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July 31: UK:
Quakers’ Decision on Marriage Equality for Gays Is “Courageous”, Says Tatchell.
The vote today by the Quakers to open up
marriage to same-sex couples, on exactly the
same basis as heterosexual couples, is an
“honourable, courageous, trail-blazing
decision”, gay human rights campaigner Peter
Tatchell of LGBT equality group OutRage! said
July 30: Germany:
Openly Gay German Green
MP Volker Beck Mourns Death of His Partner Jacques Teyssier.
Jacques Teyssier, the life partner of
Green Member of German Bundestag Volker Beck, died last Saturday of cancer
July 26: Denmark:
Two Held Following Assault of Three Visiting Men to
Gay Sports Event in Copenhagen.
Police are treating assaults on three foreign men in
the city centre last night as ‘hate crimes’.
Two men were detained by police in the early
hours of this morning following assaults on
three men – from England, Norway and Sweden –
who are visiting Copenhagen for World Outgames,
Berlingske Tidende is reporting today.
July 24: Russia:
Court Rules Slavic Gay Pride Ban in May Was Lawful.
The Tverskoi District Court of Moscow today dismissed the complaint
by the organisers of Slavic Gay Pride against the decision of Moscow
authorities to ban the march in support for tolerance and respect for the
rights and freedoms of homosexual people in Russia and Belarus.
July 23: UK:
Exorcism of Gays in the UK: Call to Protest
Against Abuse by Fundamentalist Christians. A gay human rights
campaigner today called for a police investigation following revelations in
a newspaper that ‘gay exorcisms’ are being carried out in UK Christian
July 22: Belarus:
Twenty-Five Copies of American
Gay Magazine Pride Seized by Belarus Customs. Customs
officials in Belarus have seized 25 copies of the magazine
which is published by the international Pride group InterPride whose
membership includes Project GayBelarus.
July 18: Eastern Europe:
Activism from ‘Inside the Closet’ Can Be Disastrous for Gay Movement.
Commentary by Nikolai Baev. The bitter fruits of ‘quiet lobbying’ surfaced earlier this week in
Lithuania and Ukraine.
July 16: Gibraltar:
Gays Welcome Gibraltar Government Court Move but
Warn the Matter ‘May Not End There’.
News that the Government intends to seek a
‘declaratory ruling’ from the Supreme Court over
the constitutionality of the unequal age of
consent under Gibraltar law was welcomed today
by the equality rights group GGR.
July 16: Europe:
Sudden Departure of Executive Director at Top
European Gay NGO. Dirk De
Meirleir has left has position of executive director of the Brussels-based
ILGA-Europe, it emerged last night.
July 15: USA:
Religion: Let the Episcopal Church Say ‘Amen’
Op-Ed by Rev. Irene Monroe.
The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church has
voted overwhelmingly to overturn a three-year
moratorium on the election of lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender and queers to the
While many LGBTQ
Episcopalians and their allies are jumping for
joy, the battle isn’t over.
July 15: Lithuania:
Lithuanian Anti Gay Law Puts New President in
Impossible Position. Within days of
taking office, Lithuania’s new President, Dalia
Grybauskaitė, finds herself in an impossible
situation over the draconic new law passed by
the country’s Seimas yesterday –
the Protection of Minors Against the Detrimental
Effect of Public Information.
July 14: UK:
Peter Tatchell: Equality Bill Discriminates
– Gays Excluded
from Anti-Harassment Clauses. Commentary by Peter Tatchell. The Equality Bill
should be renamed the Inequality Bill. While
other vulnerable groups are protected against harassment, protection is
denied to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
We are explicitly excluded from the
anti-harassment clauses of the Bill.
July 14: Lithuania:
Seimas Overturns Presidential Veto of
Legislation Banning ‘Gay Propaganda’.
The Lithuanian Seimas (Parliament) this morning
voted to overturn the Presidential veto on the
the Protection of Minors Against the Detrimental
Effect of Public Information. Deputies
voted 87 to six – with 25 abstentions – to
over-rule the President.
The law is expected to come into force on
March 1 next year.
July 13: European Union:
Buzek Pledges Support for Rights of Gay and
Transgender Men and Women – and Pride Marches
. Jerzy Buzek, the former
Polish Prime Minister and now an MEP, has today pledged to defend the rights
of gay and transgendered men and women.
July 12: European Union:
Homophobic Former Polish Prime Minister Is
Front-Runner for European Parliament President.
Analysis. Former Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek,
now a member of the ruling Civic Platform party in Poland, looks set to become the President
of the European Parliament when MEPs assemble in Strasbourg next week for
the first plenary session of the new Parliament.
He has emerged as the leading contender following political ‘wheeling and
dealing’ in the corridors of Brussels.
July 12: United Kingdom:
Cashman and Tatchell Lead
Gay Humanist 30th Birthday Celebrations.
Over 120 people crowded into London's
Bishopsgate Institute on Friday to celebrate the
30th birthday of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist
July 12: United Kingdom:
Queer Youth Network Slams Tabloid’s Transphobia.
On the eve of this year’s “Sparkle”, the national transgender
celebration in Manchester, the UK’s
national LGBT youth organisation, Queer Youth Network has lodged a formal
complaint with the Press Complaints Commission after its members sent dozens
of letters by outraged young people and parents outraged at a recent article
in The Sun newspaper attacking a young transsexual person, labelling her as
July 7: United Kingdom/Poland:
Polish PiS Party Will Not Apologise to Gays for Its
Homophobia. Commentary. The recent
statement by William Hague, a former leader of the
British Conservatives, that his party’s new
political allies in the European Parliament, the
Law and Justice Party (PiS) had moderated their
views on gays and gay rights has been dismissed in
July 7: Cuba:
Big Strides in Gay and Transgender Rights in Cuba,
Mariela Castro Tells London Audience. Cuba
has made big strides on gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender rights in recent years, Mariela Castro
told an audience at the Barbican Centre cinema on
July 5: United Kingdom: Tatchell Urges Anti-Gay Bishop to “Repent His Homophobia”.
Gay and lesbian human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell today
hit out at the Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali,
who suggested to a Sunday newspaper that
gays and lesbians should “repent and change”.
July 4: United Kingdom: "This Is a Wonderful Festival of Equality" ─ Mariela Castro on Gay Pride
in London. Cuban President's daughter takes part in parade watched by a million.
July 4: United Kingdom: Pride London in Photos. 80 photos of the parade and 11 in
Tatchell to March with Sarah Brown in London’s Gay Pride
Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell promised this
morning to be on his best behaviour on Saturday at Pride
London when he marches through the streets of central
London with the Prime Minister’s wife, Sarah Brown.
United Kingdom: TUC Warns Spread of
Far Right Across Europe Could Increase Gay Hate Crimes.
Hate crimes against gay men and women could increase in
the European Union following the spread of ‘far
right’ political parties in last month’s European elections, the TUC General
Secretary Brendan Barber warned this morning. Mr. Barber was
addressing the 12th annual TUC LGBT conference in London.