A penny for your thoughts? Not so for gay artist Christoff Gillen who was fined 6000 pennies for chalking his thoughts on the pavements in Belfast City Centre. Gillen wrote the word “love” about 200 times as his artwork wended its way towards Ulster University’s art college campus. While his road to the art college …

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The Sportsman Hotel will unveil their newly renovated downstairs bar this weekend at a grand champagne opening to be held on Easter Sunday. Formally known as the Mineshaft, the downstairs area will also be given a new name to go along with its new look. The new bar will now be known as ‘Nellie’s Bar’ …

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Boundary-pushing Canadian electro artist Peaches is coming to Australia. The transgressive singer, whose real name is Merrill Nisker, has announced a string of Australian club sideshows along the east coast and Perth in May to complement her regional performances  at the  Groovin The Moo Festival. Peaches will play the Hi-Fi in Brisbane on  May 6, …

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Now we have heard a lot of strange arguments against same-sex marriage in recent years, but we think that Irish Senator Fidelma Healy Eames’ recent claim that marriage equality would lead to Mother’s Day being banned just about takes the cake. Ahead of Ireland’s same-sex marriage vote in May, Healy Eames took to twitter to …

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A controversial religious freedom law in the US state of Indiana has paved the way for open discrimination of gay people. Protests have already sprung up in the streets of capital Indianapolis, with critics claiming the Religious Freedom Restoration Act could give businesses such as restaurants a legal loophole for refusing to serve gay men …

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Referee Nigel Owens has received a face-to-face apology from the teenager who sent him a homophobic tweet after England’s recent Six Nations game with France. Edryd James, 18, apologised to Mr Owens for the offence he had caused at a meeting held at Carmarthen Police Station. The Swansea University student is suspected of posting: “Your …

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The parliamentary debate of legalising same-sex marriage is on hold until at least mid-June. But the homophobic hate mail aimed at the politician behind the private bill certainly is not. Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm has revealed the extent of vile mail directed to his office, even including death threats. One handwritten note calls him …

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A conservative Catholic leader may have unwittingly helped the fight for marriage equality in Australia. Peter Westmore is head of the National Civic Council (NCC), a conservative religious group that for decades has sought to shape Australian public opinion and policy on key social and political issues, including same-sex marriage. And his daughter is gay. …

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Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has expressed her shock that no male tennis players on the international tour has come out yet. Navratilova is possibly the greatest female tennis player in history and was also one of the world’s first high profile openly gay athletes when she came out in 1981 despite the possibility of a …

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When Elton John’s dear old mum Sheila Farebrother turned 90 this month, her famous son was too busy to show up for her birthday party so the birthday girl got the next best thing – she hired Paul Bacon, an impersonator billed as ‘The Ultimate Elton’ to take his place. Elton and his mother have …

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