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Conscientious Objector Tells of How He Was Brutally Assaulted by Prison
Guards. News was released today that gay Turkish conscientious
objector Mehmet Tarhan was brutally
assaulted by guards at Sivas military prison on Friday September 30 when he
refused to have his hair cut. Ali Düler, a prisoner who came to his
aid, was also assaulted.
Euro Gays Protest
Against Polish Homophobia Outside Paris Embassy.
Famed French gay activist Alain Piriou joined almost 200 demonstrators from across Europe
outside the Polish Embassy in Paris on Saturday evening to protest the increasing
homophobic remarks made by the recently-elected President, Lech Kaczynski, a
former child film star.
French Communist Party
Supports Moscow Gay Pride. The
first-ever Moscow Pride and gay Festival has the support of the French
Communist Party, it emerged at the weekend.
Dobson Lawyers Get Tough With Gay Christian Church as Presiding Bishop Is Installed.
The installation of the Presiding
Bishop of a predominantly-gay Christian denomination took an unexpected
twist today when lawyers for Dr. James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family”
insisted they cease using the name of their new ministry to persons with HIV
Festival in Liverpool Gets Underway. November 2005 is
the month that Liverpool will again play host to the hugely successful Homotopia. After launching a pilot programme in November last year. On
offer are a wide variety of events, events including film, theatre, comedy,
heritage, cabaret and art. The festival runs from October 31 to November 14.
Gays in Northern Ireland Have Two-Day Start on Rest of UK.
The first registrations for Civil Partnerships in the United Kingdom will
take place on Monday December 19 in Northern Ireland – two days before
England, Scotland and Wales – the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) in
Belfast said today.
Pasolini: First English Translation of 1964 Poem by Famed Gay Italian Poet,
Filmmaker. November 2 will be the 30th
anniversary of the death of Pier Paolo Pasolini – and to commemorate his
disappearance, one of his major poetic works Victory has been
published for the first time ever in English translation.
Nigeria: Outrage! Protests Teen
Lesbians ‘Brutal Caning’. The London-based gay human rights
group Outrage! has protested the recent sentencing of six young girls, one
said to be as young as 12, to 90 strokes of the cane following accusations
New Estimate Suggests
25 of 2,000 US Casualties in Iraq May Have Been Gay.
As reports circulated yesterday that American casualties in the war in Iraq have reached
2000, statistician Gary Gates estimated today that more than 25 of those
killed were gay or lesbian.
Russian Public Opinion Shows Support for
Gay Equality. A majority of Russians think that gays should
have equal rights, a poll has revealed.
Two Charged With Murder
of Gay Barman Jody Dobrowski. Two men have been charged
with the murder last week of Jody Dobrowski.
Plans for IDAHO Meeting to Be Revealed in
'Gay Paree'. Details of the first-ever
meeting of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) are to be
unveiled in Paris next week – in the ‘Mayor’s Auditorium’ of the
historic Hôtel de Ville (City Hall)
Sir Elton John Becomes
Patron of EuroPride London. Sir Elton John has accepted an
invitation to become a EuroPride Patron, giving the event two Peers of the
Realm and a brace of Knights among the high-profile supporters.
Gay Football Club in
Limelight at Top French League Match.
A gay French football (soccer) team will step into the sporting limelight on
Saturday (October 22) when it plays an exhibition match against former stars
of one of the country’s top clubs, Paris Saint-Germain.
October 17: UK:
Inaction on Homophobia Condemned by Gay Group.
The government, police and Crown Prosecution Service have been condemned for
their “indifferent, complacent attitude to homophobic hatred and violence”.
The criticism comes from gay human rights group OutRage! following the
vicious murder of 24-year old Jody Dobrowski in a ‘queer-bashing’ attack on
Clapham Common late last Friday, October 14.
Plea to Brighton MPs:
‘Deliver All the Goods on Gay Equality’. Green Party city councillor Simon Williams has written to Brighton and
Hove’s three MPs saying that they are not doing enough to persuade the
Government to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) people.
October 17: Russia:
Likening Gays to
Fascists Made Me So Furious. Commentary by
Nikolai Alekseev of GayRussia.ru on
his trip to Krasnodar. When I saw the slogan at the
anti-gay protest in Krasnodar that organisers of next year’s Moscow Pride
want revenge for fascist’s defeat over 60 years ago, I was not just amazed –
I was furious.
October 16: Russia:
Protest Turns Out Low Key Under Watchful Eye of Militia, by
Yesterday’s anti-gay protest in Krasnodar was banned by the authorities on the
technicality that one of the groups organising the demonstration had been
ordered by the courts to be closed down. So there was one obvious question I had when I arrived at
the monument to the Black Sea Kazak Army in the city and found the local law
enforcement officers there.
October 15: Russia:
Anti-Gay Protest Goes
Ahead in Krasnodar Despite Ban - Only 30 Turn Up. Anti-gay
protestors defied a ban imposed by the Krasnodarski region authorities and
rallied as promised in Krasnodar today. Earlier in the week, organisers of
the “patriots-homophobes” demonstration had predicted that 500 would turn up
to protest the staging of a Gay Pride in Moscow, some 1,500 kilometres away.
October 14: UK - Northern Ireland:
Gay Group Invites Foes to Talk About Civil Partnerships.
A gay group in Northern Ireland has offered to meet anyone in
the Province who is against Civil Partnership for same-sex couples.
The legislation that recognises gay partnerships comes into effect in
October 13: Russia:
Anti-Gay Demo in
Krasnodar Banned by Authorities. Authorities in the Krasnodarski region of Russia have said this evening that
they will not authorise the anti-gay demonstration in Krasnodar on Saturday.
October 13: Russia:
Protest Against Moscow
Gay Pride in City 1,500 km Distant. A demonstration against
the proposed first-ever Moscow Gay Pride festival, scheduled to be staged in
May next year, will take place on Saturday (October 15) in Krasnodar, some 1,500 km (950 miles) from the
Russian capital and close to the Black Sea.
October 13: Italy:
Pasolini Murder Case Shelved, by Doug
The investigation into the 1975 murder of the great gay
Italian poet-film director-novelist-playwright-essayist-literary critic Pier
Paolo Pasolini – which had been re-opened in May after the hustler
originally convicted of the murder recanted on television his confession of
three decades earlier – has been definitively shelved, it was
reported in Rome yesterday.
October 12: Uganda:
Uganda’s Targeting of
Gays and Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Condemned. The
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) condemned
today the recent decision by Uganda President Yoweri Museveni to ban
October 12: Turkey:
Turkish Court Not to Hear Case to
Closedown Gay Group. Gays in Turkey have
today claimed a victory in their bid to save the closure of Kaos, the gay and lesbian human rights group.
October 12: UK:
Alleged Assaults on
Gays In ’Derry Taken to Court. A 26 years-old man, Stephen Lee
Wright, is due to appear at Londonderry Courthouse tomorrow,
Thursday October 13, on charges relating to a widely reported assault on
a Rainbow Project Volunteer in July 2004 when the gay man was attacked
and bitten in the face outside a chip shop in the Waterside area.
October 11: UK:
Councillor’s ‘Outing’ of Teen Rent Boys in Newspaper is Slammed. Gay men in Leicester who
frequent the cruising area in Abbey Park have effectively been branded
“paedophiles” – by a 23-years-old gay city councillor who is also a
counsellor at the local LGBT centre.
October 10: Kyrgyzstan: Gay Women Particularly Susceptible to Discrimination
in Kyrgyzstan. By Gulnura Toralieva in Bishkek.
It was an unpleasant incident at a
Bishkek café that helped convince Sasha Kim that Kyrgyz lesbians had been
silent for too long. She was among several women ordered
out of the cafe when two of their number were spotted by the other patrons
exchanging a kiss. They were told the restaurant was a “respectable
establishment” and no place for gays and lesbians.
October 7: UK:
Bid to Deport Gay
Ugandan Torture Victim by UK Government. A twenty-five
years old refugee who was jailed by the Ugandan government for his gay human
rights work and subjected to four months of forced labour, water torture,
beatings and rape, from May to September 2004, is today facing deportation,
Outrage! has revealed today.
October 5: Eastern Europe:
Euro Conference Calls
For End of Gay Discrimination. More than 150 gay activists from
central and eastern Europe are calling on their respective governments to
outlaw discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and to implement
legislation for “registered partnerships” for same-sex couples.
October 5: Nepal:
Kathmandu Gay Metis Are Released, But With Conditions.
The five Metis who were arrested on Sunday in the Nepali capitol were
released yesterday, the gay rights group Blue Diamond Society has said.
October 4: UK/Iran:
Gay Executions and Torture: Does Protesting Really
Help? Yes, Says Iranian Exile. Commentary. We often wonder whether protests
outside Embassies have any effect. It might make us feel good as we wave a
banner condemning some atrocity or another, as was the case outside the
Iranian Embassy in London today when gay rights in Iran – or the complete
lack of them – took centre stage.
October 4: UK/Iran:
Celebrities Join London Protest Against Iran Gay Executions and Torture.
TV soap and film actor Jeremy Sheffield, gay rap star Q Boy, comedian Scott
Cappurro, Big Brother contestant Josh Rafter, out gay Labour MP Chris Bryant
and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell today joined a 50-strong protest
outside the Iranian Embassy in London.
October 3: Iran:
Support for London Demo Against Brutal Iranian Treatment of Gays.
A number of stars have backed tomorrow’s demonstration at the Iranian
Embassy in London and the international petition organised by the monthly UK
axm. The magazine has joined forces with
Outrage!, the UK gay human rights organisation, to organise the “Homophobia
Kills” protest against the homophobic atrocities in Iran outside the
country’s Embassy at 1pm tomorrow (Tuesday October 4).
October 3: Nepal:
Call to Intervene to Help Release Five
Imprisoned Gay Metis in Nepal, by Sunil Pant in Kathmandu.
Five metis were arrested last
night about 10pm in Kantipath while they were on their way to the Thamel
area of the Nepali capitol. [Reports from Nepal earlier today said that
there were three metis arrested]. They were Suntali Lama (age about 22 years), Neema
Lama (age 22), Kanchhi Lama (age 25), Bipasa Rai (aged about 19) and
October 3: Nepal:
Three More Gay Metis
Arrested and Beaten by Nepali Police. Reports are coming in of the arrest
of another three metis in Nepal. A meti is a M-to-F transgendered
person. “The police are becoming more and
more brutal,” said a spokesperson at the Blue Diamond Society (BDS), Nepal’s
LGBT human rights and HIV/AIDS organisation.
October 2: Lithuania:
in Vilnius, by Juris
Lavrikovs. Around 50 people gathered on the Europe Square in the
Lithuanian capital of Vilnius on Friday to protest against
possible gay pride march and ‘spread’ of homosexuality in Lithuania. All
major Christian denominations expressed their support for this
October 1: UK/Iran: New Iran Protest Over Treatment of Gays at London Embassy.
A new protest outside the Iranian Embassy in London is to be staged next
week. UK gay human rights group Outrage!,
which last July broke the news to the world of the execution of two gay
teenagers, has joined forces with UK gay lifestyle monthly axm to
spearhead a further demonstration at the Embassy on Tuesday (October 4).