Lithuania Opens Door to Gay Chechens Fleeing Persecution, While U.S. Slams It Shut

Survivors of prison camps in Russia are looking for some place to go. Gay Russian men are attempting to flee their country amid a wave of detention, torture, and killing in the country’s southern region of Chechnya. Now Lithuania has become one of the first countries to grant two of those persecuted refuge, while the… Read more »

Russian Activists Say They’ve Been Told US Visas Are Out Of Reach For Gay Chechens

Around 40 survivors of the crackdown in Chechnya are in hiding in other parts of Russia, but can’t find a safe country to take them in. A Russian LGBT advocacy group says conversations with the US embassy have led it to believe that visas to the United States are out of reach for gay Chechens… Read more »

The hidden origins of the modern gay rights movement in World War I

Laurie Marhoefer, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Washington, writes about an unlikely spark for the gay rights movement. One of the World War I’s most enduring legacies is largely forgotten: It sparked the modern gay rights movement. Gay soldiers who survived the bloodletting returned home convinced their governments owed them something –… Read more »

Courageous Albanian LGBT activists and supporters will stage a Pride bicycle parade

Courageous Albanian LGBT activists and supporters will stage a Pride bicycle parade in Tirana, on May 13 LGBT despite opposition protest. LGBT and Pro LGBT Alliance Announce through this press release that the bicycle parade is planned for May 13; it will be held under the law despite the same day the opposition has announced… Read more »

Hundreds of gay couples are kissing at the Kremlin to protest the gay purge in Chechnya

A kissing campaign for LGBT rights in Chechnya has attracted support from all over the world. Hundreds of gay couples have uploaded photos of themselves kissing and geo-tag themselves as being at the Kremlin in Moscow. Brazilian social justice project [SSEX BBOX] – an abbreviation of ‘Sexuality Outside The Box’ – started the movement on… Read more »

Russian LGBT Network Steps Up Efforts To Get Gay Men Out Of Chechnya

Heard on Morning Edition Police in Chechnya have been reportedly cracking down on gay men. Some have been imprisoned and tortured. David Greene talks to a representative of the Russian LGBT Network, which is helping the men. David Greene, Host: More than a hundred gay men have been rounded up by the police in the… Read more »

Albania gay groups’ pride not to be hindered by opposition

Tirana, Albania – Gay rights organizations in Albania say they have been assured their annual pride event will not be hindered on the day when the opposition also has planned a national protest. The organizations on Monday said opposition Democratic party leader Lulzim Basha assured them there would be “no incidents or threat” during their… Read more »

Gay teen in Chechnya pushed from 9th floor balcony and killed by his family

The 17-year-old boy was murdered by his uncle after learning of his homosexuality. Russian magazine Snob has reported that a 17-year-old Chechen boy has been pushed from a 9th floor balcony and killed by his uncle, after families are being encouraged to “wash the shame” away from gay relatives. Snob was approached by a gay… Read more »

Chechnya gay rights: Putin backs inquiry into hate crimes

Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed an inquiry into a reported crackdown on gay people in the republic of Chechnya, in the North Caucasus. He said he would personally ask the prosecutor general and the interior minister to check the reports. German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week urged the Russian authorities to help protect gay… Read more »

Chechnya’s police are telling parents to kill their gay sons – or they’ll do it themselves

A horrific new account about the ongoing persecution of gay men in Chechnya has revealed that authorities are asking parents to kill their own gay children. According to one survivor who managed to escape the gay torture camps the country has set up, police are telling parents of gay men to “sort it out” or… Read more »

Russian police round up LGBT activists demonstrating against persecution of gay men in Chechnya

Officers in riot gear forcibly arrest protesters on day of worldwide action against autocratic governmet, poor pay and conditions for workers, and austerity Russian police have detained LGBT activists attempting to raise awareness about the persecution of gay men in Chechnya. The demonstration was held during a May Day march in St Petersburg, with a… Read more »

Russian reporter who exposed Chechen ‘detention and torture of gay men’ goes into hiding as allegations widen

Novaya Gazeta says at least six prisons used in brutal campaign as reporters receive threats One of the Russian reporters who exposed the detention and torture of gay men in Chechnya has gone into hiding amid fears of retribution as the scope of alleged abuse widens. Both the Kremlin and Chechen government have dismissed “provocative”… Read more »

Four more prisons for gay men have been found in Chechnya

Journalists investigating the abuse of gay men in Chechnya have made a gruesome discovery. Respected newspaper Novaya Gazeta originally reported that gay men were being held in two concentration camp style prisons in the region. Reports initially centred on two jails in the villages of Argun and Tsotsi-Yurt. However journalists from the area now say… Read more »

BBC’s ‘bold and provocative’ Gay Britannia set to rule the airwaves

The BBC will air a “bold and provocative” season of LGBT programming to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. Actors Vanessa Redgrave and Simon Callow, Sandi Toksvig and Years and Years singer Olly Alexander will feature in TV and radio shows about the LGBT community. Viewers will see the stories of… Read more »

A Gay Russian Violinist Comes Out On Social Media

Artem Kolesov, first violinist of the Chicago-based Yas Quartet, has been outraged by reports of gay oppression in Chechnya. So he decided to publish a video testament on being young, Russian and gay. Artem, 23, has addressed his statement in Russian (with English subtitles) to his homeland, aware that in doing so he could face… Read more »

U.N. Experts Condemn Killing and Torture of Gay Men in Chechnya

London — United Nations experts demanded on Thursday that Chechnya halt the abduction, detention, beating and killing of gay and bisexual men, after weeks of reports about violent repression there. “These are acts of persecution and violence on an unprecedented scale in the region and constitute serious violations of the obligations of the Russian Federation… Read more »

Journalist who broke news of Chechnya’s gay purge forced into hiding after ‘jihad’ death threats

The Russian journalist who broke the news of Chechnya’s homophobic purge has been forced into hiding after the region’s largest mosque declared jihad. Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta broke the news earlier this month that more than 100 gay men have been detained in Chechnya “in connection with their non-traditional sexual orientation”. The disturbing reports,… Read more »

Hungarian town’s gay and Muslim ban deemed unconstitutional

A Hungarian village which banned openly supporting same-sex marriage, as well as building mosques and wearing headscarves, has been told it can’t do that. Laszlo Toroczkai, the mayor of southern Hungarian border village Asotthalom, posted on Facebook last year about the proposals which were adopted by his council. He wrote: “Instead of looking for a… Read more »

Falkland Islands introduces full marriage equality

PinkNews Exclusive The Falkland Islands has passed historic legislation to legalise same-sex marriage. The Legislative Assembly also voted overwhelmingly to approve civil partnerships for both same-sex couples and heterosexual couples. The British Overseas Territory, which has a population of around 3,000, passed the law with seven votes in favour, and one against. The extention of… Read more »

Two men jailed for 30 years for trafficking gay sex-slaves

A Miami court sentenced two Hungarian men to 30 years in prison for forcing young gay men into sexual slavery The two men, Gabor Acs and Viktor Berki, were given their sentence on Friday after being convicted of human trafficking, conspiracy and racketeering in February. They kept up to eight Hungarian men in their 20s… Read more »

US, UK and and EU leaders condemn homophobic ‘purge’ in Chechnya

International figures have urged the Russian government to intervene over reports that authorities in Chechnya are ‘purging’ the gay community. Early reports emerged last week that gay people are being targeted in the region, which is part of Russia but has substantial autonomy. Russian newspapers and human rights groups report that more than 100 gay… Read more »

Vatican welcomes world’s only gay leader and his husband to meet the Pope

The gay Prime Minister of Luxembourg and his husband have been welcomed to the Vatican. Xavier Bettel, who married his husband, Gauthier Destenay, in 2015, was welcomed by Catholic officials. Archbishop Ganswein, a leader of the Catholic church and personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, met Bettel and his partner as they arrived for… Read more »

Gay men “do not exist”

Chechen spokesman responds to reports that 100 gay men have been rounded up, and some killed “You cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic.” That’s what a spokesperson for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said in response to reports that at least 100 suspected gay men had been rounded up… Read more »

Honor killings

How ambitions known LGBT activist in Chechnya awakened terrible ancient custom “Novaya Gazeta” has learned about the mass detentions of Chechen residents on account of their sexual orientation – or suspicion of such. At the moment, we received information about the arrest of more than a hundred men. “Novaya Gazeta” has already known the names… Read more »

Gay men “do not exist”

Chechen spokesman responds to reports that 100 gay men have been rounded up, and some killed “You cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic.” That’s what a spokesperson for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said in response to reports that at least 100 suspected gay men had been rounded up… Read more »

Tate Britain celebrates 50 years of gay freedom

This week an exhibition opens of ‘queer’ art whose specific perspective was not always recognised or accepted It is not just the beauty of art, it turns out, that lies in the eye of the beholder, but also its “queerness”. Tate Britain is preparing its first show dedicated to “queer art”, a term long understood… Read more »

Chechen Authorities Arresting and Killing Gay Men, Russian Paper Says

Moscow — First, two television reporters vanished. Then a waiter went missing. Over the past week, men ranging in age from 16 to 50 have disappeared from the streets of Chechnya. On Saturday, a leading Russian opposition newspaper confirmed a story already circulating among human rights activists: The Chechen authorities were arresting and killing gay… Read more »

Russia wages legal & cultural war on LGBTIs

The ‘enemy within’: Victims of Putin’s ‘gay propaganda’ law Although Europe has generally seen some progress in achieving LGBTQI+ rights over the last two decades, the skies have recently been darkening over certain parts of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where legislation has been introduced with the aim of silencing LGBTQI+ voices. The Russian Federation… Read more »

Russian government warns citizens not to be homophobic while on holiday in Europe

Russia has warned homophobic citizens to refrain from homophobic attacks… while on holiday in other countries. The advice comes from the Russian Foreign Ministry, which has updated its travel advice for visitors hoping to holiday around the world. The guidelines, which are aimed at preventing Russian tourists from causing offence, warns them that they may… Read more »

Sinn Féin makes equal marriage a ‘key issue’ in Northern Ireland power-sharing talks

Sinn Féin had set out demands on same-sex marriage as part of attempts to reach a fresh power-sharing deal in Northern Ireland. Assembly elections were held earlier this month in Northern Ireland after the collapse of the previous government, with Democratic Unionist Party losing ground after a corruption scandal. The anti-gay marriage DUP, which is… Read more »

Germany to overturn convictions of gay men prosecuted after war

Men who are still alive will get compensation for what they suffered under Paragraph 175 against homosexuality Germany’s cabinet has approved a bill to overturn the convictions of thousands of gay men who were prosecuted after the second world war. Gay men convicted between 1949 and 1969 who are still alive are expected to be… Read more »

World’s leading publisher of gay media, known for its sexy art books, goes bust

Bruno Gmünder also publishes Spartacus International Gay Guide, the world’s best-selling gay travel book A global market leader in LGBTI publishing has gone into administration. German publishing house Bruno Gmünder is best known for publishing Spartacus International Gay Guide, the world’s best-selling gay travel book, as well as sexy art books. Last week, it was… Read more »

UK government refuses to make ‘gay cure therapy’ illegal

The UK government has refused to make gay cure therapy illegal. It has responded to a petition signed by 33,000 Brits asking for the process, which has been widely debunked, to make the process illegal. The creator of the petition, Mollie Mantle, wrote: “This therapy often includes electric shocks, counselors encouraging suicide, and damaging ideology… Read more »

Over a billion people are living under British anti-gay laws as 40th Commonwealth Day celebrated

People from around the globe are celebrating the 40th Commonwealth Day – as more than a billion people in ex-British colonies continue to live under anti-gay laws. To mark the anniversary the Queen revealed that a baton will “visit people living in the nations and territories of our Commonwealth family in every continent and ocean.”… Read more »

Niviaq Korneliussen: HOMO sapienne

The title itself is a neologism, a kind of female declension of homo sapiens – with the emphasis on “homo” as in homosexual. The novel’s five main characters comprise two lesbians, a gay man, a bisexual, and a transsexual. The novel is fundamentally about love, friendship, and family ties, portrayed through people who don’t exactly… Read more »

Same-sex marriage is legal in Slovenia from Today!

Same-sex marriage has become legal for the first time in Slovenia today. Although the law will give couples largely the same rights as heterosexual ones, it still bans them from jointly adopting children. The law was passed around ten months ago, after a referendum rejected a draft that would have also granted adoption rights. Ksenija… Read more »

A third of Brits still think being gay is a choice

Unsurprisingly, UKIP voters were the most likely group to think being gay is a choice A third of British people still believe being gay is a choice. The YouGov study revealed 31% of Brits think gay men and lesbians ‘choose’ their sexuality, while 49% of people think they are born that way. 3% of respondents… Read more »

Is this gay-owned Swedish B&B the chicest ever?

Welcome to Lådfabriken, where heaven is an island near Gothenburg Do you ever crave real quiet? The sort of silence you can actually hear? If that’s the case, then you’re in luck. Lådfabriken, on the island of Edshultshall on Sweden’s west coast, provides exactly that. This unspoiled wilderness is just over an hour’s drive from… Read more »

Malta could introduce same-sex marriage this year

No time frame has been given, but it could happen this year Malta is looking to introduce same-sex marriage – and it sounds as if it could happen this year. Helena Dalli, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs, and Civil Liberties, made the announcement on Tuesday (21 February). If the law passes, Malta will be… Read more »

Manchester to open the UK’s first LGBT retirement community

Manchester City Council has announced plans to create the UK’s first retirement community for LGBT people – with a hard limit on how many non-LGBT residents can live there. The project, a first in the UK, is intended to cater for the city’s older LGBT population, and is part of wider plans to provide high… Read more »