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Gays at Warsaw Pride, Says Polish Politician.
A senior Member of the European
Parliament has denounced the Polish right wing coalition government for the
latest outburst of intolerance against minorities made by the vice chairman
of the one of the governing parties who has urged that gays attending Warsaw
Pride on June 10 “be bludgeoned”.
Police and Fascists Wreck Gay Pride. Peter Tatchell's
Thoughts on Moscow.
Russian gays have won an
important moral and political victory. Yuri Luzhkov said a gay pride parade
would never happen while he was Mayor of Moscow. But Moscow Pride did
happen, on 27 May, despite the Mayor’s ban, police arrests, and violence
from neo-fascists, right-wing nationalists and Orthodox Christian
Moscow's Gay Pride Violently Suppressed.
By Peter Tatchell. The Mayor of Moscow said gay
Pride would never
happen while he was alive. He mobilised a quarter of the Moscow
police, over 1,000 officers, to prevent the gay parade.
Luzhkov Leaving Field Open for People of
Violence and Prophets of Murder — Volker Beck.
This is the full text of he speech by openly gay Green
Party member of the German Bundestages Volker Beck to the International Day
Against Homophobia conference today in Moscow. The conference was part of
Moscow Gay Pride Under Siege. Organisers
of the banned Moscow Gay Pride are adamant. There will be some form of
public demonstration in the Russian capital this afternoon.
Council of Europe Chief Condemns Homophobia.
Terry Davis, the secretary general of the Council of Europe, has sent a
message of support, titled ‘Tolerance is not Enough’, to participants of the
International Day Against Homophobia which is being held as part of Moscow
Polish Gays Win Legal Battle for Freedom of Gathering in Public.
Poland’s Supreme Administrative Court (NSA) has upheld an earlier administrative
court ruling, effectively supporting the right of homosexuals and other
minority groups to organize public rallies and marches.
to Moscow Gay Pride Parade - Court
judge in a Moscow district
court has ruled this morning that the Mayor of Moscow’s refusal to permit
the planned Gay Pride Parade in Moscow tomorrow should stand.
Nationalists Disrupt Lecture at Gay Pride.
Russian “nationalists’ managed to draw first blood at Moscow Gay Pride last
night when they disrupted a lecture on Oscar Wilde given by the author and
playwright’s grandson Merlin Holland.
Moscow Gay Pride: Where Are the Skinheads?
The skinheads had publicly announced that it was their
intention to disrupt the Moscow Gay Pride and its associated conferences. But
as the first day of Pride began, there was not a sign of a skinhead anywhere
near the Swissôtel.
Tatchell Defies Moscow Gay Ban.
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will join Russian
gay activists and defy a ban on this Saturday’s Gay Pride march in Moscow.
First Party of Latvia Does Not Want Gay Pride March in
Central Riga. An application for the Riga Gay Pride March on July
2 has been submitted to the Riga City Council by homosexual support
organisations and reacting to this application the First Party of Latvia
stated it asks the Riga City Council leadership not to allow the Pride march
in the centre of Riga.
Moscow Authorities Deliver Another Bombshell to Gay Pride: European
Parliament, ILGA and French Deputy React.
As Europe this weekend slammed the decision of the Moscow city authorities
to ban Moscow Pride parade on May 27, the city’s chief of security fired
another broadside – this time aimed at the Pride’ accompanying festival and
UN Agency Denies Consultative
Status to ILGA-Europe. The International Lesbian and Gay
Association (ILGA) in Europe expressed
disappointment today that it’s bid for observer status in the United Nations
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) had been rejected.
Russian Gays Call for Sacking of Moscow Mayor.
Gays in Moscow have this evening
called on President Putin to sack the Mayor
of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, in the wake of his decision not to permit the
Parade on May 27.
Luzhkov Refuses Permit
for Moscow Gay Pride Parade. The Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, has vetoed an application to stage a gay
Pride parade in the Russian capital on Saturday May 27.
‘Hall of Shame’ Shows Reach of
Homophobia. As people in more than 50 countries today mark the
International Day against Homophobia, Human Rights Watch named to a “hall of
shame” five public officials who have actively promoted prejudice against
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in their countries.
IDAHO Events Around the World, Including Iran. As thousands across the world took part in
the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), one of the countries in
most minds during the day, Iran, staged their own small, but effective,
Gay Employee Receives
£5000 in Sexual Orientation Settlement. An unnamed gay warehouse worker who claimed he was discriminated against and
harassed because he was gay, has received a £5,000 settlement from the
fashion chain Next Plc.
IDAHO Asylum Protest Outside Home Office.
Liberal Democrat President and
Shadow Attorney General, Simon Hughes MP, joined today’s protest outside the
Home Office in London in support of gay asylum seekers who have fled
homophobic persecution in countries like Pakistan, Uganda, Sudan, Cameroon,
Jamaica, Iran, Belarus, Algeria, Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt.
Latvian Foreign Minister
Calls for Tolerance Towards Gays. The Latvian Foreign Minister, Artis Pabriks, has today appealed to the people of Latvia
to be tolerant towards each other. His appeal comes on International Day
, and is seen as encouraging by the
country's gay community.
Gays, Lesbians and TGs Unacceptable – UN Official. The continuing
discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgendered people in
Nepal, and other countries throughout the world, was described as
“unacceptable” today by a United Nations representative.
Euro Pride Group Appeals
to Moscow to Allow Gay Pride Parade. On the occasion of today’s
International Day against Homophobia (IDAHO), the European Pride Organisers
Association (EPOA) has faxed a letter to Moscow
Mayor Yuri Luzhkov demanding that he give permission to the pride parade of
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people which is planned to take place
in the Russian capital on May 27 as part of the “Moscow Pride 06” festival.
HIV Hospice for Gay and Transgender
Men Offers Hope. There’s no signboard outside the simple
white-washed building at the end of the road – and neighbours have little
idea of who its occupants are.
Gay Rights in Poland Cause
New Political Storm: Wierzejski in Another
Homophobic Outburst. By Marcin Sobczyk. The issue of gay
rights returned to the front pages of the Polish media today after a front bench parliamentarian of a
government coalition party suggested that homosexuals are paedophiles and
have ties with drug dealers.
Greens to Provide High Court Evidence in Lesbian Marriage Case.
Party has been invited to submit evidence to the High Court in support of a
lesbian couple’s bid to get their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK
Rainbow Labour to Mark International Day Against Homophobia.
Labour, the LGBT group of the ruling New Zealand Labour party, is asking New
Zealanders to join with them in supporting International Day Against
Homophobia (IDAHO) tomorrow.
Gays Ask Moscow Authorities to Permit Pride Parade.
Representatives of Russian gay and
lesbian groups have filed the official request to stage a “Pride” parade in
Moscow on Saturday May 27.
Veterans Announce Appeal of District Court Ruling on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Challenge. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) has
announced that it intends to appeal a court decision dismissing its
constitutional challenge to the military’s "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on
lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.
Removes ‘Death to Gays’ Fatwa from Website. Iraqi gays are
claiming success following the decision of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to remove from his
website a fatwa calling for the killing of homosexuals in the “worst, most
severe way possible”.
UK Government Is Failing
Gays in 11 Areas, Says Tatchell. There is still an ongoing battle
for freedom for gay mean and women, Peter Tatchell of Outrage! said in
Oxford today as he attacked “New Labour” and the Blair administration for
not going far enough in introducing legislation that gives both equality to
the LGBT community
and reduces homophobia.
Dowling and Alexis Strum Set for Student Pride Appearances in Oxford.
Brian Dowling, the 2001 winner of Big Brother, will be appearing at
National Student Pride tomorrow (May 13) at Oxford Brookes University.
Also on the ‘bill’
for the afternoon free event will be singer-songwriter Alexis Strum ...
in France, Germany and Poland Unite to Combat Discrimination. Gay
groups from France, Germany and Poland have formed a “Gay Weimar Triangle”
in a bid to build a society in Europe that is free from discrimination.
Cowards – Polish MP. In an extraordinary outburst in the
press, a Polish
politician has hit out at next month’s Warsaw Equality March (Warsaw Gay
Pride) and gays in general.
Democrats Launch Campaign Against Homophobic Bullying. The Liberal
Democrats have launched a parliamentary campaign against homophobic
bullying. Yesterday, Stephen Williams, Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol
organised the first ever session of the Education Select Committee to
Terrence Higgins Trust Receives BBC
Children in Need Funding for Youth Counsellor. Terrence Higgins
Trust has received a BBC Children in Need grant of over
£38,000 to fund a specialist young people’s counsellor over the next three
Is Sacked, Lesbian And Gay Asylum Seekers Speak Out. Meeting the
day before Charles Clarke was sacked as Home Secretary last week, lesbian
and gay asylum seekers spoke of their traumatic experiences and fears for
their safety if deported.
May 10: Sweden:
Fund Set Up to Aid Gays in
Eastern Europe. A special fund has been launched by the
International Lesbian and Gay Cultural Network (ILGCN) to send LGBT cultural workers to Eastern Europe in a bid to
help fight the tide of homophobic violence and condemnation of homosexuality
by politicians, religious leaders and the mass media.
May 10: UK:
Home Office Protest Spearheads UK IDAHO
To mark the second International
Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on Wednesday May 17, LGBT people will protest outside the
Home Office to highlight the plight of LGBT asylum seekers who have fled
homophobic persecution in countries like Pakistan, Uganda, Sudan, Jamaica,
Iran, Belarus, Algeria, Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt.
May 10: UK:
Defends Ruth Kelly
Appointment. Labour MEP for the West Midlands Michael Cashman has today defended the UK
government’s achievements for gays and lesbians following press attacks
today on the appointment of Ruth Kelly as Secretary of State.
May 9: Russia/USA:
End Anti-Gay Violence and
Permit Moscow Gay Pride Parade, HRW Insists.
The Moscow authorities must
investigate two incidents where protestors threatened and attacked people
entering and leaving gay-friendly bars, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Mayor Yuri
Gay Muslim Appeals Against
Conviction. By Peter Tatchell. A 28 year old gay Muslim
prisoner, Mohamed S, has launched an appeal against conviction. His case
has been accepted for consideration by the Criminal Cases Review Commission
(CCRC), the top body for examining allegations of wrongful convictions.
Mohamed appears to have been
subjected to a vicious homophobic hate attack by five Asian men who had been
previously threatening to kill him and his male partner, Junda.
French Singer Keeps a
Promise to Moscow Gay Pride. Last year, French popular singer Desireless made a promise that she would write and
record a song especially for Moscow Gay Pride. And the 53-years-old former fashion
designer turned singer has kept her promise.
Gay Website Announces EXP Magazine Acquisition.
The Out in America Cities Network announced today the
acquisition of EXP Magazine, a merger which will allow the company to expand
its global reach through the addition of a multi-regional print publication
to its 750,000-member strong network of websites.
Russian Mufti Will Not Be
Prosecuted for Anti-Gay Remarks. Russia Mufti, Talgat Tadjuddin, will not face prosecution for anti-gay remarks made
to a Russian news agency earlier this year, the Tverskaya District
Prosecutor’s Office in Moscow has ruled.
Michał Wisniewski in Berlin Fundraiser for Warsaw
Famous Polish singer Michał Wisniewski, along with his band “Ich Troje”,
is set to lend support to Warsaw Pride with a concert in Berlin on Sunday.
Iraqi Police Execute “Gay” Child in Baghdad.
Gay human rights group Outrage! has today accused Iraqi
police of executing a 14 year old boy in the al-Dura
district of Baghdad in early April.
Story – A Cruel, Barbaric Death. By
Ali Hili. Ahmed Khalil was a likeable, playful 14
year old boy, born in the southern Iraqi town of al-Ammara. The eldest
child, he came from an uneducated family who lived in great poverty.
Release of Nine Men Acquitted of 'Gay' Charges Is Refused.
The Cameroonian government is refusing to release from jail the nine men who
were acquitted last month on homosexuality charges, it emerged today.
Moscow Gay Club Blockades: The Face
of Russian Orthodox Christianity.
Father Kirill, priest of the Russian
Orthodox Church in
Bersenevke, blesses a skinhead during Sunday
night’s blockade of Renaissance Event Club, a club where a first gay party
'open party' was scheduled to take place.
Bottles and stones were hurled at gays trying to enter the club for a
May Day holiday party.