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“Please do not leave us
alone,” Iranian Gays Urgently
Appeal to World,
by Doug Ireland.
Persian Gay and Lesbian Organization
(PGLO) has appealed to North
American activists for help in mobilizing support for their campaign against
the vicious, lethal, anti-gay crackdown taking place in the Islamic Republic
of Iran. The anti-gay pogrom in Iran includes arrests and torture of gay
people, executions of gay Iranians on trumped up charges, and a
well-organized Internet entrapment campaign by Iran's religious sex police
that is ensnaring gay Iranians daily.
Anti-Gay Christian Voice Director on BBC’s Question
Time. Stephen Green, the national director of the
vehemently anti-gay Christian fundamentalist Christian Voice, is one of the
panellists on tonight’s Question Time (BBC1 at 10.35pm), which comes live
from Brighton at the end of the Labour Party conference.
September 29: UK:
Increase in HIV Sexual
Risk Behaviour in Scottish Gay Men. The prevalence of
“risky” sex in Scotland has doubled in the space of six years, while
unfounded confidence in the HIV negative status of casual partners has also
increased, reveals research in Sexually Transmitted Infections.
September 28: Nepal:
Police Brutality Against Gays in Nepal.
The UK LGBT human rights group OutRage! has today condemned the police assaults of
gay metis last weekend in Kathmandu, Nepal (see
UK Gay News report of
September 28: Turkey:
Gay Rights Violated by
Turkey, Says Human Rights Watch. The threat by Turkish
officials to close down an organization defending lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender people’s rights violates basic freedoms of association and
expression, Human Rights Watch said last night.
September 28: Belarus/Sweden/UK:
European Push to
Help Belarus Gays. Concerns are growing over human rights
of gays in Belarus, dubbed by activists as “Europe’s last dictatorship”.
September 28: UK (England and Wales):
Your Rights Section:
Employment in the Gay Community and the Law.
Questions and answers with Frank Griffin. (Important note: This advice
column notes the law in England and Wales only)
September 27: USA:
Pioneers to Be Guests of The Falls Church News-Press at HRCs Silver
Anniversary Dinner. Two of the original ‘gay pioneers’ who
kicked off the modern civil rights movement for lesbians and gays with
demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia in the mid-1960s, will
be the special guests of the Falls Church News-Press, a progressive weekly
newspaper in Northern Virginia suburbs of the nation's capital, at the Human
Rights Campaign’s 25th Anniversary National Dinner in Washington, D.C., on
Saturday (October 1).
September 27: Nepal:
HIV Victim Beaten As
Police Taunt Gays In Nepal. A Nepalese meti afflicted with
HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS, was savagely beaten by police and detained
in a Kathmandu police station for a day before being released on payment of
what was effectively a bribe.
September 27: Jamaica/UK:
Buju Banton In Court
Friday After Gay-Bashing Attack. UK gay human rights group
Outrage! will be paying particular attention to a trail in a Jamaican court
on Friday when Mark Myrie, better known as reggae
singer Buju Banton, answers charges of assault.
September 26: Moldova:
Against Gays, Lesbians Is Inadmissible, Says Council of Europe.
Moldova must guarantee the fundamental rights of gays and lesbians, a report
from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) says.
September 25: UK:
Time For Tribute
Website for Gay Community To Be Noticed, by Steven Kay. It seems natural for anyone to
place a tribute into the local paper when a loved one dies. But when
Nigel Barnes, the founder of gaytributes.com tried, he was refused at
every stage, all owing to one little word “gay”.
September 24: Russia:
Cashman Pledges Support for Moscow Gay Pride.
Michael Cashman, the out-gay Member of the European Parliament, has invited
the Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov to Strasbourg for a “summit” on gay pride
events and of LGBT rights to expression, demonstrations and meetings.
September 23: Iran:
Accountable for Violating Gay Human Rights, by Paula Ettelbrick.
The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, joined the largest
gathering ever of world leaders last week at the United Nations without one
question being asked about his country’s continued violations of
international human rights law. Iran has signed both the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights
of the Child. Both forbid the execution of any person under the age of 18
for any crime. Yet there has been a rash of public executions in Iran that
have involved youth or were related to sexuality and gender identity.
Amnesty Report Reveals Alarming and Widespread Police
Mistreatment of Gays in USA. In the most comprehensive
report of its kind to date, Amnesty International (AI) reveals that police
mistreatment and abuse of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is widespread throughout the USA and goes largely
unchecked due to underreporting and unclear, under-enforced or non-existent
policies and procedures.
Full statement by Dr.William Schulz,
Executive Director of Amnesty International USA
Gay Russian Wins
Employment Discrimination Case in Landmark Ruling -
Court Rules Homosexuality Is Not a Mental Disorder. In what
is seen as a “landmark” ruling, a court in St. Petersburg has backed a gay
man whose military record said he had a mental disorder, solely on the basis
that he was gay. The man, identified only as “Mr.
VP”, had applied to the Russian State Railways for a job as a guard, but was
deemed to be unfit for the job because of his “mental disorder”.
September 21: UK:
Festival Director for Manchester Gay Pride. Alan Dear has
been appointed festival director of the Manchester Pride, it was announced
yesterday. He succeeds Claire Turner who is leaving to pursue a
freelance career in events and marketing.
September 21: Turkey:
Governor Threatens to Close Down Gay Organisation. The
Deputy Governor of Ankara, Selahattin Ekremoglu, is calling for an LGBT
group to be closed down, it emerged today. Ekremoglu claimed last week that
the group operated “against the laws and morality rules” and should be
September 21: Russia:
Poll Shows Majority
Support Gay Rights in Russia. For the first time ever, a
clear majority of Russians say that there should be equal rights for gays in
the country, a new opinion poll has found.
Iranian Gays Live in Fear.
This is the full
text of the press statement from PGLO (Persian Gays &
Lesbians Organisation) received by email received at Outrage! in
Amir, a young Iranian homosexual, recently spoke out
about the torture he has suffered at the hands of the Iranian authorities.
Iran: Gay Amir, Aged
22, Given 100 Lashes. The bruised and bloodied body of a 22
year old gay Iranian, Amir, bears further witness to the brutality of the
Ayatollah’s regime. Yet many gay and human rights groups in “the West”
are sweeping the matter under the carpet,
New York’s Famous Gay
Pair Call It a Day. Commentary. We all know that these days love
often fades and couples, whether gay or straight, split up. News came today
via many British newspapers that Roy and Silo, arguably New York City’s most
famous gay “item”, have decided to call it a day.
London’s Oxford Street
Will Be Gay for EuroPride Next Year. Two of the world’s
most famous – and busiest – streets will be used for next year’s EuroPride Parade being staged in London. The ‘dream’ of parading
down Oxford Street and Regent Street will become a reality.
15: Russia/Komi Republic:
Russian Gay Activist Accused of Breach of 1923 Convention.
Details of the criminal case against Russian gay activist Maxim Lazarev are emerging from the Komi Republic, some 1,500 kilometres
north east of Moscow.
Namibia Rights NGOs Call for Official’s Resignation
Over Anti-Gay Remarks. Outraged human rights organisations
have called for the resignation of a Namibian government minister for making
UK Civil Partnerships:
What Gays Need to Know. A new publicity campaign
to tell gay people what they need to know about same-sex civil partnerships
was launched by Deputy Equality Minister Meg Munn at Westminster Register
Researchers Locate Army Document Ordering Commanders
Not To Fire Gays. Scholars in California studying military
personnel policy have found a controversial regulation halting the discharge
of gay soldiers in units that are about to be mobilized.
Gay Russian Activist On
Website Porn Charges. A gay activist from the Komi Republic in the Russian Federation
has been charged with pornography on his non-pornographic website. And
other gay activists in Russia are fearing the start of a wide-ranging
clampdown on gay websites and publications.
Cardiff Millennium Stadium
Cancels Gay Concert on Saturday.
Statements from Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Mardi Gras Organisers
Gay Group in
Nepal Gets Cash Boost From Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Nepal’s Blue Diamond Society (BDS) has been awarded a
grant of £25,000 by the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The money means that
the BDS will be able to continue its work with those suffering from AIDS for
a further year.
London Gay Group to Join
Protest Against Sharia Law in Canada. Human rights
campaigners and refugees from Islamist persecution will protest against the
introduction of Sharia law in Cananda, outside the Canadian High Commission,
in London tomorrow (Thursday September 8) from 12 noon – 2 pm.
Islamic Sharia Courts: Is Canada Next? Azar Majedi On the Plan to
Establish a Sharia Court in Ontario, Canada
Search For ‘Gay’ Faces of
London EuroPride 2006.
Do you want to be seen by
thousands around the world? EuroPride London is looking for a wide range of
interesting ‘faces’ from the diverse LGBT community who fancy themselves on
EuroPride posters, magazines, leaflets and on their web site.
Moscow to Host First IDAHO
Annual Conference During Gay Festival.
The first annual
conference of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) will be held
in Moscow as part of gay festival celebrations in May 2006 with many
prominent Russian and foreign LGBT activists, academics and politicians.
Prime Minister Responds to
Concerns Over Riga Gay Pride Parade.
Aigars Kalvītis, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, has responded
to the concerns expressed in July by UK Gay News, and many others, in
the run-up to the July 23 Gay Pride Parade in Riga, the capitol.
September 5: UK:
Gay Rugby Club
Launches 2006 Calendar.
Five years after the success of the very first Kings Cross Steelers Rugby
Club calendar, the team is back with a tenth anniversary calendar – and it’s
bigger and better than ever.
September 5: UK:
Ymunwch â'r Ddraig Binc!
(Enter the Pink Dragon!) Organisers of the seventh
annual Cardiff-Wales Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras vowed to paint the town pink
for this year’s event this coming weekend. And ‘officialdom’ is right behind
September 1: USA:
New Gay Web Site for Providence, Rhode Island.
The gay community in Providence, Rhode Island now have a dedicated web site
that will reflect their community.