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Prominent Armenians call for LGBT equality
armenia / caucasus / homophobia

Prominent Armenians call for LGBT equality

More than two-dozen prominent Armenians in the Diaspora have signed a statement supporting equality and justice for all in Armenia. Among the signatories are poet Diana Der Hovanessian, filmmaker Atom Egoyan, actor and producer Arsinée Khanjian, musician Serge Tankian, and photographer Scout Tufankjian. This array of Armenian artists, intellectuals and professionals felt moved to release … Continue reading

Russian gay activists say IOC chief refused meeting
olympics / russia

Russian gay activists say IOC chief refused meeting

Mikhail Klimentyev, RIA Novosti/AP (Pool) Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to newly appointed IOC President Thomas Bach, center, during the opening ceremony of a railway station in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi, Monday. MOSCOW (AP) — Russian gay activists say the new president of the International Olympic Committee refused to meet with them while … Continue reading

Putin gives assurances on Sochi
homophobia / olympics / russia

Putin gives assurances on Sochi

Alexander Zemlianichenko, AP (Pool) Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach meet at the Bocharov Ruchei residence at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia on Monday. SOCHI, Russia — Russian President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will feel at ease, seeking to … Continue reading

Poland’s Archbishop says gay marriage at fault for child abuse
catholic church / central europe / poland

Poland’s Archbishop says gay marriage at fault for child abuse

The head of Poland’s Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop Jozef Michalik, last week blamed pedophilia on divorce, the pursuit of same-sex marriage and gay couples adopting children, according to The Telegraph. “It goes against the laws of nature, promotes marriage between persons of the same sex and fights for the right to legalize adoption of children … Continue reading

Lithuanian government disapproves of easing hate speech rules
baltics / homophobia / legislation / lithuania

Lithuanian government disapproves of easing hate speech rules

According to the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL), the Lithuanian Cabinet has expressed its disapproval of a parliamentary initiative that would remove sanctions for “criticism or discussion” of sexual behavior, sexual practices or beliefs. An amendment to Lithuania’s criminal code to redefine what constitutes discriminatory speech or incitement of hatred was officially registered in parliament on … Continue reading