Roll up, roll up! To a very special event: A film premiere and party to help raise funds for the KAL Case.

Saturday, 21st October

the official premiere of


with special guest
San Fran Super Tranny, Heklina

featuring LADYFACE

Doors 8pm;
Screening at 10pm

All proceeds to KAL Case, fighting for equal rights for same sex partners

If it’s outrageous, offensive, grand, and glamorous, it must be another Tuesday night at Trannyshack. Since 1996, this infamous San Francisco nightclub institution has celebrated bad taste with some of the most mind-blowing drag performances on earth.

Conceived by drag superstar Heklina as a way to honor friends lost to AIDS, Trannyshack has become a fertile testing ground of creativity where nothing is sacred in the name of living, breathing, and occasionally blood-soaked art.

Director Sean Mullens’ unflinching documentary recounts the colorful and hilarious history of Trannyshack, including eye-popping performances from fabled theme nights such as “Cracked Out Divas” and “Weapons of Ass Destruction.” With appearances from Trannyshackers past and present including Justin Bond from Kiki and Herb and Ana Matronic from the Scissor Sisters, FILTHY GORGEOUS: THE TRANNYSHACK STORY can’t be missed.

Filthy Gorgeous KAL fundraiser


Tuesday, 3rd October

outside Dáil Éireann

at 1.45pm


If you’ve been living under a rock.. Well, you may still know that the Zappone & Gilligan case is due to go ahead next week!

To coincide with the first day of the case hearing in the High Court, a gathering of support will take place on Tuesday, 3rd October outside Dáil Éireann at 1.45pm.

The gathering is being held to show support for the recognition of diversity in relationships and families in Ireland. Katherine and Ann Louise are taking their case against the Revenue Commissioners and Ireland to the courts; this gathering is intended to show the political leaders in the Irish houses of parliament the public’s support for legislative change to recognise all relationships and family forms which exist in Ireland today.

Participants are invited to bring along a flower of their choice, to symbolise hope, love and diversity. It is intended, then, that these flowers be gathered to form a bouquet to be presented to party leaders in Dáil Éireann.

Above all else – All are welcome to attend this gathering!

:: Check for any further info,
or contact kalcoord [at] gmail [dot] com ::

Labour Equality is hosting a seminar entitled “Do we cherish all our children equally?” this Saturday, 30th September, 2006.

The details are as follows:

‘Do we cherish all our children equally?’

Does our constitution give our children equal protection? Where are the gaps?

Why do we have child poverty? How about children and education?

Are our immigrant children ours or not? What if you are here but they want you to leave?

What happens when you have two Dads? Or two Mums?

Labour Equality is a section of the Labour Party dealing with the 9 grounds of discrimination and social exclusion.

Labour Equality is hosting an Open Day Seminar ‘Do we cherish all our children equally?’
Saturday, 30th September

The morning session 11am-1pm will include a number of speakers followed by Questions & Answers.

Afternoon session 2-4pm will include workshops.

What: Seminar ‘Do we cherish all our children equally?’

Date: Sat 30th Sept 11 am

Venue: Teachers’ Club 36 Parnell Square Dublin 1

Jillian van Turnhout CEO Children’s Rights Alliance
June Tinsley Barnardos
Kerry O’Leary CADIC & Judy Irwin Galway Refugee Information Services CADIC
KAL Case Spokesperson

Admission free. Everyone welcome!

For more information contact Kirsi Hanifin, Women and Equality Officer on 01-6784700.

Below are details of next week’s KAL Advocacy Platform meeting and background information. Feel free to circulate these!

KAL Advocacy Platform

Wednesday, 27 September 2006


At the offices of GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network),
Tower 1, Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.

The KAL Advocacy Platform will be holding another of its meetings on the evening of 27 September.

This meeting will follow-up on some of the issues of the previous meetings which took place in August, and will focus on the lead-up to the case, which is due to commence next Tuesday, 3rd October 2006.

All are welcome!

Contact kalcoord [at] gmail [dot] com with any queries.

Film Can Push The Boundaries Of What It Means To Be Lesbian, Gay Or Bi-Sexual

Same Sex Couple Taking Case Against State for Recognition of their Marriage Take to the Cinema for Dublin Film Festival

Drs. Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan, the Irish couple taking a case against the state for recognition of their Canadian marriage, will tonight (August 3) open the 14th Dublin Lesbian Gay Film Festival (August 3-7) at the Irish Film Institute at 7.30 p.m.

“Film can push the boundary of current conceptualizations of what it means to be lesbian, gay or bisexual in this world today,” Dr. Zappone said. “A number of films on this year’s programme look to the past and challenge us to realize that the past is not dead.”

“Observing the struggle for lesbian and gay rights at various times and places in the last century immediately challenges us to look at the present in our globe and see either history repeating itself, or struggles for basic human rights for lesbian, gay and bisexual people just beginning,” she continued.

Dr. Gilligan said that while heterosexuals are seeing more movies in the big screen with a gay theme (Brokeback Mountain, etc) the very fact that they reach the ‘general audience’ signals often a rather bland analysis of the topices under consideration.

“A dedicated lesbian and gay film festival allows a more nuanced set of films to be shown which often shows the depth of prejudice, and of the height of love and joy – that would not otherwise be seen.”

The issue of partnership will be examined particularly this year on Saturday, August 5th. Drs Zappone and Gilligan along with others will host a discussion following two short films on the subject.

“These two films clearly challenge us to examine the issues of power, of complicit silence, of difference, of difference of age and culture, of opportunity and how each of these differences must be attended to if equality and rights are to be realised,” Dr. Zappone said.

Link: KAL Case News

Happy Pride!

June 23, 2006

Happy Pride

Happy Pride to one and all, from the KAL Case blog
(inlcuded belated greetings to all in Cork!)

This month’s Pride edition of GCN features an interview with Katherine and Ann Louise – recommended reading, indeed!

Go to the KAL Case website’s news section, and click-through.



Katherine Zappone and Anne Louise Gilligan


Revenue Commissioners, Ireland and the Attorney General

The case is scheduled to be heard in the High Court of Irleand on 3rd October, 2006

KAL Case website

Katherine Zappone & Ann Louise Gilligan got married in Canada some years ago. As Irish citizens they are asking the courts to recognise that their marriage should be legally recognised in Ireland.

They are asking for equality and fairness and to be treated the same as other married couples, including those who marry abroad and enjoy tax and benefits related to pensio, property and succession among other things.

If successful, the case will create a positive climate for a new legal framework that provides the potential for legal recognition for all co-habiting couples and for the many different types of family in Ireland today.

It is hoped that this blog will serve to compliment the KAL Case website, to provide resources and updates relating to the case.

The blog may also serve as a point of reference for those individuals and organisations interested in partitipating in the KAL Advocacy Platform.

For details about the case, support, and what you can do please view
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