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Moldovan Capital Refuses Gays Permission to Assemble for Pride.
News that the mayor of Chisinau, the capital of
Moldova, has turned down a request for a demonstration outside the
Parliament building has drawn criticism from the International Lesbian and
Gay Association Europe (ILGA-Europe).
Russians Support Prosecution of Anti-Gay Mufti – Poll. Almost half
of Russians asked think that radical Russian Mufti Talgat Tadjuddin should
be prosecuted for his anti-gay outburst earlier this year, an opinion poll
Grants Refugee Status to Gay Man From Iran. A gay Iranian has been
granted asylum in Austria on appeal, after having his application initially turned
Muslim Council Rejects Gay Dialogue.
The Muslim Council of Britain has rejected talks with gay organisations and
rebuffed proposals to tackle homophobia within the Muslim community.
Teen Named a Grand Marshal at Atlanta Gay Pride.
A teen who is leading the battle to form a Gay-Straight Alliance at her high
school is to be one of the two “grand marshals” of this year’s Atlanta
President Kaczynski Urged to Support and Protect Gay
Pride Marchers in Kraków. The Polish president, President Lech
Kaczynski, has been asked to publicly support the right of Poland’s lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender citizens to march peacefully and with full
police protection on April 28 in Kraków as part of the third annual March of
Gay Activists to Appeal as Court Acquits Latvian MP for Homophobic Statement.
A court of a Latvian
town of Jurmala rejected today a complaint against Leopolds Ozoliòð, member of the
Latvian Parliament, for his comments.
Nigerian Humanists Fight for Survival of Country’s Gay
Community. A leading Nigerian Humanist is courageously standing up
for the country's gay community in the face of his government's vicious
attack on gay rights.
Poland Heads for New Clashes Between Gay Activists and
As gays gear
up for the third Kraków Pride, known as Culture for Tolerance Kraków
Gay and Lesbian Festival, on Friday, the
city’s police are bracing themselves for possible trouble.
Gay Men Acquitted in Major Victory for Human Rights.
All of the “Yaounde 11” have now been cleared of
homosexuality charges, it emerged from the
Cameroon capital Yaounde today.
11 gay men were detained almost a year ago after police were called to an
incident at a
nightclub frequented by gay men and women. Two were released without charge
earlier this year. :
Successful Herceptin Legal Challenge Seen As Test Case for PEP.
The recent decision by the High Court this month to allow the prescription
of Herceptin for Breast Cancer, even though it costs £21,000, even though it
is only 50 per cent effective, has significantly improved the chances of
success in the forthcoming Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) legal case, PEP
April 20: USA/Iraq:
IGLHRC Calls On Bush Administration to Condemn
Violence Against Iraqi Gays. The International Gay and Lesbian Human
Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is calling on the Bush
administration to take all appropriate measures to publicly condemn the
escalation of violence against gay men and lesbians in Iraq and take all
possible measures to ensure their protection.
April 20: Russia:
Qur’an Appears to Override Russian Law in Complaint Over Muft’s Anti-Gay
Prosecutor’s Office appears to be guided by the Qur’an rather than Russian law, a gay
Russian Constitutional Court To Consider Gay Marriage
Case. Edvard Murzin, a deputy in the Bashkortostan State
Assembly, is used to being shunned when it comes to his requests that the
question of ‘gay marriage’ be considered. Bashkortostan is an oil and
natural gas-rich state within the Russian Federation
in the southern Ural Mountains region.
April 19: Russia:
Human Rights Bureau Slams Mayor over Threatened Pride Parade Ban. Moscow
Human Rights Bureau became the first Russian human rights organization to
voice its support for next month’s Moscow Pride Parade.
April 18: UK:
Gay Brighton Councillor to Stand Down in Next City
Elections. Simon Williams, one of Brighton’s few openly gay
councillors, has announced that he won’t be standing for re-election to the
city council in elections in 2007.
April 14: UK:
Rapper Mz Fontaine to Headline National Student Pride. Lesbian
singer and rapper Mz Fontaine is set to headline the entertainment for “Club Night” at
the second National Student Pride to be held at Oxford Brookes Student Union
April 14: UK:
Call for Council to Promote New Sex Ed Guidance. The Brighton and
Hove Green Party has today called on their council to send copies of the
government’s new guidance on Sex & Relationships Education to all local
April 14: USA:
Grows in New York for Right of Gay People to Marry.
Support in New York has steadily grown over the last
three years for the right of gay people to marry, according to a poll
released by Empire State Pride Agenda (Pride Agenda), the state’s lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.
April 13: Russia/The Vatican:
Backs Moscow Mayor’s ‘Ban’ of Gay Pride. The Vatican’s representative in Russia, Archbishop Àntonio Mennini has said
that he supports Moscow’s decision to ban a gay parade in the capital city
at the end on next month.
April 12: Italy:
Person Elected to Italian Parliament. Five lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) politicians have been elected as members of the
Italian parliament. While Europe is more accustomed to the presence and
visibility of LGB people in politics, the case of Vladimir Luxuria, a
transgender person being elected as a parliamentarian, is probably the first
a European ‘first’.
April 12: Latvia:
Latvian MP in Court Over Anti-Gay Remarks.
A Latvian MP is in
court today accused of “expressing disrespectful and derogatory remarks”
against gays last year – and of “breaching ethical and moral standards”
April 12: UK:
Council To Be Asked To Officially Recognise IDAHO.
Brighton and Hove, renowned as the ‘gay capital’ of England, could be the
first city in the UK to formally commemorate the International Day Against
Homophobia (IDAHO), to be marked on May 17 in more than 40 countries across
April 11: Latvia:
Activists Ask Permission For Second Riga Gay Pride
The Latvian Alliance
of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their friends Mozaika (‘Mosaic’)
submitted an official request to the City Council of Riga for a second pride
March on 22 July.
April 10: Russia:
Gay Activists Demand End of Russian Ban on Homosexual Donors.
Gay activists in
Russia have written to officials raising the issue of the ban on blood
donation by homosexuals which, like in many other countries, is still in
force in Russia.
April 10: Latvia:
Homophobic Incident At Riga Anglican Church.
The Latvian State
Police has started a criminal investigation following a homophobic incident
at the Anglican Church of Riga yesterday (April 9).
April 10: Travel:
Where the Boys Are This
Summer. This year’s sensational event
takes place from September 24 to 01 October 1 in Bodrum, on Turkey’s Aegean
April 9: Poland:
Warsaw: Protesting Closure of Gay
Club by City Authorities.
demonstration against the enforced closure of Le Madame club was declared “a
big political success” by organisers today.
April 8: Europe/Nigeria:
Europe Slams Nigerian Government Over Proposed Anti-Gay
Legislation. The European Parliament’s Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights has strongly condemned the Nigerian
government over its proposals make same sex relationship illegal and to ban
gays and lesbians from forming organisations.
April 6: Poland:
Anti-Gay Kaczynski Twins Not 'Over the Moon' At Le
Madame Demo. While a wide-range of performances
continue outside the now closed gay Le Madame
club which doubles as a cultural and political venue, a mass demonstration
is planned for Saturday outside the Warsaw City Council building in Plac
April 6: UK:
Committed to Concept of IDAHO. Statements of support from UK
political parties have provided a major boost to campaigners for an
International Day Against Homophobia, in time for the big launch of IDAHO-UK
tomorrow (April 7).
April 6: UK:
Ian McKellen Opens Gay Group's New
Headquarters. Sir Ian McKellen opened the new headquarters of the Lesbian and Gay Foundation
in Princess House in Manchester’s ‘gay village’ this afternoon with a gag. “Here we are in Princess House – I note that a princess
is a young person who one day will become a queen,” quipped the out-gay
April 6: USA:
Breakneck Sales for ‘Brokeback’ on First Day
of DVD Release. Ang Lee’s Brokeback
Mountain notched-up phenomenal sales of 1.4 million on the first day of
release yesterday (April 4).
April 4: UK:
IDAHO-UK Launches With Reading of
Dramatisation of ‘Rid England of this Plague’. The formal launch of the UK arm of International Day
Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on Friday will include a look back to England in
the 1950s and the “purge of gays”.
April 3: Switzerland/Russia:
Moscow Gay Pride: ‘Let It
Be’ Chanted Activists in Geneva Demo.
More than 100 activists from 35 different countries took part in a peaceful
demonstration in front of the Russian diplomatic mission to the United
They were protesting the intention of
Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov to forbid
the first gay and lesbian pride in his city as well as the homophobic
statements made by religious leaders and public figures.
April 3: USA:
Mountain Released on DVD.
Much has been written about Ang
Lee’s film Brokeback Mountain since its world premier at the Venice
Film Festival last summer – the movie adaptation of Annie Proulx’s short
story which was published in the October 13, 1997, edition of the New
Yorker walked away with the festival’s “Golden Lion” award.