Category Archives: Europe

Stemming Britain’s tide of exported homophobia

I was proud and elated to witness the first same-gender weddings in the U.K. last week. The historic event got me thinking about what Britain could/should do to help its former colonies achieve full recognition of the rights of LGBT … Continue reading

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In turnaround, Russian court OKs two LGBT rallies

The Advocate reports: A district court in the Western Russian region of Kostroma on Friday [April 4] declared that two LGBT rallies can proceed as planned, overturning two decisions by lower courts that sided with local officials refusing to allow … Continue reading

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As activists advise, no U.K. travel ban on anti-gay Ugandans

The United Kingdom is following the advice of Ugandan activists in its decision not to ban visits by homophobic Ugandan politicians in response to the enactment of the harsh Anti-Homosexuality Act there. During a House of Commons debate, Foreign Office … Continue reading

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Europe targets anti-gay laws in Uganda, Nigeria

The European Parliament today called for action against new anti-gay laws in Uganda and Nigeria, the parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights reported. Those actions include redirecting aid away from the governments of Uganda and Nigeria and toward civil society organization … Continue reading

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Photos: Global protests of Nigeria’s anti-gay law

Scenes from today’s Global Day of Action protests against Nigeria’s new anti-gay law … WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. “We should also not forget our LGBT friends who are also suffering in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, The Gambia, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, and … Continue reading

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9 moves to roll back Uganda’s anti-gay law

Supporters of LGBT rights are starting to respond to Uganda’s harsh new Anti-Homosexuality Law, which calls for up to seven years in prison for anyone convicted of “promoting homosexuality” and a life sentence for anyone who “touches another person with … Continue reading

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A victory for Russian defender of LGBT teens

Front Line Defenders reports: Russian Federation – Case against human rights defender Ms Lena Klimova closed On 21 February 2014, Nizhny Tagil Court ruled that the administrative case against human rights defender Ms Lena Klimova under the so-called “propaganda law” … Continue reading

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If you hate gays, you insult God, archbishop says

Diarmuid Martin, Roman Catholic archbishop of Dublin, in an interview this month with the Irish Independent: “God never created anybody that he doesn’t love.  … “Anybody who doesn’t show love towards gay and lesbian people is insulting God. “They are … Continue reading

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Scenes from global protests against Uganda’s anti-gay bill

Protesters in Africa, Europe and the Americas joined yesterday’s Global Day of Action against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The demonstrations, requested by LGBTI activists and Ugandan civil society groups, called on President Yoweri Museveni to reject the bill. Scenes from some of the … Continue reading

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Olympic Committee won’t object to Russian LGBT arrests

BuzzFeed reports: “The International Olympic Committee has said Russia was acting in accordance with its laws when police detained 14 protesters in Moscow and St Petersburg on the day of the Olympic opening ceremonies. Some of those held in Moscow … Continue reading

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