LONDON, July 5, 2008 – Amnesty International supporters
will be awarding “null points” to European countries with poor records on
lesbian, gay and transgender (LGBT) rights.
“While the Pride events in London
are set to be awash with glitz, glamour and joy – the story in other
European countries is very different,” said Kim Manning-Cooper, Amnesty
International UK’s LGBT campaigner.
“On the continent, LGBT people
experience very different treatment and protection.
“Recently the first ever Pride
event in Sofia was targeted by petrol bombs, rocks and bottles, while last
year’s event in Croatia and Hungary suffered a similar fate.
“Meanwhile, the Romanian capital,
Bucharest, has played host to an anti-gay ‘March for Normality’. In Riga,
last year’s ‘World Against Homosexuality’ concert attracted an audience of
“Amnesty International will be
shining a spotlight on these countries and encouraging everyone to take
action. It’s time Europe put homophobia in the dustbin of history where it
Today’s parade assembles in Baker
Street where it leaves at 1pm. The route is Oxford Street, Oxford Circus,
Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall,
Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall. Click
HERE for interactive map.
Homophobia Forced Me to Leave My Church and My Country.
Sants. Here’s my plea to the people of Britain: Today, take pride in
Pride London. The event will see thousands of people – gay and straight –
flock onto the streets of the capital in a joyous celebration of love. The
day will be marked by colour, glitz and glamour. It will be a wonderful
advert for the tolerant nature of the people of the United Kingdom and will
show how far lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights have come.
(The Independent, July 5, 2008)
Catholics to Parade at Pride London. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender Catholics from all over the United Kingdom will be parading
behind the ‘Proudly Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered & Proudly
Catholic’ banner in the Pride London Parade next month. (UK Gay News,
June 21, 2008)
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Posted: 5 July 2008 at
00:00 (UK time)