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Chechnya Is Trying to Exterminate Gay People. Our Silence Only Emboldens Vladimir Putin and Ramzan Kadyrov.

Torture. Rape. Murder. I cannot get the gruesome images of these brutal crimes out of my head. “Welcome to Chechnya: Inside the Russian Republic’s Deadly War on Gays,” which premiered at the Sundance Festival in January and airs on HBO next week, is one of the most harrowing films I have ever seen. “Imagine in… Read more »

New law forces Hungarian transgender people to choose exile

Responses in the field ‘sex at birth’ on new ID documents will be unchangeable Being a transgender person in Hungary is about to become even harder, after the government passed a law that will demand all citizens write their “sex at birth” on their national IDs. And the response in this field cannot be changed.… Read more »

Polish president says he would ban LGBT teaching in schools

Warsaw (Reuters) – President Andrzej Duda vowed on Wednesday to ban teaching about LGBT issues in Poland’s schools in an apparent pitch to his conservative base during an increasingly tight race for the June 28 presidential election. Duda is an ally of the ruling right-wing nationalist Law and Justice Party (PiS), which brands lesbian, gay,… Read more »

Hungary lurches ‘back towards dark ages’ as parliament passes cruel and devastating law to legally erase trans people

Lawmakers in Hungary overwhelmingly voted to end legal gender recognition for trans people Tuesday afternoon (May 19), putting to law prime minister Victor Orbán’s cruel crusade against the country’s most marginalised and vulnerable. Around 133 National Assembly members voted in favour of stripping what little rights trans Hungarians once exercised. With just 57 opposed and… Read more »

Turkey orders schools to stop letting kids draw rainbows because it’s a “plot to turn children gay”

Children worldwide have been drawing rainbows and hanging them in windows to comfort others during the coronavirus pandemic. While governments around the world focus on finding a cure and preventing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Turkey’s government is warning about a different ridiculous danger. Children worldwide have been drawing rainbows and hanging them in… Read more »

Turkish president Erdoğan backs Muslim cleric who claims ‘evil’ homosexuals spread disease: ‘He’s absolutely right’

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has waded into a row to back a senior cleric who called for Muslims to oppose the ‘evil’ of homosexuality. Ali Erbaş, who is the head of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), used a sermon at the start of Ramadan on Friday to call on people to “work together”… Read more »

Gay couple fights prejudice and coronavirus in Poland by giving out rainbow masks

Married couple Dawid Mycek and Jakub Kwiecinski distributed 300 rainbow masks in Gdansk, Poland, this month to help others protect themselves from COVID-19. Warsaw — Married gay couple Dawid Mycek and Jakub Kwiecinski say they face frequent abuse in Poland for being part of a so-called “homosexual plague.” “So we thought that if we are… Read more »

Netflix slammed as ‘Islam’s enemy’ by bigots over rumours of gay character in Turkish teen drama

Rumours of a gay character on a Turkish Netflix series have fuelled anti-LGBT bigotry in the country. New Turkish coming-of-age drama Love 101, which is set to begin on April 24, unleashed a torrent of fury over unconfirmed rumours that it will feature a gay character. It’s technically legal to be gay in Turkey, but… Read more »

Bosnia takes first small step towards recognising same-sex relationships

Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country with a poor record on LGBT+ rights, has taken its first small step towards recognising same-sex relationships. While in recent years Bosnia has been moving in the right direction — 2016 saw the country ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity — there is still no… Read more »

Factbox – Andorra set to become latest nation to legalise gay marriage

With the tiny European country set to legalise same-sex weddings, gay marriages are now legal in 27 United Nation member states London (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Andorra, one of Europe’s smallest countries, is set to legalise gay marriage, highlighting that eastern European countries with anti-LGBT laws are “on the wrong side of history”, leading human… Read more »

Same-sex marriage is coming to one of Europe’s smallest countries

Beautiful European mountain country of Andorra moves on marriage equality. The tiny mountain nation of Andorra is about to make same-sex marriage equal. Three parties form the governing coalition in the tiny state of 77,000 people. They are the Democrats, the Liberal Party and Committed Citizens. And they have jointly presented a draft bill to… Read more »

A British court ruling may change laws for LGBT+ people around the world

Through a quirk of history and law, a court in London could help end sodomy laws and bring in same-sex marriage in dozens of countries. Years of legal battles around same-sex marriage in Bermuda will come to a head 5,548kms away in London on 7 and 8 December this year. And the result may help… Read more »

Wrestler Curdin Orlik Is First Openly Gay Pro Athlete In Switzerland

A 27-year-old Swiss wrestler has come out gay, making him the first openly gay professional athlete in Switzerland. Curdin Orlik, a “swing” wrestling champion, came out in an interview with The Magazine. “I’d rather be free than fearful,” Orlik told the outlet, according to LGBT sports blog Outsports. “I am like that. I can’t help… Read more »

Belgian Pride has a genius solution for keeping out ‘pinkwashing’ corporate sponsors

Belgian Pride is introducing a screening process for its corporate sponsors to ensure that they actually have inclusive, LGBT-friendly policies. The Pride parade, in Brussels, is Belgium’s largest LGBT+ event and is due to take place on May 23. Any companies wishing to take part now have to undergo a “diversity scan” carried out by… Read more »

This ‘gay, atheist, leftist’ is taking on Poland’s right-wing government — by running for president

Krakow, Poland — When Robert Biedron showed up in this historic city’s main square to lead a rally in his bid to be president, he was bracing for a fight in a region that is a stronghold for a right-wing government that abhors everything he stands for. “An openly gay, atheist, leftist, anti-coal candidate?” said… Read more »

A Third Of Poland Declared ‘LGBT-Free Zone’

Polish municipalities across an area greater than the size of Hungary have adopted resolutions that critics say discriminate against LGBT people and make intolerance official. Local municipalities across a third of Poland have adopted resolutions “against LGBT propaganda” or “pro-family”, creating what rights groups describe as hostile spaces for anyone who is not heterosexual or… Read more »

Town cheers as they burn effigy of same-sex couple and baby

The Prime Minister of Croatia has condemned the ‘arsonists’ in Imotski. Residents of a small Croatian town cheered yesterday as they set fire to the effigy of a same-sex couple and their adopted baby. The incident happened during the carnival in the town of Imotski, Croatia on Sunday (23 February). The carnival is a 150-year… Read more »

Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s Openly Gay Prime Minister, Steps Down

Ireland’s first openly gay prime minister, Leo Varadkar, resigned on Thursday. According to the BBC, Varadkar acted after his Fine Gael party lost 15 seats in the general election held earlier this month. After the Irish Parliament failed to name his replacement, Varadkar submitted his resignation, though he’ll remain in the post in a caretaker… Read more »

Swedish crown princess makes history with first-ever visit to an LGBT organisation

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and her husband Prince Daniel have made a historic royal visit to an LGBT+ organisation, sending a clear message of support in the face of growing nationalist politics. The royals were given a tour of RFSL and RFSL Ungdom’s national office in Stockholm to gain an insight into the challenges… Read more »

Gay inmates tie the knot inside Cyprus prison

The two men, one a Cypriot and the other a Brazilian national, are only the second same-sex couple to marry in a prison within the European Union. Nicosia, Cyprus — Kevork Tontian met the man he wanted to spend the rest of his life with behind bars. And not even his freedom was enough to… Read more »

Gay Couples In Northern Ireland Begin Registering To Marry: First Weddings Set For Valentine’s Day

Gay and lesbian couples in Northern Ireland began registering to marry as a new marriage law took effect on Monday. Northern Ireland was the only part of the United Kingdom where same-sex couples could not wed. Last year, lawmakers in the UK overwhelmingly backed a plan to extend marriage equality to the region if the… Read more »

Same-sex marriage now legal in Northern Ireland

Same-sex marriage is now legally recognised in Northern Ireland. From Monday, same-sex couples will be able to register to marry, meaning the first ceremonies will take place in February. For couples who are already married, their marriage will now be legally recognised in Northern Ireland. However, those who are already in a civil partnership will… Read more »

Polish centre-left taps gay MEP as presidential candidate

Poland’s centre-left parties on Tuesday (7 January) approved Robert Biedron, an openly gay politician, as their candidate in the May presidential election. The move in the conservative, predominantly Catholic country where same-sex unions are not recognised, was aimed at preserving democracy, they said. Leaders in the Lewica (Left) alliance said they chose Biedron because of… Read more »

Poland’s Rainbow Plague

Poland’s Rainbow Plague- Podcast The last few months have shown a spike in our Polish listeners. And it’s no wonder considering the violent anti-queer rhetoric that has filled the country lately. Sadly, the Pis Parties control of the country has put queer Poles in a dangerous predicament. On this episode we cover some of the… Read more »

Senate Confirms Openly Gay Ambassador To Lithuania

The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed the nomination of Robert Gilchrist as the U.S. ambassador to Lithuania. Gilchrist is at least the fifth openly gay person to serve in an ambassadorial role under the Trump administration, the Washington Blade reported. Senators confirmed Gilchrist with a voice vote. President Donald Trump nominated Gilchrist, a career Foreign… Read more »

German Cabinet Approves Ban On Gay Conversion Therapy

Germany could become the latest country to ban gay conversion therapy after the Government Cabinet approved plans. The plans extends to banning the practice for all children under 18 as well as vulnerable people with “diminished decision-making capabilities” and non-consenting adults. However, it will allow for consenting adults to opt into the so-called “treatment.” The… Read more »

German bishops declare that homosexuality is completely and utterly ‘normal’

In a groundbreaking move, German bishops have revised teachings on sexual morality and said homosexuality is “normal”. As the Catholic Church prepares for its contended review, the Commission for Marriage and Family of the German Bishops’ Conference came to the consensus that being gay is a “normal form of sexual predisposition.” Moreover, church organisers committed… Read more »

Gay man in Russia forced into hiding over YouTube interview

(CNN) A gay Russian man is in hiding after Russian authorities opened a criminal case over a YouTube video in which he was interviewed by children, a case that has drawn attention from human-rights activists. Maxim Pankratov told CNN he was facing threats and a potentially lengthy prison sentence for appearing in the video discussing… Read more »

Gay man in Russia forced into hiding over YouTube interview

(CNN) – A gay Russian man is in hiding after Russian authorities opened a criminal case over a YouTube video in which he was interviewed by children, a case that has drawn attention from human-rights activists. Maxim Pankratov told CNN he was facing threats and a potentially lengthy prison sentence for appearing in the video… Read more »

Turkey puts lecturer, students on trial for taking part in LGBT pride march

Parade has been held annually since 2011, but university banned it this year; police used pepper spray, plastic bullets and tear gas to disperse it Ankara, Turkey — Eighteen Turkish students and a lecturer went on trial on Tuesday for taking part in a banned LGBTI Pride event at an Ankara university. The defendants face… Read more »

100 years ago, Germany’s ‘Einstein of Sex’ began the gay rights movement

Although he never became a household name like Freud, sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld fought to decriminalize homosexuality and improve LGBTQ healthcare During the years before Nazism destroyed Europe, a German Jew in Berlin pioneered what became the modern LGBTQ rights movement. Magnus Hirschfeld was the first clinician to prove that gays are at a higher risk… Read more »

Swedish government grants $175,000 to fund drag queen story hours for children

The Swedish government is investing SEK 1.7 million, the equivalent of $175,000, to fund drag queen story hour shows for children and those with disabilities. The investment will come from the Swedish Inheritance Fund, a state body that manages the inheritance money of Swedes who die without a written will and next of kin. The… Read more »

Regulations to allow same sex parents register both their names on their child’s birth cert to be signed today

Law will allow same sex parents register both their names on their child’s birth cert from May 5th 2020. Health Minister Simon Harris will today sign regulations which will allow same-sex parents register both their names on their child’s birth cert from May 5th 2020. Harris will meet with a number of LGBT families and… Read more »

New study finds that Russian schoolchildren are actually tolerant of the LGBTQ community

Although the schoolchildren were tolerant, they weren’t trusting of the LGBTQ community. Following anti-government protests against the Russian government during the Summer, in which several youth activists attended, authorities have moved to try and counter this. Among the methods are patriotic teachings in schools, and a ban on minors attending protests. In the wake of… Read more »

Northern Ireland abortion and same-sex marriage laws change

Abortion has been decriminalised and same-sex marriage is to be legalised in Northern Ireland. Legislation making the changes – which was passed by MPs at Westminster – came into force at midnight. The first same-sex weddings in Northern Ireland are set to take place in February 2020. The government has until the end of March… Read more »

Tension over gay rights moves to fore in Polish election

Adam Juda had just left a bar in Warsaw late one night in August when he started chatting with a group of strangers walking his way. The three men and a woman were friendly at first, but when they realized he was coming from a gay bar, the men set upon him, beating him unconscious… Read more »

Northern Ireland prepares for momentous gay marriage, abortion changes

Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that does not allow same-sex marriage. That will likely change at the stroke of midnight Monday. Belfast — Campaigners who fought for decades to end Northern Ireland’s same sex-marriage ban and restrictions on abortion prepared on Monday for a momentous change to the laws on… Read more »

Bishop of Iceland issues overdue apology to gay people for church’s ignorance on same-sex marriage

The Bishop of Iceland has apologised to the gay and lesbian community for discrimination against same-sex marriage by the country’s National Church. Agnes Sigurðardóttir, who took office as the Bishop of Iceland in 2012, made the apology on the Icelandic talk show Kastljós on Tuesday, October 29, in response to questions about her predecessor Karl… Read more »

Polish police stop protesters who disrupt gay pride parade

Warsaw, Poland — Police used water cannons and pepper spray and detained dozens of far-right protesters who tried to disrupt an LGBT pride march Saturday in conservative eastern Poland. The clash took place during the second so-called Equality March in the city of Lublin. The event reflects the gay rights movement in Poland which has… Read more »

Bosnians march in first Gay Pride under tight police protection

Sarajevo (Reuters) – Several thousand people marched in Bosnia’s first Gay Pride on Sunday, protected by a major security operation including anti-sniper units after some conservative Muslim groups organized counter-rallies. The parade in the capital Sarajevo ended peacefully despite fears of violence prompted by aggressive hate speech online in a country where anti-gay sentiment can… Read more »