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2008 Listing of UK, Ireland and
Europe LGBT Events
Nov 27: Burundi:
Commissioner “Shocked” at New Burundi Law Criminalising Gay Men and Women.
A commissioner of the European Union has expressed his “shock” at the
passing of a law in Burundi which criminalises sexual relations between
consenting same-sex adults.
Mayor of Moscow Signs Schedule for Gay-Friendly Eurovision Song Fest.
Moscow authorities have officially approved the dates, places and schedule
of Eurovision Song Contest and the events connected to it which will take
place in Russia’s capital next spring, the Interfax news agency reported
Advocacy Group Calls Upon Lawmakers to Pass Gender Expression
Non-Discrimination Act. In response to the tragic murder of
Lateisha Green earlier this month, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education
Fund today called on New York State lawmakers in Albany to pass the Gender
Expression Non-Discrimination Act [GENDA], which would add gender identity
and expression to the states hate crimes law.
Diagnoses Among Gay Men Continues to Rise in UK – Report. An
estimated 77,400 people were living with HIV in the UK in 2007 with more
than a quarter (28 per cent) unaware of their infection, according to
figures released today by the Health Protection Agency. Diagnoses among gay men continue to increase with 3,160
men (41 per cent of all new diagnoses) testing positive in 2007.
Edward Carpenter: 19th Century Gay Activist, Author, Poet and Humanitarian.
By Peter Tatchell. This is one of the best political biographies for
many years. As well as being a book about a sadly forgotten icon of past
progressive history; it is bursting with ideas that are still relevant to
the future of humanity – relevant for all people, LGBT and straight.
About Sex (or Not). By
Alexandra Sandels in Beirut. As a sexual health worker in a country
where talking about sex is still a taboo, Rajah Farah had turned to Facebook
as an outreach tool. His Facebook page, Sexual Health in Lebanon,
soon became very popular – until Facebook shut it down for ‘obscenity.’
Nov 22: Cyprus:
EU Intervention in the Cyprus Gay Iranian Asylum Case. A group of
Members of the European Parliament have expressed concern about the way the
Cyprus government has handled a gay Iranian asylum case. The man,
Abbas Bagherian, was due to be deported, but the extradition order has been
suspended, the Interior Minister, Neoklis Sylikiotis, has told a
Anti-Gay Singer to Perform – But Their Computer Hates Emails with His
Offensive Words. The computer at London’s Metropolitan Police is
more sensitive to homophobia that the humans who staff the police force, it
Nov 21: Germany:
Lufthansa Flight Attendant Fired for Having Boy Friend in Room. A
gay flight attendant with the German airline Lufthansa claims he has been
dismissed following an incident where the police were involved when he had
his boyfriend in a Tokyo hotel room during a ‘stop-over’.
Nov 21: UK:
Tatchell Fumes at Cops and Home Secretary Over Anti-Gay
Singer’s Concert. The concert of the Jamaican “kill faggots”
singer Bounty Killer is ahead this Sunday in London with the official
sanction of the Home Secretary and the Acting Commissioner of the
Metropolitan Police. And the police say that unless there are threats of
they will not cancel the concert.
Calls for Comprehensive European Union Strategy on HIV/Aids. The
European Parliament today approved a resolution calling for the early
diagnosis and early care for those living with HIV/Aids. The adoption
of the resolution provides a clear direction for the European Council’s
twenty-seven Member States to formulate a strategy to fight HIV/AIDS in the
French Presidency’s ‘Conclusions’ next month.
Nov 20: UK/USA:
BBC Radio to Examine How Aids Changed America.
American actor Paul Michael Glaser, who played Starsky in the long running US cop series
Starsky and Hutch, is to host a special BBC Radio programme to coincide
with World Aids Day.
Nov 20: World AIDS Day:
Day Marks 20th Anniversary of Solidarity. By Sara Speicher.
For Eric Sawyer, the late 1980s was a “war time situation”. “People
with AIDS were fighting for their lives and for their friends”, says Sawyer,
an AIDS activist and co-founder of ACT UP New York
More Tolerant to Sexual Minorities than Russians? The ‘unification
seminar’ between Russian and Belarusian gay activists in Minsk last weekend
– and the announcement of the creation of the Slavic Gay Pride movement with
its first march on May 16 next year in Moscow – has provoked reaction not
only in Russia but also in Belarus.
Nov 20: UK:
for End to Discrimination Against Transgender People. The TUC is
today calling on employers to stop discriminating against transgender people
in the workplace on International Trans Memorial Day.
Nov 19: Belarus: Gay
Activists Discuss Homosexuality with Homophobic Far Right Groups. Three
of the leading gay rights activists in Belarus came face to face with
representatives of the ‘far right’ at a seminar in Minsk yesterday.
Nov 18: UK:
Why Has the
London Police Broken the Agreement on Anti-Gay Reggae ‘Murder Music’?
Editorial. It is astonishing that a Jamaican reggae singer who
features lyrics enticing violence against gays – and even murder – in his repertoire
should be performing in the United Kingdom. But this is what is about to happen
when Bounty Killer (real name Rodney Basil Price),
who styles himself as “Di 5 Star General”, is scheduled to perform in East London at the Stratford
Rex this weekend.
Activists Considering a Boycott of Oldest Democratic Party in Russia.
Russia’s oldest democratic political party, Yabloko, faces a possible
boycott following the revelation that local party officials had pressed city
officials in Tambov to ban a picket and march by gay men and women in the
city last month.
Tears of Joy for Nepali Gays, Transgender Persons Over Supreme Court Decision.
There were tears of joy in the Nepali LGBT community today when the Supreme
Court published its full written decision on a petition demanding both
protection and rights for sexual and gender minorities.
Nov 17: Australia:
Red Cross Accused of “Playing on Fear” as Gay Blood Ban Closes.
The landmark Tasmanian case on gay blood donation has ended with claims the
Red Cross is “playing on fear”.
Nov 17: United Nations:
Worldwide Gay Rights as IDAHO Decriminalisation Initiative Heads for UN
General Assembly. An historic declaration against discrimination
based on sexual orientation and gender identity is to be presented to the
General Assembly of the United Nations between December 15 and 20
Nov 17: Russia/Belarus: Belarusian,
Russian Activists Agree a Slavic Gay Pride for
Moscow in May Next Year. The first trans-national meeting of gay
activists from Russia and Belarus has agreed that there should be a Slavic
Gay Pride, which alternates each year between Moscow and Minsk.
Nov 16: USA/World: Marriage
Equality for Gay Men and Women Gets Worldwide Support.
For Seattle resident Amy Balliett, the passing of
Proposition 8 by voters in California was a ‘vote too far’. The 26-years-old, who ‘married’ her same-sex partner in
Seattle last August and made the marriage legal in California last month,
decided to fight the result in the best way she knew – on the internet.
Nov 16: USA: Gay
Californian Newly-Wed Couple Among Prop 8 Protesters in Hawaii.
Days before the election when Californians voted by a very narrow margin to
approve the infamous ‘Prop 8’ that banned ‘gay marriage’, Damon Romine and
Charles Robbins were married in Palm Springs.
Governor Cleared by Court for “Faggots Must Be Torn Apart” Anti-Gay Hate
Speech. The governor of the Tambov region of Russia has been
cleared of charges by an appeals court following an anti-gay outburst
reported in the daily newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda last May.
Russia: Moscow Gay
Pride Group Appeals to French and EU Presidents on Eve of EU-Russia Summit.
The group of gay activists who organise Moscow Pride has written to the
French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, and European Commission President José
Manuel Barroso ahead of the European Union-Russia ‘summit’ which opens in
Nice tomorrow (November 14).
Bulgaria to Grant Legal Recognition to Gay Couples. A group of
Members of the European Parliament has asked member-nation Bulgaria to
include same-sex couples in its draft legislation on ‘domestic
Nov 13: UK: Gay Pressure
Group to Recruit New Trustees. Stonewall is holding an open
recruitment process to find up to three more trustees to support its work.
Interviews will be held in December for appointment early in 2009.
Court of Human Rights Rejects Right to “Sham” Same-Sex Marriage in Russia.
The European Court of Human Rights has denied to consider an application of
Russian human rights activist and former deputy of Bashkortostan parliament
Edward Murzin against the ban of same-sex marriage, it was learned here this
Nov 10: Ireland:
Sad Loss of Prominent HIV Activist: Noel Walsh Dies in Amsterdam.
It is with sadness that The Rainbow Project has learnt of the sudden death
of Irish HIV activist Noel Walsh who died at the weekend. He
had attended an
HIV conference in Oslo last week and was returning to
Ireland via Amsterdam where he died.
Nov 10: Russia:
Authorities Say Gays to Be Safe at Eurovision Next May. Gays and
lesbians will be safe in Moscow during next year’s Eurovision Song Contest,
a Moscow government official said at the opening day of World Travel Market
2008 in London. But a Moscow activist said the statement made
in London was “pure hypocrisy”.
Nov 7: Switzerland:
Concert Cancelled in Basel After Singer Continued to Urge Violence Against
Gays. A major reggae concert with the Jamaican singer Capleton,
that had been scheduled to take place last night (November 6) in Basel,
Switzerland, was cancelled at the last minute by the organisers, according
to Homosexuelle Arbeitsgruppen Basel (HABS), the local LGBT rights group.
Nov 7: Australia:
Blood Ban Would Help Save Lives, Lawyer Says. The Red Cross would
have more safe blood available for people in need if it accepted blood from
gay men who have safe sex at tribunal was told today.
Nov 4: UK:
Groups to Protest at High Profile London Awards Ceremony Against Stonewall
An unprecedented protest is to be staged on Thursday
outside the £125-a-head “champagne and canape reception” for the Stonewall
awards at the V&A Museum in London by transgender groups.
Nov 3: USA:
New Play About the Two ‘Gay’ Iranian Teens Executed in 2005
Opens This Week in Chicago. A play centred around Ayaz
Marhouni and Mahmoud Asgari, the two Iranian teenagers executed in Iran
three years ago and who were widely thought to have been gay, is set to have
its world premier in Chicago this week.