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Did Homophobic Politicians Pretend to be Gay Terrorists?
Shortly before last year’s presidential elections in Poland, a series of
false bomb alarms paralysed the capital
city of Warsaw, the blame being subsequently put on “gay terrorists”.
Homophobia Is Mental Health Risk for Young Gays, Northern Ireland Report
One quarter of young gay or bisexual men in Northern Ireland have attempted
suicide, thirty percent have self harmed and over two thirds of the
respondents have considered suicide, a report to be published later today
HIV Positive Inmates Hungry for ARVs.
HIV-positive prisoners are literally starving for antiretroviral (ARV) drugs at South Africa’s
Westville Prison, in the east coast city of Durban.Some 242
inmates embarked on a hunger strike early on Monday, citing a failure by the
department of correctional services and the health ministry to provide them
with the life-prolonging drugs.
Too Dangerous to Evict 200 From Warsaw Gay Club – Mayor.
In an astonishing development this evening at Le Madame night spot, the Mayor Brodowski of Warsaw Innercity has ruled
out any immediate eviction of the peaceful protestors inside the city’s
Council of Europe Asks Moscow Mayor To Review Gay Pride
The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities at the
Council of Europe has written to the mayor of Moscow asking that he “review”
his decision made public last month that he would ban the Gay Pride Parade,
scheduled for the end of May in the Russian capital.
The Two Who Stole Le Madame: Polish Political Twins
Target Gay Club
Officially, Warsaw’s famed Le Madame club – once
a gay club, but more recently a venue for everyone, “gay, straight,
whatever” – should have closed at the weekend. But some
habitués have decided this is not to be and are refusing to leave the haven
of left-wing thought and expression in a right-wing country.
Antwerp To Host EuroGames 2007. The
European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF)
has named Antwerp as the city that will host the eleventh edition of the
EuroGames to be staged next year.
Euro Gay Group Call for Unrushed and Open Debate on EU Fundamental
ILGA-Europe, together with the Human Rights and
Democracy Network, the Social Platform of European Social Non-Governmental
Organisations, the Concord and many national lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) organisations in Europe, is asking the EU Austrian
Presidency not to rush with the decision over the EU Fundamental Rights
Jewish Community Aligns With Moscow Mayor Against Gay Pride.
A Russian Jewish group is backing the decision of the
Mayor of Moscow, Juri Luzhkov, to ban the planned Moscow Gay
Pride, scheduled for May 27.
‘EU’ Returns Directive Debate to Help Gay Iranian Asylum Seekers.
An MEP has described as “simply unacceptable” the problem often faced by
asylum seekers in UK, and other EU countries, in getting the truth of their
cases heard. Green Party Euro MP Jean Lambert (London) spoke out after
reading the story of ‘Ramin’ on UK Gay News website.
Obasanjo Must Withdraw Bill to Criminalize Gay Rights.
As Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo prepares to
visit the United States, he should reaffirm his commitment to the human
rights of all Nigerians and withdraw proposed legislation to introduce
criminal penalties for same-sex relationships and marriage ceremonies, human
rights groups say in a joint statement released today.
Cashman Commends Condom VAT Cut in UK.
British Labour MEP Michael Cashman has welcomed
Gordon Brown’s decision to reduce value added tax (VAT) on condoms and other
contraceptives in Britain and Northern Ireland.
Why I Support Freedom of Expression.
By Peter Tatchell. Gay human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell explains why
he is taking part in Saturday's March for Free Expression in London.
He has been critisised following his agreement to speak at the rally in
Gay Iranian Speaks of Escape from the Basij, Fear of Being Returned to Iran.
A young gay Iranian in his mid-twenties is living under the threat of being
deported from the United Kingdom back to Iran. Four years ago he escaped
from his native country after coming within seconds of being caught by the Basij police who raided his boyfriend’s house while he was there.
Liberal Muslim Theologian Pulls Out of Tatchell Lecture After Threats.
Liberal Muslim theologian Sheikh Dr Muhammad Yusuf was to
have called for a reconciliation of Islam with democracy and human rights,
including human rights for women and gay people in a lectures this evening
(March 20) in London.
Swedish Gays Protest on Behalf of Friends in Belarus.
Swedish gays today joined politicians and representatives of human rights organisations in a downtown demonstration in
the Swedish capital on the eve of the elections tomorrow in Belarus, the
last dictatorship in eastern Europe.
Manchester Lib Dem MPs Join Fight to Save Gay Radio Programme.
Three Liberal Democrat MPs from the Manchester area have joined the campaign
to save local community programmes
– including Gaytalk – from being axed at the end of the month by BBC
Greater Manchester Radio (GMR).
Stuck In the Closet: Gays Left Out of HIV/AIDS Strategy.
In a dimly lit karaoke bar in a suburb of Kampala, the capital, Crystal Namanya belts out Madonna’s Get into the
Groove, following the words as they run across a television screen.
This is no ordinary karaoke evening. Nearly everyone in the bar is gay,
something most Ugandans consider un-African and un-Christian.
Czech Gays ‘Over the Moon’ As Prime Minister Delivers His Promise.
Gay men and women in the Czech Republic celebrated well into the night
yesterday. And for good reason. At
precisely 18:17, the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament outvoted
the veto of President Václav Klaus of the Registered Partnership Bill by the
narrowest of margins.
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Supports Moscow Mayor Over Gay Parade Ban.
The Russian Orthodox Church has today back Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov’s decision to ban the city’s first-ever Gay Pride parade in the
city, Russian news agency Interfax is reporting today.
Another Wave of ‘Sexual Cleansing’ by Nepal Police. By Sunil Pant in Kathmandu.
We are very frustrated and concerned of such regular arrest and abuse of Metis (effeminate cross dressing males) by Nepal
Manchester Gays ‘Sent To Coventry’ – By BBC.
Gay men and women in the Greater Manchester area are furious. On
Thursday March 30, the shutters will come down on
Gaytalk, a 30-minute magazine radio programme that first went on the air
ten years ago.
Moscow Gay Pride: The Turning Point for IDAHO.
In the autumn of 2004, following the publication of the Dictionnaire de l’Homophobie”, a book he was the chief editor
of, Louis-Georges Tin – known as a brilliant young doctor in humanities –
decided to go further and to launch the idea of an International Day Against
Homophobia based on the success of other days such as International AIDS Day
on December 1 each year.
First Gay UK Politician Set To Register Partnership.
He was the first to play a gay man in a major role in a British television
series, back in 1986 in Eastenders when
the character of Colin Russell was introduced. He was ‘one half’ of the
first gay kiss on British television – again Eastenders. Now Michael Cashman, the former actor and now a Labour MEP for the West
Midlands, is set to be the first British politician to register a civil
Heartbroken Brokeback Fans Say “Thanks” With Ad in Daily Variety.
In an unprecedented show of support for the gay love story Brokeback Mountain, a website discussion board has
spearheaded a campaign to collect donations from around the world to place
ads in trade and national publications in support of the movie.
100 Days To Go Until London’s
Biggest Ever Gay Pride.
Last weekend, over half a million onlookers lined Sydney’s world famous
Oxford Street for this year’s hugely successful Sydney Mardi Gras. The
next major world event in the gay and lesbian calendar will also reach
its climax with crowds of up to half a million people joining a
colourful parade down another world famous Oxford Street – this time in
London for EuroPride06 Day.
IDAHO-UK 2006 Campaign Launched.
Plans are going ahead for some major initiatives in the United Kingdom to
mark this year’s International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on May 17.
Frattini Has Done His Home Work, Say Gay Euro Parliament Group.
The European Parliament’s Intergroup on gay and
lesbian rights is upbeat following a meeting with Commissioner Frattini to
discuss strategies to fight homophobia and discrimination of LGBT people.
IGLHRC Pleased With Progress in US Government Human Rights Report.
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) finds that the U.S. State Department’s annual report on
human rights, released today, has more fully documented violations against
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and people with
HIV/AIDS than in previous years.
Dutch Threat to
Return Gay, Lesbian Iranians Slammed by HRW. Dutch
Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk’s threat to end a six-month
moratorium on deporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)
asylum-seekers back to Iran rests on serious misunderstandings of
Iranian law, Human Rights Watch said today.
Scottish Students Protest Gay Discrimination in Blood Transfusion Service.
Inequality in the Scottish blood transfusion service is being highlighted
this week with a series of events being held by students across Scotland.
Travel Group Man Around Group on Acquisition Trail.
The Man Around Group has acquired the German travel business Ulla Kartner, it was announced yesterday. The acquisition means
that the German market is added to the Group’s activities in the UK, Italy
March 3: Russia: Luzhkov, Putin and Moscow Gay Pride.
Commentary. The brouhaha over May’s Moscow Pride and the homophobic
remarks made by the Mayor of the Russian capital could well go down in
Russian political history as something that extends beyond the question of
gay and human rights and right into the Kremlin to the desk of President Putin.
March 3: UK: Transsexuals in Croydon Take Significant Step Forward.
Loo? Do you
use the Ladies or the Gents? It’s a
problem if you’re changing gender – especially if you’re changing from male
March 2: EU/Russia: Gays – and Others – Protest At Russian Embassy in Warsaw
Paris Also Stages Protest.
Some 30 demonstrators braved the freezing
temperature to protest outside the Russian Embassy in Warsaw this evening to
wind-up Europe’s day of action against the homophobic outbursts of the Mayor
of Moscow and his stated ban of Moscow Gay Pride scheduled at the end of
March 2: EU/Russia: Outraged Europe Protests Gay Parade Ban by Moscow Mayor: Day of protest open in Vienna and London.
As demonstrators picketed the Russian embassies in London
and Vienna at lunchtime today demanding that the ban on Moscow’s Gay Pride
Festival is lifted, London’s Green MEP, Jean Lambert spoke out in anger
against the Mayor of Moscow’s homophobic attitude.