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Pillay Urges Serbia To Allow LGBT Parade, Confront Prejudice Against Minorities

Geneva / Belgrade – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday regretted the decision by Serbian authorities to ban all public gatherings scheduled for this Saturday. She urged them to facilitate the rescheduling of a pride parade for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community that was planned for Saturday, instead… Read more »

Eamon Gilmore says his support for gay marriage ‘is a Labour policy not Coalition’s’

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore’s backing for gay marriage is Labour’s way, not the Government’s way, he has claimed. Mr Gilmore has confirmed he is speaking for the Labour Party, and not the Coalition, when he says the gay marriage is an issue “whose time is come”. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has repeatedly refused to support Mr Gilmore’s… Read more »

Homophobic Campaign Is Hovering Over Macedonia

To Human Rights Activists, In the last week Macedonia is haunted by the so far strongest homophobic campaign initiated by the conservative and non-democratic political and public forces. On the 12th of October, in the frames of a public presentation related to the International Day of the Female Child, organized in collaboration with UNICEF, the… Read more »

Serbian Film Promotes Tolerance Of Gays. Will It Fly With Fellow Slavs In Russia?

Moscow – The first third of Srdzhan Dragoevich’s new film, The Parade, will bring a smile to even the gloomiest of faces. It’s a silly, rude comedy that is meant to be fun for the viewers. It is also very much a film with a message about tolerance for homosexuals, as well as for those… Read more »

Berlin Gay Museum is Moving

After over 25 years, the museum will leave its location at Mehringdamm 61 in Berlin-Kreuzberg to take up residence in a new building at Lützowstraße 73 in Berlin-Tiergarten. In spring 2013, the time will finally arrive: After an intensive two-year search for a suitable space, the museum is moving into a former printing house at… Read more »

Obituary: Allan Horsfall – LGBT pioneer 1927-2012

Campaigner for UK gay law reform & equality Peter Tatchell recalls the contribution of LGBT rights pioneer Allan Horsfall, who died from heart failure on 27 August 2012, aged 84. Allan Horsfall was one of the grandfathers of the modern gay rights movement in Britain, with a campaigning record that stretches back more than 50… Read more »

Police ban gay-pride march in Belgrade for 2d year

Belgrade, Serbia – Serbia’s police on Wednesday banned a gay-pride march in Belgrade, citing security concerns but also complying with a request from Serbia’s Christian Orthodox Church. Police said they were banning the march planned for Saturday because they feared a repeat of the violence in 2010, when right-wing groups attacked a gay-pride event in… Read more »

Russian court backs St Petersburg’s anti-gay law

Russia’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s second largest city of St Petersburg can continue to enforce its homophobic censorship law. It equates homosexuality with “paedophilia” and was passed by the city on February 29 of this year – despite more than 270,000 people signing an online petition against the measure. LGBT rights campaigners… Read more »

From today, HIV treatment is free for all who need it in England

The removal of charges for undocumented migrants and non-UK citizens accessing HIV treatment and care in England comes into effect today. From now on, HIV treatment will be provided free of charge to all who need it, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. The move was first announced in February and the relevant legislation passed… Read more »

Albanian gay activists, to participate for the first time at Belgrade’s Pride

At least 8 Albanian activists will participate this year at Belgrade Pride under strict security measures. These activists were selected among three LGBT organizations: Pink Embassy, The Alliance Against Discrimination and Pro LGBT. This is the first time of an organized participation of Albanian gay activists at the pride that was banned last year because… Read more »

LGBT Students In Scotland Driven Out Of School By Homophobic And Transphobic Bullies

Nearly 70% of all LGBT youths in Scotland have experienced homophobic bullying and are being driven out of schools, colleges and universities as a result. The shocking statistics were revealed in a report written by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Youth Scotland charity, who said the issue is a “worrying situation”. The survey… Read more »

On the trail of Patrick Leigh Fermor in Greece

Ahead of a new Patrick Leigh Fermor biography, our writer visits the Mani peninsula, home of the great man and unsung resting place of another British travel writing giant, Bruce Chatwin Old Mr Fotis turned my question over in his mind while sipping his morning coffee. Below the veranda some youths had been playing noisily… Read more »

Ukraine anti-gay activists release gas at LGBT protest

Hundreds of Ukrainian lesbian and gay activists have joined a rally in the centre of Kiev, defying a court order. Protesters denounced a proposed new law that would ban any positive depiction of homosexuals including gay pride marches. Clashes broke-out after anti-gay activists tried to disrupt the rally by letting off gas in the crowd.… Read more »

Poland: HIV infections on the rise for gay men due to ‘risky’ sexual behavior

A study in Poland shows there were 992 new HIV infections reported in the country last year, and that two thirds of those who tested positive for the virus were in the gay community. Poland’s National AIDS Centre said that some of the rise was down to improved HIV testing. However, the report also said… Read more »

Turkey: Gay teenager allegedly murdered by father and uncle

A gay teenager has reportedly been murdered by his father and uncle in Turkey. According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the killing took place in the south eastern province of Diyarbakir last month. Both the father and uncle have been arrested in connection with the incident. The boy, who has only been named as RA,… Read more »

Poland moves towards introducing civil partnerships

Poland’s ruling centre-right party, Platforma Obywatelska (PO), has announced that it will introduce legislation allowing gay couples to have civil unions. It’s being seen as a step forward for gay rights in the Eastern European country – although it falls far short of marriage equality, and the measure is facing stiff opposition from social conservatives.… Read more »

Montenegro: Juventas and Gay Portal

Juventas is a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in January, 1996 in Podgorica, Montenegro. Juventas gathers high school and university students and other young people who wish to be a part of their environment’s social dynamics and thus influence their future. Homophobia in Montenegro In July 2010, Juventas conducted a research poll on homophobia among the… Read more »

Raw Video: Gay Pride Celebration in Prague

Video Thousands celebrated Prague’s second gay pride on Saturday with a parade leading from the city’s main square to a nearby park. The event drew homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders from across Europe. (Aug. 18) by Associated Press Source – YouTube.com

Anti-gay Russian activists sue Madonna for $10 million

St Petersburg, Russia (Reuters) – A group of Russian anti-gay activists sued American pop star Madonna for $10 million on Friday, saying she had insulted their feelings when she spoke out for gay rights at a concert in St Petersburg last week. Performing in black lingerie with the words “No Fear” scrawled on her back,… Read more »

Appeal against century-long ban on gay pride in Moscow is refused

Nikolay Alexeyev, founder of Moscow Gay Pride, has had his appeal against the century-long ban on the parade rejected by Moscow City Court. Mr Alexeyev filed an appeal against the June ban – which will prevent the city’s LGBT community from holding anything that resembles a gay pride march, rally or celebration for the next… Read more »

Slovakian opposition party proposes legislation for registered same-sex couples

The opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party of Slovakia have announced plans to submit a bill to next month’s parliamentary session that would partially make the registered partnerships of LGBT couples equal with those of married heterosexual couples. As reported in the Slovak Spectator, MP Martin Poliacik of the party said: “This proposal addresses fundamental… Read more »

Lesbian Poet Laureate’s dark take on fairytale to go on tour

Britain’s lesbian Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has turned the fairytale Rapunzel into a ballet which will tour in the UK from October A ballet written by Britain’s lesbian Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy is to go on tour in the UK from October. Commissioned by London dance house Sadler’s Wells and choreographed by Liv… Read more »

Pro-traditional family group blast US ambassador for supporting Prague Pride celebrations

An international anti-LGBT, pro-traditional family group is apparently furious that the US ambassador to the Czech Republic has given his blessing to the Prague Pride Festival taking place this week. Speaking at the opening of the festival on Monday, Ambassador Norman Eisen said: “I am truly honored to be here today representing the United States… Read more »

Gay festival begins in Prague

Prague — The Second Prague Pride festival of homosexuals began here in the capital of the Czech Republic Monday, Xinhua reported. “Our goal is to present the community of gays and lesbians to the public. There are many prejudices that need to be removed,” festival director Czeslaw Walek said. This year’s festival will include a… Read more »

UK’s first Olympic boxing champ celebrates gold at G-A-Y

Olympic champion Nicola Adams toasts her success at 2012 games by visiting one of London’s biggest gay clubs Boxing champion Nicola Adams proved she is a knock-out in the club as well as the ring after being spotted celebrating winning Olympic gold at G-A-Y. The first time games winner was smiling ear to ear when… Read more »

Reykjavik mayor shows pride for Pussy Riot at gay parade

Iceland mayor Jon Gnarr wears pink dress and balaclava in support of pro-gay Russian punk group on trial in Russia The mayor of Reykjavik dressed in a pink dress and balaclava during Iceland’s gay pride parade to support Russian female punk band Pussy Riot. Standing on the float marked with the words ‘Gayor’, Jon Gnarr… Read more »

Ten out gay Olympians win gold at the games

Ten openly LGBT Olympians have taken home Gold from the London 2012 summer games. Were they a team, they would have tied with Mexico and Ethiopia in total medals. Over a third of all out LGBT athletes won a medal, beating off the USA team. Cyd Ziegler, founder of outsports.com said: “If ‘Team Gay’ was… Read more »

Thousands gather in Dublin for marriage equality march

The fourth Irish March for Marriage took place in Dublin city centre yesterday afternoon. Thousands gathered for a lively demonstration calling for the country to introduce marriage equality. Organised by Irish gay rights group LGBT Noise, the one of the march’s key aims was to raise awareness of the discrimination affecting same-sex partners and their… Read more »

Madonna challenges St. Petersburg gay pride ban during tour stop

(RollingStone.com) — At her MDNA tour stop in St. Petersburg, Russia, on August 9th, Madonna challenged the city’s gay pride ban by giving away pink wristbands and speaking out at her show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. St. Petersburg prohibits the “propagation of homosexuality” and “promotion of gay lifestyles,” and authorities had warned Americans of… Read more »

Gay influence at London Olympics is quietly strong

It’s not easy being gay anywhere. In sports competition it’s harder than most places. At the Olympics, it’s gotta be tougher than nails. That is, to be an “out’’ gay or lesbian. According to various reports, which are necessarily without a certain level of fact-checking, there are 21 openly gay athletes out of more than… Read more »

Poll: Gay men take twice as many holidays

A new poll suggested gay men take double the national average number of holidays each year. Ipsos Mori polled 2,174 gay men for Gaydar and has released both the pattern for gay holidays and the most popular destinations. San Francisco was the most popular city, followed by Amsterdam. The resort of Gran Canaria came third… Read more »

Travel: Barcelona’s ten-day Circuit Festival returns (part two)

Danny Hilton talks to Tes Cuadreny (Communication Manager & Girlie Circuit Director) about Circuit Festival Barcelona – in the second of two parts, we get the lo-down on Circuit rival events, Girlie Circuit and smash some Circuit party stereotypes. What do you think about the rival gay ‘Olympic Gaymes’ events? I saw the advertising for… Read more »

Travel: Barcelona’s ten-day Circuit Festival returns (part one)

Danny Hilton talks to Tes Cuadreny, Communications Manager & Girlie Circuit Director, about Circuit Festival Barcelona – in the first of two parts, we find out how Circuit started, what it involves and how such an event is holding up in the economic crisis. How did the Barcelona Circuit Festival start? About five years ago… Read more »

Bid to decriminalise gay acts in Northern Cyprus at European court

The European Court of Human Rights has registered a case to decriminalise homosexuality in Northern Cyprus, the last place in the Council of Europe where being gay is a criminal offence. Cyprus was required by the court to decriminalise consensual sex between consenting adults in 1993, but Cyprus’ division has meant many of the island’s… Read more »

Travel: Vibrancy and tradition in gay Stockholm

Home to international icons including IKEA and H&M, Stockholm is a vibrant city filled with great people, great food and lots of activities for the LGBT community. On a recent vacation to this fabulous destination, I spent three magical days in a city that I rank as one of the top vacation spots in all… Read more »

Scottish government will bring forward equal marriage legislation

Equal marriage advocates have welcomed the Scottish government’s much-awaited announcement this morning that it will be bringing forward legislation to allow gay couples to marry and remove current barriers for trans people. The government will bring forward legislation that would allow gay couples to marry in civil ceremonies and religious ceremonies where faiths choose to… Read more »

Anti-gay bill in Ukraine calls for banning rallies, movies, TV shows depicting gay people

Kiev, Ukraine — If a group of Ukrainian lawmakers succeeds in its mission, TV shows and movies sympathetically portraying homosexuals such as “Brokeback Mountain” will be banned. So will gay pride parades. The recently introduced bill, supported by the president’s representative in parliament, would impose prison terms of up to five years and unspecified fines… Read more »

Serbia Becomes a Hub for Sex-Change Surgery

Belgrade, Serbia — Twenty years ago, newspapers here jeered that transsexuality was an act against God. Today, people are coming from around the world to Serbia for sex change operations, which are now subsidized for Serbs by national health insurance. “It is surprising that a conservative, patriarchal country is becoming a center for sex change… Read more »

The father of us all: meet the world’s first LGBT activist

150 years ago this year Karl Heinrich Ulrichs came out to his family. Five years later he came out to the world. He had become the world’s first LGBT rights campaigner and eventually published twelve manifestos which contain all the demands we still fight for today While the LGBT rights movement in the English speaking… Read more »

Hungary extends hate crime laws to include gays

LGBT groups welcome change in criminal code to include homophobia and transphobia Hungary has passed new legislation which extends hate crime laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity for the first time in the country’s history. President Janos Ader signed the new Hungarian Criminal Code on 13 July and it will come into force… Read more »