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SEPTEMBER 2005

 

September 29:  Iran:    “Please do not leave us alone,” Iranian Gays Urgently Appeal to World, by Doug Ireland.  The 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.
September 29: 
UK: 
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: 
OutRage! Condemns 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 yesterday).
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: 
Gay 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: 
Moldova: Discrimination 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: 
Holding 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.
September 22:
  USA: 
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
September 22:
  Russia: 
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: 
New 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: 
Ankara’s Deputy 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 closed down.
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.
September 20: 
Iran: 
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 London.  Amir, a young Iranian homosexual, recently spoke out about the torture he has suffered at the hands of the Iranian authorities.
September 20: 
Iran: 
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, Outrage! suggests.
September 20: 
USA: 
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.
September 16:  UK:  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.
September 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.
September 15: 
Namibia: 
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 homophobic remarks.
September 14: 
UK: 
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 Office today.
September 13: 
USA:   
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.
September 12: 
Russia: 
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.
September 8:
  UK: 
Cardiff Millennium Stadium Cancels Gay Concert on Saturday.  Statements from Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Mardi Gras Organisers
September 7:
  Nepal: 
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.
September 7:
  UK/Canada: 
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. 
September 7:
  Canada: 
Islamic Sharia Courts: Is Canada Next?  Azar Majedi On the Plan to Establish a Sharia Court in Ontario, Canada
September 7:
  UK: 
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.
September 6
: Russia: 
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.
September 5:
 Latvia: 
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 them.
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.