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Belgium’s new gay Socialist premier: from rags to riches

Brussels (AFP)– Elio Di Rupo, who becomes Europe’s second openly gay government leader when sworn in on Tuesday as Belgium’s new premier, is a 60-year-old career politician with a storybook background. Born to an Italian coalminer father and illiterate mother in a 1951 migrant shanty-town, Di Rupo will be the first French-speaking leader of language-divided… Read more »

Kiev Will Hold Gay Pride Events in 2012

From 16 to 19 May 2012 in Kiev will host the international forum “Pride Kiev-2012”. This decision was made Pride organizing committee, consisting of LGBT activists from Kiev, Ukraine’s regions, as well as the representative of Belarus. As stated in the committee pride, in the event planned march in the center of Kiev LGBT community… Read more »

Kosovo: Treatment of sexual minorities, including legislation, state protection, and support services

Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ottawa Treatment of sexual minorities Sources indicate that Kosovar society is “homophobic” (YIHR 18 Nov. 2011; ILGA Europe 29 April 2011; PH n.d.) and that homosexuality is a “taboo” topic (Front Line Defenders 29 May 2007; BIRN 23 Sept. 2009). According to a 2010 poll conducted in… Read more »

The Future of HIV Prevention Among MSM in Europe

Towards better sex with less harm for gay and bisexual men in Europe Good Morning The title of our conference asks us to consider the future, and I hope over the next two days we will all be looking forward. The future is inevitable. But what it looks like is not. The evidence base for… Read more »

Croatian football chief says sorry for anti-gay comments

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution which reminds Croatia of its obligation to protect gay citizens from homophobia and homophobic violence before it joins the EU in 2013. Last year, the European Parliament said Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey had to prove they could offer “genuine protection” to gay people in order to become member… Read more »

Video: Gay Bosnian refugee tells his story

Dario Kosarac recounts his feelings of never totally belonging in Bosnia because his parents were of mixed Serbian-Croatian ethnic backgrounds; and never being totally accepted in the USA because he was from Bosnia and is gay. Born and raised in Bosnia, which at the time was Socialist Yugoslavia, and of parents that were different ethnic… Read more »

Update: St Petersberg Passes Anti-Gay Law

Russia’s second city has passed a law banning so-called ‘gay propoganda’. Update: The law passed second reading but lawmakers have delayed the third reading until 30 November, according to a video statement by Polina Savchenko. The law, which has been rushed through the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, prohibits so-called propaganda of ‘sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and… Read more »

Gay Russia News & Reports 2011 Sep-Dec

1 At the Heart of Moscow Gay Pride: A Video Report Exclusive 9/11 2 Moscow photo exhibition dedicated to the experience of coming out 9/11 3 Study: In Ukraine Tens of Thousands of Teens Engage in Gay Sex 9/11 4 Gay Rights Festival to Start in St. Pete 9/11 5 International Queer Culture Festival 2010… Read more »

Gay Russia News & Reports 2011 Jun-Aug

1 Russia’s Best-Known Gay Activist Has an Uphill Fight 6/11 2 A Refracted Rainbow 6/11 3 …Why I am Organising a Protest at the London Embassy 6/11 4 St Petersburg Bans Slavic Gay Pride Parade but OKs Anti- Gay Rally 6/11 5 Controversy Over Gay Rights In Moscow City Hall? 6/11 6 Activists Announced a… Read more »

Gay Poland News & Reports 2011

1 Love Does Not Exclude – About the campaign 2/11 2 Love Doesn’t Exclude in Small Towns 2/11 3 LGBT History month remembers classic lesbian novel 3/11 4 Equality Parade marches through Warsaw 6/11 5 A Refracted Rainbow 6/11 6 Poland’s first transgender MP will fight for equal rights 10/11 7 Poland swears in first… Read more »

Liechtenstein Beats America To Granting Full Gay Patnership Rights To Lesbian and Gay Couples

No Liechtenstein as in the smallest yet the richest (by measure of GDP per capita) country in the world. As of Saturday Liechtenstein is now one of many countries who has beaten America, the land of liberty, equality and freedom to granting gay and lesbian couples the right to formally register their partnership be put… Read more »

Hundreds arrested, several hurt in Croatian anti-gay violence

Zagreb/Belgrade – An estimated 300 people were arrested and five hospitalized after violence erupted to protest the first Gay Pride parade in the Croatian port city of Split on Saturday, news website Index reported. Police used teargas and batons to protect between 150-300 gay rights supporters when a 10,000-strong mob attacked them, hurling stones, bottles… Read more »

U.S., Canadian, other ambassadors to Slovakia publicly support gay pride parade

Bratislava, Slovakia – Twenty prominent ambassadors to Slovakia, including the Canadian, U.S., and many European Union state ambassadors, notably Polish and Hungarian, signed a public endorsement of a homosexual pride parade that took place this week. The Duhovy or “Rainbow” Pride parade took place on June 4 in Bratislava, Slovakia.  Participants demanded legalized same-sex “marriage”… Read more »

Title: “Identity of Homosexual Minority in Czech and Slovak Republics”

Abstract: The article points out an insufficient legislative regulation of rights of homosexual minority, and a consequent discrimination of the particular minority in the Slovak republic as well as in the Czech Republic. While in the Czech Republic the first step was taken in an enactment by adoption of the Law on registered partnership, in… Read more »

Gay-friendly Croatia Comes Out

Croatia is coming out of the closet this year. Nice things are happening: the second gay discoteque has opened in Zagreb, Split will host its own gay pride, the LGBT scene is rapidly changing and growing and, most importantly, Rab island, one of Cratia’s thousand islands welcomes LGBT guests more friendly than any other destination… Read more »

Liechtenstein: Say ‘Yes’ to Same-Sex Partnerships

The people of Liechtenstein should not isolate their country from Western Europe or their LGBT citizens from the rest of society. The fundamental right not to be discriminated against should be observed in Liechtenstein, and same-sex partnerships should be recognized by law. The people of Liechtenstein should vote “yes” in the referendum. – Boris Dittrich,… Read more »

Gay Denmark News & Reports 2011

1 Call to remove Danish Penal Code on HIV transmission 3/11 2 Denmark set to introduce gay marriage 10/11 3 Danish Gay Marriage Pioneer Axel Axgil Dies At 96 10/11 4 Death of Axel Axgil 1915-2011 – A great LGBT Pioneer 10/11 5 Gay religious wedding ceremonies “in spring 2012? 11/11 31 March 2011 –… Read more »

Gay Belgium News & Reports 2011

1 Video: Anti-gay Catholic archbishop slapped in face with custard pies 4/11 7 April 2011 – PinkNews 1 Video: Anti-gay Catholic archbishop slapped in face with custard pies by Jessica Geen A Belgian Catholic archbishop who said HIV is “justice” for gays has been hit in the face with custard pies. Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, the… Read more »

Gay European-Union News & Reports 2011

Combating sexual orientation discrimination European Group of Experts reviews legislative measures taken by the Member States of the European Union to combat sexual orientation discrimination Book URL for Lesbians in Christian church in Europe EGAT – European Aids Treatment Group 1 Discrimination sexual orientation and gender identity in Europe 1/11 2 Euro Parliament blasts Iran on gays… Read more »

Gay European-Union News & Reports 2011

Combating sexual orientation discrimination European Group of Experts reviews legislative measures taken by the Member States of the European Union to combat sexual orientation discrimination Book URL for Lesbians in Christian church in Europe EGAT – European Aids Treatment Group 1 Discrimination sexual orientation and gender identity in Europe 1/11 2 Euro Parliament blasts Iran… Read more »

Gay Holland News & Reports 2011

1 Amsterdam looks to attract the pink dollar 3/11 2 Netherlands Celebrates 10 Years Of Gay Marriage 4/11 March 22, 2011 – Monsters & Critics 1 Amsterdam looks to attract the pink dollar by Thomas Burmeister Amsterdam – Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most popular destinations, drawing millions of tourists each year looking to savour… Read more »

Gay Lithuania News and Reports 2011

1 The Racist and Homophobic Election Campaign 2/11 2 Open letter on the exclusion of gays from roundtable on human rights 2/11 3 Lithuania Ignores European Court Decision 3/11 4 Committee Votes to “Improve” the Ban on “Gay Propaganda” 4/11 5 Lithuanian Parliament still unready to reject anti-gay law 4/11 6 The European Union Fails… Read more »

Gay Germany News & Reports 2011

1 Modern gay rights movement born in 19th century Germany 3/11 2 New memorial to gay holocaust victims to be built in Munich 5/11 3 Rudolf Brazda, Last Gay Nazi Death Camp Survivor, Dies 8/11 4 Berlin’s Gay Mayor Klaus Wowereit Elected To Third Term 9/11 1 March 2011 – Fridae 1 Modern gay rights… Read more »

Gay Serbia News & Reports 2011

Also see: Belgrade Gay Guide 1 Metropolitan of the Serbian Orthodox Church Ordered to Apologise 3/11 2 Serbian official: Bishop must apologize to gays 3/11 3 Serbia sends anti-Gay neo-Nazis to prison 4/11 4 Report exploring the link between MSM, homophobia and HIV/AIDS 4/11 5 ‘Being gay in Serbia is tough’ 6/11 5a ILGA-Europe urges… Read more »

Gay Ireland and Northern Ireland News and Reports 2011

1 Irish civil partnerships come into law 1/11 2 Ireland recognises foreign gay marriage and partnerships 1/11 3 Gay couple are first to be recognised as civil partners in Ireland 1/11 4 Clerics furious at Londonderry gay sauna 2/11 5 Most Irish people support gay marriage, poll says 2/11 6 Ireland elects first openly gay… Read more »

Gay Greece News & Reports 2011

1 Greek TV fined over male kissing 11/03 February 13, 2011 – UK Gay News 1 Gay Youth in Athens to Stage Public Valentine’s ‘Kiss-In’ – Move follows self censorship of gay kisses in Kate Perry and Pink videos by MTV Greece and MAD TV Athens – Greek youngsters are getting fed up that a… Read more »

The Family Matter

Estonian conductor Erki Pehk and his boyfriend appeared together on the red carpet at the president’s Independence Day reception last February. It was the first time a gay couple had stepped on that carpet, and their public appearance seems to have reignited public and political debate on gay rights in Estonia. The Baltic Pride in… Read more »

Gay Belarus News & Reports 2011

1 A photo essay of Belarusian LGBT activity 1/11 2 "President Alexander Lukashenko takes oath for the fourth time" 1/11 3 Gays and Lesbians Given Permission to Stage First-Ever Sanctioned Rally 2/11 4 Gays and lesbians held their first ever authorized rally against homophobia 2/11 5 Journey With a Movie Camera Through ‘Gay’ Eastern Europe… Read more »

Gay UK News & Reports 2011

1 Men charged with anti-gay hatred over execution leaflets 1/11 2 Bishop Derek Rawcliffe, 1921-2011 2/11 3 Gay church ‘marriages’ set to get the go-ahead 2/11 4 1-in-5 unaware that HIV can be passed though unprotected gay sex 2/11 5 British gay Muslims seek Islamic weddings 2/11 6 UK Appoints Openly Gay Ambassador 3/11 6a… Read more »

Gay Russia News & Reports 2011 Jan-May

0 A photo essay of Belarusian LGBT life 1/11 1 Documentary on gay Russia at London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 1/11 2 Inadequate Fight Against Drugs Hampers Russia’s Ability to Curb H.I.V.1/11 3 Russia Targets Gays with Public Service Ads 1/11 4 Gay Activist From the Komi Republic Beaten Unconsciousness 2/11 5 Russian NGOs… Read more »

Moldova: Gay suicide after police harrassment

Earlier this week a 27 year old gay man took his own life following an incident of homophobic harrassment by the Moldovan police during the day. The incident started when a police car arrived at a known “crusing area” in the Moldovan capital Chisinau where only last May, the Liberal Mayor banned Moldova Pride, while… Read more »

Gay UK News & Reports 2010 Aug-Dec

1 Attitude magazine tackles mental health issues in gay men 8/10 2 20,000 protest over Pope’s views on homosexuality 9/10 3 Sir Ian McKellen: Gay marriage has to be on Stonewall’s agenda 9/10 3a British army claims having openly gay soldiers has ‘increased productivity’ 9/10 4 Sir Ian McKellen unveils Tatchell blue plaque Award 10/10… Read more »

Gay Russia News & Reports 2010 Oct-Dec

1 Gays Demonstrate in Moscow – and Are Not Arrested 10/10 2 Russian court rules LGBT Pride parade ban ‘illegal’ 10/10 3 St. Petersburg must allow gay Pride marches, court rules 10/10 3a Как сообщают друзья Сергея Прадеда 10/10 4 III International Side by Side Film Festival Starts! 10/10 5 Gays Win Rights Case Against… Read more »

Gay European-Union News & Reports 2009-10

Combating sexual orientation discrimination December 23, 2004 European Group of Experts reviews legislative measures taken by the Member States of the European Union to combat sexual orientation discrimination Book URL for Lesbians in Christian church in Europe EGAT – European Aids Treatment Group 1 Council of Europe Propogates Anti-Family Yogyakarta Principles 2/09 2 Euro Parliament… Read more »

Gay Ireland and Northern Ireland News and Reports 2009

Dublin: ‘Lesbians Organizing Together’ drop-in centre where gay people can report homophobic crimes 5 Capel St (Mon-Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-4pm; tel 872 7770) 1 Homophobic Bullying a Major Problem in Irish Schools 2/09 2 Ireland to refuse adoption rights for gay couples 2/09 dailyqueernews.com http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/4710/ February 2, 2009 1 Homophobic Bullying a Major Problem in… Read more »

Gay Ireland and Northern Ireland News and Reports 2009-10

Dublin: ‘Lesbians Organizing Together’ drop-in centre where gay people can report homophobic crimes 5 Capel St (Mon-Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-4pm; tel 872 7770) 1 Homophobic Bullying a Major Problem in Irish Schools 2/09 2 Ireland to refuse adoption rights for gay couples 2/09 3 ‘High number’ of gay and bisexual domestic violence victims in No.… Read more »

Gay Switzerland News & Reports 2009-10

1 Zurich elects lesbian mayor 3/09 2 Gay pride around the world 6/09 3 HIV cases fall among gay men 2/10 4 1/4 Swiss gay men using serosorting, strategic position or…to reduce HIV 6/10 March 30, 2009 – PinkNews 1 Zurich elects lesbian mayor by Sophie Wilkinson Zurich, Switzerland, has elected its first female and… Read more »

Gay France News and Reports 2009-11

1 French government minister confirms he is gay 1/09 2 French Senate votes to recognise British civil partnerships 3/09 3 National Assembly approves recognising foreign civil partnerships 4/09 4 International Congress on Gay Rights in France Will Mark IDAHO 2009 5/09 5 Beyond Hatred 6/09 6 Gay Entertainment Report: ‘Single Man’ Leads Queer Lion 8/09… Read more »

Gay European-Union News & Reports 2007-08

Combating sexual orientation discrimination December 23, 2004 European Group of Experts reviews legislative measures taken by the Member States of the European Union to combat sexual orientation discrimination http://ilga.org/news_results.asp?LanguageID=1&FileID=434&FileCategory=10&ZoneID=4 Book URL for Lesbians in Christian church in Europe http://www.ilga.org/news_results.asp?LanguageID=1&FileID=274&ZoneID=4&FileCategory=10 EGAT – European Aids Treatment Group http://www.eatg.org/pages/article.php?id=1 1 Europarliament Lurches Right 1/07 2 Moldovan Gay Pride… Read more »

Gay Ireland and Northern Ireland News and Reports 2007-08

Dublin: ‘Lesbians Organizing Together’ drop-in centre where gay people can report homophobic crimes 5 Capel St (Mon-Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-4pm; tel 872 7770) 1 Firms in North face new gay discrimination laws 1/07 2 Gay groups welcome Lords decision 1/07 3 Transgender summit a first for Ireland 2/07 4 Ireland delays gay partnership bill 2/07… Read more »