MOSCOW, September 21 (GayRussia
wire) – For the first time ever, a clear majority of
Russians say that there should be equal rights for gays in the country,
a new opinion poll has found.
Figures released yesterday
(September 20) show that 51% of those questioned favoured equality for the
LGBT community, with 39% disagreeing and 10% undecided.
At the same time, a majority of
those questioned also supported a legal ban on sexual orientation
discrimination, with 39.2% agreeing, 36,7% against and 24,1% undecided.
The poll, undertaken by independent
Levada for GayRussia.ru, gives considerable encouragement to Russian gays,
said Nikolai Alekseev, gay activist and head of GayRussia.ru, who sees the
result as suggesting that next year’s Moscow Gay Pride would not increase
the level of homophobia, as feared by some opponents of the Pride.
The results were announced at a
press conference by Moscow Gay Pride organisers who include Evgeniya
Debryanskaya, leader of the Russian lesbian movement, Roman Kalinin, one of
the founders of Russian gay movement, gay activist/journalist Nikolai Baev
They circulated copies of an open
letter to Boris Yeltsin, the first President of Russia, who in 1993 signed
into law the decriminalising of homosexuality.
The activists asked former
President Yeltsin for political and moral support, recognising his role in
the democratic liberties in Russia. It also invited him to take part in the
international conference being staged alongside Gay Pride in May next year.
During the press conference
Alekseev and Debryanskaya announced further details of the Pride programme
of the festival.
They said that Merlin Holland, the
grandson of Oscar Wilde, would be taking part in the cultural side of
Pride. This would be on May 25, the 111 years to the day when
Oscar Wilde was sentenced to prison by a British court for being gay.
In addition, a special programme of
Scandinavian ‘homoculture’ will be presented.
The previously announced first-ever
conference of the International Day against Homophobia (IDAHO) will see
numerous guests from Russia and Europe, including politicians,
parliamentarians, experts, scientists and activists.
Following the Pride Parade, it will
be party time. French singer Desireless will present her show La Vie est
Desireless has been extremely
popular in Russia since the Soviet era with her hit song VoyageVoyage
but she will also perform her new songs. In the interview with GayRussia.ru
she said that she will be writing a special song for Moscow Gay Pride.
Anyone wishing to take part in
Moscow gay festival or to know more about the events should email: contacts
Iranian Gays Live in Fear.
This is the full
text of the press statement from PGLO (Persian Gays &
Lesbians Organisation) received by email received at Outrage! in
Amir, a young Iranian homosexual, recently spoke out
about the torture he has suffered at the hands of the Iranian authorities.
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22, Given 100 Lashes. The bruised and bloodied body of a 22
year old gay Iranian, Amir, bears further witness to the brutality of the
Ayatollah’s regime. Yet many gay and human rights groups in
“the West” are sweeping the matter under the carpet,
New York’s Famous Gay
Pair Call It a Day. Commentary. We all know that these days love
often fades and couples, whether gay or straight, split up. News came today
via many British newspapers that Roy and Silo, arguably New York City’s most
famous gay “item”, have decided to call it a day.
London’s Oxford Street
Will Be Gay for EuroPride Next Year. Two of the world’s
most famous – and busiest – streets will be used for next year’s EuroPride Parade being staged in London. The ‘dream’ of parading
down Oxford Street and Regent Street will become a reality.
Russian Gay Activist Accused of Breach of 1923 Convention.
Details of the criminal case against Russian gay activist Maxim Lazarev are emerging from the Komi Republic, some 1,500 kilometres
north east of Moscow.
Namibia Rights NGOs Call for Official’s Resignation
Over Anti-Gay Remarks. Outraged human rights organisations
have called for the resignation of a Namibian government minister for making
UK Civil Partnerships:
What Gays Need to Know. A new publicity campaign
to tell gay people what they need to know about same-sex civil partnerships
was launched by Deputy Equality Minister Meg Munn at Westminster Register
Researchers Locate Army Document Ordering Commanders
Not To Fire Gays. Scholars in California studying military
personnel policy have found a controversial regulation halting the discharge
of gay soldiers in units that are about to be mobilized.
Gay Russian Activist On
Website Porn Charges. A gay activist from the Komi Republic in the Russian Federation
has been charged with pornography on his non-pornographic website. And
other gay activists in Russia are fearing the start of a wide-ranging
clampdown on gay websites and publications.
Cardiff Millennium Stadium
Cancels Gay Concert on Saturday.
Statements from Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Mardi Gras Organisers
Gay Group in
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Nepal’s Blue Diamond Society (BDS) has been awarded a
grant of £25,000 by the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The money means that
the BDS will be able to continue its work with those suffering from AIDS for
a further year.
London Gay Group to Join
Protest Against Sharia Law in Canada. Human rights
campaigners and refugees from Islamist persecution will protest against the
introduction of Sharia law in Cananda, outside the Canadian High Commission,
in London tomorrow (Thursday September 8) from 12 noon – 2 pm.
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Establish a Sharia Court in Ontario, Canada
Search For ‘Gay’ Faces of
London EuroPride 2006.
Do you want to be seen by
thousands around the world? EuroPride London is looking for a wide range of
interesting ‘faces’ from the diverse LGBT community who fancy themselves on
EuroPride posters, magazines, leaflets and on their web site.
Moscow to Host First IDAHO
Annual Conference During Gay Festival.
The first annual
conference of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) will be held
in Moscow as part of gay festival celebrations in May 2006 with many
prominent Russian and foreign LGBT activists, academics and politicians.
Prime Minister Responds to
Concerns Over Riga Gay Pride Parade.
Aigars Kalvītis, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, has responded
to the concerns expressed in July by UK Gay News, and many others, in
the run-up to the July 23 Gay Pride Parade in Riga, the capitol.
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Launches 2006 Calendar.
Five years after the success of the very first Kings Cross Steelers Rugby
Club calendar, the team is back with a tenth anniversary calendar – and it’s
bigger and better than ever.
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annual Cardiff-Wales Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras vowed to paint the town pink
for this year’s event this coming weekend. And ‘officialdom’ is right behind
New Gay Web Site for Providence, Rhode Island.
The gay community in Providence, Rhode Island now have a dedicated web site
that will reflect their community.