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Gay mayor gets Poland’s left dreaming of change

Robert Biedron is a politician for openness and a hero to Poland’s left. The challenge the current mayor of Slupsk poses to the country’s establishment has drawn comparisons to French President Emmanuel Macron. When meeting with supporters, Robert Biedron appears beaming, vibrant and confident. For months, Poland’s first openly gay mayor has been beating the… Read more »

Northern Ireland DUP councilor backs motion to light up town hall in rainbow colors for Pride

He went against his own party’s anti-LGBT line A Northern Ireland town hall is set to be lit up in rainbow colors to mark all future Prides. And it’s all thanks to a single Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) councilor. A motion on the issue, which relates to Ards Town Hall, was recommended for approval at… Read more »

Romania’s top court says referendum can go ahead to block marriage equality

Conservatives and religious groups in the country want a referendum to ensure the country’s constitution only recognizes opposite-sex families Romania’s top court says a referendum can go ahead to effectively block marriage equality coming to the country. Conservatives and religious groups want the country’s constitution changed. They want it to state Romania only recognizes marriage… Read more »

Serbia Pride: Gay PM Brnabic ‘not wanted’ at parade

It’s the only Balkan country to have an openly gay prime minister – so why are some of Serbia’s LGBT activists determined to keep PM Ana Brnabic away from Gay Pride? When Ms Brnabic was appointed last year, hopes were high in the LGBT community: not only was she the first woman to head the… Read more »

Teleport to sunny Valletta with these 13 pictures of Malta Pride

We wish we were there Malta Pride festivities culminated in the annual parade taking to the streets today (15 September). Tourists and locals alike have invaded the capital Valletta for a march of celebration and protest. Although being celebrated every year, this 2018 parade holds a special significance. It takes place despite a demonstration organized… Read more »

Romanian rights groups challenge ‘homophobic’ marriage referendum

LGBTI rights groups in Romania make a legal case to block a referendum which could make it harder to allow for same-sex marriage Rights groups in Romania have made a legal move to block an upcoming referendum on the definition of marriage. The referendum is due to take place in October. The groups have said… Read more »

Openly gay Robert Biedron starts social movement against Polish conservatives

The 42-year-old politician could become Poland’s first gay president in 2020 Robert Biedron, the openly gay mayor of the Polish city of Slupsk, has founded a social movement to counter the conservative parties, his opponents in the run for presidency. Biedron has been for many years the only openly gay politician in Poland. Risen to… Read more »

In over 40 countries, laws against homosexuality are a lasting legacy of British rule

After scrapping a regressive 19th century law that criminalised homosexuality, India has joined the ranks of the few former colonies to abandon a lasting legacy of British rule. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was introduced by the British in 1861, inspired by the 1553 Buggery Act that outlawed homosexuality in England. It… Read more »

Vigil held for trans woman killed outside her front door in Istanbul

Vigil held for trans woman killed outside her front door in Istanbul Dozens of trans activists and supporters protested the alleged murder of a trans woman in Istanbul, Turkey. Esra Ates, a sex worker, was attacked on Saturday morning outside the apartment where she lived in the central neighbourhood of Beyoglu following an argument with… Read more »

Most Russians believe in a secret group which is destroying their values with ‘gay propaganda’

A large majority of Russians think an unnamed group is using ‘gay propaganda’ to eradicate their spiritual values, according to state-funded research. The study by the government-run Russian Public Opinion Research Centre shows that more than three in five – 63 percent – believe in the existence of such a shadowy organisation. The news comes… Read more »

‘Biggest ever’ Pride parade lights up Copenhagen

This year’s Copenhagen Pride parade was the largest in the city’s history. An estimated 40,000 people, including Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, joined the 3.3-kilometre-long march as it made its way through the Danish capital. Saturday’s (August 18) parade came just weeks after cabinet minister Tommy Ahlers – who has been the Minister of Science,… Read more »

‘The king and his husband’: The gay history of British royals

Ordinarily, the wedding of a junior member of the British royal family wouldn’t attract much global attention. But Lord Ivar Mountbatten’s has. That’s because Mountbatten, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, is expected to wed James Coyle this summer in what has been heralded as the “first-ever” same-sex marriage in Britain’s royal family. Perhaps what… Read more »

Paris Gay Games a respite for oppressed athletes

Paris — The Gay Games which are under way in Paris are not just a chance to celebrate sport and diversity: they offer crucial respite to gay athletes forced to hide their sexuality in their home countries. Silenced In China Unable to share the truth about being gay with his family, 21-year-old Zhang Nan flew… Read more »

Mr Gay Europe 2018 crowned in Poland amidst fierce protest

Poznan, Poland: The final of this year’s edition of Mr Gay Europe took place on Saturday in the western city of Poznan in Poland, a conservative and devout Catholic country where many do not accept homosexuality. “I hope this will help us in our fight for the same rights as those enjoyed in the rest… Read more »

Teenager becomes first minor prosecuted under Russia’s anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws

  Maxim Neverov reportedly fined by authorities over images posted on social network VKontakte A schoolboy has become the first minor to be prosecuted under Russia’s strict “gay propaganda” laws. Maxim Neverov, a 16-year-old from the city of Biysk, was reportedly fined £50,000 rubles (£580) by a court, according to campaign group the Russian LGBT… Read more »

Arsonists target Lithuania’s only LGBT rights group in ‘vicious homophobic attack’

The office of the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) – the country’s only non-governmental organisation representing LGBT+ people – has reportedly been targeted in an arson attack. The incident allegedly took place in Pylimo in the Old Town of Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital, at about 4am on Friday morning. The front door and door blinds of the… Read more »

Police In Russia Detain 25 LGBT Activists

Police in St. Petersburg, Russia on Saturday detained 25 LGBT activists. According to the BBC, the unsanctioned demonstration attracted 60 protesters, who gathered at the city’s main square holding banners and rainbow flags. In 2012, St. Petersburg approved a law that outlaws “gay propaganda” in the city. The following year, a nationwide ban was imposed.… Read more »

Istanbul police disperse gay pride march

Riot police have used tear gas to disperse hundreds of people at a gay pride march in Istanbul. The city’s LGBTI community and their friends had said they were determined to march. Police used tear gas, dogs and batons to push back crowds celebrating Istanbul’s 16th gay pride march on Sunday. People carrying rainbow flags… Read more »

Life as a trans woman in Russia: Meet Ksenya

“Transgender people are not very welcome and, most of the time, are forced to hide,” Ksenya tells PinkNews. Russian native Ksenya, who considers herself lucky for never having run into any kind of physical aggression and for having a supportive family, was forced to move to St. Petersburg, which she says is the most tolerant… Read more »

All you need to know about Pride Amsterdam’s suggestive Canal Parade

Rainbow barges floating down the canal? We’re on board! This year’s Pride Amsterdam week-long festival will kick off on 28 July, culminating in the annual Canal Parade on 4 August. More than 80 contingents will float down the canal, one of the most suggestive Pride locations in Europe. A pride on water in Amsterdam The… Read more »

Bulgaria recognises rights of married lesbian couple in historic first

A Bulgarian court has backed the right of a same-sex married couple to reside in the country for the first time in a landmark ruling. The Sofia City Administrative Court ruled that the French-Australian couple should be allowed to live in Bulgaria together, reports Australian TV network SBS. Cristina Palma, from Australia, married her partner… Read more »

Assessment of strategic information on men who have sex with men and trans people in Estonia

Introduction The first HIV case in Estonia was diagnosed in 1988, and since then a total of 9,711 (as of December 31, 2017). The rate of newly diagnosed cases of HIV has decreased over the last decade (from 46.0 cases per 100,000 in 2005 to 16.6 cases in 2017), but it has been quite stable… Read more »

Istanbul Pride goes ahead despite ban, police violence

Despite being banned by the authorities and threats to arrest anyone “looking gay,” Istanbul Pride went ahead with a party of love and celebration before being broken up by police. “We are here this year, as we are every year.” Istanbul’s Pride parade has been banned four four consecutive years, despite homosexuality not being illegal… Read more »

Tens of thousands attend Paris Gay Pride march

Tens of thousands of mainly young people flooded the streets of central Paris for the annual Gay Pride parade on Saturday, with plenty of exuberance but also calls to “carry on the struggle” against discrimination. The marchers wound their way through the French capital under the traditional rainbow colours of the LGBT community. Among the… Read more »

Gay men in Northern Ireland offered access to pardons

Men convicted of abolished gay sex offences in Northern Ireland can now seek a pardon and have their record cleared. The new law, which was approved by the assembly in 2016, comes into force on Thursday. It brings Northern Ireland into line with England and Wales. Convictions that are disregarded will be considered as never… Read more »

Czech Government Backs Same-Sex Marriage Bill

The Czech government on Friday announced that it will back legislation that seeks to extend marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples. The move likely means that the Czech Republic will become the first formerly communist country in Europe with marriage equality. According to Reuters, Prime Minister Andrej Babis announced that his government would back… Read more »

The Economic Cost of Homophobia

Foreword It is my pleasure to present the Peter Tatchell Foundation’s report into an often ignored consequence of anti-LGBT+ criminalisation – The Economic Cost of Homophobia. This report does not consider the important human rights arguments against criminalising homosexuality. Instead, it argues that in addition to the moral considerations, nations have a monetary and economic… Read more »

Thousands Attend LGBT Pride March In Ukrainian Capital Of Kiev

An estimated 5,000 people attended an LGBT Pride march on Sunday in Ukraine’s capital of Kiev. According to the AP, the march only lasted 20 minutes and was repeatedly interrupted by opponents. Russia’s Interfax news agency reported that far-right radical groups tried to block the march seven times. Reuters reported that police in riot gear… Read more »

Far-Right Protesters Arrested at Kiev Gay Pride March

Kiev, Ukraine — More than 50 Ukrainian far-right activists were detained in Kiev on Sunday after they tried to disrupt a gay pride march, the police said. As around 5,000 people gathered for the march amid a huge security presence, about 150 members of a far-right group tried to block the route. Several threw gas… Read more »

Gay Pride parades split Catholics across Europe

Rome – While clergy in the United States debate different approaches that Catholics should take on gay pride parades that will hit the streets in June, faithful in largely Catholic European countries are also split. For some Catholics, the festive parades were “a demonstration of sin” and “blasphemous, iniquitous and detestable offences,” while others called… Read more »

Spain’s new PM appoints two gay ministers to cabinet

Cabinet now has more women and gay men than heterosexual men Spain’s newly installed government has appointed two openly gay men as cabinet ministers. It’s the first time the country has had such a large LGBT representation in the government’s cabinet office. Mariano Rajoy, the previous prime minister, stepped down last week. He left following… Read more »

Thousands march in Warsaw gay pride parade

Thousands marched in the Polish capital on Saturday in an Equality Parade which aimed to raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights. The parade’s organisers said some 45,000 people took part in the event. But police said that figure was exaggerated. The annual parade, held for the 18th time, also aimed to… Read more »

Gay pride colours Rome despite Italy’s lurch to the right

Thousands of people took to the streets of Rome on Saturday to celebrate Gay Pride just days after Italy’s new families minister caused a storm by saying that homosexual families do not legally exist. The annual march in the Italian capital comes at a tense time in the country after a coalition government took power… Read more »

The Latest: Romania gay pride parade builds on court ruling

The Latest on LGBT pride events in Europe (all times local): 4:45 P.M. People in Romania’s capital are gearing up for a gay pride parade that will feature calls for same-sex couples to receive more rights and acceptance. Before the parade taking place in Bucharest on Saturday, choreographer Emil Rengle wanted fellow Romanians who oppose… Read more »

How cute is this Pride-inspired rainbow brick road in Iceland?

The rainbow path is one of the ways the small town of Seyðisfjörður shows support for its local Queer Parade As if Iceland wasn’t picturesque enough, tourists and Instagrammers are loving a recently painted rainbow brick path. It can be found in the town of Seyðisfjörður in eastern Iceland. Iceland is known for being particularly… Read more »

Former Mafia home to become shelter for LGBTI community

The local council decided to give the former Mafia house to a LGBTI group to promote acceptance LGBTI people and migrants fleeing persecution will be able to call a former Mafia villa home. The city of Castel Volturno had opened bids for organizations to take over a three-storey house in the coastal town. Mafia boss… Read more »

EU Court: Member States Must Recognize Marriages Of Gay Couples

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Tuesday ruled that member states must recognize the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples performed within the European Union (EU). The case involves a Romanian man, Adrian Coman, and his American husband, Clai Hamilton, who married in 2010 in Brussels. Romania had refused to recognize Hamilton as… Read more »

LGBTQ Russians Are Fleeing To NYC, But They Still Face Hostility

Following Russia’s 2013 anti-gay “propaganda” law, applications for U.S. asylum from Russia have increased every year. Anastasia Orlova and her wife, Anna Elvira Brodskaya, were asleep in their apartment in St. Petersburg, Russia, when bullets hit their window. Male neighbors were shooting at them, angry that the women had previously refused their advances. It was… Read more »

The government’s treatment of gay refugees shames Britain

The Home Office is deporting desperate people to places where they face persecution – often because of colonial-era laws “My neighbours will put a tyre around my neck and set it on fire.” That is what Rosemary fears will happen if she, a lesbian, is deported by Britain back to Nigeria. She fled her homeland… Read more »

Thousands of gay and bisexual men are to be formally pardoned after a new law was passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament.

Consenting sexual activity between men over the age of 21 was only decriminalised in Scotland in 1981. It was a further 20 years before the age of consent for gay men was lowered to 16. The new law will pardon men convicted of having consensual sex with other men before it was decriminalised. It will… Read more »