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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

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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

Villagers attacked LGBT+ people in Armenia, several injured

On the 3rd of August, 9 LGBT+ people were attacked by 30 villagers in Shurnukh, Armenia. Two of them are seriously injured.  Around 8 o’ clock in the evening, Armenian time, a person showed up in front of the house of Hayk Oprah Hakobyan and his family. At that time, Hayk was having a drink … Continue reading Villagers attacked LGBT+ people in Armenia, several injured

Polish Internal Minister announced that he will start prosecuting LGBT+ People

Yesterday the Polish Minister for Internal Affairs Joachim Brudziński announced on his Twitter that he will start prosecuting LGBT+ people for desecrating the Polish national symbols. The announcement came after a person complained about the police ignoring LGBT+ activisits with rainbow flags where the Polish National Symbol (Rzeczpospolitej) was integrated in at the Pride in Częstochowa. According … Continue reading Polish Internal Minister announced that he will start prosecuting LGBT+ People

The Impact of the EU on the perception by the political elite on homosexuality in post-EuroMaidan Ukraine

Rémy Bonny wrote a Master Thesis on the impact of europeanisation on the political perspectives on homosexuality in Ukraine. This dissertation was supervised by dr. Jonathan Holslag, expert in International Relations at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and special advisor to European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans. Since the EuroMaidan revolution in 2014 the mindset of … Continue reading The Impact of the EU on the perception by the political elite on homosexuality in post-EuroMaidan Ukraine

300 Transgender Activists from across Europe gather in Antwerp

From the 28th of June till the 1st of July, 300 transgender activists from all over Europe are meeting in the Belgian city Antwerp for the annual European Transgender Council. This year is the seventh edition of TGEU.  The organisation of TGEU calls the conference a place to provide a space for healing, learning, (un)learning … Continue reading 300 Transgender Activists from across Europe gather in Antwerp

Marriage Equality in Czechia: Exclusive Interview with Campaign Leader Czeslaw Walek

Today the Czech government decided to support a draft law proposing to introduce same-sex marriage in the post-communist republic. According to several activists this is a huge step forward. If the bill gets approved, Czechia will be the first country to introduce same-sex marriage from the former Eastern bloc. Czeslaw Walek is the leader of the … Continue reading Marriage Equality in Czechia: Exclusive Interview with Campaign Leader Czeslaw Walek

6000 people marched for LGBT+ Equality in Ukraine’s capital Kiev

On Sunday Kiev’s city center was the host of the annual Pride Parade. This year’s edition gathered a record-high number of participants. Before the event, 56 people were arrested after a clash between nationalists and law enforcement.  About 6000 people gathered in the streets of Kiev to march for LGBT+ equality. Amongst them was activist Ulyana … Continue reading 6000 people marched for LGBT+ Equality in Ukraine’s capital Kiev

Polands Ground-Breaking LGBT-Ruling: An Exclusive Interview With Paweł Knut

On June 14 the Polish Supreme Court ruled that no person has the right to deny service to a person belonging to the LGBT-community. The ruling came after a procedure that has been initiated by the Kampania Przeciw Homofobii (Campaign Against Homophobia), Poland’s biggest LGBT-organisation.  A local print shop refused service to an LGBT-organisation. The organisation had … Continue reading Polands Ground-Breaking LGBT-Ruling: An Exclusive Interview With Paweł Knut