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High Court Judge Endorses the ‘Sexual Apartheid’ of Same-Sex Marriage Ban.
The High Court in London has today rejected an
application by a British lesbian couple – Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger – that their same-sex marriage in Canada should be
recognised in the UK, in the same way that heterosexual marriages in Canada
are automatically recognised by the UK authorities.
Background To Our Legal Challenge.
Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger. Note: This
article was written before today's High court judgement.
Tallinn Stages Its Third
Gay Pride Next Week. By Lisette Kampus. Estonia has proven
to be the most tolerant of three Baltic States, the Pride marches have never
been banned nor has there been any acts of violence or public hate speech
Peter Tatchell to Speak at
Gloucester Gay Pride. World-famous gay and lesbian human rights
activist Peter Tatchell has accepted an invitation to speak at next month’s
Gloucestershire Rainbow Day (Gay Pride) to be staged in Gloucester.
Gays Fined for Cuddling in Park While Straight Couple Ignored for Having Sex.
By Razvan (a gay Romania teen). My name is ‘Razvan’, I’m a 17
year-old teenager in Romania. And the worst part...I’m gay. I realised I
was gay at about 14 and, unlike 99% of other gay Romanians, I chose to come
out of the closet.
Remembering the Gay Victims of the Nazis in
the Kurtenhof Concentration Camp in Salaspils.
It was, ironically, the one event during Riga Gay Pride
that escaped the attention of the ultra-right. A small group travelled the
20 kilometres to the Salaspils Memorial on the site of the notorious Nazi
concentration camp Kurtenhof.
Riga Gay Pride Reaction: Action by Authorities “Shameful”
and “Pure Homophobia”
Liberal Democrats, Pride London and Amnesty International have all hit out
at the events in Riga on Saturday when the banned Gay Pride march was moved
into an indoor event to comply with a court judgement.
First Political Gay Group Founded in Helsinki.
The first political LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi
and transgender) association, Pink Rose, was founded in Finland during the
Helsinki Pride 2006 at the beginning of this month.
Council of Europe: Gay
Pride Marches Should Be Allowed – and Protected.
Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe.
Neo-Nazis Terrorise Riga Gay Pride Rally.
By Peter Tatchell. Neo-Nazi, Christian fundamentalist and extreme
nationalist protesters terrorised participants at the Gay Pride rally in the
Latvian capital of Riga last Saturday (July 22, 2006). Private armed
guards were drafted in to provide security, after the Latvian police
repeatedly failed to halt the aggression of the homophobic mob.
Pride: “The Story That Needs To Be Told”.
Open Letter From Lars.
Dearest friends: I am writing this in English since the story needs to be
told far and wide. This is the story from my perspective. Everyone else who
was there will have other stories to share. Gaston and I are safe after yesterday's well-organized
fascist attacks against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered
community in Riga during Pride.
Gay Pride Organisers "Trapped" in Riga Hotel
– Rescued by Cabinet Minister
Organisers of Riga Gay Pride
have been "rescued" after being trapped for hours in the in the Reval Latvia Hotel, with "hysterical"
protesters surrounding the building.
Riga Gay Pride: Putting the European Union to the Test.
Sophie In’t Veld, the Dutch MEP and a vice president of
the European Parliament’s Intergroup for gay and lesbian rights did not
mince her words. “It’s putting Europe to the test,” she charged.
Prohibiting Gay Rights March Is Blow for
Democracy is being held hostage by the
strengthening forces of extremism in Latvian society. These forces have
been encouraged by the unwillingness of the political elite to rein them in,
and indeed by the continuous barrage of hate speech indulged in with
impunity by many politicians themselves.
Riga Gay Pride: It's Worse Than Moscow.
By Nikolai Alexeyev. It is astonishing. It’s worse than Moscow.
There is total chaos here. The police seem very weak and disorganized. The
fascists are able to act at will. And Latvia is in the European Union.
Citing National Security,
Court Says No To Riga Gay Pride. The
Administrative Court in Riga has this afternoon upheld the decision of the
City authorities to ban the Gay Pride Parade, due to be held tomorrow, on
the grounds of “national security” and concerns over public order.
Tory Leader Fails to
Respond to MEP’s Concern Over Euro Vote on Homophobic Violence. A
leading Labour Member of the European Parliament has expressed his
disappointment with the Leader of the conservative Party and his failure to
explain the actions of his MEPs.
Riga Gay Pride: We Will
Not Organise Any Illegal Event. As the decision of the
Administrative Court as to whether or not tomorrow’s Gay Pride March in Riga
can go ahead, organisers said today that “regardless of the outcome, we will
not organise any illegal event”.
Riga Gay Pride March Ban
Is Wrong Says, Euro-MP Cashman. Labour MEP Michael Cashman has reacted with anger at the decision by authorities in
Latvia to ban this year’s Pride march which was scheduled for this Saturday
Two Exiled Gay Iranians
Pull Out of House of Commons Meeting. The two exiled gay Iranians
who were due to be at the House of Commons yesterday evening for a “protest
meeting” on homophobic and other persecutions pulled out at the last moment.
Latvian President and
Amnesty Both Condemn Restriction of LGBT Rights. The President of
Latvia and Amnesty International (AI) have both issued statements this
morning following yesterday’s decision by the Riga City Council to ban this
weekend’s planned Gay Pride march in the capital.
A Message To the World From Gay Men and Women in Iran. Homosexual Ladies and Gentlemen,
transsexuals and transgender, the human right activists and peace lovers
along with people who love democracy and equality [...] once more we
send our support and appreciation for your protest on July 19th and we
believe that freedom and democracy in Iran is achievable throughout efforts
and struggles of the Iranian public and actions of different social groups.
A Blow for Democracy: Riga
Council Denies Permit for Gay Pride March. The Riga city council
this morning denied a permit Saturday’s “Riga Pride 2006” march. The city council justified its
decision by invoking threats of violence allegedly received from extremist
groups – and the police’s inability to guarantee security and order during
Belarusian Gay Activist
Keeps Fighting the Dictatorship.
Gay Belarusian activist Slava
Bortnik is interviewed by GayRussia – and gives a rare insight into life –
and life as a gay – in the country considered the most repressive in Europe
Latvian Priest Strongly
Supports Riga Gay Pride. An
English translation of an interview with openly gay Maris Sants conducted by
US Navy Discharging
Service Member Who Attended New York Gay Marriage Rally. The
United States Navy has initiated discharge proceedings against a 10-year
veteran who attended a June 3 rally in support of same-sex marriage on New
York's Brooklyn Bridge, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network(SLDN)
Dublin’s “Iran Protest”
Might Stop Rush Hour Traffic After Media Attention.
Dublin’s contribution to the world day of action on human rights abuses in
Iran on Wednesday – the first anniversary of the execution by hanging of two
Iranian gay teenagers – is attracting considerable media attention.
Tension and Uncertainty
Rising Around Second Gay Pride in Riga. Latvian interior minister Dzintars Jaundžeikars went on record last week that the
Interior Ministry would not be able to provide adequate security during this
year’s Pride March, scheduled to be held on Saturday (July 22).
House of Commons to Host London’s part of International Day of Action Over
Iran. To mark the first anniversary of Iran’s hanging of two gay
teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, activists are joining Members of
Parliament inside the House of Commons on Wednesday evening as part of the
international “day of action”.
New Revelations on
Execution of Gay Teens in Iran a Year Ago. As gays around world
prepare to mark the first anniversary of the execution of two gay teenagers
in Iran, there are new revelations about the execution of Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni in the Iranian city of Mashhad on July 19,
2005, based on research by Simon Forbes of OutRage! and contacts inside
2006 Tom Waddell Award
Recipients Announced at Gay Games. Lydia la Rivičre-Zijdel and Derek Liecty were named by the International Federation
of Gay Games as recipients of the 2006 Tom Waddell Award yesterday at the
Chicago Gay Games VII opening ceremony.
Stonewall Seeks New
Trustees. Stonewall is holding an open recruitment process to find
up to three more trustees to support its work.
Terrence Higgins Trust
Launches Credit Card to Raise Funds. Terrence Higgins Trust has
launched a credit card which will help raise funds for its work tackling HIV
and sexual ill health.
Russia to Lift Gay Blood
Ban Says Ministry of Health. Russia is set to lift the “gay
blood” ban, the Ministry of Health has announced in a joint statement with
the Office of the General Prosecutor.
Polish Gays Will Protest
Iranian Gay Executions Despite Friendship Treaty. By By
(Gay News, Poland).
As gays world-wide
are preparing to protest the treatment of gays in Iran on the first
anniversary of the execution of two gay teens in
Mashhad, north east Iran, Polish gays are planning a protest as well.
Prominent Foreign Politicians to Take Part in Riga Pride.
politicians will be taking part in Friendship Days and Riga Gay Pride, due
to take place in the Latvian capital next week.
Gay Army' TV Series Axed in Poland Before Being
Screened. The Polish commercial television
channel Polsat has dropped plans to screen the
Danish gay reality TV series Gay Army, amid fears that the company
would be hit by a massive fine from the Polish media watchdog National Radio
and Television Council.
New HIV Drug Licensed in
the US: EU Approval Expected This Year. A new anti-HIV drug has
been approved for use by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA),
the regulatory authority responsible for assessing medications in the United
DC Police Gay and Lesbian
Liaison Unit Wins National Award For Innovation. The District of
Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit has
won an Innovations in American Government Award for reaching out to an
underserved community and creating a model for community policing.
Iranian Gay Group Backs
July 19 Worldwide Protests. Support for the five demands proposed
by London-based gay human rights group Outrage! for the worldwide day of
protest against Iran on Wednesday July 19 has come from Iran’s leading gay
group, the Persian Gay and Lesbian Organisation (PGLO).
Gay Pride Promoted Warsaw, Say Organisers.
The suggestion from organisers of last month’s Warsaw Pride (Parada Równości)
that the event pumped as more 1.2 million PLN (€300,000) into the city’s
economy from foreign visitors alone has been given short shrift by the
Prepare for UK’s First ‘Gay Prom’.
Gay teens from across the country will be converging on
London next weekend for what is thought to be the very first “Gay Prom” to
be held in the UK.
Gaydar Radio Joins the Chris Moyles “Gay” Furore. Gaydar Radio, the only gay and
lesbian radion station in the United Kingdom, is seeking a meeting with the
broadcast regulator Ofcom in the wake of the “Chris Moyles saga”.
July 7: UK: Truce Is Over As Singers Continue To Urge Killing of Gays.
Concerts by reggae stars Buju
Banton and Beenie Man have been cancelled in Brighton and Bournemouth
following successful lobbying of council leaders and police by local gay
community organisations, with the support of gay human rights group OutRage!
Sweden, Stop Buju Banton Concert Tour.
By Peter Tatchell. OutRage! in London appeals to Swedish LGBT groups to halt the upcoming concert tour of Jamaican “kill
queers” singer Buju Banton.
Social Attitudes Towards Gay Must Change,
Says TUC Boss.
Recent changes in the law mean that lesbians and gay men
can now tackle any prejudice they encounter in work or in their everyday
lives, but until the UK witnesses a real shift in social attitudes,
homophobia and discrimination will continue to make life tough for many, the
Trades Union Congress (TUC) warned last week.
Stonewall, Mayor of London Launch Anti-Homophobic
Bullying DVD. A new anti-homophobic bullying DVD aimed at teachers
is to be launched today by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.
Pope Is “Queen of Homophobia”, Says Tatchell.
Papal homophobia was mocked by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell at
Saturday’s EuroPride parade in London.
Tatchell marched with a placard depicting the Pope as a drag queen, with the
caption: “Pope ‘Betty’ Benedict XVI – Queen of Homophobia.”
We Don’t Have to Be Scared Anymore Say Gay Sailors at
Petty Officer Karen Surtees admitted today that she had
been in a mild form of panic over the past day. And it was not the fact that the “veteran” of 14 years
service in the Royal Navy would be one of a couple of dozen gay men and
women serving in the navy marching in full uniform through the streets of
London in EuroPride.
British Airways Target of Protest at EuroPride.
Demonstrators from a coalition of eight groups – Elizabeth-Must-Stay, GALHA, Green Party, LGBT Greens, LGCM,
Medical Justice, OutRage!, and UKLGIG – staged a demonstration at the
British Airways EuroPride Chill-Out Lounge.
2006 - London. Five pages of photographs