Category Archives: Europe

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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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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