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February 28: EU/Russia: Mayor of Moscow Condemned by Euro
Parliament Gay Rights Group. Recent statements from the
Mayor of Moscow – and his office – that any application for a Gay Pride
parade in Moscow in May would not be considered has been condemned by the
European Parliament’s Gay and Lesbian Rights Intergroup.
February 28: UK: Gay People ‘Almost Invisible’ on BBC Flagship Channels.
Gay people are almost invisible on the BBC’s flagship channels,
according to new research commissioned by Stonewall. Yet gay people
contribute £190 million a year to the BBC in TV licence fees.
February 27: HIV/AIDS: You
Fly - I Live: A Plea From Africa.
By Françoise Ndayishimiye.
My name is Francoise. I’m a mother, a doctor, and I live with HIV/AIDS in
Burundi. I also
represent the global community of over fifty million people living with HIV,
Tuberculosis and Malaria as Board member on the Global Fund, our leading
hope in the battle to save our lives.
February 27: UK: Peter Tatchell Human Rights Fund Campaign Report 2005.
The trustees of the Peter Tatchell Human Rights Fund present the following
report on Peter Tatchell’s human rights
campaigns during 2005, released today.
February 27: Russia/USA:
Moscow Gay Pride Parade Should
Not Be Banned, Says Scott Long of HRW.
Yuri Luzhkov’s promise to ban the city’s first-ever gay pride parade is a
threat to civil liberties and civil society, Human Rights Watch said today
in a letter to the mayor.
February 25: Russia/Europe:
Polish Gays Spearhead Euro Demos at
Russian Embassies. Of all the demonstrations in support of
Moscow Pride to be held on Thursday March 2 outside Russian embassies in
Europe, perhaps the most poignant will be in Warsaw. Gay men and women in Warsaw just happen to know a thing
or two about a homophobic mayor who tries to bans Prides.
February 24: UK:
Response to the Outrage! Statement on Unite Against Fascism Conference.
Outrage’s assertion that Sir Iqbal Sacranie pulled out of or that he was
‘dumped’ by UAF from Saturday’s conference is completely untrue. Sir Iqbal
had another engagement and the MCB instead sent Dr Daud Abdullah, their
Assistant General Secretary, who was warmly received by all the delegates.
February 24: UK:
Gay and Lesbian Groups Criticise Decision to Suspend Mayor of London.
A group of gay and lesbian organisations, including
the Lesbian and Gay Coalition Against Racism, have condemned the suspension
of London Mayor, Ken Livingstone for an “off the cuff” remark to a
journalist from the London Evening Standard.
February 22: Russia:
Moscow Mayor Again Says ‘No’ to Gay Pride Parade.
signing the “Berlin Declaration” which included a clause recognising “the
necessity of eliminating all forms of discrimination and intolerance”, the
Mayor of Moscow, Juri Lushkov, said this afternoon that he would not give permission for the Moscow
Gay Pride march and festival to go ahead at the end of May.
February 20: Russia:
Deputies Line Up to Back Moscow Mayor on Gay
Pride. Russian politicians have today
been virtually queuing up to give statements to the media in support of the
Mayor of Moscow who last week said he would ban a gay pride parade in the
February 19: Senegal:
HIV-Positive Gays Face Double Stigma.
DAKAR (PLUSNEWS) – Twenty-four-year old male sex worker
Doudou (not his real name) was forced to turn to Senegal’s leading gay NGO
when his family members threw him out for being a homosexual.
February 18: UK:
Anti-Gay Rhetoric of Sacranie Forces Pull-Out from Conference.
Sir Iqbal Sacranie has been pressured to
withdraw from addressing a trade union-sponsored ‘Unite Against Fascism’
conference in London after protests against his ‘BNP-style homophobia’ from
left-wingers, trade unionists and gay rights campaigners.
February 17: Europe/Russia:
World Shows Solidarity with Russian
Gays. Gay men and women in Russia are tonight very
encouraged at the world-wide response to the homophobic outbursts of
religious leaders and the Mayor of Moscow during the week, with the Mayor
proclaiming that Moscow Pride in May was a non-starter. Condemnation of the outbursts, coupled with messages of
solidarity with Russian gays, has come from across Europe – and as far a
field as New Zealand.
February 17: UK/Russia:
Mayor of London Asked to Intervene in Moscow Gay Pride
“Ban”. The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has called on the Mayor of London, Ken
Livingstone, to appeal to his counterpart in Moscow to lift the threat of a
ban on a gay pride parade in the city scheduled for the end of May.
February 16: Russia:
Moscow Authorities Will Not Allow Gay
Pride In Any Form – Mayor’s Office.
The row over the
planned Gay Pride in Moscow, highlighted over the past two days by religious
leaders, went squarely into the local political arena today when the Moscow
city authorities said they will not permit “under any circumstances” the
first-ever Gay Pride parade, scheduled for the end of May in the city.
February 16: Poland:
Official Homophobia in Poland
Threatens Human Rights
– Scott Long of HRW. As a new government in Poland brings
to power officials with long records of opposing gay and lesbian rights, it
is more important than ever for the country’s leadership to affirm all
citizens’ equality, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Polish
President Lech Kaczynski.
February 15: Russia:
Russian Muslim Leader Calls For Gays to
be “Thrashed”. Russian Muslims could arrange serious protest actions if representatives of “sexual
minorities” try to stage a Gay Pride parade later in Moscow in May,
according to Interfax news agency following an outburst from an extremist
February 15: UK:
New Gay Youth Group for Shropshire.
Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is launching a new youth group for lesbian, gay
and bisexual (LGB) young people in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin – one of a
number of services run from the charity’s new office in Wellington.
February 10: Russia:
International Gay Conference Set for
Moscow Swissotel. The International Day Against Homophobia
(IDAHO) conference in Moscow is to be held at the prestigious Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy, it has been announced.
February 8: Russia:
Protest Letter Over Anti-Gay Russian TV News Broadcast.
of British gay literary giant Oscar Wilde has written personally to the
Russian President, Vladimir Putin, following a biased and homophobic television programme
screened in Russia last weekend.
February 8: UK:
Celebrates Gay History Month. The February 1 issue of
Nursing Standard marked the start of LGBT History Month with a special issue
"Pride in Nursing". The weekly magazine brought-in a "guest editor",
Drew Payne, an out-gay nurse who works as an advisor at NHS Direct.
This is Payne's poignant 'editorial' for the special issue, re-published
here with the permission of Nursing Standard.
February 6: Iraq:
Male Homosexuality Still a Taboo in Iraq.
Living in the shadow of religious pressure and social discrimination,
medical student Ahmed Fatah says there’s no way he could ever tell anyone
about his sexuality.
February 6: Russia:
Famous Gay Russian Entertainer Now
Takes ‘Homophobic Side’. Famous Russian singer/dancer Boris Moiseev,
whose concerts have incurred the wrath of church leaders and politicians
claiming the “family agenda”, has told reporters he is against expressing
one’s sexual orientation.
February 6: UK:
Gloucester Marks Gay and Lesbian History Month.
A timeline of events which have
historically affected gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people through
out the ages is one of the highlights of the Second National LGBT History
Month in the Gloucester Museum.
February 4: Russia:
Pirate ‘Gay Cowboy’ DVD Is Hot Item in
Russia. Ang Lee’s
“Brokeback Mountain” has not officially arrived in Russia. The much talked
about Academy Award-nominated film has had its cinema release postponed
twice. But “pirates” are cashing-in and the counterfeit DVD can be purchased
in Moscow for as little as 100 roubles (about £2, €3 or $US3.50).
February 4: UK:
Call For ‘Pink Heritage’ Plaques In
Brighton. A local councillor in Brighton and Hove has called
for special ‘pink heritage plaques’ to be introduced in the town, often
dubbed the ‘gay capital’ of England.
February 1: Sports:
Martina Joins Montréal’s ‘Circle of
Champions’. Women’s tennis legend Martina Navrátilová, and probably the most famous “out lesbian” in world
sports, has joined the “Circle of Champions” at the 1st World Outgames
Montréal – and will actively participate in the International Conference on
lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered human rights, which will be held
for three days before the Opening Ceremony of the Outgames.