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Group Tells Foreigners to Stay Away From Latvia For Pride ...
But They Invite
Foreign guests, please don’t come to Latvia for Riga Friendship Days and Gay
Pride. That is the message from the ‘No Pride’ group, who have
not headed their own plea.
Proposed Partnership Law to Include Gays Will Be Launched Friday at Riga
Pride. A draft new partnership law will a unveiled on
Friday at a Riga Friendship Days and Gay Pride seminar.
Gay Group Slams Russia, the EU and Portugal’s PM Over Moscow Pride.
The Portuguese gay and lesbian group Panteras Rosa (Pink Panthers) today hit
out against the Russian authorities after the weekend’s violence in Moscow
during Gay Pride.
Union Must Impose Travel Ban on Moscow Mayor of Gay Pride Trouble – Greens.
The British Green Party has today called for a European Union travel ban on
the Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, following violence in the streets of the
capital on Sunday during Gay Pride – and heavy-handed police tactics which
saw many arrests.
Beach, or Beaten in Moscow?
Commentary by Sara Whitman.
I sat at the beach today, and
wondered how many people thought Allan and I, with Zachary in tow, thought
we were heterosexual. Okay, Allan in his tiny Speedo and me in my giant one
piece Speedo and, of course, gym shorts, were not exactly looking incredibly
straight but the image was enough to bother me. I had read this
morning that over thirty gay activists had been arrested in Moscow.
Next Year's Moscow Gay Pride Announced Tonight - May 31,
Within hours of being released by a Moscow Court after being arrested at
yesterday’s “gay Pride” and kept in police custody overnight, Nikolai
Alekseev had met with others on the Moscow Gay Pride Committee to discuss
Appeals to Moscow For End of Gay Pride Ban.
Following yesterday’ violence
against lesbian and gay rights demonstrators in Moscow – and the arrest of
several of the demonstrators – the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has this
morning written to his Moscow counterpart Mayor Luzhkov urging that no
charges be brought against those who were demonstrating for lesbian and gay
Organisers Alekseev and Two Others Await Court – 15 Days In Prison Expected.
Nikolai Alekseev and two colleagues from Moscow Gay Pride are spending
tonight in police custody at they await a court appearance later this
Condemn Arrest of Gay Rights Demonstrators in Moscow. Ahwazi
Arab activists last night condemned the treatment of gay rights activist
Peter Tatchell and other demonstrators in Moscow yesterday.
Tatchell Speaks About His Experience of Gay Pride, the Assault and His
Arrest. Arrests and violent attacks marred today’s
attempted Moscow Gay Pride march. Fifteen to 20 marchers were arrested.
The organiser of Moscow Pride, Nikolai Alekseev, is being detained overnight
at Moscow’s Tverskoi district police station, together with two prominent
members of Russia’s Radical and Free Radical parties, Nikolai Khramov and
British gay human rights campaigner
Peter Tatchell was one of several Gay Pride marchers who were beaten today
by gangs of neo-Nazis, nationalist extremists and Russian Orthodox
Arrested Gay Pride Activist Asks World for Help.
the Tverskoye police station, where he is being detained, Nikolai Alekseev –
one of the Moscow Gay Pride organisers and its spokesperson – has issued a
statement asking for international support and for the immediate release of
all the gays activists currently being held.
Moscow Gay Pride:
Dispatches from the Front.
There was trouble in Moscow today when participants at Gay Pride,, led by a
number of European politicians, tried to deliver a letter of protest to
Mayor Yuri Luzhkov at City Hall. Violence flared as they faced groups
of neo-Facist thugs, religious groups, aggressive police and the OMON.
This is a "record" of the dispatches received by UK Gay News from many
Tatchell at Moscow Gay Pride: We
Are In This Fight Together. Greetings! I bring you a
message of comradeship and solidarity from the lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and intersex [LGBTI] human rights organizations OutRage! in
London. Your struggle is our struggle. This is the full text of
Peter Tatchell's keynote speech to the Moscow Gay Pride Conference yesterday
Moscow Gay Pride 2006: Where Were the Human Rights
Same Question Can be Asked Today.
The following commentary by GayRussia.ru was
written a year ago. Has the situation changed? The stark answer is: “Not
really”. Ludmila Alekseeva
of the Moscow Helsinki Group and Lev Ponomarev of the Movement for Human
Rights have both declined to come, just as last year.
Gays’ Urged to Participate in Campaign and Save Lives.
Truth Wins Out launched its ‘Talking Truth’ internet video campaign today,
so Americans can finally learn from the victims of ex-gay ministries how
these misleading groups are ineffective and ruin lives.
To Open Gay Documentary Film Fest in Portland.
A film that chronicles the close yet sometimes strained relationship between
identical twins Mark and Alex as Alex undergoes a transformation into a
woman named Clair has been selected to open the
Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival, QDoc, which gets underway on June
Moscow City Hall Quiet as 120 Journalists Check In For
Moscow Gay Pride. With Gay Pride about to start, Moscow is
surprisingly quiet. Not a single official statement has been released by
Mayor of Moscow, unlike at the same time last year.
Tatchell: The Right To Hold Moscow Pride Is Not Just an
Issue of Gay, Lesbian Rights.
International solidarity can help give a psychological
and practical boost to local LGBT activists, Peter Tatchell said shortly
after arriving in Moscow for the city’s second Gay Pride.
She Promises, She Delivers –
Vladimir Luxuria in Moscow for Gay Pride. An interview with
Europe's first trangendered politician.
Gay, Lesbian Youth
Leaders Under Serious Death Threats.
The leader of a gay youth advocacy group and his staff have today received
death threats which the police initially refused to take seriously.
Government Minister to Attend Riga Gay Pride.
A government minister is to head a delegation of more than 70 people from
Sweden to the Riga Friendship Days and Gay Pride, which gets underway on
Thursday May 31.
Fires Three More Gay Arabic Linguists as Shortfall Continues.
More Arabic linguists in the US
military have been fired under the American “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy,
the Associated Press reported overnight.
Commission Experiences Homophobia First Hand, Says Parliament’s Gay Rights Group.
The European Commission is now experiencing at first hand homophobia – and
what it is like to be gay, or lesbian, or bisexual, or transgendered in parts of
the European Union, a group of MEPs said today.
Snubbed by Archbishop of Canterbury.
The openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire, the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, today
express “great disappointment” at not being invited by the Archbishop of
Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, to next year’s Lambeth Conference in London.
to Moscow Mayor Over City’s Gay Pride This Weekend. Two
Members of the European Parliament are spearheading a campaign to try and
get the Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, to permit the Moscow Gay Pride march
scheduled for Sunday (May 27).
Resort Opens in Top Gay Holiday Destination Playa Del Inglés.
March in England. Cold, wet and feeling as if Spring
would never arrive. Time for a week in the sun with some fun. But where? Not long-haul for a week and not warm enough in the Med.
Well, reliable Gran Canaria, of course.
Vilnius Bans Official EU Anti-Discrimination Truck From City. Juozas
Imbrasas, the Mayor of Vilnius, has today refused to give permission for the
‘anti-discrimination truck’ tour, currently touring 19 Member States as part
of the ‘For Diversity: Against Discrimination’ information campaign, to make
its planned stop in Vilnius this Friday (May 25).
May 21: UK:
Flamingos Play ‘Mom’ and Dad at Slimbridge As Chick Is Hatched.
Carlos and Fernanado, the famous gay flamingos at the Wildfowl and Wetlands
Trust at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire are in luck.
Usually they have to steal an egg
to become parents.
May 20: Canada:
Vancouver Teachers Dismayed that Liberals Vote Down
Human Rights Amendment. Teachers in Vancouver
expressed disappointment today that Liberal members voted against an
amendment to protect British Columbia students from homophobic bullying in
the mandatory codes of conduct the government introduced under Bill 22.
May 20: The World:
IDAHO Events Around the World. A
round-up of IDAHO events in UK and around the world.
Remembers His Murdered Gay Brother Jody. Jody Dobrowski, the young Gloucestershire man who was the victim of a brutal
homophobic murder in London two years ago, did not die because he was gay,
his brother Jake Dobrowski said this evening. He died “because
homophobes killed him.”
May 17: Russia:
t.A.T.u. To Take Part in Moscow Gay Pride? The popular
female singing group t.A.T.u have indicated that they will try an be in Moscow for the city’s Gay
Today, Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova who are currently recording and album
in Hollywood, posted on their website a brief message of support for Russian
gays and Gay Pride.
May 17: The World:
Committed to Universal Decriminisation of Homosexuality – Minister.
The United Kingdom government has given a pledge to gay men and women
worldwide that it will continue its commitment to the decriminalisation of
May 17: The World:
Shame’ Exposes Dangers of High-Level Homophobia. Pope
Benedict XVI, US President George W. Bush and Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad have all undermined human rights by actively promoting prejudice
against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, Human Rights Watch
said last night in its annual “hall of shame” to mark the International Day
Ming Campbell Backs Gays Against
Homophobia. Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell warned today that thousands of lives are
still being ruined by homophobia.
Russian Media Reports Gay Pride in
St. Petersburg Banned. The
REGNUM news agency is reporting this afternoon that the committee on
law, order and security of St. Petersburg government denied permission to
hold first ever gay pride parade on the central street of the city – Nevski
Prospect – on 26 May.
May 16: Ireland:
Irish Students in IDAHO Warning Over State Sanctioned
Prejudice Against Gays.
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will be marking International Day against
Homophobia tomorrow (May 17) by calling on the Irish Government to oppose
the stigmatising of gay people by laws and judicial decisions in Ireland and
Goes “Gay” on IDAHO Eve as Politicians Come Out Against Homophobia.
The openly gay
Liberal Democrat MP Steven Williams will be welcoming organisers of
International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) events and their supporters at
a meeting in the House of Commons this evening.
Welcomes Support of Russian Deputy for Moscow Gay Pride.
“Gay blood” will be spilled,
say Orthodox Christian organisations.
German Green Party MP
Volker Beck has praised the cooperation between the organisers of Moscow Gay
Pride and Russian State Duma deputy Alexey Mitrofanov.
And in today’s Kommersant
newspaper is a report that representatives
from Orthodox Christian organisations had said that they would “spill gay
blood” if the Pride parade was permitted
State-Sponsored Homophobia Spreading HIV in Gay Community, Experts Say.
The legalisation of same-sex marriages in South Africa in 2006 was expected
to speed up the liberation of gays and lesbians in neighbouring countries
like Zimbabwe and Namibia, where homosexuality is still illegal, but
international and local experts believe the battle for recognition in Africa
is far from over.
Gay-Themed IDAHO Poster Competition
Winners Announced in Beirut and London. Organisers of the
International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) have announced the winners of
two poster competitions, one of them based in Lebanon.
May 14: Iran:
More Than Eighty
‘Gay’ Men Arrested at Birthday Party in Isfahan
More than eighty members of the
Iranian gay community are reported to have been arrested by security
personnel in Isfahan, the Toronto-based IRanian Queer Organization revealed
May 14: Russia:
Moscow Gay Pride Officially Notifies Mayor and Russian
President of May 27 March.
Organisers of Moscow Gay Pride have
this morning submitted the official documents in relation to the Pride march
scheduled for Sunday May 27. And yesterday the Russian State
Duma deputy Alexey Mitrofanov,
who last week sensationally said that the Gay Pride march should be
permitted, will be attending a press conference tomorrow where Moscow Pride
organisers will reveal the plans for the event to speak in support of the
May 14: Europe:
International Gay Youth Group Praises Article by Secretary General of the
Council of Europe. The International Gay and Lesbian Youth
Organisation (IGLYO) has welcomed the
article published on Saturday by the weekly New Europe written by
Terry Davis, the secretary general of the Council of Europe.
Group Outrage! Backs London Demo at Polish Embassy. The
demonstration outside the Polish Embassy in London on Thursday, organised by
the British Youth Council, is being backed by the London-based gay human
rights group Outrage!, it emerged last night.
Fires Openly Gay Sailor Recalled to Active Duty. The United
States Navy has informed Petty Officer Second Class Jason Knight that it
intends to fire him under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law just
weeks prior to completing his one-year commitment.
May 11: Russia:
in Moscow Should Be Authorised, Says Russian State Duma Deputy.
A Russian State Duma deputy representing Liberal Democratic party and deputy
head of the Duma Committee on constitutional legislation, Alexey Mitrofanov,
said this morning that the Moscow authorities should allow the Moscow Gay
Pride parade planned for the end of May.
Gay Night on
BBC Television: Daphne du Maurier vs Eurovision.
Preview of Daphne, a drama, revealing the passion of
the romance writer for
the beautiful and glamorous American heiress,
Ellen Doubleday, and the life-changing
lesbian affair with Gertrude Lawrence, showing on BBC Two tomorrow evening -
a 'gay' alternative to Eurovision.
Fashion College Goes Gay for IDAHO.
Westminster City Council, Amnesty International,
IDAHO, LGBT History Month/Schools Out, and the University of Arts are
combining to organise a major event to next week at the London College of
Fashion that commemorates IDAHO, the International Day Against Homophobia,
on May 17.
May 10: UK:
Gay Group Thanks Politicians for ‘Goods and Services’ Protection.
The gay rights lobby group
Stonewall, held a Parliamentary reception yesterday to thank dozens of
politicians from all the major political parties who were involved in
securing new ‘goods and services’ protections for gay people which came into
force at the end of last month.
May 10: UK:
Major Gay Law Reforms, but Some Big Disappointments, Too.
As Tony Blair announced that he would be stepping down as Prime Minister on
June 27, ending almost a year of speculation, Peter Tatchell, the gay human
right campaigner and prospective Green Party candidate for Oxford East,
spoke of the ‘Blair legacy’ when it comes to gay issues.
Catholic Cardinal Calls Gays ‘Prostitutes’ in Latvian
With less than four weeks to go
before the start of Riga Pride and Friendship Days, Cardinal Jānis Pujāts,
head of the Roman Catholic Church in Latvia, has defined homosexuality as a
“total corruption in the sexual arena” an “unnatural form of prostitution”
and calls on the government to protect “the values of the traditional family
against the licentiousness of homosexuals” in a letter published by a
Governor Signs Domestic Partnerships Law for Gay Couples and Equality Act.
“Oregon is a land of equal
opportunity for all our citizens” – words that could well have been heard by
adventurous American pioneers of the 19th century at the end of
their 3,500-kilometre journey west along the Oregon Trail.
on Gay Rights Demonstration, Says International Gay Rights Watchdog.
City authorities in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, should stop
interfering with lesbian and gay rights demonstrations, Human Rights Watch
Anti Gay Preacher Hooks Up With
Wannabe Sheriff. Commentary. An election campaign for
the sheriff of a practically unheard of county in America’s Pacific
Northwest is hardly the place one would expect to find itself in the middle
of a row involving the homophobic preacher Dr. Ken Hutcherson, The White
House, the Department of State, the FBI, Latvian gays and the Riga-based New
with a preacher from Kazakhstan.
Claimed by Gays in Moldova at Chisinau ‘Pride’. Organisers
of the Moldova ‘Gay Pride’ – Rainbow over the Dniester – have claimed a
victory over the Chisinau city authorities.
May 3: Poland:
Polish Gay Activists in Wake of Euro Court Ruling.
President Kaczyński considers possible ‘appeal’: Polish gays ‘delighted’.
The ruling by the European Court of Human Rights on the banning of Warsaw
Gay Pride in 2007 has been both welcomed and condemned here today –
Constitution Day in Poland.
May 3: Poland:
Ban of Warsaw Gay Pride in 2005 Violated Euro Human Rights – Court.
The then Mayor of Warsaw, Lech Kaczynski, who is now President of Poland,
violated three Articles of the European Convention of Human Rights when he
banned Warsaw Gay Pride in 2005, the European Court of Human Rights ruled
Senate Passes Landmark Partnerships Bill for Gay and Lesbian Couples.
A Bill that will recognise same-sex domestic partnerships has passed the
State’s Senate. After a 90-minute debate on the Senate floor
yesterday, The Oregon Family Fairness Act (House Bill 2007) passed with
bipartisan support, by a substantial 21-9 margin.
Delivers for IDAHO. Londoners will be demonstrating their
condemnation of homophobia and transphobia with a series of high profile
events to mark the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on May 17
May 1: Gibraltar:
Gay Group Rallies Supporters to Act in Election Unity. With a
general election due at any time up to November, the Gibraltar gay human
rights group GGR has today launched a campaign that aims to reach all
households in the overseas territory of the United Kingdom.
One In Three
HIV Positive Gay Men Report Unprotected Sex. More than one
in three HIV positive gay men say they have unprotected sex, reveals the Gay
Men’s Sex Survey published today, ahead of printing in the medical journal
Sexually Transmitted Infections.