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Abortion is now legal in Ireland as president signs bill

Abortion is an issue that affects many LGBTI people he Republic of Ireland’s president has signed a bill which legalizes abortion on the Emerald Isle. President Michael D Higgins signed the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill into law today (21 December). The Irish people voted to legalize abortion in a referendum earlier this year.… Read more »

EuroPride 2019 is the perfect time to discover Vienna’s coolest LGBTI bars

Vienna’s gay and lesbian bars are some of the suavest in Europe Vienna’s reputation as an LGBTI hot spot just keeps growing and growing. From the Austrian capital hosting EuroPride 2019 to the passing of equal marriage, 2019 is shaping up to be its gayest yet. Which also makes it the perfect time to explore… Read more »

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Russia’s “Gay Propaganda” Law Imperils LGBT Youth Summary Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in Russia face formidable barriers to enjoying their fundamental rights to dignity, health, education, information, and association. In Russia, antipathy towards homosexuality and gender variance is not new—LGBT people there have long faced threats, bullying, abuse inside their families, and… Read more »

Love letter between nuns shows the true story of queerness in the Middle Ages

Exclusive: GSN speaks to Professor Erik Wade about historical queerness A professor at the University of Bonn in Bonn, Germany recently posted a love letter between two medieval nuns on Twitter. GSN covered the letter and how pure it was. In looking to learn more about the two women, and their possible love story, GSN… Read more »

Poland and Hungary veto inclusion of LGBTI rights in EU statement

In response, 19 other European Union members states sign pledge calling on the European Commission to enshrine protection of LGBTI rights Poland and Hungary have infuriated LGBTI rights supporters across Europe. Officials from the two countries insisted on the removal of ‘LGBTIQ’ from a common European Statement. It is not the first time the two… Read more »

Russian judge says the country should legalize same-sex unions

The judge said Russia should ‘create family relations different from the usual understanding of the union between a man and a woman’ A judge from Russia said his country should legalize same-sex unions. Dmitry Dedov sits on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). He shared his official ‘dissenting opinion’ in a written statement. Dedov… Read more »

Polish gay couple propose in public more than 100 times to fight homophobia

Dawid and Jakub challenged the attitude of their fellow Poles when it comes to marriage equality A Polish gay couple has proposed to each other in public more than 100 times and recorded everything on camera. Jakub and Dawid tied the know last year in Portugal. In Poland, same-sex marriage is still not legal, therefore… Read more »

Gay man refused justice after torture in Chechnya concentration camp

He says he remembers hearing the screams of other gay men in his blood-soaked cell A gay man is speaking out after suffering torture in a Chechnya concentration camp. Maxim Lapunov was one of the first victims of the ‘gay purge‘ in March 2017. Unknown thugs grabbed and dragged him into a car one night.… Read more »

Russia cannot continue to ban LGBTI events, top European court rules

Russian media describe the Court’s ruling as ‘the single biggest case to date’ A top European court ruled today (27 November) Russia can no longer ban LGBTI events. The ruling comes about after a group of seven Russian activists filed 51 applications with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). They allege discrimination and a… Read more »

Kyiv March For Transgender Rights Canceled After Violence By Far-Right Radicals

Kyiv — Activists for transgender rights were forced to disband a demonstration in Kyiv after counterdemonstrators assaulted several protesters and attacked a Canadian journalist trying to cover the event. The organizers of the event criticized Ukrainian police for failing to protect about 40 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights activists who had planned to… Read more »

Scotland to include mandatory teaching on LGBT inclusion within its school curriculum

In what is likely a ‘world-first’, Scotland is set to become the first nation globally to include teaching of LGBT rights and inclusion within the mandated state school curriculum, without exceptions. This appears to be very good news indeed! This important development comes after Scottish Government ministers decided to follow the recommendations of a working… Read more »

Polish president considering a ban on ‘homosexual propaganda’

Many fear Poland may be going the way of Putin’s Russia, which banned ‘homosexual propaganda’ in 2013 Polish President Andrzej Duda has said he would support a ban of ‘homosexual propaganda.’ What happened? In a 10 November interview with journalist Nasz Dziennik, Duda said, ‘I think that this kind of propaganda should not take place… Read more »

Lithuania bans music video because it includes same-sex couples kissing

Pop singer, originally born in Ireland, slams the broadcaster for the decision Lithuania has banned a music video because it includes same-sex couples kissing. Skamp, a multiple award-winning band with a career spanning two decades, released their new song today (6 November). Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow is a beautiful song, sung in English,… Read more »

Finland Police is getting a LGBTI network to help fight homophobia

Police officers took it upon themselves to start the group Police in Finland are getting their own LGBTI service, even though many of its officers still remain in the closet. The LGBTQ group comes a year after the Finnish police marched in Helsinki Pride for the first time. Senior police officer, Linnea West, told Yle… Read more »

Court finds 16-year-old charged with ‘gay propaganda’ in Russia innocent

The teenager was charged for uploading photos of men without tops to a social media website The teenager arrested for spreading ‘gay propaganda’ in Russia has won his appeal. In July, 16-year-old, Maxim Neverov, was charged with ‘promoting non-traditional sexual relations’ for publishing several photos on the page on the social media network VKontakte. In… Read more »

‘Kill the Gays’ Uganda MP receives award at Britain’s Parliament

Despite her notorious homophobic views, Rebecca Kadaga received the award for being one of only a few female leaders in Africa A British thinktank has defended giving an award to the politician from Uganda behind the infamous ‘Kill the Gays’ bill. Rebecca Kadaga is the House Speaker in the Ugandan parliament and was recently award… Read more »

Crimea attack: Gun attack at Kerch college kills 19

At least 19 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a shooting at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea. An 18-year-old student ran through the Kerch technical college firing at fellow pupils before killing himself, Russian investigators say. Witnesses have also spoken of at least one blast caused by an unidentified explosive. The motive… Read more »

Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru elects its first openly gay leader

Adam Price is the first ever out gay politician to serve as party leader in Wales Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru has elected its first openly gay leader. Adam Price won the leadership challenge from the party’s incumbent leader Leanne Wood. He received 2,863 votes, while Wood got 1,286. Price served as MP from 2001… Read more »

Queer legend Oscar Wilde honored with portrait on wing of Boeing aircraft

A tribute Wilde would both love and mock Irish poet, playwright, and queer icon Oscar Wilde is being honored with a portrait on two Boeing aircraft. Norwegian airlines have launched two aircraft – a Boeing 737 MAX and a Boeing 787 Dreamliner – ahead of the legendary poet’s birthday on 16 October. The airliner often… Read more »

Polish city of Lublin hosts first Pride march amid violent counter-protests

Counter protestors clash with police after ban on Equality March is lifted The city of Lublin in Poland hosted its first ever Pride event this weekend. However, the parade was marred by violent clashes between police and groups attempting to disrupt the Pride event. Around 1,500 people took part in the Equality March on Saturday… Read more »

Austria sees in its first same-sex marriage in lead-up to full legalization

Two of the women who successfully challenged Austria’s top court to legalize same-sex marriage tied the know in Vienna this week Two Austrian women are celebrating being the first couple to tie the knot in Austria. The happy couple married in a private ceremony on Friday (12 October). This comes about 10 months since from… Read more »

Lesbian couple in Poland can finally get a birth certificate for their child

The court decision is a rare win for conservative and religious Poland, one of the worst places to be LGBTI in Europe Lesbian parents in Poland can register their child, the country’s highest court ruled on Thursday (11 October). Importantly, the ruling was celebrated as the first of its kind in conservative and deeply religious… Read more »

This is how we have made 2018 the biggest ever year for Pride in the UK

3.5 million people attended at least one parade in the United Kingdom in 2018 Pride in the UK in 2018 is officially the biggest it’s ever been. We’ve shimmied, marched, partied, advocated, demonstrated, laughed, campaigned, loved, sung, and spread the message, and this year we’ve done it in bigger numbers than ever before. As the… Read more »

This is how we have made 2018 the biggest ever year for Pride in the UK

3.5 million people attended at least one parade in the United Kingdom in 2018 Pride in the UK in 2018 is officially the biggest it’s ever been. We’ve shimmied, marched, partied, advocated, demonstrated, laughed, campaigned, loved, sung, and spread the message, and this year we’ve done it in bigger numbers than ever before. As the… Read more »

11 inspiring pictures of Kosovo celebrating its second-ever Pride

The official Pride parade went ahead despite anti-LGBTI threats Kosovo hosted a heavily-guarded Pride event today (10 October). Despite threats by anti-LGBTI groups, the capital Pristina turned rainbow for the second-ever LGBTI march in the disputed territory. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community gathered in the city center. Allies and political authorities were also… Read more »

Romania’s anti-gay marriage vote voided over low turnout

Just 20% of registered voters cast their ballot in referendum to define marriage as explicitly between a man and woman Low turnout has voided a referendum in Romania on restricting the definition of marriage to exclude same-sex unions, election officials have said. Just 20% of registered voters had cast their ballot by the time polls… Read more »

Gran Canaria: Explore the island’s quirky side and stay in style

The Spanish island is one of the most LGBTI-friendly places on the planet… If you haven’t already visited Gran Canaria, you’ve heard of it by reputation. The Spanish island is one of the most LGBTI-friendly places on the planet and its gay scene is unmissable. The third biggest of Spain’s Canary Islands is also one… Read more »

Romania marriage referendum: ‘Is silence the best defence against homophobia?’

Was silence really the best tactic going into the Romania referendum this weekend? Romania votes on same-sex marriage this weekend. The demand for this referendum did not come from the LGBTI-movement, but from a few religious groups. They want to underline in the Romanian constitution that a marriage is between a man and a woman.… Read more »

Parents locked up Lesbian daughter

17-year-old freed after calling gay helpline says LGBT Center Rome’s Gay Center facility said Tuesday that, with the support of State and Carabinieri police, last week it managed to free a 17-year-old girl who was being locked up at home by her parents because she is a lesbian. “The girl said she had a very… Read more »

Fleeing Anti-Gay Persecution in Chechnya, Three Young Women Are Now Stuck in Place

It begins as the most ordinary of stories and ends with three women who are trapped in a small apartment in a country I can’t name. If they are found here, they will be in danger, but they have nowhere else to go. They are queer refugees from a Muslim country, which means that the… Read more »

Switzerland has made homophobia and transphobia illegal, comparing them to racism

People in violation of the new law will face up to three years in jail. Switzerland has changed its penal code meaning that people who are homophobic or transphobic toward someone else face the same punishment as if they were racist toward them. Switzerland’s National Council voted by 118-60 votes to update the penal code,… Read more »

Romania’s top court rules in favor of LGBTI rights before referendum

People will vote on 6 October about how to define a family Ahead of the referendum taking place next weekend, the top court of Romania ruled in favor of equality for LGBTI couples. The Constitutional Court determined same-sex couples should have the same rights, both in private and to a family, as any heterosexual couple.… Read more »

Gay activist reportedly lynched in Greece, dies at 33

People are divided about the circumstances The LGBTI community in Greece — and beyond — are demanding justice for the death of gay activist Zak Kostopoulos. Video evidence allegedly shows a group of men attacking and kicking Kostopoulos on Saturday (22 September). According to a report by PinkNews, authorities are still investigating the circumstances of… Read more »

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 »

Dundee welcomes first ever Pride

The first ever Dundee Pride is due to get underway for a day-long celebration of Scotland’s LGBTI community The East Coast of Scotland will be breaking out the rainbow flags this weekend as celebrations start for the first ever Dundee Pride. Officiated over by local drag star Buschie Fandango, the event will kick off on… 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 »

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 »