Africa / Asia / Europe / Oceania

Global LGBTI activists will meet, seek support in Berlin

Twenty LGBTI activists from around the world are scheduled to gather in Berlin, Germany, next week to develop strategies and seek support from 100 mostly Western business leaders and from each other. The activists were selected to appear June 11 at the First Mile Conference, organized by Uhlala GmbH, a technology company that has sponsored … Continue reading

Europe / Faith and religion

Church leader seeks Russian vote to outlaw gay sex

A leading official of the Russian Orthodox Church has proposed a national referendum on whether to again make gay sex a crime, as it was in Russia until 1993. The government-funded Russia Today network reported on the official statement from Vsevolod Chaplin, who leads the church’s department for relations with society: Vsevolod Chaplin maintains that … Continue reading

Americas / Europe

Why do activists reject Russian LGBT strategy for Olympics?

WHOSE STRATEGY WILL PREVAIL: LOCALS’ OR FOREIGNERS’ Six months before the scheduled start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, opponents of Russia’s crackdown on LGBT people find themselves sharply divided over how to proceed. Boycott the Sochi games?  Move the games elsewhere? Or do what many Russian LGBT activists propose — take part in … Continue reading

Europe

Ongoing surge of LGBT protests: Cameroon, Jamaica, Russia

CAMEROON In Cameroon, U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson and U.K. High Commissioner Bharat Joshi are expected to attend this weekend’s funeral of murdered LGBT activist/journalist Eric Lembembe. Protests of his murder are scheduled in The Hague, Netherlands, and in France. JAMAICA Human Rights Watch condemns killing of Jamaican transgender teenager. HRW called on Jamaica to conduct … Continue reading

Europe

Russian LGBT group delighted, nearly overwhelmed by support

The Russian LGBT Network is nearly overwhelmed with the volume of letters and other communications from supporters who want to help them block Russia’s new ban on ill-defined “gay propaganda.”  On July 29, the network issued this statement, expressing its delight, requesting supporters’ patience, and urging continued action: We keep getting letters and questions from … Continue reading

Europe

New Russian LGBT boycott target: Olympics sponsors?

Who should be boycotted to protest Russia’s anti-LGBT crackdown, if anyone? The newly launched boycott of Stolichnaya vodka is flawed because the Stolichnaya that’s available outside Russia is made in Latvia by a gay-friendly company based in Luxembourg. RUSA LGBT, a Russian-American gay rights group, is urging a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in … Continue reading