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Mar 31: European
Parliament Gay Rights Group
Calls on Barroso to Come Clean on Non-Discrimination Directive.
Michael Cashman, Labour MEP and president of European Parliament’s Inter
Group on Gay and Lesbian rights, has today called on the President of the
Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, to explain his comments to members of the
Women’s Committee that despite promises to the contrary, the Commission’s
Non-Discrimination Directive will not deal with discrimination on the
grounds of age, religion and sexual orientation.
Mar 31: Poland:
at Warsaw Airport for Arrival of Gay American Couple. Gay
Americans Brendan Fay and Tom Moulton found a media frenzy when they arrived
at Warsaw airport yesterday for a three-day visit. The couple, who
were married in Canada, hit the international headlines when their wedding
image was used in Polish President Lech Kaczynski’s televised prime-time
address to scare the Polish people against supporting the Lisbon Treaty,
arrived to Warsaw for a three-day visit.
Mar 28: UK:
HIV Epidemic Among Gay Men
Continues – Health Agency Report. An estimated 6,840 new
HIV diagnoses were reported in 2007 in the United Kingdom, according to
latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA)
published this morning.
Mar 28: UK:
Killer Slayed by Gays as Two UK Concerts Axed in a Week.
Jamaican “murder music”
hate-monger, Bounty Killer, has had two of his three UK concerts cancelled
in the last week, following a campaign by the gay human rights group
Mar 28: UK:
Complaint on Homophobia by Police Not Substantiated by Complaints Body.
An Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation into complaints of
homophobia against officers from Devon and Cornwall Constabulary has not
substantiated any of the complaints.
Mar 27: Italy/UK:
Police Pin-Up Wins Gay Web Site’s ‘Sexiest Man on Earth’ Title.
Gorgeous Italian motorcycle cop, Fabrizio Chiazza, has been voted the
world’s sexiest man in Gaydar.co.uk’s hotly contested ‘Sex Factor’
Mar 24: UK:
Supports Embryology Bill – and Slams Catholic Church. The
UK gay Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust has added its voice to those
of the hundreds of charities that are supporting the government’s Human
Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.
Mar 24: UK:
Believe Iranian Propaganda on Gays, Urges Gay Humanists.
The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has demanded that the Government
clarify its approach to the deportation of gay people to Iran after a
spokesman in the House of Lords claimed there was no evidence that gays were
being executed because of their sexuality.
Mar 24: UK:
Stay Demo: Call to Reform Asylum System to Protect Lesbian Gay Refugees.
The British Government is currently failing gay refugees, Peter Tatchell
told a rally in Whitehall, outside the Prime Minister’s official residence
10 Downing Street.
Mar 23: UK:
Vote to Send Delegation to Confront Homophobia in Jamaica. The
National Union of Teachers Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Committee
won a major victory today when the annual Conference agreed to send a
delegation of teachers to support anti-homophobia groups in Jamaica.
Mar 22: Poland:
Group Slams President Over Unauthorised Use of Same-Sex Wedding Images on TV.
The Campaign Against Homophobia
Przeciw Homofobii –
KPH) has expressed disappointment following the televised ‘prime time’
address by Polish President Lech Kaczynski at the beginning of the week on
Mar 22: Estonia/Latvia:
Riga and Tallinn Fail to Sign-up To Gay Freedom of Assembly Initiative.
By Juris Lavrikovs and Lisette Kampus. The mayors of the capitals of
Estonia and Latvia have refused to sign up to the International Lesbian and
Gay Association-Europe campaign on the freedom of assembly and expression
for gay men and women across Europe.
Mar 21: Nigeria:
Christian Leader Narrowly Escapes Death in Brutal Attack.
story of mob violence has emerged which almost culminated in the death of
one of the leaders of the Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) group in Port
Mar 20: USA:
Marketing Arm of American Airlines and GLAAD Honour Judy Shepard.
Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard who was the victim of a brutal homophobic
murder ten years ago, was given an informal reception by American Airlines
in New York on Monday, before going on to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation (GLAAD) Awards ceremony.
Mar 20: Russia:
Mayors Invited to May’s Moscow Gay Pride. Three of Europe’s
leading mayors, two of them openly gay, have been invited to attend this
year’s Moscow Pride, organisers said this morning, days after a
controversial St. Patrick’s Day Parade which included nudity.
Mar 19: UK:
of Gays to Iran Again Raised in Parliament as Lib Dems Apply Pressure.
The Government is coming under pressure from members of both houses of
Parliament, mainly Liberal Democrats, to “come clean” about policies on who
are deported to Iran – especially gay men and women.
Mar 18: USA:
Why Are Gays
Still ‘Personae Non Grata’ in New York St. Pats. Parade?
Commentary. Yet again gay men and women were excluded from taking part
in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. Why, in 2008 when
New York purports to be a diverse city?
Mar 18: UK: Government Equalities Office Has
New Director General.
Jonathan Rees has been appointed as
the first Director General of the Government Equalities Office (GEO) which
has responsibility for policy on gender equality, issues around gay and
lesbian orientation and for integrating work on race
and religion or belief into the overall equality framework.
Mar 17: UK: Complaints Against ‘Some People Are Gay. Get Used To It’ Campaign Thrown Out.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has refused to uphold any of the 54
complaints it has received about Stonewall’s recent billboard campaign
promoting its work tackling homophobic bullying in schools.
Mar 14: UK/Iran: Gay Iranian
in Europe: Mehdi Says ‘Thank You’. Mehdi Kazemi, the 19-years-old
gay Iranian currently in a Netherlands detention centre awaiting removal to
the UK where, until yesterday he was concerned that he would be immediately
returned to Iran, has this morning thanked his many supporters throughout
Gay Pride Prepares to ‘Come of Age’.
Manchester’s Gay Pride ‘comes of age’ this year. And organisers hope that
the 18th festival will be part of the biggest celebration so far in the
Secretary to Review Case of Gay Iranian Teen As Euro Parliament Backs Mehdi.
The UK Government is to review the case of Mehdi Kazemi after the European
Parliament expressed its support for a motion tabled by Michael Cashman MEP.
Mar 12: UK/Iran: Gays in
Iran: Lib Dems Attack Home Office While Peers Quiz Government.
The Home Office needs to understand that gay men and women face arrest and
execution in Iran, the Liberal Democrats for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender Equality group DELGA said last night.
Mar 11: Netherlands/UK/Iran:
Teen Loses Appeal in Netherlands Court – To Be Returned to UK. Cashman
Takes Plight of Mehdi to the European Parliament. Mehdi Kazemi,
the 19-years-old gay Iranian has lost his fight to remain in the
Netherlands, a Dutch judge ruled this afternoon. His uncle, Saeed, was
told the news by the Dutch lawyer on the telephone.
Mar 10: Jamaica:
International Gay Travel Leaders Condemn Jamaica’s Anti-Gay Climate.
Condemnation of Jamaica’s climate of fear, hatred and hostility towards all
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people has come today from the
International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA).
Gay MEP ‘Alarmed’ at Egyptian HIV Crackdown.
A British Member of the European Parliament has taken up
the cause of the dozen Egyptian men who, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and
Amnesty International (AI) say, have been arrested on suspicion of being
HIV-positive and forced to undergo HIV tests.
Incidents at Mardi Gras, Police Say – Organisers Praised.
Police have praised revellers at this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi
Gras parade for their good behaviour, with only a small number of incidents
Police Spokesperson on Gay Issues
to March in Today’s Mardi Gras Parade. New South Wales Police
Force’s new spokesperson on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
issues will mark her appointment to the role by marching in tonight’s
annual Mardi Gras Parade.