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Jan 29: UK:
Police Chief Soft on Homophobia, Claims Gay Activist. Commentary
by Peter Tatchell. The new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul
Stephenson, has a sometimes poor record when it comes to tackling homophobia
and supporting the LGBT community.
Jan 29: Honduras:
the European Union to Act in Protection of Transgender People in Honduras.
Sixteen members of the European Parliament have today sent a Parliamentary
Question to the European Commission and the European Council expressing
their concerns about recent murders of transgender people in Honduras and
particularly the human rights defender Cynthia Nicole Moreno.
Jan 28: Russia:
Activists Send Their Sixth Application to the European Court of Human Rights.
Organisers of Moscow Gay Pride yesterday sent their sixth complaint to the
European Court of Human Rights concerning the denial by the Moscow
authorities of the right to demonstrate and freedom of assembly.
Jan 28: Iceland:
Brief Biography: Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, World’s First
Openly Gay Prime Minister? When the Icelandic Minister of Social Affairs and Social
Security, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, became a front-runner for the country’s
Prime Minister yesterday, it was world news.
Jan 25: Lebanon:
Outrage as Two Gay Men Beaten by Lebanese Army in
Achrafieh. The gay community in Lebanon is angry this weekend.
And so are human rights groups, according to two local French language web
sites. The anger is over the savage public beating of two men by
soldiers in Sassine Square, Achrafieh in eastern part of Beirut, on Thursday evening.
Jan 25: Russia/Europe:
Gay Rights: Why Does
Europe Allow Russia to Pick and Choose on Human Rights? Commentary
by Teo Valenti.
Russian gay activists are pugnacious. They do not give
up. While their country systematically bans any of their public action for
at least 3 years in a row, they keep fighting. And not only in the streets. Over the last weeks, they
launched their new battle within Europe’s top diplomatic circle. Last
December, they opened the first front in Brussels. At their request, three
Members of the European Parliament asked the European Commission whether it
raised the issue of Human Rights violation and more specifically LGBT Rights
with the Russian President during the EU-Russia summit of November. The
answer, apparently, is still to come.
Jan 24: Middle East/Africa: Arrests
After ‘Gay Swoops’ in Bahrain, Egypt and Morocco. A top producer
at Egyptian TV and a young man working with the foreign press were among
four men arrested in Cairo earlier this month when a “network of
homosexuals” was broken up, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights
Commission says in a digest of press reports.
Jan 23: Lebanon: Lebanese Gay
Group Helem Wins 2009 Felipa de Souza Award. Helem, the first
organisation in the Arab world to set up a gay and lesbian community centre,
has won this year’s Felipa de Souza Award, the International Gay and Lesbian
Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) announced today.
Jan 23: Russia: Russians Reopen Case on Attack Against German MP at Moscow Gay Pride in 2006.
The investigation into the attack on a German
parliamentarian during the first Moscow Gay Pride has
unexpectedly been re-opened, it
emerged this morning. Volker Beck, an openly gay member of the German
Bundestag, was beaten-up in Moscow’s Tverskaya Street in front of Moscow
City Hall on May 27, 2006.
Jan 22: UK/Europe: Labour MEPs
Back EU-Wide Gay Partnership Recognition. All 19 of the UK Labour
Party MEPs have signed a declaration pushing for an EU-wide agreement on the
recognition of same-sex partnerships.
Jan 21: Iran: Iranian
Media Reports On Gay, Lesbian Relationships. A new study by an
Iranian University shows that 24% of Iranian women and 16% of Iranian men
have had at least one homosexual experience, the International Gay and
Lesbian Human Rights Commission said today, citing a published report in
Persian on the Ghatreh.com website.
Jan 21: USA: International Gay Rights Group Gets New Chief. Cary Alan Johnson
was named today as the new executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Human
Rights Commission, the group’s board of directors announced this afternoon.
Jan 21: Nigeria: Call for
Suspension of European Foreign Aid to Nigeria Over New Anti Gay Law.
The European Parliament’s all-party ‘Intergroup’ for gay and lesbian rights
is calling on the European Commission to suspend foreign aid to Nigeria
following the country’s move to ban same-sex marriage.
Jan 20: Senegal: Jailing of
Gay Activists Sets Back AIDS Fight. International AIDS
organisations have condemned the imprisonment of nine Senegalese AIDS
activists for their sexual orientation, saying it threatens to reverse gains
made in Senegal’s fight against HIV. The men, who were involved in
providing HIV prevention, care and treatment services to Senegal’s lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, have been sentenced to eight
years in prison.
Jan 20: Russia/Canada: Canadian
University, Russian Activists Partner to Research Freedom of Assembly for
Gays. When a professor of the Carleton University in Ottawa wanted
to give an LGBT dimension to her course on International Human Rights Law,
she could not miss the awkward situation that gay activists face in Russia.
Jan 20: Serbia:
Murdered in Belgrade. A transsexual person was found dead in her
flat in Belgrade at the weekend, the Serbian LGBT group Queeria told
UK Gay News
Jan 17: UK:
Killing Young Gays in Ja’ar, Says Yemeni Underground Group. The
three young men executed last month in Ja’ar, a town in the Abyan province
of Yemen, were gay, dissidents in the Arabian peninsula’s only republic
Jan 14: UK:
Activist: Prince Harry Not Homophobic. Amid all the fury over the
video footage of Prince Harry filmed three years ago during Army training –
and which got into the hands of the tabloid News of the World, the Prince,
who is third in line to the British monarchy, has an unlikely defender.
Gay human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell of Outrage! spoke today of the
media fury over the Prince ...
Jan 13: UK:
Marriage Ban Must Be Lifted, Say Scottish Gays. A petition has
been launched today calling on the Scottish Parliament to amend the Marriage
(Scotland) Act 1977 to allow gay and lesbian couples to legally marry.
Jan 12: Belarus:
Army Will Not Now Call-up Openly Gay Activist for Military Duty.
The openly gay editor-in-chief of the largest Belarusian LGBT site Gay.by,
Alexander Paluyan, will not now be conscripted into the Belarus army.
Jan 11: Poland:
Politician to Former Polish Prime Minister: Are You Gay? It has to
be one of the most startling Polish political blogs of all-time. A
politician publicly asking the former Prime Minister if he is gay.
Jan 11: Russia:
in Russia: European Parliament Says All Human Rights Integral to EU-Russia
Relations. GayRussia.ru Commentary. In a resolution on democracy
and human rights adopted unanimously at the end of the Strasbourg plenary
session last December, the European Parliament firmly condemned attacks on
human rights defenders in Russia.
Jan 9: Senegal:
Aids Activists, Demands Human Rights Watch. The sentencing in
Dakar on January 6 of nine men who were involved in HIV-prevention work, on
charges of “indecent and unnatural acts” and “forming associations of
criminals,” shows how laws against homosexual conduct damage HIV and
Aids-prevention efforts as well as the work of human rights defenders, Human
Rights Watch said today.
Jan 8: UK:
Pride Is on the Move into Heart of Gay Village. Gay Pride in
Blackpool is set to relocate its ‘main event’ this year to Dickson Road in
the heart of the town’s ‘Gay Village’. The move, seen by the
organising committee as “unprecedented”, has preliminary backing of the
local town council.
Jan 8: USA:
Seminaries Failing to Prepare Clergy to Address ‘Gay’ Issues.
Seminaries and rabbinical schools in the United States are failing to
prepare the next generation of clergy with the training they need to address
sexuality issues in ministry, according to a study released today by the
Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing and Union
Jan 7: UK:
Humanists Group Celebrates 30th Anniversary. The Gay and Lesbian
Humanist Association (GALHA) will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary this
year with a series of special public meetings – and an exhibition of its
work launched in July at the Bishopsgate Institute in Central London.
Jan 7: Serbia:
Croatian Celebrities for Gay Rights in Queeria Calendar.
Celebrities, human rights and gay rights activists have joined forces for
the 2009 Queeria calendar – the title this year is “Dreams”.
Jan 6: UK:
Gays: Latest – FA 1, Homophobia 0.
‘Kick It Out’ campaign embracing homophobia widely welcome.
Jan 6: UK:
Television Insults Lindsay Lohan, Samantha Ronson with Anti Lesbian Slurs.
A repeat screening of the controversial BBC 3 television
show The Most Annoying People of 2008
should be edited or even cancelled, Peter Tatchell of the gay rights group Outrage! said
Activist and Website Editor Called-Up for Military Service in Homophobic
Army. The editor-in-chief of the largest and most popular LGBT
website in Belarus, Gay.by, has been “called-up” for military service.
And in an email to GayRussia.ru, members of the Belarusian Initiative for
Sexual and Gender Equality, have expressed their anxiety.
Heroes, Homophobes and Top Gay Happenings in Russia – and World-Wide.
For the fourth consecutive year, GayRussia publishes the Top LGBT events
that took place during the previous year in Russia and around the world. In
addition, it also names its Man of the Year, the Homophobes of the
Year and the Statement of the Year.