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November 30: UK:
Kerrang Radio Faces Rap for Gay Sex Prank.
Birmingham-based Kerrang Radio has been reported to airwaves
regulator, OfCom, on charges that it tricked a gay man into revealing
intimate details about his private life and later broadcast them without his
knowledge or consent.
November 30: Latvia:
Gays in Latvia Have an Official Watchdog.
A new independent department that will keep an eye on discrimination
has been set-up by the government in Latvia. And the National Human
Rights Office will be embracing the gay and lesbian
community as well as other sections of
society as well as racism and other forms of
Over 58,000 Living With
HIV in UK. The number of people living with HIV in the UK
is now around 58,300, according to a report released last week by the
Health Protection Agency. The 2,185 new diagnoses in 2004 among gay
and bisexual men is the highest in the UK since 1990 .
27: Poland: Thousands Back Gays in
Peaceful Polish Demonstrations.
More than 1,000
protestors assembled in the centre of Warsaw today demanding tolerance,
freedom of speech and the right of assembly, especially for gays. Similar
demonstrations were held over the weekend in other Polish cities – and
outside the Polish Embassies in Berlin and London.
26: USA: Laurel’s Legacy: A Quest for Gay
Justice in New Jersey, by Dane Wells.
For nearly half a century now, I
have been proud to call myself an Ocean County native. Among the many highlights of my
life have been the years I spent in law enforcement with the Ocean County
Prosecutor’s Office, where I worked alongside Lt. Laurel Hester.
26: USA: Straight Man Appeals
for Justice for Dying Lesbian Cop. Commentary. Dane Wells, who describes himself
as a “run-of-the-mill, middle-aged straight guy”, is not very happy
with the movers and shakers of his local community, Ocean County in New
Jersey. The retired policeman is angry because Ocean County
will not extend “domestic partner benefits” to a former colleague, Lt.
Laurel Hester, who is terminally ill with lung cancer - and is gay.
25: UK/Poland: London Joins Warsaw in
‘Solidarity Protest’ for Gay Rights in Poland. As gays in Warsaw – and their
allies – start their demonstration for equality in the Polish capital’s Plac Konstytucji (Constitution Place),
The UK Green Party will protest, described by the party as a “boutique
protest”, in solidarity outside the Polish embassy in London.
Derry Gays To Celebrate Introduction of Civil Partnerships. The Gay Community in
Derry, Northern Ireland, will celebrate the introduction of the new Civil Partnership
legislation with a major party for all.
MEP Slams EU For
“Gutless Hypocrisy” Over Plight of Polish Gays. A British Member of the
European Parliament has hit out at the homophobic attitudes being fostered
in Poland under the new right-wing government – has has charged that the
European Commission (EC) is “gutless”, while Amnesty International call for
the Polish government to fulfil its obligations to sexual minorities under
international human rights laws.
Polish PM Slinks in Back Door to Avoid London Gay Protest.
Poland’s homophobic Prime
Minister, Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, made an
undignified entrance via a side street to avoid gay rights protesters
picketing his lecture at Chatham House in London this afternoon
Marches of Solidarity with Gays Planned Throughout Poland
This Weekend. Peaceful demonstrations are to be
staged in a number of Polish cities this weekend, it was announced today. Demonstrations, in solidarity with Poznań where police in full riot gear were brought in to break up a peaceful
“March for Equality” last weekend, are to be staged in Elblag, Gdańsk ,
Krakow, Lodz and the capital, Warsaw.
Euro MP: Homophobic Polish Prime Minister
Is Not Welcome in UK. As the Polish Prime Minister, Kazimierz
Marcinkiewicz, makes his first official visit to the UK since his election
tomorrow (Thursday November 24), London’s Green MEP, Jean Lambert, has
spoken out in anger against Marcinkiewicz’s homophobic policies and the
treatment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in Poland.
Gay Lobby Should Undergo Medical Treatment, Says Polish MP. An ultra-conservative MP of
Poland's ruling right-wing Law and Justice (PiS)
party has said the “the state should statutorily ban making any positive
remarks about homosexuality or promoting it.”
Poznan Update: Dramatic
Video Footage Shows Extent of Police Violence During Gay Demo. London Protest Set for
Thursday. ILGA-Europe Protests
to Barroso. Dramatic – and unedited – video
footage of the problems in Poznan has been released by Indymedia.pl.
Galloway’s Party in Gay
Rights Row. Grassroots members of George
Galloway’s left-wing Respect party have condemned as “unacceptable” the
decision of the party leadership to exclude lesbian and gay rights from
their manifesto for the general election earlier this year.
Latest Executions in Iran for Gay Conduct an Outrage – HRW. Iran’s execution of two men last week for homosexual
conduct highlights a pattern of persecution of gay men that stands in stark
violation of the rights to life and privacy, Human Rights Watch said today.
Gay & Lesbian
Leadership Conference Calls for Worldwide End to HR Abuses. LGBT elected and
appointed leaders from across the United States and around the world passed
an historic resolution in Seattle this weekend at the Gay & Lesbian
Leadership Conference calling upon “all nations and governments to adopt a
vocal, clear and consistent policy on international human rights abuses
against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people that includes a call
on other countries to abolish sodomy laws.”
The Battle of Poznan: A Gay Suspect’s
View of the Poznan Events. By Tomasz Szypula. I am 25. I was born four months before the Solidarity
began its revolution in August 1980. The only Poland I can remember is time
after 1989. The time of democracy – at least until last Saturday.
Please Help Us – Polish
Gays Call to Europe. An impassioned plea has come from
many gays in Poland today in the wake of the heavy-handed action of the riot
police in Poznań on Saturday when more than 60 people were arrested during a peaceful
demonstration. The message was simple: “Please help us”.
Riot Police Detain,
Interrogate 65 at Gay Demo in Poznań.
“They were dragging us
around on the street” - Demonstrator. The police in Poznań today briefly detained and
interrogated 65 demonstrators during the March of Equality organized by
organizations of leftist and gay activists in Poznań, western Poland.
Today’s Gay March in
Poznań Now Legally Banned. The March of Equality and
Tolerance, dubbed ‘Gay Pride’, due to be staged in Poznan, western Poland, this afternoon (Saturday) has been officially
Gay Murder Team in
London To Be Disbanded. A top police murder investigation
team, involved in work on high profile gay-bashing murders, looks set to be
scrapped, Outrage! has learned.
November 18: UK:
Gay Group Demands Clarification on Homophobia from DUP. The
remarks of Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Councillor, Maurice Mills, in
which he described Hurricane Katrina as being sent by God to punish lesbian
and gay people and to prevent the gay Southern Decadence weekend in New
Orleans from going ahead, are “stupid, irresponsible and rooted in
deep-seated homophobia”, the Rainbow Project in Northern Ireland said today.
November 18: UK:
Trade Union Conference for Gay Members Breaks New Ground.
UNISON open their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender National Conference
here this afternoon, a little bit of trade union history will be made.
November 17: UK:
Gay Algerian on Brink
of Deportation Gets ‘Reprive. The gay Algerian known as
“Izmer” is back tonight with his partner in Gloucestershire after spending
almost a week at the Harmondsworth Immigration Service Removal Centre,
near London’s Heathrow Airport.
November 17: Australia:
Oz Dykes In Trouble for
Using “I” Word. Dykes on Mikes, said to be the
biggest lesbian event in Australia, is in a spot of bother. And it is
all over their full name, Dykes on Mikes – Lesbian Idol.
November 17: France/International:
IDAHO Group Officially
Created in Paris as a Gay NGO. It started, as things often do, as
the dream of one person. In this instance, a gay man in Paris.
Last May, the dream became a reality as more than 35 countries marked the
International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) with a variety of projects,
many of which captured the imagination.
November 17: Latvia:
Excommunicated For Support of Riga Gay Pride. A leading Latvian
theologian has been excommunicated by the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran
Church (LELC) for his involvement in a church
service for gay men and women during Riga Gay Pride in July.
Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Gay Group Officially Recognised. After long negotiations with the
authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the necessary preparatory
activities, the International Initiative for Visibility of Queer Muslims (IIVQM).
November 17: USA/Iran:
IGLHRC Calls for Investigation After More Reports of Gays Hanged in Iran.
With new reports from Iran that two young men who were hung in public this
week may have been executed by the government because of their sexual
orientation, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLRHC)
renewed its call today for UN human rights experts to investigate such cases
and demanded that Iran’s government be held accountable for any violation of
human rights laws.
16: Russia: Russian General
Prosecution Dept Weighs Anti-Gay Demo in Krasnodar. The Russian General Prosecution
Department is to start criminal investigations into the anti-gay
demonstration last month in Krasnodar, about 1,000 km to
the South of Moscow and near the Black Sea.
16: Bulgaria: Gay
Group Demands Probe of Homophobia in Sofia Police Force. The Bulgarian gay organisation BGO Gemini has lodged an official complaint
concerning homophobia within the Sofia police. The move comes following the
LGBT group learning of police harassment against a young gay man of Albanian
Polish City Bans Gay
March for Security Reasons, by Marcin Sobczyk in Warsaw.
The mayor of Poznań, a metropolitan city in western Poland, banned a gay parade on
Tuesday, Nov. 15. The Poznań march, expected to
gather some 500 demonstrators, was supposed to take place on Nov. 19 as part
of the Days of Equality and Tolerance in Poznań, organized by leftist,
ecological, and feminist groupings.
Al-Fatiha Calls on Europe, Canada to Seek Further
Details on Newly Reported ‘Gay’ Execution in Iran. The Human
Rights Committee of Al-Fatiha, a US-based organization dedicated to Muslim
sexual and gender minorities, has called on European governments who have
political contact with Iran to seek further details from the Iranian
government on reports of the recent execution of three young men who may
have been killed because of their sexual orientation and consensual sexual
November 14: UK:
MP Voices Gay Fears
About New Equality Bill. Liberal Democrat MP Dr. Evan
Harris has said that he fears the new Equality Bill will contain large-scale
religious exemptions that could severely undermine the rights of lesbian and
Köln Awarded 2010 Gay
Games. Köln (Cologne) has been awarded the
2010 Gay Games, it was announced in Chicago by the Federation of Gay
Games (FGG). The German city’s bid beat
shortlisted Johannesburg and Paris. Earlier this year, Paris failed to be
awarded the 2012 Olympic Games – losing out to London. Johannesburg,
however, is staging the 2010 Football World Cup, the second largest world
“I’m Ashamed To Be
British” – Gay Man Fights Deportation of his Algerian Partner. In this sleepy market town in the
Gloucestershire Cotswolds, a gay Englishman is desperately fighting to
save his partner from being deported by British Home Office officials to
Algeria where he could face death, if tried by a religious court.
Medway Council Drops
Ban on Civil Partnerships Ceremonies. Faced with angry
protesters from OutRage! Kent, Tory-controlled Medway Council voted at its
executive cabinet meeting on Tuesday to allow civil partnership registration
ceremonies which comes into effect on December 5, with actual registrations
from December 19 in Northern Ireland and December 21 in the rest of the UK.
Controversy Over New Gay Shop Opposite Moscow Duma.
A Russian politician has publicly
criticised the opening of a gay and lesbian shop in Moscow. Not
because it is a shop catering to the gay community, but because it is
situated opposite the Duma
John Becomes Gay Games Ambassador. Pop legend and former top club
football chairman Sir Elton John has become an “Ambassodor” for the
Gay Games, the Federation of Gay Games announced yesterday.
SLDN Launches Week-Long Salute to Gay, Lesbian Veterans. Servicemembers Legal Defense
Network (SLDN) has today launched a week-long salute to lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender veterans, including an online forum of heterosexual
veterans supporting their LGBT colleagues; web profiles of LGBT veterans; a
San Francisco event honouring the service of LGBT Americans; and a Veterans
Day rally in Oakland, Calif.
Conscientious Objector Ends Hunger Strike.
Mehmet Tarahn, the gay Turkish
conscientious objector, has stopped his hunger strike after winning most of his
Centre-Right Party Backs
Gay Candidate in Venezuela Election. The Venezuelan Partido Federal Republicano (Republican Federal Party)
– the centre-right wing party just two years ago – is supporting the
well-known activist José Ramon Merentes as a openly gay candidate for the
National Assembly in the December election.
Russian Gays Celebrate
Rejection by Duma of Restrictive Bill. Russian gays are
celebrating today after a proposed
legislation that would limit the right to freedom of public events was
emphatically rejected by the Duma this morning in its ‘first reading’.
The Horror of Gay Life in Uganda... By
Louis-Georges Tin. It’s Wednesday October 26. The
time is around seven in the evening in Kampala, capital of Uganda. The
pastor praying with the faithful when the police arrive and breaks up
prayers. The Church is closed and the pastor is taken to the police
station. His shoes are removed … What is the crime? It is because he is
homosexual; worse still, is it because he is a homosexual activist?