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Amnesty to Stage Mock ‘Eurovision’ at Gay Pride in London

 

‘Null  points’ to be awarded to six European countries for their poor LGBT rights record
 

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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 several thousand.

“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 belongs.”

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.

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Homophobia Forced Me to Leave My Church and My CountryBy Maris 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)

Gay 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)

 



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