Category Archives: Europe

Anti-LGBTI attack disrupts Kyrgyz anti-homophobia day

Anti-LGBTI protesters invaded and disrupted a May 17 celebration  of the  International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia  (IDAHOT) in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan in central Asia. The LGBTI rights organization Labrys reported that the hostile assault came from members … Continue reading

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Russian LGBTI rights worker arrested, labeled ‘extremist’

Frontline Defenders today protested the harassment and arrest of Konstantin Golova, an environmental and human rights activist in Tolyatti, which is about 600 miles east of Moscow.  Golova has been labeled an “extremist” for his activism, including work on behalf … Continue reading

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Largest LGBT rights rally in Russia, with police support

Today’s 250-strong celebration in St. Petersburg of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia was Russia’s largest LGBT rally ever, according to Queer Russia and Coming Out. The event was peaceful, benefiting from growing support from the police. As Coming … Continue reading

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LGBTI news briefs: Pakistan, India, Malawi, many more

News briefs about countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted from the Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news: ASIA In Pakistan, friends are mourning the assassination of Sabeen Mahmud, a prominent human rights activist. … Mahmud was the director of … Continue reading

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Russian LGBTI supporters march — with help from police

Despite its reputation for anti-gay fervor, Russia is home to many supporters of LGBTI people and many advocates for LGBTI people’s human rights. Hundreds of them marched through St. Petersburg on May 1, as Queer Russia reported:   Rainbow May … Continue reading

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Pressure on Kyrgyzstan to derail Russia-style anti-LGBTI bill

Human rights activists are putting pressure on Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev to reject a proposed anti-“gay propaganda” law during his travels in Europe this week and next. Human Rights Watch urged leaders France, Germany and Switzerland to raise three human rights … Continue reading

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Video: The human cost of Russia’s anti-gay campaign

Russia’s “concerted, government-run anti-gay propaganda campaign” is the focus of this week’s video in the “Quorum” series of 11 discussions of international LGBTI issues. In the latest Daily Beast video, activist Anastasia Smirnova, who was arrested in Russia for posting … Continue reading

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