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Feb 26: Russia:
Department Criticises Russia for Breaches of Human Rights of Gays.
Russia is condemned for breaches of human rights in the US State
Department’s annual Human Rights Report, published yesterday. And
human rights for gay men and women are highlights by the cases of continued
bans on Moscow Gay Pride. The report also criticises other countries,
like Serbia and Nigeria, for their attitudes towards gays.
Feb 26: Poland:
Polish Gay Media Unite at Warsaw ‘Summit’. Guest commentary by Łukasz Pałucki.
Last Sunday, for the
first time in the history of Polish gay media, the owners of leading gay
Internet portals and gay media publishers met in Warsaw at the invitation of Slawek
Feb 25: UK:
Praises Gay Labour Campaign to ban Godhatesfags.com Creator.
Immigration Minister, Phil Woolas MP, today publicly thanked the
LGBT Labour for their campaign against the homophobic group, Westboro Baptist
Church. The campaign led to
the ban on Fred Phelps and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper from entering
the UK by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.
Feb 24: USA:
Family Policy Council of West Virginia Take Down Sniper Ad.
An online video ad
The Family Policy Council of West Virginia
that compares same-sex marriage supporters with snipers
targeting families has been targeted by Truth Wins Out (TWO) which is
calling for video to be removed.
Feb 23: UK:
Christians Call for Change of Attitude on Gays. Several groups of
UK evangelical Christians who believe that the churches need a positive
change of heart and mind on the issue of homosexuality have called on church
organisations condemning an American anti- gay hate group to face up to
their own discriminatory policies and behaviour.
Feb 23: France:
Paris Set to Host World Congress Against Homophobia in
May. A world congress against homophobia is set to be held in Paris in
May, it emerged last night. The proposal for the congress,
UK Gay News has been told,
was made by Rama Yade, the French minister for human rights.
Feb 22: Belarus:
Denied the Right to Peaceful Assembly in Gomel, Gays Take
Matter to Court. Gay activists in Gomel have
filed a complaint in the courts following the refusal of the city
authorities to permit a rally earlier this month. It is thought that the case is the first in Belarus that
addresses the constitutional right to freedom of assembly of the LGBT
Feb 21: UK:
World-Wide Gay Lesbian Transgender Community to Get
Original Online TV and Radio Programming. One of the world’s first
original online programming platforms is to be fully launched later this
year for the international LGBT market.
Fruit TV will provide original and entertaining TV and
radio programmes aimed at the global gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgendered community and will include a rich variety of appointment to
view programming – all exclusively online and all for free.
Feb 21: USA:
South Carolina ‘So Gay’ Pride Releases Annual Report.
The board of the South Carolina Pride Movement says 2008 was “the year that
was so gay.” The group released its 2008 annual report on Feb. 13,
detailing the year’s events, successes and the financial health of the
Feb 20: Colombia:
An Interview with Marcela Sánchez of
Sánchez is the executive director of the gay and lesbian rights organisation
Colombia Diversa. Following a landmark Constitutional Court ruling in
of civil unions for same-sex couples, she spoke with the City Paper
editor Andrew Dier. The interview appears in the February edition of
Feb 20: USA:
Publication Offers Legal Options to Those Hurt By Ex-Gay Programmes.
A landmark publication that aims to educate victims of “ex-gay” programmes
of their legal options has been published today by Truth Wins Out (TWO) and
Feb 18: Luxembourg:
Could Become Sixth Country to Recognise IDAHO.
Luxembourg could become the latest country to recognise
International Day Against Homophobia, held each year on May 17 – the day
when in 1990 the World Health Organization decided to remove homosexuality
from its list of mental disorders.
Feb 17: UK:
UK ID Card Plans Put Transgender People in Danger, Say
Greens. Brighton Green Party councillor
Vicky Wakefield-Jarret has today warned that Government’s proposals for ID
cards risk increasing transphobia, and could pose a threat to the safety of
Feb 16: Europe:
Activists at UN to Press for Gay Rights in Russia, Belarus.
Louis-Georges Tin, the president of the International Day
Against Homophobia committee, joined gay activists from Russia and Belarus
today at the United Nations to press for gay human rights in the two
Feb 16: Nigeria:
Denial of a
Gay Community in Nigeria Is “Economical With the Truth”, Say Young
Humanistas. The Young Humanistas Network in Nigeria described
today the remarks of Ojo Madueke, Nigeria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs,
denying the existence of a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community
in the country as being “economical with the truth”.
Feb 15: Europe:
Greens Back Gay Rights in Russia, Belarus. A Green Party member of
the Luxembourg legislature has pledged to continue his pressure on the
Council of Europe to firmly address the problem of the lack of human rights
of gay men and women in Russia.
Feb 14: Europe:
Gay Activists Protest Inaction of European Human Rights
Court in Strasbourg Demo. A group of fifty activists from France
and eastern Europe has called on the European ‘institutions’ to force the
authorities in Russia and Belarus to respect their commitment to the
European Convention of Human Rights and let LGBT people enjoy the rights
that others have.
Feb 12: Europe:
Belarusian Gay Activists Launch Brussels Campaign for Freedom of Assembly.
Gay activists from Russia and Belarus were pleased following a day of
meetings in Brussels yesterday with European Union officials and a small
group of European MPs.
Feb 12: UK:
Support London Demonstration for a Secular Europe. Simultaneous
protests demanding that the Vatican end its interference in Italian,
European Union and world-wide politics are being staged in London and Rome
on Saturday (February 14).
Feb 12: The Vatican:
Feminist Issues: What’s Wrong With the Vatican. Guest commentary
by Marco Tranchino and Serena Bassi. This tiny State inhabited mainly
by priests is extremely powerful and its “moral” crusades adversely affect
the lives of millions of people in Europe and in the world. Officially
part of the UN, its “observer-state” status means it engages in UN debates
on a variety of issues ranging from favourites, such as birth control,
abortion and homosexuality, to the environment, war and global trade.
Feb 11: UK:
Woman Wins Battle to Stay in UK as Refugee. Pegah Emambakhsh, the
gay Iranian woman who in 2007 was within hours of being deported from UK as
a failed refugee seeker, can now stay in the UK, it was revealed last night.
Feb 7: USA:
Ted ‘I’m not
Gay’ Haggard: Issues With His Homosexuality. After a publicity junket promoting the HBO documentary,
The Trials of Ted Haggard, which landed him on Oprah and Larry King
Live, fallen evangelical star Haggard has risen from public obscurity to
tell us he’s not gay. He’s “heterosexual with issues.”
Feb 6: Russia:
Activists Ask Russia to End Ban on HIV+ Foreigners Entering Country.
A group of Russian gay activists launched today a campaign demanding their
government to stop requesting foreign visa applicants for their HIV status.
Feb 5: Global:
the Most Gay Friendly Company in the World. Major international
companies and corporations are being invited by the International Gay and
Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (IGLCC) to participate in the first world-wide
survey that will result in an International Business Equality Index.
Feb 4: UK:
Blackpool Gay Pride Launch Event. Close on 400 revellers packed
Blackpool’s Mardi Gras last week to launch programme of event’s leading up
to the town’s Gay Pride in May.
Feb 4: UK:
Years Old Plymouth Lesbian Looks Back on Gay, Equal Rights Struggle.
One of Plymouth’s oldest lesbians will talk about growing up in the days
when homosexuality was a crime, at the launch of a celebration of the city’s
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans community.
Feb 4: UK:
Gay Group to
Celebrate Darwin Day With Re-enactment of Famous 19th Century Debate.
A recreation of an explosive debate at Oxford University in 1860 is one of
the highlights when the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) mark the 200th Anniversary of the
birth of Charles Darwin at a special event on the evening of February 13.
Feb 3: Russia:
Axios, Axios”: a New Anti-Gay Leader of Russian Orthodox Church.
“Axios, Axios, Axios”. chanted 4,000 guests in the Moscow Cathedral of the
Christ Saviour at the ceremony which made Metropolitan Kirill the new
Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Feb 2: UK:
Asks: “What has Gay Pride Ever Done for You?” Pride London has
today launched a search to find those people who’s lives have been changed
by Pride events to act as ‘ambassadors’ for Pride London 2009.
Feb 2: Europe:
Interested are Euro-Liberals and Liberal International in Gay Rights?
Commentary by P.A. Alain.
People who are taking other people to the gay parade are
provocateurs – so declared a Russian politician in 2006 on the eve of the
first Gay Pride in Russia’s Capital City. While such statements are often a
custom among Russian politicians, it happens that the author of these words
was Sergey Mitrokhin, a member of the Moscow City
Duma, who became president last June of the Russian political party Yabloko – a party whose aim is to
stand for European and political values.