Category Archives: Europe

Court ruling: Russian LGBT group is ‘foreign agent’

A court in St. Petersburg, Russia, yesterday ruled that the Russian LGBT rights group Coming Out is a “foreign agent,” a category that limits its ability to communicate with Russian citizens and subjects it to extra government scrutiny. Coming Out … Continue reading

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Turkey: To say that gays are ‘perverts’ is hate speech

A court ruling in Turkey could buoy the spirits of human rights activists in the Third World who seek fair treatment for sexual minorities but cannot cite the examples of Western nations without being shunned as agents of Western cultural … Continue reading

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‘Umbrellas of Love’ for Commonwealth’s LGBT outcasts

For the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, artist/activist Vince Laws is preparing an artistic protest against anti-gay laws in 41 out of the 53 countries in the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth represents countries that formerly were part of the British … Continue reading

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Gay Iranian author flees to Turkey

Gay Asia News and the Daily Beast report: An Iranian poet and writer harassed, blacklisted and arrested for being gay has been forced into exile by the Islamic regime in Iran for alluding to same-sex relations in his work. Payam … Continue reading

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Attack injures Russian human rights defender

The human rights group Front Line Defenders reports: Russian Federation – Violent attack against human rights defender Mr Andrei Yurov On 1 July 2014, at 6:20pm, two men wearing balaclava hoods inflicted several blows and then splashed a green-coloured antiseptic … Continue reading

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Germany blocks Ugandans’ trip to safety seminar

The German embassy in Uganda has rejected applications by LGBTI activists for visas to travel to Cologne, Germany, for a seminar about security for activists and continuing medical care for HIV-positive patients despite Uganda’s new anti-gay law. The denial apparently … Continue reading

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Amid Ukraine conflict, a new LGBT refugee safe house

The Ukrainian LGBT support organization Insight has opened a shelter for LGBT people who have escaped from the conflict-plagued areas of eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Olena Shevchenko, executive director of Insight, said that the organization has opened the shelter in … Continue reading

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Anti-gay Russian lawmaker backs Ukraine rebels

Outspoken anti-gay Russian legislator Vitaly Milonov has accepted a role as  a representative of the breakaway self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, Agence France-Presse reports. Milonov has previously: Threatened the arrest of gay athletes and tourists at the recent … Continue reading

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Russian police protect some LGBT activists, harass others

Police in Russia harassed or arrested several LGBT rights activists in connection with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, the Russian LGBT Network reported. But most of the IDAHOT events in 16 Russian cities occurred without … Continue reading

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Fairy tale banned by Lithuania ‘anti-propaganda’ law

The European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights issued this press release today: Fairy tale banned under Lithuanian ‘anti-propaganda’ law Wednesday, the Lithuanian Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics concluded that a book containing fairy tales for children violates the … Continue reading

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