Burning the Rainbow
anti-LGBT violence / central europe / homophobia / poland

Burning the Rainbow

(Al-Jazeera, 14 Nov 2013) Warsaw’s main boulevard, Marszalkowska, and neighbouring areas turned into a war zone on the Independence Day March on November 11. Row after row of mostly male youth marched along the boulevard spilling into sidewalks and side streets.They carried flags with Celtic crosses and white power fists, chanted slogans with visceral force and filled … Continue reading

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