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Sep 29: USA: The Gay Novel that Rocked the Literary World in 1956. By Shorena Dzneladze. Reflections on Baldwin’s “Giovanni’s Room”, from a Georgian perspective.
Sep 26: Serbia: Belgrade Pride: A Chance to Set the Fight for Gay Rights at a New Level. Commentary by Nikolai Alekseev. Last Saturday morning, I flew to Belgrade confident that there will be a gay pride authorised and protected by the local authorities.
Sep 25: Belarus: Minsk to Host Large Gay Human Rights Conference. Almost 100 participants are expected to take part in a gay human rights conference in the Belarus capital tomorrow (September 25). Over 30 NGOs and LGBT groups have registered to speak at the one-day event. And this has caused a problem for the organisers in finding a room large enough.
Sep 24: UK: Gay Humanists to Protest Against Plans for Papal Visit to Britain. The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) plans to demonstrate outside the Labour Party conference in Brighton next week in protest against Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s plans to invite Pope Benedict on a state visit to Britain.
Sep 24: Belarus: Young Gay Activist in Belarus Targeted by KGB Faces Two Years in Jail for His Activism. A young Belarusian LGBT activist is today living in fear of imprisonment after being summoned yesterday to KGB headquarters in Biletskogo Street, Gomel.
Sep 21: Serbia: Gay American Avoids Belgrade Thugs in City Street. The chairperson of InterPride’s committee on International LGBTI Human and Civil Rights spoke today of how he was followed on the streets of central Belgrade yesterday evening and how it brought home to him just how Serbian society had to live “in a constant state of fear of thugs”. Openly gay William Urich, who was attending Belgrade Pride as an official “observer” for InterPride, told UK Gay News that he decided to go out and explore the downtown area around 6pm.
Sep 21: Serbia: Belgrade Gay Pride Off, But Sweden Hosts ‘Mini-Pride’ at Ambassador’s Residence. There was not a gay person, let alone a banner, in sight in the square in front of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade city centre at lunchtime on Sunday. The Gay Pride Parade had been banned by officialdom, or cancelled by the organisers, depending on which ‘spin’ one subscribes to.
Sep 19: Serbia: Belgrade Gay Pride Cancelled 24 Hours Before Event Because of “Security Concerns”. Nikolai Baev, a co-organiser of Moscow Pride, arrived in Belgrade at lunchtime looking forward to taking part in his very first Pride march. But when he got to his hotel his excitement turned to sorrow when he learned that tomorrow’s Belgrade Pride march had been suddenly cancelled by the organisers when the Serbian Government announced this morning that the parade in the city centre could not go ahead but offered an alternative location in the suburbs.
Sep 17: Serbia: European Union Presidency Expresses Support for Belgrade Gay Pride. Sweden, which currently holds the presidency of the European Union, has today expressed its support for Belgrade’s Gay Pride, due to be held on Sunday (September 20).
Sep 17: Lithuania: Euro MPs Condemn New Anti Gay Law in Lithuania by a 349-218 Margin. MEPs have voted 349-218 to condemn the recently-passed Lithuanian Law on the Protection of Minors from the Detrimental Effects of Public Information. The law is due to come into effect in March next year.
Sep 16: Lithuania: MEPs Slam Lithuanian ‘Gay Hate Law’ in European Parliament. European values and surprise that a member state of the European Union could introduce what is seen as a “homophobic” law in the 21st century came to the fore as MEPs debated the “Law on the Protection of Minors from the Detrimental Effects of Public Information”, passed by the Lithuanian Seimas Parliament last June and due to become effective in March 2010.
Sep 16: UK: Give Homophobia in Football the Red Card, Says Gay Activist Tatchell. The Football Association chairman, Lord Triesman has assured Peter Tatchell of the gay group Outrage! that the FA plans to step up its campaign to drive homophobia off the pitch and out of the terraces, the human rights campaigner said this morning, adding that homophobia needs gto be given “the red card”.
Sep 16: Lithuania: MEPs to Quiz European Council and Commission on Lithuanian ‘Anti Gay’ Law. MEPs are set to quiz officials from the European Council of Ministers and the European Commission at the plenary session of the European Parliament this afternoon on the controversial ‘anti-gay’ legislation passed by the Lithuanian Seimas (Parliament) last summer.
Sep 14: USA: Extension of National Emergency Could Benefit Gay US Service Personnel. After President Obama extended the National Emergency for one year last Thursday, experts noted that the move allows him additional time to sign an executive order suspending ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’, the US law that is used to dismiss gay service men and women from the military.
Sep 14: UK: Gay Rights Campaigners and Other Activists in Serbia Attacked and Threatened – Amnesty. Human rights defenders are under attack in Serbia and the authorities are failing to protect them, Amnesty International says in a new report published today. Ahead of Belgrade Gay Pride later this week (September 20), the report also looks at threats and attacks against those who defend the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
Sep 10 UK: Gays in Sport: Unions Meet in Liverpool to Tackle Homophobia. Trade Unions are meeting in Liverpool next week to join the fight against homophobia in sport. Supported by Liverpool Football Club, the TUC’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) committee will hold a ‘fringe’ meeting during the TUC’s annual Congress.
Sep 8 USA: Two-Thirds of Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Americans Think Nation Headed in the Right Direction. As President Barack Obama focuses his attention on a multitude of critical issues facing the nation today, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender adults in the USA say they are more optimistic for the future than their heterosexual counterparts.
Sep 5: Hungary: Gay Dignity in Budapest as Security Services Thwart Homophobic Extremists. More than 2,000 people took part in Budapest’s “Gay Dignity” march this afternoon. And the rain that was supposed to have dampened the march stayed away, replaced by brilliant sunshine.
Sep 5: Hungary: Budapest Gay Dignity March 2009 in Pictures. Three pages of photographs from today's Gay Dignity March in Budapest. [There will be a full report later]
Sep 4: Hungary: Amnesty Supporters Join Budapest Gay Pride March in Solidarity. Rainbow flag will fly from British Embassy on “Gay Dignity Day” “I wish you all a happy and peaceful celebration of Budapest Pride” – British Ambassador.