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Dec 31: UK:
Disappointment that Gays, Lesbians and Transgender People Ignored in Tory
Domestic Violence Plans. Broken Rainbow, the UK’s sole LGBT
domestic violence telephone helpline, is surprised and disappointed that
lesbians, gays and transgender people are not included in the Conservative
plans to tackle domestic violence.
Dec 31: Belarus:
European Commission Closely Monitors Gay and Transgender Rights in Belarus,
Top Official Says. Democracy and respect for human rights are the
core elements in European Union contacts with the Belarusian authorities, a
Belarusian gay activist has been told.
Two Anti Gay
Hate Groups in Serbia Zapped by Facebook. Two Serbian “gay hate
groups” have been removed by Facebook. Two days ago, UK Gay News
revealed that the two Facebook groups, “Queeria, Pederi Marš iz Srbije” and
“СТОП ПЕДЕРИМА - КВИРИЈИ!” were posting death threats on Serbian gay men and
women – and calling for other criminal activity.
Please Protect Us, Serbian Gays Plead: Death
Threats, Attacks Faced as Facebook Fails to Remove Two Hate Groups. Please protect us. That is
the plea from gays and lesbian in Serbia to their government, the police and
the wider world this holiday season.
C4s Ahmadinejad Message Is “Insult to Murdered Iranians, Gay and Straight”.
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell last night urged UK commercial public
service Channel 4 to “pull the plug” on it’s Alternative Christmas Message,
to be broadcast this afternoon.
Wrong on “Gay Threat”, Says Tatchell. By choosing to highlight
homosexuality instead of hunger, war and homelessness, the Pope has lost his
moral bearings and sense of priorities, Peter Tatchell said this afternoon.
The New US Administration, Race, the Bible – and Gay
Rights. A letter to readers of UK Gay News from the Rev. Gil
Caldwell. I have been an ally/advocate of gay rights in the USA for
a number of years. The first article I wrote expressing my support of LGBT
persons was published in 1980 in a United Methodist Church journal.
Among Polish Gays Over Looming Court Battle. Commentary.
Many gays in Poland are worried. Very worried. No, it is not the
usual and “historical” reasons – homophobic politicians egged-on by the
Roman Catholic Church to “have a go” at the gays.
GayRussia Celebrates Three and a Half Years of Gay Activism – and a Million
Visitors to Website. Three Moscow
Prides, 165 banned events appealed in the courts, 5,000 articles published,
10 million hits on its web site, and more than a billion watchers of Moscow
Pride 2006 documentary. A retrospective.
MP From Nepal Speaks at United Nations.
The text of the speech written by the openly gay Sunil
Babu Pant, a Member of the Constituent Assembly and Parliament of Nepal, for
the United Nations on Thursday.
Delegation at UN Explains Country’s Stance on Yesterday’s Statement on Gay
and Transgender Rights. The Russian Federation declined to support
either “side” at yesterday’s United Nations statement in support of the
decriminalisation of homosexual relations and respect for the right of
people irrespective of this sexual orientation and gender identity,
GayRussia.ru learned this afternoon.
MP Tables Early Day Motion in UK Parliament on Worldwide
Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Rights. Members of Parliament from
five political parts have signed an ‘Early Day Motion’ that urges the UK
government to continue its work towards world-wide decriminalisation of
homosexuality and to end gender identity discrimination.
Rules Ban on Gay Picket Outside Iranian Embassy Was Lawful. The
Moscow City Court dismissed yesterday an appeal by the organisers of a
proposed picket last July in front of Iranian Embassy which was banned by
the city authorities. The Taganskiy district court had upheld the ban.
In 2006 and 2007 similar demonstrations outside the Iranian Embassy
were permitted. But the word “homosexual” was not
in the application to the city authorities. It was this year,
“Pride” at UN Statement on Decriminalisation of Homosexuality.
Louis-Georges Tin, the founder of International Day Against Homophobia
(IDAHO), told today of “my pride” following the reading of the “Declaration”
at the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Backs UN Statement and Pledges Continuing Support for Gay and Transgender
People Worldwide. The United Kingdom will continue to work towards
ending the discrimination of gay and bisexual men and women – and
transgender people – around the world, Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary
David Miliband pledged this morning.
Dec 17: Belarus, Russia, European Union:
Euro MPs Get Tough Over
Lack of Gay Rights in Russia and Belarus. Three MEPs from the ALDE
(Liberal Democrat) group have tabled questions to European Commission
President Jose Manuel Barruso asking about the lack of gay rights in Russia
and Belarus - and they are demanding answers.
Gay is NOT
the New Black. Commentary by Rev. Irene Monroe. If you are
African American and gay, and fighting alongside your white LGBTQ brothers
and sisters for queer civil rights, the notion that “Gay is the new black”
is not only absurdly arrogant, it is also dangerously divisive. In a
presumably “post-racial” era with the country’s first African American
president-elect, it’s easy for some to assume that race doesn’t matter.
The Baltic States:
Baltic Gay Pride to be Staged in Riga. Three LGBT organisations in
the Baltic States will join together in May next year to stage the
first-ever joint Gay Pride. The Pride event, set for May 15 to 17 in
Riga, is aimed at drawing attention to the situation for LGBT people in the
three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – and encouraging
people of different sexual orientation to celebrate diversity and Baltic
to Restore the Memory of Soviet Gays When Today Russian Gays Are Still
Persecuted. Commentary by Alexey Davydov. I recently came
across the following initiative in my country: “2009 is named in Russia the
year of gay and lesbian victims of political repressions of Soviet times”.
The idea is about calling on the Russian government to apologise publicly in
front of the sexual minorities who were prosecuted during the Soviet era.
Gays Not Dejected by Court Ruling Outlawing Registered Partnerships.
Set-back? Yes. Disaster? No. That is the verdict of gay activists
in Hungary following yesterday’s pronouncement by the Hungarian
Constitutional Court that the law granting registered partnerships to both
same-sex and opposite-sex couples was unconstitutional.
Publicly Admits He Limited the Right of Gays to Freedom of Expression.
Mayor Yuri Luzhkov said today that representatives of sexual minorities
would be welcomed in Moscow for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Authorities React to Gay Picket with Pressure, Threats and Arrests.
The authorities in Liski, 650 south of Moscow in Voronezh region of Russia,
got tough yesterday with the organisers of a proposed youth picket in the
city on December 12, Constitution Day.
Alvarez Hails Gay Rights Court Decision as “Important”.
Equality Rights Group chairman, Felix Alvarez, has welcomed yesterday’s High
Court judgment concerning the right to joint housing tenancy of a
Gibraltarian lesbian couple.
Slavic Gay Pride in Moscow from IDAHO Founder. Louis-Georges Tin,
the founder of the International Day Against Homophobia and president of
IDAHO French Committee, has said that he fully supports the staging of
Slavic Gay Pride in Moscow next year on the day of Eurovision song contest
final in mid May – and that he plans to part.
Dec 3: United Nations/France:
Arrest in Paris During a Gay Rights Demo, Via a French Minister, to the
United Nations. The unsung hero of next week’s UN
resolution and his significant role.
Rules 145 Gay Pride Marches Were Lawfully Banned. The Moscow City
Court today threw-out the appeals by Moscow Gay Pride organisers over the
banning of 145 gay human rights marches that were planned for last May.