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Damaging Effects for Gays of the
‘Closet’ By Aaron Jason Silver. It seems to me that
in the wake of so many men in high profile positions, even including very
conservative members of the clergy that have been “outed” as of late, would
lead me to believe that simply condemning homosexuality does not work in
stopping or preventing homosexual activity.
Jan 31: Russia:
Gay Intergroup Shocked by Remarks
Made by Moscow Mayor. Members of the European Parliament’s
Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights were shocked by the homophobic remarks
made earlier this week by the Mayor of Moscow.
Jan 31: Latvia:
Group Looking for Birthday Presents.
February will mark the first
birthday of Mozaika, an alliance of LGBT people and their friends in Latvia.
Jan 31: UK:
What Do Lesbian and Bisexual Women
Want in the 21st Century? A ‘ Sugar and Spice’ conference
is being organised by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation in March to discuss
what lesbian and bisexual women want in the 21st century.
Jan 30: UK:
Gay Lib Dem
MP Backs IDAHO Petition to United Nations.
Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West, Stephen
Williams, has called on the government to back a worldwide decriminalisation
Jan 30: UK:
Adoption by Gay Couples: A Sensible, Reasoned
Decision, Prime Minister. Commentary. Tony Blair
might not be currently enjoying the best of ‘numbers’ in the opinion polls,
but his stature probably rose a point or two yesterday evening – not least
among the gay and lesbian community – when he announced that there was not
going to be any opt-out clause for faith-based adoption agencies from the
new Sexual Orientation Regulations.
Jan 29: UK:
Prime Minister: No Exemptions for Faith-Based Adoption Agencies.
There can be no exemptions for faith-based adoption agencies from the new
sexual orientation regulations, Tony Blair has decided.
Jan 29: UK:
LGBT History Month: Events That ‘Take Your Breath Away!’
Tony Fenwick eyes up this year’s
LGBT History Month events.
Jan 29: Russia:
Mayor: Gay Pride is ‘Satanist Happening’. The Mayor of
Moscow has this afternoon dubbed his city’s gay pride parade as being a
Jan 29: Russia:
Moscow Gay Pride Ban Goes to the European Court of Human Rights.
Organisers of last year’s first-ever Moscow Gay Pride
have today formally taken their case of the ban by the authorities in the
Russian capital of both a parade and a “picket” to the European Court of
Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
Jan 28: USA:
Special Jury Prize for Documentary Short of Dying Lesbian Cop’s Fight for
Equality. Cynthia Wade’s nail-biting 38-minute documentary film
Freeheld, chronicling New Jersey Police Lieutenant Laurel Hester’s
struggle to transfer her pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree, was
awarded a Special Jury Prize last night at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.
Jan 28: UK:
Shows the Reality of Gay Teachers in UK Schools in New Film. The
character portrayed by Dame Judi Dench in the highly-acclaimed film Notes
on a Scandal, which opens in the UK next week, has been singled-out to
show the horror of reality faced by teachers who, in 2007, are still too
scared to affirm their sexual orientation in schools for fear of abuse.
Jan 25: UK:
Welcome Apparent Decision by Government on Gay Adoption.
Gay groups have welcomed reports in the media today that government
ministers have decided not to allow Catholic adoption agencies to opt out of
new discrimination laws.
Jan 24: European Union:
Commission Quizzed Further on Gay Blood Donation Bans, Gender Discrimination.
The bans on gays donating blood in several European Union countries is to be
further questioned by the European Parliament’s Intergroup on gay and
lesbian rights, it emerged today.
Jan 23: UK:
Group To Celebrate Gay History Month With Play Reading. An evening
of play readings is to be staged by the Croydon Area Gay Society (CAGS) to
celebrate 50 years of progress in gay rights during LGBT History Month in
Jan 23: UK:
Calls for Government to Stand Firm in Gay Adoption Furore.
A leading Labour Member of the European Parliament has today called the
threat by the Roman Catholic Church in England to close down its adoption
agencies if they are not exempt from the sexual orientation provisions of
the Equalities Act as “moral blackmail”.
Pride Documentary Gets World Premiere at Berlinale. The
documentary film about the turbulent events of May 2006 at Moscow Price is
included in the official programme of the prestigious Berlin Film Festival
Jan 21: UK:
Noise for Gays Who Have to Suffer in Silence. UK
campaigners are calling for a minute’s noise in cities and towns across the
country to mark the third International Day Against Homophobia on May 17.
Jan 19: Bulgaria:
Protection Against Discrimination Measure Includes “Gender Expression”.
A ‘National Plan’ for Protection against Discrimination was passed yesterday
on a Council of Ministers' session.
This page also has a Bulgarian
language version of the article.
Jan 19: UK:
NHS Agrees to Greens’ Call to Monitor Effects of
Brighton’s HIV/Aids Budget Cuts. Brighton and
Hove’s Primary Care NHS Trust (PCT) has pledged to monitor closely the
effects of Government cuts in its budget for work with people with HIV/Aids
in the city.
Jan 19: Nigeria:
Lesbian and Gay Community in Nigeria. By Peter Tatchell.
seems certain to legislate one of the world’s most sweeping and repressive
anti-gay laws, unless international pressure is bought to bear on the
Nigerian government in the next few weeks. The draconian measure will
outlaw ... hosting or visiting a gay website, the publication or possession
of gay safer sex advice, expressions of same-sex love in letters or emails
Jan 18: UK:
Users Face Up To Seven Years for Possession From Today. From today,
methamphetamine, commonly known as crystal meth, is reclassified in the UK
as a “Class A” drug and users face the severest penalties possible.
Jan 18: Latvia:
Latvia Gay Group Hold First General Assembly and Sets
Itself Challenging Targets. Latvian partnership law, Riga
Gay Pride and strengthening of the LGBT community are the three main – and
challenging – priorities that were set at the first General Assembly of
Mozaika, the Latvian alliance of LGBT people and their friends, which was
held last week.
This page also has a Latvian
language version of the article.
Jan 17: England:
Sexual Health Group Awarded £1.5m for Young People’s Project. HIV and
sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has been awarded £1,485,621 by
the Big Lottery Fund to establish ‘Young Leaders’, a sex and relationships
education (SRE) project for young people across England.
The Moscow City Court has today refused an appeal for a “special procedure
review” by the organisers of last year’s Moscow Pride over a ban of the
march through the streets of the Russian capital on May 27.
Jan 16: UK:
Ian McKellen at Gay History Month
Launch. Sir Ian McKellen is to be a guest speaker at the
launch of LGBT History Month in London next month, it was announced last
Jan 16: Poland:
Plan for Warsaw Monument To
the Gay Victims of Nazi Concentration Camps. Gays in Poland
revealed last night a plan to erect a monument in the centre of Warsaw that
will be a permanent reminder of the “Pink Triangle” gays who were
slaughtered in the Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War.
(This article has a Polish language version as well)
Jan 16: Europe:
Transgender Groups Unite. A new
coalition of European Transgender and Transsexual Groups, TransGender
Europe, has received recognition by the Austrian authorities this week.
Jan 15: Nepal:
South African Justice Edwin Cameron Gives Hope To Nepal’s Gays.
Monday January 8 may have passed as
a normal day in Kathmandu. Yet, inside the Malla Hotel, new grounds were being broken. For the first time in the recorded
history of Nepal, a conference was organized to discuss the constitutional
rights of sexual minorities.
Jan 15: USA:
Luther King Jr. and Gay Rights. By Rev. Gilbert Caldwell,
a retired minister in the United Methodist Church. Since meeting Martin
Luther King in 1958 at the Boston University School of Theology and taking
part in three of King's marches, Rev. Caldwell has devoted his life to
Jan 3: UK:
Equal Rights Act urged by
The harmonisation of all equality and anti-discrimination
laws is one of 10 “new policies for a new year” being urged by human rights
campaigner, Peter Tatchell, of OutRage!
Jan 2: UK:
Gay Community Has To Get Act
Together As Religious Pressure Mounts. Religious groups
have launched an “onslaught of dishonesty” against new laws aimed at
protecting gay people from discrimination, it was claimed today.