag.

“We stand here today to mark Lyra’s memory in the best way that we can, and that is to dedicate ourselves to peace,” she said.

McKee was “one of the most promising journalists” in Northern Ireland, according to the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). Lyra McKee (LinkedIn) Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that she had “changed lives” through her work, and would continue to do so following her death.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said that McKee “died doing her job with great courage,” adding that her murder was “shocking and senseless.”

Friends of the journalist have set up a fundraising page , which raised more than £30,000 in its first eight hours.

The funds will go McKee’s family, for funeral costs and “to decide her legacy.” Lyra McKee killed during Derry riots

McKee died during riots which broke out after police began conducting searches for weapons and ammunition in Creggan.

Assistant Chief Constable for District Policing Mark Hamilton said: “Lyra McKee was murdered during orchestrated violence.

“A single gunman fired shots in a residential area of the city and as a result wounded Ms McKee. Officers quickly administered first aid before transporting her in the back of a Land Rover to hospital.

“Tragically she died from her injuries. At this stage we believe her murder was carried out by a violent dissident republican.”

Hamilton confirmed that police are treating her death as a “terrorist act.”