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Europe LGBT Events
July 31: UK:
The Heritage Trail – Recognising Manchester’s Gay
While the City of Westminster in London takes a dim view of the gay-iconic
‘rainbow flag,’ attitudes of officialdom are very different ‘north of
July 31: UK:
THT Launches LGV
Campaign as UK Diagnoses Pass 100.
Terrence Higgins Trust has launched campaign today to
raise awareness of LGV (Lymphogranuloma venereum), a previously rare
sexually transmitted infection, as diagnoses approach the 100 mark in London
July 31: UK Sports:
Steelers Host Multi-Sports ‘Fun Day’ for Gays.
considered a minority within a minority, there are still dozens and dozens
of gays sports teams to support or play for all around the country. What is
more, gay sports fans often play or support several gay teams.
July 30: Russia:
Moscow Mayor Says 'Nyet' to Gay Pride in Russian
Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov said today that he will not
allow a Gay Pride in the Russian capital. The planned event for next year
would be the first-ever in the city.
July 29: Sports:
Gay World Football Championships in Copenhagen.
IGLFA (International Gay and Lesbian Football Association) gets their World
Championship 2005 underway in Copenhagen this weekend (Sunday July 31).
July 29: Sports:
Fledgling Gay World Sports Body Not
Resting On Laurels.
Their vision was to reach out to the world – and reach out they did.
But the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA)
refuses to sit back and pat themselves on the back.
July 29: UK:
Discrimination Case Highlights Need to Challenge Homophobia in Northern
A gay man in Northern Ireland has won his case against his former employer
over discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation.
July 28: Iran:
In Blade Report of 'Gay' Executions in Iran, Outrage! Says.
News reports in the US Washington Blade and New York Blade newspapers on the
execution of two teens in Iran are flawed, according to the British LGBT
human rights group OutRage!, which helped break the story to the
international media and human rights groups.
Rural County To Offer Full Ceremonies for Gay Civil
The Registration Service in Gloucestershire – a largely rural area of
England which includes the picturesque Cotswold Hills – will be offering
full ceremonies to same-sex couples when civil partnerships come into effect
July 27: Iran/USA:
and USA Account for 78% of World’s Child Executions.
The use of the death penalty against child offenders –
people under 18 at the time of the crime – is prohibited under international
law, yet a handful of countries still persist with child executions, says
July 27: Iran:
Executed Gay Iranian Teens: London Embassy Protest Set.
A London protest over the execution of two gay teenagers
in Iran has been arranged by gay human rights group Outrage! for Thursday
August 11 outside the Iranian Embassy in Prince’s Gate, SW7.
Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were publicly executed by hanging last week
in Mashhad, north east Iran on, July 19.
July 26: Iran:
Executions, There Is Hope For Gays in Iran.
Gay Iranians speak
from inside Iran to
Nikolai Alekseev, head of GayRussia.ru, about life in their country in
the wake of the horrific execution of two gay teens last week. [This
is a "reposting" of the GayRussia.ru originally published yesterday]
July 26: USA:
Gay Tennessee Teen: Give Zach Space, Says PFLAG.
As Zach Stark,
the Tennessee teen who recently gained national attention after blogging his fears of being sent to Love in Action, is
released from the program this week, Parents, Families and Friends of
Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) calls for an ongoing and substantive discussion
about the effects of "reparative therapy" on young people and their
July 26: UK:
Gays To Protest Same-Sex Ceremonies
Ban in Bromley.
Bromley’s Gay and Lesbian community in Kent, is
gearing up for this Saturday’s march through the town centre to demonstrate
against Bromley Council’s refusal to allow same sex ceremonies in their
municipal buildings – including the register office, where, from December,
Civil Partnerships will be registered.
July 26: Iran:
Activists Condemn Execution of Gay Teens.
Human rights groups the world over have strongly condemned the recent
execution of two gay teenagers in northeastern Iran.
July 24: UK:
Gay Pride Parades: Belfast
on the Brink of Joining Chisinau, Bucharest, Warsaw and Riga. Problems with Gay Prides from
officialdom in Europe
have been experienced this year in Chisinau (Moldova), Bucharest (Romania),
Warsaw (Poland) and Riga (Latvia). But by the end of this week, it is
possible – and perhaps unthinkable – that Belfast, the capital of Northern
Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, will be added to this list.
July 24: Lativa:
Riga Gay Pride: “A Sad, Sad Day. Society Is Sick” –
Juris Lavrikovs. By
Nikolai Alekseev (GayRussia.ru).
When I called Juris Lavrikovs on Saturday evening, the first
words I heard in my phone were: “I am safe, I am at home now”. Juris was
very annoyed by what happened during the first ever gay pride in the history
of his native country
July 23: Latvia:
Eggs and Abuse Hurled by Protesters at Riga Gay Pride Parade.
Anti-gay protesters have marred the first-ever Gay Pride
Parade in Latvia. The protesters hurled eggs and abuse as the parade wound
through the streets of the capital, Riga.
Following Gay Executions,
Putin Asked to Stop Diplomatic and Trade Relations With Iran.
Russian gay leaders have sent a letter to the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin,
asking him to condemn executions of teenage gays in Iran on July 19.
July 23: Iran:
Prize Winner Condemns Execution of Gay Iranian Teens.
Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 winner of
the Nobel Prize for Peace, has condemned the execution of two teenagers in
Iran earlier this week.
July 22: USA/Iran:
Condoleezza Rice Urged to
Condemn Execution of Gay Iranian Teens. The Human Rights
Campaign sent a letter today to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asking
her to condemn the recent execution of two gay teens in Iran as well as
other horrific human rights abuses against gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender people across the globe.
July 22: Latvia:
Court Says Riga Gay Pride Can Go Ahead Tomorrow.
A Latvian court has reversed the ban imposed by city authorities on the
country’s first ever Gay Pride Parade in Riga tomorrow (Saturday).
July 21: Iran:
Iran Executes Two Gay Teens In Public Hanging.
Two gay teenagers were publicly executed in Iran on 19 July 2005 for the
‘crime’ of homosexuality. The youths were hanged in Edalat (Justice)
Square in the city of Mashhad, in north east Iran. They were sentenced to
death by Court No. 19.
July 20: Latvia:
We Are Going Ahead, Riga Gay Pride Organisers Pledge.
Outraged organisers of Saturday’s Riga Pride have pledged
that they will go ahead with their event – the first ever Pride in Latvia –
despite the intervention of Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis and his pressure
on the city authorities who withdrew permission this morning (Wednesday). “(We have) decided not to obey and to go ahead with all
planned events, including the Pride March,” said Gabriels Andrejs Strautins
of the Pride organising committee in an e-mail.
July 20: Latvia:
Parade in Riga Cancelled by City Authorities.
The Pride parade scheduled to be held in the Latvian
capital, Riga, on Saturday (July 23) has been cancelled, according to
Russian agency reports.
This has been confirmed by the Pride office is Riga. And UK Gay News
was told that they intend to defy the ban.
July 20: UK:
Brighton Gay Community’s Voice at Risk in NHS Merger Plan,
Warns Gay Councillor.
Frontline NHS services in Brighton and Hove such
as working age mental health, addiction treatment and HIV services are
facing large-scale reorganisation with serious implications for the city’s
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, warns Green city
councillor Simon Williams.
July 18: UK:
Gays Get Death Threats From Islamic Fundamentalists.
Three of leading members of Outrage! have received repeated death threats
from Islamic fundamentalists in recent weeks and months, it was revealed
July 18: USA:
Controversial Novelist Confronts Hollywood’s Gay Closet.
Novelist Michael Holloway Perronne, who made
headlines in February for shipping a shovel and a copy of his gay themed
debut novel, A Time Before Me, to conservative lawmaker Gerald Allen
in response to proposed Alabama legislation that would ban all gay books, is
making waves again with his latest novel, Starstruck: A Hollywood Saga.
July 17: UK: Gay Flag Will Fly on
Oxford Town Hall for the First Civil Partnership Ceremonies.
The rainbow flag will be flying on the Oxford Town Hall on December 21, the
first day of same-sex civil partnership ceremonies, the city’s Lord Mayor promised
July 14: UK:
Lesbian Activist Invited to Downing Street.
Sue Sanders, co-chair of Schools OUT, the organisation working for over
thirty years for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender equality in
education and initiator of LGBT History Month UK, has had her work honoured
by an invitation to a reception at 10 Downing Street on the July 25 to meet
the Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
July 14: Nepal:
Good News From Nepal: Gay
Pride Set for Kathmandu Next Month.
Emails from Nepal usually bare bad
tidings. But today came good news from the Blue Diamond Society (BDS) – the
fourth Gay Pride, or Gai Jatara BDS Pride Festival to give it its correct
title, in Kathmandu is set for August 20.
July 13: UK:
Gay Muslim Group Accepts Invitation To Be Part of London’s
Remembrance of Bomb Victims.
Imaan, the Social
Support group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Muslims will
observe a two-minute silence at Trafalgar Square tomorrow (Thursday) as
guests of Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.
July 12: Jamaica:
Jamaica’s First Gay Hero. By Jason Simmonds (The Jamaica
The final interview that the late Brian Williamson did
was for this newsletter; a newsletter for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender citizens of Jamaica. This month, The Jamaica OutPost joins
forces with members and friends of Jamaica’s GLBT community who have made
themselves available to pay tribute to Brian Williamson, in recollection of
his contributions to our ongoing struggle for equality in Jamaica.
July 9: UK:
Sondheim OKs Use of
Songs as Gay Chorus Takes Bold Step. The
award-winning London Gay Men’s Chorus takes a bold artistic step this summer
when it presents the premiere of You’ll Do For Now, a new show
specially devised for the chorus, exploring love, sex, cruising, AIDS, gay
rights and what it means to be a gay man in 2005.
July 8: USA:
Gay Unions: Oregon Senate Takes
Historic Step Toward Equality.
The Oregon Senate made
history today by passing S.B. 1000 – a
bill that would grant critical rights and protections to same-sex couples
and their children as well as banning discrimination against lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender people.
July 6: Turkey:
Imprisoned Gay Turk Hunger Striker Wins
Concessions. Mehmet Tarhan, a Turkish gay
activist and conscientious objector, has won major improvements in his
prison conditions following a 28-day hunger strike and an international
protest campaign by gay and anti-war groups worldwide – but he remains in
detention following his refusal to be conscripted into the Turkish army.
July 5: USA:
US Anti-Gay Group Spins
CDC Statistics With Flawed Results. A Commentary.
According to the
anti-gay Family Research Institute (FRI), being gay is more costly to United States
smoking. The headline on a press release
says it all. “Gays 6X More Expensive Than Smokers says Family Research
Institute”, the headline screams.
July 5: UK:
Gay Pride ‘Comes Together’ With City’s Arndale Centre.
In one of the first of a range of high profile business
organisations to announce their partnership with Manchester Pride 2005, the
leading city-centre shopping destination, Manchester Arndale, will sponsor the Lesbian and Gay Heritage
Trail at this year’s celebrations, as well as sponsorship of official Pride
July 4: UK:
Stop Deporting Gay Asylum Seekers Outrage!
Tells Blair. The placards told the world: “Tony Blair
deports gay asylum seekers. Shame!” and “Labour deports gays to face jail,
torture and death”. Bearing placards with these words, the OutRage!
contingent at Saturday’s Pride London parade condemned the UK government’s
abuse of LGBT asylum seekers.
July 4: UK:
Age Concern Comes Out at Pride London to Support
Age Concern made a colourful appearance at this year’s London Pride parade
in an effort to highlight the needs of the often hidden population of older
lesbians, gay men and bisexuals (LGB).
July 3: UK:
Government Minister Supports Gay, Lesbian Inclusion in Primary and Secondary
the Deputy Minister for Women and Equalities, has given her enthusiastic
support to the of LGBT lives and achievements in both the
primary and secondary school curricula.
July 2: UK:
Gay Pride Meets
Live 8 in London.
On one side of Park Lane,
thousands of participants in the Pride London parade assembled ready for the
noon start of the capital’s annual parade. On the other side,
thousands slowly made their way to Hyde Park for the Live 8 concert.
July 2: UK:
Pride London in Pictures.
from Pride London on three pages
July 1: UK:
Activist Peter Tatchell
Honoured by Gay Police Association.
Peter Tatchell, the gay human rights activist
and founder of Outrage!, was named as the 2005 recipient of the Mathew
Windibank Award at the 15th anniversary gala dinner of
the Gay Police Association (GPA) in London tonight. Also:
Expected to March in Tomorrow's Pride Parade in London