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Georgian President blocks referendum on constitutional gay marriage ban

The Georgian President has shot down a proposed referendum on a new constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. A petition calling for the referendum in the country had gathered 200,000 signatures. However, in a press conference this week, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili flatly rejected the proposal to hold a referendum that would constitutionally define marriage as… Read more »

Neo-Nazi thugs pelt pro-gay vegan café with sausages

Far-right thugs have attacked a vegan café with sausages in Georgia – because they serve gay people. The attack took place in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, in Eastern Europe. The vegan Kiwi Café, which is popular with the local LGBT community, found itself set upon by Neo-Nazis, who had allegedly asked passers by about… Read more »

LGBT Activists In Georgia Face Court Date

A court in Tbilisi has set a trial date of May 20 for 10 gay rights activists who have been charged with vandalism and resisting arrest. The activists were detained on May 16 after they allegedly tried to paint the walls of administrative buildings in Tbilisi with the colors of a rainbow — a symbol… Read more »

CoE Report Calls Out Georgia for Discrimination against Religious Minorities and LGBT

Discrimination against religious minorities and the LGBT community is on the rise, as is a law enforcement deficient in Georgia, says the Council of Europe’s Anti-racism Commission. On 1st of March, 2016, The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published its fourth report on Georgia, analysing recent developments and outstanding issues, and providing recommendations… Read more »

Georgia ranked 23rdin Europe for LGBT rights legislation

Tbilisi, DFWatch–Rainbow Europe’s LGBTI rights ranking praises positive developments in Georgia despite major setbacks. Georgia was placed in the middle of a ranking of European countries which assessed each country’s legislation regarding rights of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) people. According to Rainbow Europe’s ranking, Georgia came 23rd from among 49 European countries,… Read more »

Hate Crime Acquittal Highlights Institutionalized Homophobia in Georgia

On October 23, 2015, a Tbilisi court acquitted four individuals for their involvement in a violent anti-LGBT rally that took place in Georgia in 2013. The group on trial was accused of inciting violence at a peaceful demonstration held on the International Day Against Homophobia on May 17, 2013. The pro-LGBT rally, which consisted of… Read more »

Pavlovian Priests and the Sorry State of LGBT Rights in Georgia

According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, the word gay refers to cheerful, lively and high spirited person. The LGBT Prague Pride Parade, which I was fortunate to observe on my recent visit to Prague, lived to the very definition of the word. What I saw was fabulous: unicorns and countless rainbow colored flags, balloons, and thousands of… Read more »

Eastern partners

As Georgia chooses between Europe and Russia, attitudes to homosexuality are caught in the crossfire It was as discreet a gay-pride rally as could be imagined: a few dozen activists (pictured) in a park in Tbilisi, marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17th. The organisers did not announce the location… Read more »

Georgia Is A Terrible Place To Be Gay

Georgians tend to support EU integration but remain suspicious of so-called “European” values like LGBT rights. In Tbilisi, cops still enter gay-friendly clubs and demand to see IDs. With the powerful Orthodox Church reasserting traditional values, will Georgia stray from its supposedly devoutly pro-Western path? Few who are familiar with the recent history of Georgia,… Read more »

Prime Minister of Georgia calls for constitutional same-sex marriage ban

The Prime Minister of Georgia recently introduced an amendment calling for same-sex marriage to be banned in the country’s constitution. Irakli Garibashvili in late March introduced the amendment which would specifically define marriage as between one man and one woman. It was introduced apparently to avoid “misinterpretation” of an anti-discrimination bill which was also introduced… Read more »

Gay Rights Roil Former Soviet Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia — Gay rights have spread in the West, but a backlash is taking hold in the former Soviet Union. Russia’s new ban on gay propaganda is sparking Western calls for boycotts of Russian products and events. In Georgia, the Georgian Orthodox Church led thousands of the faithful to block a gay rights rally… Read more »

Georgia: Homophobic violence mars Tbilisi Pride event

Police in the Georgian capital Tbilisi failed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activists as thousands of people violently attacked a Pride event today in what Amnesty International said was an ineffective response to organized and violent homophobia. Georgian LGBTI activists were assembling in the capital’s Pushkin park for a peaceful rally… Read more »

Crowd Led by Priests Attacks Gay Rights Marchers in Georgia

Moscow — A throng of thousands led by priests in black robes surged through police cordons in downtown Tbilisi, Georgia, on Friday and attacked a group of about 50 gay rights demonstrators. Carrying banners reading “No to mental genocide” and “No to gays,” the masses of mostly young men began by hurling rocks and eggs… Read more »

Georgia: IDAHOT rally attacked by thousands of violent protesters

A rally in the Georgian city of Tbilisi to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), has been taken over by a violent mob of thousands who chased down demonstrators, forcing police to evacuate gay rights supporters The IDAHOT rally was attacked by thousands of, mainly young, male, Georgians. The group attacking the… Read more »

Situation of LGBT persons in Georgia

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Orthodox Christians attack gay parade in Georgia

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia event ruined by religious homophobic activists Orthodox Christians put a stop to a rare attempt to combat homophobia in Georgia on Thursday (17 May). Around 20 participants in the gay parade had joined the march through the country’s capital Tbilisi waving rainbow flags and placards. The march was meant… Read more »

Fighting at gay rights march in Tbilisi Georgia

Religious protesters have blocked a small gay rights march in the capital of the former Soviet republic of Georgia, Tbilisi. Fighting broke out as protesters attacked marchers, tearing up placards, and police made several arrests. “How can you promote such a thing in the streets where there are children?” a priest told AFP news agency.… Read more »

Gay Georgia News & Reports

1 Georgia Gay Overview: first country in South Caucasus to decriminalize Homosexuality when it joined Council of Europe 2 Reputation For Tolerance Slipping Amidst Attacks Against Religious Minorities 7/03 3 For some gay partners, Europe offers a safe haven 6/05 4 Building an inclusive Georgia 3/07 5 ‘Gay’ rally in Georgia cancelled 7/07 6 LGBT… Read more »