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in Scottish Borders Not a Positive Experience for Lesbian, Gay Youngsters.
Growing up in the Scottish Borders is not always a positive experience for
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people, a recent survey shows.
Matthew Shepard Foundation Applauds
US Senate for Passing Anti-Gay Hate Legislation. The
Matthew Shepard Foundation has applauded today’s passage of the historic
Matthew Shepard Act – inclusive federal hate crimes legislation.
Bill Signifies Major Victory Toward Equality for Gay Community.
In an historic step toward equality for gay and bisexual American men and
women, the U.S. Senate voted today to pass the ‘Matthew Shepard Act’, which
updates and expands the federal hate crimes laws to include bias motivated
violence based on a victim’s sexual orientation, gender identity, gender,
and disability, and provides new resources and tools to assist local law
enforcement in prosecuting vicious crimes.
Welcomes Euro Court Ruling on Gay Rights in Poland. Euro MP
Michael Cashman has welcomed the decision of the European Court of Human
Rights to uphold its previous verdicts against the Polish Government and the
ban by the Warsaw city authorities of the city’s Gay Pride in 2005.
Year Old Says ‘I Am an Iranian Gay’. The following email has been
received by the IRanian Queer Organisation in Toronto from a young gay man
who was studying at school in UK and, after difficulties with the UK Home
Office over asylum managed to flee England, ending up in the Netherlands.
The letter is published here as written.
Host First Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Trust Forum.
A Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Trust Forum is being held by the
Gloucestershire Constabulary next month as part of their commitment to
embracing the needs of local communities.
Court Fines Six Russian Gay Activists for Taking Part in Blood Donor Ban
Protest. The six gay activists who were arrested when they
demonstrated against the ban in Russia against gays donating blood have been
fined by a Moscow court.
Sept 25: Iran:
President’s Official Website Deletes His Columbia University Comments About
Gays. The reference to there being no gays in Iran, made by
Iran President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad at Columbia University, has been removed from the Persian
language part of the president’s official website.
Gay Group Hosts Visit by Peter Tatchell. Peter Tatchell,
human rights spokesperson for the Green Party of England and Wales, and
lesbian and gay activist with Outrage!, arrives on the Rock today on a
fact-finding tour, starting Thursday 27 September 2007, as a guest of
Equality Rights Group GGR.
Sept 25: Iran:
Iran Has No
Gays, Ahmadinejad Says. Commentary by Charlie Hinton. Iran
has no gays, Ahmadinejad says. But who are those queers protesting
in Toronto? Why does Pegah Emambakhsh fear she will be killed if she returns
International Gay Human Rights
Group Deplores Ahmadinejad’s ‘No Gays’ Statement. Today, during a
controversial talk at Columbia University’s World Leaders Forum, Iranian
President Dr. Mahmood Ahmadinejad
categorically denied the existence of homosexuality in Iran.
Europride 2010 Awarded to Warsaw. Europride 2010 has been
awarded to Warsaw. The bold – and unanimous – decision was taken at
the European Pride Organisers Association at their weekend meeting in
UK Must Do More to Ease Iraqi Refugee Crisis, Says
The Iraqi refugee crisis is reaching breaking point, says
a new Amnesty International report today (24 September) following a research
mission to Syria and Jordan which host the bulk of Iraq’s refugees.:
15,000 Gay Marriage Petitions Delivered to Gov. Schwarzenegger.
Equality California delivered nearly 15,000 petitions to Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger on Thursday, calling on him to sign legislation that would
give same-sex couples the option to marry.
Gays Encouraged by Prime Minister’s
Support for Antidiscrimination Coalition Plans. The gay community
in Moldova is encouraged that the Prime Minister, Vasile
Tarlev, has welcomed proposals of the Antidiscrimination Coalition to
promote an anti-discrimination legislative framework for the country.
Safe to Learn: Combating the Bullying of Gay Children in Schools.
The launch today of the new anti-bullying, web-based resource for schools, Safe to Learn,
has been widely welcomed by both the education sector and the gay community.
for Specific Hate Crimes Legislation After Further Homophobic Murder in
London. The Green Party has again called for the rapid
introduction of specific legislation for homophobic and transphobic hate
crime following the murder two weeks ago of Tony Hoare.
Victims of Iraqi Terror Win UK Asylum.
Two gay victims of attempted
assassinations by Shia Islamist death squads in Iraq have been granted
asylum in the UK.
to Include Gays in Inclusive Stand at Manchester Cathedral.
Two Archbishops are to speak at
Manchester Cathedral, calling for the Church of England to be inclusive.
Archbishop of Mexico and the leader of the Scottish Episcopal Church are taking
part in a conference Celebrating Anglican Diversity, which will
celebrate the long tradition of a diverse Church that welcomes all people.
Record Attendance Expected at
Annual Summit on Gay Workplace Equality. More than 2,100
people are expected in the nation’s capital this month for the seventeenth
annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit.
Breaks’ for Evangelical Group Following Ban on Gay Unions at Public
Boardwalk. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
has today denied the Christian evangelical Ocean Grove Camp Meeting
Association’s request under the state’s Green Acres programme for continued
tax breaks for the public boardwalk pavilion area on which the Association
has banned gay civil unions.
Youngsters: Every School Should Have a ‘Bullying Mentor’ – Williams.
Every school should have a ‘Bullying Mentor’, a trained member of staff to
counsel children who are the victims of homophobic and other types of
bullying, according to the Liberal Democrats.
Unprecedented Growth in Employer Policies for Gay and Transgender Workers.
An unprecedented 41 per cent increase in major US businesses scoring a
perfect 100 is revealed in the latest Corporate Equality Index published
today by Human Rights Campaign.
Should Do More for Lesbian, Gay History Month.
Local councils in the UK should do more to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
& Trans History Month, Sue Sanders, the co-chair of the organising group,
Puts Doubt on Future of ‘Safe Houses’ for Gays in Iraq. Iraqi LGBT
is facing a cash crisis in their efforts to assist lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgendered people in Iraq. For over a year, Friends of Iraqi
LGBT has been trying to help by funding safe houses in Iraq for those who
have come to the attention of the death squads and who have consequently had
to flee their homes.
Military Legal Group Names New Chief.
A former Army infantryman, who went on to become a senior Congressional
staff leader, has been named as the news executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), it was announced yesterday
“Required” to Find Against Government in Transgender Case, Say Students.
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said today it anticipates the
High Court will tomorrow affirm the right of an individual who has undergone
gender reassignment to be recognised as female on her birth certificate.
of Guide to European Employment Law for Gay Men and Women. ILGA-Europe
has published the second revised – and updated – edition of its report
Going Beyond the Law: promoting equality in employment.
Welcomes Rights of Transgender Person Judgement in Euro Human Right Court.
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled today that there was
a gap in Lithuanian law on the rights of transsexuals. The ruling was
immediately welcomed by the International Lesbian and Gay Association Europe
(ILGA-Europe), saying it was “a very positive judgement”.
Wave of Repression On So-Called ‘Amoral’ Behaviour.
Human rights advocates in Nigeria are voicing alarm about recent arrests of
cross-dressing men and of women allegedly wearing ‘indecent’ clothes, saying
the arrests could signal a deterioration of civil rights.
Lesbian Freed on Bail From UK Detention at Yarl’s Wood.
Pegah Emambakhsh, the 40-years-old Iranian lesbian who fled to the UK in
2005 seeking asylum, has been freed “on bail” from the Yarl’s Wood detention
centre in Bedfordshire. (19:00)
Court of Justice Hands Down Favourable Opinion on Survivor Pensions for Gay
Colomer Damaso, an Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ)
in Luxembourg delivered today his opinion in a landmark case before the court
which is favourable to same-sex partners (case of Tadao Maruko v.
Versorgungswerk der deutschen Bühnen).
Calls for Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Ban in US Military. The
call earlier this week by the moderator of the Metropolitan Community
Churches (MCC) for the repeal of the anti-gay Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
policy of the United State military has been welcomed by the Servicemembers
Legal Defense Network (SLDN).
Moscow Mayor Rejected a Compromise
Plan for Gay Pride from Russian Government.
A series of letters, leaked to the
Russian daily newspaper Moskovskiy
Komsomolets and published today, show that the Moscow Mayor, Yuri
Luzhkov dismissed a request from the Russian government to reach a
compromise over Moscow Gay Pride, and how he requested – and got – from the
GUVD department of the Moscow Police what amounts to a justification for the
banning of this year’s Pride weeks before the application was made.
International Gay, Lesbian Youth Group Report on Belarus Visit.
“Only in Belarus will you feel as if the Cold War never ended. Although
getting a visa isn’t a problem, the government isn’t crazy about foreign
influences and encourages xenophobia with all-pervasive propaganda,” writes
Lonely Planet about the country. I could have better left the book at home.
Reading it in the airplane in order to truly appear as a tourist – and not
an IGLYO board member – the last sentence didn’t ease me: “Hide this book.”