HIV-epidemic: Something from the past? Not in Romania!

  BUCHAREST - Searching for the entrance to the building, I discover a half vowed rainbow flag dangling in the front garden. It is the entrance to the headquarters of Romania’s main LGBTI-organisation: ACCEPT. The frayed flag couldn’t embody the political situation for the LGBTI-community in this post-communist country more. Florin Buhuceanu welcomes me very warmly … Continue reading HIV-epidemic: Something from the past? Not in Romania!

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Martial Law in Ukraine: What could it mean for the LGBTI-community?

Today, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will ask the Parliament to introduce the martial law. His demand came after the attack on 3 Ukrainian military ships in the Kerch Strait by the Russian army.  Clearly, the LGBTI-movement has not been very visible in countries where the martial law was/is in force. During the martial law in … Continue reading Martial Law in Ukraine: What could it mean for the LGBTI-community?

Czech Lower House debated Same-Sex Marriage

In a historic debate, the Czech Lower House officially paved to way for marriage equality. (This article has a copyright disclaimer, see bellow) Czeslaw Walek, the Jsme fér (We Are Fair) campaign-manager let Rémy Bonny know that, the Czech Lower House debated today on marriage equality. Walek: "This is a historic moment. We started the debate. Now we need to keep … Continue reading Czech Lower House debated Same-Sex Marriage

Polish President Duda wants to Introduce Anti-Gay Propaganda Bill

In an interview with the Polish Newspaper Wyborcza, the Polish president said he would seriously consider a bill to introduce anti-gay propaganda legislation. (This article has a copyright disclaimer, see bellow) Tomorrow, Poland celebrates 100 years of independence. The biggest challenge, according to the Polish president for Poland at the moment is dealing with the division '"between supporters … Continue reading Polish President Duda wants to Introduce Anti-Gay Propaganda Bill

2 LGBTI-Activists Attacked in Russia after conference was made impossible

Earlier Today, an  LGBTI-conference could not go through. (This article has a copyright disclaimer, see bellow) Tonight, two volunteers of an LGBTI-conference on family, organized by Resource in Moscow were attacked. They're having first aid now. "Several people have seen the attacker.", according to Misha Tumasov (chairperson of the Russian LGBT-Network). Earlier Today, representatives of the … Continue reading 2 LGBTI-Activists Attacked in Russia after conference was made impossible

Czech Lower House set to debate Same-Sex Marriage

The major parties in the Czech Republic declared to support the bill. The Czech Republic will be the first post-communist country to introduce same-sex marriage. (This article has a copyright disclaimer, see bellow) In a delighted e-mail, the Jsme fér (We Are Fair) campaign let Rémy Bonnyknow that, a debate on same-sex marriage is on the agenda of the … Continue reading Czech Lower House set to debate Same-Sex Marriage

Romanian Same-Sex Referendum: Is it going the right direction in Europe?

This weekend Romania votes on the possible introduction of same-sex referendum. The demand for this referendum did not come from the LGBTI-movement, but from a few religious organisati- ons. They want to underline in the Romanian constitution that a marriage is between a man and a woman. Does the countermovement to LGBTI-rights get the upper … Continue reading Romanian Same-Sex Referendum: Is it going the right direction in Europe?

Homophobia in Belgian Asylum Center: Kosovar-Mexican couple calls it the worst time in their life

Marigona and Elisabeth departed at the beginning of this year from Kosovo and Mexico to enjoy their love for each other in Belgium. They told ZiZo about gross cases of LGBT-phobia in the asylum center in Kapellen. They believe that Fedasil, the government organization that arranges the reception of asylum seekers, does not adequately support … Continue reading Homophobia in Belgian Asylum Center: Kosovar-Mexican couple calls it the worst time in their life

Verdict on detained Saint Petersburg Pride Participants

On August 4, 30 participants of an LGBT Pride in Russia’s second city Saint Petersburg were detained. All of the detainees are receiving their court decisions this week. (This article has a copyright disclaimer, see bellow) From the 30 detainees already 13 received fines. The fine is in most cases 5000 rubles (63 euro). 6 of … Continue reading Verdict on detained Saint Petersburg Pride Participants

LGBT+ Activists Detained at Saint-Petersburg Pride

Saturday the 4th of July was not only Pride Day in Amsterdam and Brighton, but in Saint-Petersburg as well. Unfortunately, the Russian authorities detained all LGBT+ activists.  30 LGBT+ activists gathered at the Palace Square in Saint-Petersburg. Since their request for a demonstration was rejected, they arrived as 'single pickets'. Individuals protesting don't need the … Continue reading LGBT+ Activists Detained at Saint-Petersburg Pride