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June 30: UK:
Gloucestershire, Gay’s Friend Comes Out. For sixteen years,
Gloucestershire Friend has been running a telephone helpline for gay men and
women. Today, the group “came out of the closet” in Gloucester’s
Guildhall when they ‘re-branded’ themselves Gay-Glos.
June 30: UK:
London MEP Urges All to Come Out and Speak Up at
EuroPride. As London hosts Europride 2006
this weekend, (Saturday July 1) thirty-five years since Pride first began in
the capital, Green Euro MP Jean Lambert pledged her support for the events
tackling issues of bullying, discrimination and homophobic abuse.
June 28: UK:
Higgins Trust To Give Out 80,000 Condoms at EuroPride 2006.
Terrence Higgins Trust (THT)
will be distributing 80,000 condoms to revellers at EuroPride on July 1.
June 23: UK:
Elton John To Star in EuroPride 06 Finale.
Sir Elton John will top the bill at the EuroPride finale – simply titled “The Show” – to be staged at
the famed Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday July 2, organisers announced
June 23: UK:
ILGA-Europe Launches Handbook on Gay Pride Marches
Observation. A Handbook on Observations of Pride Marches has been
launched today (June 23) in Zagreb by ILGA-Europe.
ILGA-Europe is organising training on observation of Pride marches to
coincide with Zagreb Pride.
June 22: UK:
Cashman Demands Answers From Cameron on Tory MEP Gay Vote
Shame. Labour MEP Michael Cashman
has written to Conservative Leader David Cameron seeking an explanation why
Tory MEPs refused to give their support to a resolution condemning racist
and homophobic violence in Strasbourg last week.
June 22: UK:
To Stage Its First Gay Pride.
Plans are at an advanced stage for the
first ever gay pride in Gloucestershire, a largely rural county in England.
June 22: UK:
New Terrence Higgins Trust Campaign Shows HIV Is “Closer
Than You Think”. Terrence Higgins Trust is launching a new
campaign today to raise gay men’s awareness of their proximity to HIV.
June 21: Latvia:
Full Text of Latvian President's Letter to Parliament on
Labour Law Amendment.
English translation by Katrîna Ðvarca and Juris Lavrikovs.
Today the President of Latvia, Vaira Vîíe-Freiberga, sent a letter to Ingrîda Ûdre, chair of the Latvian
Saeima (Parliament), asking the Saeima to re-consider its recently passed
“Amendment to the Law Law.” In her letter the president wrote ...
June 21: Latvia:
MEPs Praise Latvian President’s “Courageous Decision”.
The European Parliament’s Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has welcomed today’s decision by the
Latvian President to send back to parliament the Labour Law which excluded
sexual orientation from anti-discrimination provisions.
June 21: UK:
EuroPride Reveals July 1 Parade Route and Float Line-Up. EuroPride 06 today unveiled the
final route for the major parade taking place through the streets of London
on Saturday July 1. The EuroPride parade is expected to be one of the biggest
London has ever seen, and will feature 40 floats, around 200 costumed groups
and walking bands, and thousands of individual paraders.
June 21: UK:
Tory MEPs Fail to Condemn Violence Against Gays and Other
Minorities. Despite Tory leader David Cameron’s warm words at
home, Conservative Members of the European Parliament are showing that the
Tories have not changed, a Labour MEP said
June 20: Latvia:
Hopes That Latvian President Will Reject New Anti-Gay
Employment Law Following High-Level Talks. Following high-level
talks today, there is good reason to believe that the Latvian President, Vaira
Viķe-Freiberga, will reject the employment law passed last week by
Parliament after references to discrimination on grounds of sexuality were
June 20: USA:
Pentagon Document Calling Gays ‘Mentally Ill’ Is Disputed.
Several members of Congress have sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld asking
him to review a recently discovered Pentagon Instruction classifying
homosexuality as a mental disorder, along with mental retardation, impulse
control disorders and personality disorders.
June 20: Latvia:
Gay Activists At Presidential Office to Discuss Labour
Law as Youth Group Seeks Referendum on Gay Pride. Latvian gay
human rights group Mozaika is joining other human rights organisation and
representatives from government ministries for discussions on last weeks
vote by the Parliament to delete ‘sexual orientation’ from the
anti-discrimination article of the country’s Labour Law.
Two Adrenalin Filled, Dance Fuelled Gay Weekends Announced.
and the ‘Gay Days’ at Disney World. The Tussauds Group, who operate Alton
Towers and Thorpe Park, has set aside days in September specifically for gay
men and women – and their friends.
June 19: Europe:
Young Gays Still Face Discrimination and Exclusion in Europe.
Young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across Europe face discrimination and
exclusion in their everyday life, a report published today says.
June 19: World Pride:
Don’t Boycott World Pride in Jerusalem.
By Peter Tatchell.
careful reflection, the queer human rights group OutRage! believes a boycott
would be a big mistake. While supporting justice for the Palestinian
people, we oppose calls for a boycott of World Pride, which is being held in
Jerusalem from August 6-12, 2006.
June 19: UK:
Lib-Dems Question Gay Blood Ban.
Health Minister Patricia Hewitt has been challenged by Liberal Democrat spokesperson
for Women and Equality, Lorely Burt MP, over the continued complete ban on
gay and bisexual men, and one-year ban on their straight or bisexual female
partners, donating blood.
Russian Newsweek Identifies Attacker of Volker Beck at Moscow Gay Pride.
The Russian edition of Newsweek has uncovered the
identity of the person who attacked Volker Beck outside the Moscow City Hall
during last month’s unauthorised “Gay Pride” demonstration.
June 16: Latvia:
Latvian Parliament Decision on Excluding Gays From Labour
Laws Is Condemned Across Europe. European politicians have reacted
strongly today to the decision of the Latvian Parliament to delete
references to sexual orientation from the country’s labour laws which are
to be introduced as a requirement of European Union membership. Even Latvian Foreign Minister Artis Pabriks criticised
June 16: UK:
Killers of Gay Barman Get Minimum of 28 Years
Each. The two men who pleaded guilty to the murder of gay
barman Jody Dobrowski on Clapham Common in London last October have been
sentenced this afternoon at the Old Bailey to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of 28 years each.
Pride: Where Were the Human Rights Campaigners, Gay Russians Ask.
Op-Ed by GayRussia.
There is a question that foreign donors should ask
Russian Human Rights Groups while discussing their 2006 report.
June 14: Iran:
Do Not Leave Us Alone, Pleads Gay Iranian.
Last night in Toronto, Canada, Arsham Parsi, the
spokesperson and secretary of human rights affairs of the Persian Gay and
Lesbian Organization, gave an emotive speech at the joint Egale
Canada/ARC International gala dinner. This is the full
text of his speech as supplied by the PGLO.
Be Proud of Pride.
The resolute determination of of the organisers was not the only reason
why the Warsaw Equality March — or Gay Pride — was such a success
June 9: UK:
UK Judge: Lesbians
Are Not Homosexuals. A judge at Manchester Immigration and Assylum
Tribunal has ruled that a lesbian Ugandan is not homosexual and must be
deported back to Uganda.
Warsaw and European Human Rights for Gays. By Volker Beck.
Is the situation in Warsaw as bad as that in Russia? The
vice-chairman of the governing League of Polish Families party, Wojciech
Wierzejski, has already publicly threatened participants in tomorrow’s
demonstration with being “beaten with batons”.
June 8: Poland:
Minister Tries to Block Warsaw ‘Gay Pride’ March.
The leader of the far-right League of Polish Families (LPR), Roman Giertych, has tried to use his position as a
cabinet minister to block the demonstration of gays and their supporters
planned for Saturday (June 10).
June 7: Europe:
Euro MP Condemns Violent Outbreaks Against Gay Prides in
Eastern Europe. Recent outbreaks of violence towards Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities across
Eastern Europe are a grave step backwards for equality and human rights a
Euro MP warned today.
German Gays Set to Invade Poland in Warsaw Pride
Solidarity Move. Germany might be hosting the World Cup, but for
some Germans the football competition which gets under way this weekend is a
mere minor detail. Thousands are expected to head east to into Poland for
Warsaw where, on Saturday, the annual Pride Parade is being held.
June 5: USA:
Needless Mortality, Stark Inequalities Define AIDS in USA
Today. With the 25th anniversary of AIDS today (June 5), a new
monitoring report shows that the U.S. has no national plan to address the
epidemic among Americans.
June 3: USA:
Bush’s Radio Speech on Gay Marriage.
The text of the weekly radio address by US President
George W. Bush on Saturday June 3, 2006.
Warsaw’s ‘Gay Pride’ Parade Will Not be Illegal This Year.
City authorities in Warsaw are not banning the “Gay Pride” parade planned
for Saturday June 10. For the past two years, the city has refused
permission for gay marches and gays have taken the matter to the European
Human rights Court in Strasbourg, which last month accepted the case for
Russia Must Investigate
Attacks on Moscow Gay Pride March – HRW. Russian authorities must
launch a full investigation into the violent attacks on peaceful gay pride
activists in Moscow on May 27 and prosecute those responsible, Human Rights
Watch said in a briefing paper released today.
June 1: USA:
US Democrats Issue Proclamation on LGBT PRIDE Month.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean today joined
Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank and Wisconsin Democratic Rep.
Tammy Baldwin in issuing the following Proclamation marking PRIDE Month
June 1: Scotland:
Scottish Gay, Lesbian
Groups Join International Outrage at Russian Authorities. Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) groups and individuals will gather
outside the Russian Consulate in Edinburgh tomorrow (June 2) at 3.45pm to
protest the Mayor of Moscow’s decision to ban a gay pride march in Russia.
June 1: Tanzania:
Church Still Opposes
Condoms and Sex Education. Tanzania's Anglican Church is still vehemently opposed to condom use,
despite its ambitious HIV/AIDS prevention campaign, and has called for a
total ban on condom advertising to protect children from early exposure to
June 1: Latvia:
Parliament Confirms Anti-Gay as Member of OSCE Delegation. The
Latvian Parliament today approved Dainis Turlais, MP, to be included as a
member of the Latvian delegation within the Parliamentary Assembly of the
Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
June 1: The
Dutch LGBT Group
Applies for Consultative Status at UN. The Dutch Lesbian Gay
Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) organisation, COC, has
applied for a consultative status at the United Nations.