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March 30: USA/Latvia:
Anti-Gay US-Latvian Axis: Homophobes of All Nations, Come Together!
By Kārlis Streips. Once again we can
prove to ourselves that religious extremists do not live in our world, they
live in some parallel world which they alone are aware of. It has been
reported that the noisy structure known as “New Generation” invited an
American called Kenneth Hutcherson to visit.
March 29: Nigeria:
Anti-Gay Bill Appears to be in ‘Hibernation’.
While the draconian Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2006 appears to be
‘stalled in the Nigerian House of Representative – the lower house of the
country’s parliament, there will be no celebrations in the gay community
Condemnation of Nigeria’s ‘Anti Gay’ Legislation. The
Council of the European Union is backing the European Parliament’s call on
the Nigerian authorities not to adopt the proposed law reinforcing a ban on
same-sex relations already in force in Nigeria in its current form.
Assembly Belongs to Everyone, Including Gays – Council of Europe.
The European arm of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, ILGA-Europe,
has welcomed a Council of Europe resolution that condemns bans in some
countries of ‘Gay Prides’.
Gay Activist Steps Down. The veteran gay activist George Broadhead
has resigned as secretary of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA)
after 25 years service.
Expectations ‘Up North’ for International Campaign Against Homophobia.
IDAHO-UK will be joining 50 countries in the fight against homophobia on May
17. And so far it looks like one of the strongest areas in the country will
be Northern England that will be marking International Day Against
Bullying: Catholics Not Fit To Run Schools – Humanists.
Such is the level of homophobia in
the Catholic Church that its schools should be taken from it and returned to
the community sector, says the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA)
Gay Bashing in Schools Must Be Tackled Now Says LibDem
MP. Recommendations to tackle homophobic bullying in
schools from an influential committee of MPs have today been welcomed by the
March 27: USA:
Army Recruiter Who Sent Anti-Gay and Racist Emails to Potential Recruit –
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) today strongly condemned the
anti-gay and racist emails sent by Army Recruiter Sergeant Marcia Ramode to
Corey Andrew, a potential recruit.
March 26: USA/Latvia: This Is War, Anti-Gay American
Preacher Hutcherson Tells Europe.
As news emerged that a new “anti-gay” group had been registered in Latvia,
the plot thickened as to the involvement of an American preacher with
religious groups in the country who told an American newspaper: “this is a
war”, referring to his anti-gay campaign in Europe.
Urges European Commission to Get Tough with Poland Over Gay Ban.
The European Parliament’s Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights last week
expressed alarm over reports of the Polish national government’s intended
plans to adopt a law which would ban LGBT people from working in education
and would also ban awareness-raising of LGBT issues in schools.
“Real Joy” That Civil Partnerships Have Brought To Gay People.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has spoke last night of the pride and
“real joy" civil partnerships have brought to gay people and the “civilising
effect” equality legislation has had beyond the community.
Religionists Demand the ‘Right to Discriminate’ Against Gays,
Fundamentalist Christians are set to demonstrate outside Parliament this
evening as the House of Lords debate the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation)
March 20: Russia:
Two Heterosexuals From Politics on Moscow Gay Pride
2007 Organising Committee.
The organising committee for this year’s Moscow Gay
Pride, to be held in the Russian capital between May 25 and 27, includes two
heterosexuals from the political arena. (In Russian:
В Москве сформирован оргкомитет второго гей-прайда)
Exploring Queer Spirits. Author Masashi Harada has
published a travel guidebook with a difference on Japan with a definite
Gloucestershire Gays Go Back Into Closet.
A group of gay men and women in Gloucestershire will be going back into “the
closet” in May to draw attention to the fact that there are still many
countries in the world where gays are persecuted, and even executed.
Censorship Proposal Threatens Basic Gay Rights. The Polish
government’s proposed legislation to censor all discussion of homosexuality
in schools and other academic institutions would violate freedom of speech
and impede free access to information, Human Rights Watch said last night in
a letter to Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
This article is also in Polish on the page.
Nigerian Anglican Activist Warns of ‘Gay’ Exodus.
The Nigerian branch of the Anglican Church pressure group on LGBT rights,
Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN), is warning other countries that the passing
of the anti-gay marriage bill could cause significant problems for them,
Worker and Partner Allegedly Tortured, Sexually Abused in Aceh.
A 32-years-old NGO worker and his same-sex partner were allegedly brutally
tortured and sexually abused by the Banda Aceh police while in custody in
January, the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has revealed.
Retired Gay Military Officers 'Come Out'
and Demand Apology From Gen. Pace. A group of seven
high-ranking US military veterans today responded to recent remarks by
General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who earlier this
week called lesbian, gay and bisexual service members ‘immoral’ and
re-iterated his support for the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on
lesbian, gay and bisexual service members.
American Gay Group ACT UP Resurrected as General Pace
Targeted in New York. By Rex Wockner. About 250
people picketed the Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Manhattan this
afternoon in a demonstration that is being seen as the likely resurrection
of ACT UP.
March 15: European Union/Nigeria:
European Parliament Gets Tough With Nigeria Over “Anti-Gay” Bill.
The European Parliament is to call on the Nigerian Government and Parliament
not to adopt the proposed 'Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act' in its
Anti-Gay Bill Could Lead To a Gay Genocide, Says Foundation. The
‘anti-gay’ bill pending in the legislature of Nigeria could result in that
country running afoul of international treaties which outlaw genocide,
according to a statement issued this morning by the Gay Homeland Foundation
Calls for the Decriminalisation of Homosexuality in Ghana.
A call for the repeal of laws in
Ghana that criminalise same-sex relations has been made by gay human rights
group Outrage! as the Ghanaian President, John Kofi
Agyekum Kufuor, arrived in London on a State visit.
Tracey Emin’s Neon Lights Up the
Terrence Higgins Trust Gala Auction. Two neon artworks by
Tracey Emin raised £110,000 at the Lighthouse Gala Auction last
Condemns General and Demands Apology for Remarks about Gay Personnel.
The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) today strongly condemned
remarks by General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
calling lesbian and gay personnel “immoral.”
March 12: European Union/Nigeria:
European Parliament to Debate
Draconian Nigerian ‘Anti-Gay’ Bill.
The European Parliament is set to
debate the proposed Bill that would not only ban gay marriage in Nigeria,
but would also
outlaw representations and advocacy of
homosexuality in the country. This Bill is currently going through the
March 12: UK/Latvia:
Latvian Group Charges Blair With Interfering In Domestic Politics.
A letter of protest has been sent to British Prime Minister Tony Blair by
the Latvian “No Pride” group, which organised the protest against Riga Gay
Pride last year when demonstrators threw excrement at Pride participants.
March 8: UK/Latvia:
Welcomes Gay Pride Accord Between London and Riga. The
‘Statement of Unity’ between Pride London as Rigas Praidas, due to be
formally signed this evening in Riga, was another important ‘first’ for
Anglo-Latvian friendship, the British Ambassador, Ian Bond, said last night
at an Embassy reception for members of Mozaika and the visiting officials
Pride London to mark the signing.
Anti Gay Nigerian Bill: The Debate Continues
The draconian Bill that effectively outlaws representations and advocacy of
homosexuality in Nigeria could be on the statute book this month, a gay
Nigerian activist said in London yesterday.
Dismisses Allegations of London Assault of Gay Russian Journalist. Sergei
Tsoi, the press secretary to the Mayor of Moscow, has denied allegations that
he assaulted gay journalist Nikolai Alekseev at the conclusion of a press
conference in London last week.
Davis, Gay English Church Group Pleads to Nigerian Archbishop. By
Colin Coward. Davis Mac-Iyalla, Director of Changing Attitude Nigeria,
has been the subject of further intimidation last week. He was visited,
when absent from his place of work, by two men who were identified as
March 5: Africa:
Report Bashes One-Sided Aids Policies on Gays.
People with same-sex preferences are still a largely ignored and underserved
community in the design and execution of HIV-prevention programmes
throughout much of Africa, gay rights activists charged recently.
March 5: UK/Latvia:
London Urges New Mayor of Riga to Press on With Latvian Gay Pride March.
The Mayor of London, Ken
Livingstone, today welcomed the statement of the new Mayor of Riga saying he
was “ashamed” of the attack on the Gay Pride march in that city last year
and urged him to ensure that the peaceful Gay Pride march in the city this
year could proceed.
Moscow Mayor Press
Secretary’s Alleged Assault on Gay Russian Journalist.
The Metropolitan Police are
investigating a complaint of an alleged assault on Russian gay activist and
journalist Nikolai Alekseev in London last week following the press
conference given by the mayors of London, Berlin, Paris, Moscow and Beijing
at City Hall.
for Gay and Lesbian Humanist Festival in London.
Six films, three features and three documentaries, are to be screened in
four sessions at the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association’s film festival in
London this month.
How Many 'Kylies' at
Sydney's Big Gay Day?
It was no secret. Sydney Mardi Gras was going to
be 'taken over' by a few hundred 'Kylies', or dancin' queens. Page
of ten photos from the 29th Sydney Mardi Gras by Annette Petersen.
Blasts Pentagon Response on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ for Gays.
U.S. Senator. Ron Wyden, a senior
member of the Intelligence Committee, has said he was extremely troubled by
the response he received in a letter from the Pentagon concerning its “Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
Mayor Ashamed of Events at Last Year’s Gay Pride. Jānis
Birks, the newly elected Mayor of Riga, appears to have no issues with the
Gay Pride parade in the Latvian capital.
He was interviewed by the
internet-based news portal Vdiena.lv which is run by the biggest Latvian
daily newspaper “Diena”.
Media Gives “Massive Coverage” of London Protest of Moscow Gay Pride Ban.
Russian gay leader Nikolai Alekseev spoke last night of his “delight” at
the “massive coverage in the Russian media” of Wednesday’s London protest
against Moscow’s notoriously homophobic mayor, Yuri Luzhkov.
Editor of Gay Magazine Kaos-GL Acquitted.
Guner, the editor and publisher of the Turkish LGBT magazine Kaos-GL, has
been cleared of “peddling pornography” in the magazine.
Parade Wars: Livingstone Attacks Tatchell and
London Mayor Ken Livingstone was
yesterday accused of being “hypocritical” by gay Russian journalist
Nikolai Alexeyev, one of the organisers of Moscow
Pride, who is in
London and attended the post-M4 Summit press conference.
Homosexuality Not a Disease, Gay Parisian Mayor Tells Moscow’s Luzhkov. Homosexuality is not a disease you
catch, the mayor of Paris,
Bertrand Delanoë, himself openly gay, told a press conference in London