Category Archives: Europe

European Parliament urges Kyrgyzstan to drop anti-LGBTI bill

The European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights reports: In a resolution adopted today, the European Parliament calls on Kyrgyzstan to reject a bill which would censor information on LGBTI issues. The draft law would punish the dissemination of information “aimed … Continue reading

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Possible anti-trans move in Russia: Barring driver’s licenses

Russia may be preparing a crackdown on transsexual and transgender people by denying them driver’s licenses. Some human rights activists fear that’s the goal of newly adopted Russian rules about who can and cannot drive. In addition to targeting trans … Continue reading

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Golden Enemas mock Russian homophobes

This month in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality presented its booby-prize Golden Enema awards for outrageously anti-gay statements and action. Winners included two homophobic American preachers — Scott Lively and James David Manning — along with … Continue reading

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Seethingly angry at anti-gay distortions of Christian teachings

The Rev. Colin Coward, MBE, director of Changing Attitude England, writes on Facebook: I feel incredibly angry today. I’ve been chatting for the last hour and a half with a gay Nigerian friend, a quiet, thoughtful, stable young man who … Continue reading

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Russian QueerFest: Success despite attacks, threats

The organizers of QueerFest in St. Petersburg, Russia, say the 10-day event was a success, despite interference and threats of violence from police and anti-gay extremists. This is their account: Saturday, September 27, Russian “QueerFest” closed with a discussion on … Continue reading

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Russian police, anti-gay activists seek to stop QueerFest

Polina Andrianova of the Russian LGBT group Coming Out reports on the increased harassment that LGBTI people are facing during the ongoing QueerFest celebrations in St. Petersburg: The Russian LGBT festival QueerFest [International Queer Culture Festival], traditionally a space for … Continue reading

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Goal: Boost safety, effectiveness of LGBTI rights defenders

The human rights group Justice and Peace Netherlands (Justitia et Pax) is offering a training program for human rights defenders who want to increase their effectiveness as activists and reduce the risks they run as they challenge the status quo. … Continue reading

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