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May 31: Russia:
with Gay Love
— Blogging from Moscow Pride.
News is trying to repeat the “blogging” at Moscow Gay Pride that was so
popular last year. But there are problems this year as LGBT activists are
determined to stage an “unauthorised demonstration” outside Mayor Yuri
Luzhkov’s City Hall in downtown Moscow. And no one
really knows what will happen …
May 31: Latvia: Latvian
President Call for Tolerance Understanding on Gay Issues.
As gay men and women were preparing for this morning’s March for Equality,
the Latvian President for more tolerance, understanding, comprehension and
freedom — a welcome move that was cheered by march participants when the
statement was read out.
May 31: Latvia:
Riga Gay Pride - four pages of photo of
today's Pride March for Equality start
May 31: Russia:
Gay Pride on the Eve of Its Third Ban. By Nikolai Alexeyev. Moscow
Pride tomorrow, June 1, will take the form of a picket in front of the
City Hall on the main street. This year, activists, journalists and
protesters will meet at 1pm.
May 30: Latvia:
Mozaika for Strategic Partnership to Address Gay Issues.
Amnesty International and Mozaika,
the Latvian LGBT group,
have formed a strategic partnership, it was revealed this afternoon.
May 30: Russia:
Gay Pride Set for Sunday. A ‘public event’ at Moscow Gay Pride
will go ahead on Sunday (June 1), organisers announced last night. The
event is scheduled to take place in front of Moscow City Hall in Tverskaya
Street where, last year, participants tried to deliver a letter to Mayor
Yuri Luzhkov, but were met by anti-gay protestors.
May 29: Latvia:
Protests Promised for Riga Gay Pride by Latvian Nationalists.
Latvian ‘nationalist’ organisations warned today that the Gay Pride event
along the 11th November Shoreline in Riga on Saturday will result in
probable counter action. And the country’s gay and lesbian NGO,
Mozaika, was proudly flying the Rainbow Flag from its office building
May 29: Latvia:
Politician Denounces Cardinal and Clergy Over “Gay” Attack.
letter, condemning Riga Gay Pride, to the Latvian government from
Cardinal Jānis Pujāts and other Roman Catholic
priests shows “a blatant disregard for human rights”, an all-party group at
the European Parliament said yesterday.
May 27: Germany:
Don’t Stay Silent, Says ILGA-Europe
Official at Opening of Berlin’s Memorial to Gays. A memorial
commemorating the tens of thousands of homosexual people persecuted during
the Nazi regime was opened today in Berlin.
May 27: Latvia:
Gay Pride Marches in Latvia Should be Declared Unlawful. Gay
Prides in Latvia should be seen as unlawful and impermissible, Roman
Catholic Cardinal Jānis Pujāts has said in an open letter to the government.
May 27: Gibraltar:
Alvarez Named European Coordinator by International Human
Equality rights group GGR has today confirmed that Felix Alvarez, the
group’s chairman, has been appointed European coordinator for an
internationally based human rights organisation.
May 25: Europe:
Is a City
That Bans Its Gay Pride Fit to Host Eurovision? Commentary. So Russia has won
the Eurovision song (read geo-political beauty) contest with “Believe” sung
by Dima Bilan. This means that Russia will host next year’s bash. And
in turn, that probably means Moscow.
May 25: UK:
Paul Patrick, co-chair of Schools Out and LGBT History Month died early on
Thursday May 22 in hospital, after a battle against a chronic lung
condition, at the age of 58.
May 23: Russia:
Refugee Thanks His Supporters Across the World. Mehdi, the
20-year-old gay Iranian who was finally granted “leave to stay” in the
United Kingdom last Monday, has written an
“open letter” to all his supporters, known and unknown. There have been no
editing – it is as he wrote it.
May 23: Russia:
Health Ministry Ends Ban on Blood Donations by Gays.
The Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development has repealed the ban on
blood donations by homosexual people, it emerged last night.
May 23: Gambia:
Reacts to Threat of Killing Gays in Gambia. The threats to kill
gays, made this week by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, comes as no
surprise, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell of the gay rights group
Outrage!, said last night.
May 22: Australia:
Senior Judge Calls on Rudd Government to Broaden Gay Reform Proposal.
One of Australia’s most senior former judges has written to the Federal
Government urging it to allow same-sex couples access to the federal Family
Court, and to recognise state civil union registries in federal law.
May 22: UK:
Campaign at Birmingham Gay Pride Includes Condom Giveaways. West
Midlands Police will be distributing free condoms at Birmingham Gay Pride
this weekend to spread the message that ‘drinking too much can seriously
ruin a good night out’.
May 22: Turkey:
Gay March Held in Ankara. A little bit of gay history was made in
the Turkish capital on Saturday afternoon.
May 21: Moldova:
Continue Pressure on Moldova After Problems at Gay Pride. A United
Kingdom Member of the European Parliament is pressing British Foreign
Secretary David Miliband to make representations to the Moldovan government
over the troubles experienced at the recent Chisinau Gay Pride.
May 21: UK:
Simon Hughes ‘Delighted’ that Mehdi, the Gay Iranian,
Can Stay in UK. Simon
Hughes, the Liberal Democrat MP, said last night that he was “delighted” by
the decision of the Home Office that Mehdi Kazemi, the 20-year-old gay
Iranian could stay in the United Kingdom.
May 20: UK:
Future’ if Public Confidence Is Not Restored, Says Independent Asylum
Commission. Unless action is taken to restore public support and
confidence, the outlook for the UK’s tradition of providing sanctuary to
those fleeing persecution is bleak, Sir John Waite, co-chair of the
Independent Asylum Commission and a former Judge of the High Court, has
May 20: UK:
Is Granted Asylum in UK.
Mehdi Kazemi, the 20-year-old gay
Iranian, who has been trying to get asylum in the UK for two years, has been
granted permission to stay in the United Kingdom.
May 20: European
European Commission to Honour Original Plans for New Anti-Discrimination Directive.
The European Parliament has today adopted a report by Liberal Democrat MEP
Liz Lynne which calls on the European Commission to honour its commitment to
bring forward a comprehensive directive to outlaw discrimination in access
to goods and services covering all areas presently excluded, including
disability, age, religion or belief and sexual orientation.
May 20: Russia:
GayRussia.ru Celebrates Its Third
Year with IDAHO. Over the last 3 years, the
activists of GayRussia.Ru not only spoke against homophobia of Russian
politicians, public and religious figures. They also conducted several
campaigns against official and religious leaders – the Mayor of Moscow,
Mufti Talgat Tadjuddin, are among the figures that were sued.
May 19: UK:
Green MEP Demands Better Treatment for Gay Men and Women
Gay men an women seeking asylum in
the United Kingdom face detention and having to deal with homophobia not
only from other inmates, but even from those who are paid to detain them, a
Member of the European Parliament said on Saturday.
May 19: Iran/Turkey:
Gay Rally in
Turkey Against Homophobia Reported in Iranian Media. Staff
at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission were taken
aback today when the March Against Homophobia staged in Ankara on Saturday
was reported in the Iranian media.
May 19: European
Lesbian Discrimination Be Put Back into Euro Directive?
Tomorrow, members of
the European Parliament will debate and vote on a resolution “Progress made
in equal opportunities and non-discrimination in the EU”.
May 19: UK:
Campaign for IDAHO Across the UK.
Many events, large and small, were held across the United Kingdom on
Saturday to mark International Day Against Homophobia.
May 19: UK: Gay
Activist: Reform the Homophobic Asylum System. Gay human rights
activist Peter Tatchell called for an agenda to ensure fairness and justice
of LGBT asylum seekers at an IDAHO event organised hosted by Amnesty
International and the Gay & Lesbian Humanist Association.
May 19: Gibraltar:
Gibraltar Gay Group Welcomes Court Action and Council of Europe Decision.
Equality Rights Group GGR has welcomed the start of a hearing in the local
courts today of a complaint by a lesbian couple against the Gibraltar
May 19: Russia:
Russian Gays: “Our Little IDAHO in Moscow”. Nikolai Baev and
Anna Komarova celebrated their own “IDAHO day” last Saturday in Moscow
with little rainbow flags in solidarity with the 4th International Day
May 18: Russia:
Pickets General Prosecution Headquarters in Russia’s Capital Following Ban.
Legal difficulties prevented more than one person picketing the office of
the General Prosecutor in Moscow yesterday, International Day Against
May 18: Brazil:
Biggest Gay Pride, São Paulo, Twins With Moscow. The world’s
largest Gay Pride – São Paulo – is to “twin” with Moscow Pride, it was
announced yesterday. And Moscow Pride organiser, Nikolai Alekseev will
be flying in from Russia this week to take part, and to receive the
Brazillian Pride’s “Citizen Award for Respecting Diversity” in a ceremony on
Two Hours in Jail Leads to French Government Push on Gay Rights at UN.
Louis-Georges Tin was celebrating this evening...
Foreign Office Rebuffs Gay, Lesbian
Rights Campaigners. The UK coordinator of International Day
against Homophobia has attacked the government – and the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office in particular – for its lack of interest of the IDAHO
campaign which highlights homophobia worldwide.
Founder Arrested at French Demonstration and ‘Die In’. The founder
of International Day Against Homophobia was arrested yesterday outside the
Presidential Palace along with a small group of supporters as they
demonstrated and staged a ‘die in’ in support of persecuted gay and lesbians
International Day Against Homophobia in Birmingham. The
Midlands TUC will mark International Day Against Homophobia today in
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, to commemorate the lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender (LGBT) people who have been killed by regimes throughout the
Office Makes the Human Rights Watch Gay, Lesbian ‘Hall of Shame’.
The UK Home Office, together with the presidents of Poland and
Uganda, are making prejudicial policies and public statements that deny
people’s dignity and endanger their lives, Human Rights Watch said in New
York today in its annual “Hall of Shame” to mark the International Day
With Gays, Lesbian, Bisexual
and Transgender People All Over the World.
Open letter from Michael Cashman, MEP.
May 17 is important. On this day
in 1990 the World Health Organization dropped homosexuality from its list of
diseases. To mark this, International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) is
celebrated all over the World.
Gay Men March With Pride to End Prejudice. On the eve of the
International Day Against Homophobia (tomorrow), Amnesty International calls
on governments in Europe to secure the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender people to celebrate their identity at a series of pride marches
and other public events that take place each year between April and
Ben Cohen Ousts Football’s David Beckham in ‘Gay Times’ Sports Personality
of Year. England Rugby star Ben Cohen
has trounced David Beckham by winning the gold medal in GT’s Readers’ Award
for ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ – silver for ‘Sexiest Man of the Year’.
15: UK: Young
Activists Unite to Campaign for Gay Human Rights Worldwide.
Seventy young human rights campaigners from across Scotland are expected to
come together at an event in Edinburgh on Saturday to mark the International
Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO).
UN Human Rights Body by Islamic Bloc Threatens International Gay Rights, Say
Humanists. The human rights and safety of gay people around
the world are being compromised and endangered by the United Nations Human
Rights body that is supposed to protect them, the Gay and Lesbian Humanist
Association (GALHA) said this morning.
Authorities Ban Gay Picket In Support of Criminal Prosecution of Moscow
Mayor. The Prefecture of the Central Administrative Area of Moscow
has refused permission to stage a small demonstration by gay men and women
in front of the General Prosecution office in downtown Moscow on Saturday
May 17 to coincide with the fourth International Day Against Homophobia.
Gay Prides in Riga and London
Compared as ‘Semi-Minister’ Kastēns Is Again Pilloried. By Kārlis Streips. One of the most interesting films
at the recently ended Gay and Lesbian Film Festival was called “Marching
Season”. In it, a BBC journalist compared pride events in 2007 in Rīga and
in London. We all know what happened in Rīga.
Mozaika and its supporters were in the Vermandarzs Park, which was
surrounded by the police and a big bunch of apparently very poorly raised
morons who knew nothing more than to scream, show their uplifted middle
finger, and otherwise demonstrate their stupidity.
14: UK and Turkey:
Gays in UK –
and Turkey – Plan Anti-Homophobia Day With Style. On Saturday
morning (May 17) campaigners in Plymouth will be assembling their floats
which celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Rainbow Flag, elderly LGBT
people in Belfast will be preparing to launch their new social/campaigning
group, a lesbian in Leicester will begin the task of judging the winner of
an IDAHO cake competition, and Trade Unionists in London will be laying
wreaths for those who have been judicially slaughtered in Iran as a
consequence of their sexuality.
Recognise that Human Rights Principles Apply Also to Gays, Lesbians and
Gender Identity. By
Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council
of Europe. A number of people around the world – including in Europe –
continue to be stigmatised because of their actual or perceived sexual
orientation and gender identity. In some cases these individuals are still
being denied their right to education, health care, housing and work.
Reconsider Relations with Moldova after Gay Pride Violence – Raul Romeva MEP.
The European Union should
reconsider it relations with Moldova following the attack on the Gay Pride
in Chisinau at the weekend, MEP Raul Romeva said this morning.
Massachusetts Democrats Elect Gay and Lesbian Delegates to Convention
Delegation. The Massachusetts Democratic Party has met its own
target for LGBT representation on its delegation to the Democratic Nation
Convention in Denver later this year.
Gay Pride March Confirmed by Riga City Council. An agreement has
been struck between the Riga City Council and organisers of this month’s Gay
Pride for the location of the march, the Latvian press reported yesterday.
Workers to Join TUC Outside Iranian Embassy in Protest Over Gay Executions.
Postal workers in the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are arranging a ‘special
delivery’ to the Iranian Embassy in London on Saturday (May 17),
International Day Against Homophobia.
of Gays, Lesbians Do Matter, Say Police as Survey is Launched.
Opinions really do matter. That is the message from West Midlands Police as
they launch their annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
perception survey ahead of Birmingham Pride at the end of the month.
ILGA-Europe Condemns Moldova Over
Gay Pride Fiasco at Weekend. The lack of any action by Moldovan
police to protect participants in last weekend’s Gay Pride in the
country’s capital Chisinau – and the illegal banning of the parade by
the mayor – was condemned today by the International Lesbian and Gay
May 12: UK:
Defend Gay Asylum Seekers Whose Lives Are at Risk. The desperate plight
of LGBT asylum seekers will be explored in a panel discussion organised by
The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) on Friday.
May 12: UK:
Inaugurates Help Point in Birmingham’s Gay Village. “Let’s see if
it works,” the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police said once the pink
ribon had been cut to inaugurate an emergency ‘help point’ in Birmingham’s
Police Stand Accused of Letting Protestors Highjack Bus Carrying Gay Pride Participants.
A ruling of the Moldovan Supreme Court and the provisions of the European
Human Rights Convention, which Moldova signed, were set aside by Chisinau
police who stood to one side and let extremist religious groups, members of
the neo-fascist movement, “New Right”, and legionnaires prevent today’s “Gay
Pride” from going ahead.
Mayor Bans Gay Pride on Eve of Parade. Mayor Dorin
Chirtoaca has banned the Gay Pride parade in the Moldovan capital. The
parade, part of “Rainbow over the Dniester” is scheduled to take place on
Sunday (May 11).
Can’t Switch Us Off, Say Latvian Gays. By Kristine
Garina. Talking about illusions… We
have gay-themed TV series like Will & Grace on TV. We
even have Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and it’s widely popular and
everyone watches it. But it’s just something out there, not here.
Donation Not Gay Discrimination, Northern Ireland Students Tell National
Blood Service. Students from campuses throughout Northern Ireland
are campaigning today for the National Union of Students – Union of Students
in Ireland Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (NUS-USI LGBT) day of
action over the ‘gay blood donation ban’.
How Much It
Really Costs to Stage the UK’s Capital Gay Pride. Pride London,
the UK’s largest LGBT Pride, revealed today how much it costs to keep the
May 6: Moldova:
Authorities OK Gay Pride Parade for First Time. Organisers of the
Gay Pride in Moldova – “Rainbow over the Dniester” – are hopeful of being
able to stage a parade this year in the country’s capital, Chisinau.
May 6: Russia:
Mark ‘Day of Silence’ With Individual Action in St. Petersburg.
With their mouths taped, 25 participants in Russia’s first ‘Day of Silence’
on Saturday, took turns to hold a banner that said: “I am silent to be
May 1: Russia:
Petersburg City Authorities Do U-Turn on Gay ‘Day of Silence’.
The authorities in St. Petersburg
have unexpectedly changed their decision and will not approve the mass rally
dedicated to the International Day of Silence – the first in Russia, it
emerged this afternoon.
May 1: UK:
Bournemouth’s Gay Pride to Support UK’s Services.
Following months of anticipation, the theme for this years Bourne Free Pride
Festival parade has now been revealed.
May 1: UK:
THT Direct Launches London Gay
Men’s Sexual Health Helpline and Face to Face Service.
The Terrence Higgins Trust
helpline, THT Direct, is launching two new services
May 1: Latvia:
Media Commentator on ‘Semi-Minister’ Kastens’ Outburst. Following the outbursts of Latvian
Integration Minister Oskars Kastēns last week on Riga Gay
Pride parade, the openly gay new commentator Kārlis Streips “let rip”
in two blog commentaries on the Latvian daily Diena website The English
translation is by the author.