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

Russian police intimidate LGBT activists
anti-LGBT violence / homophobia / russia

Russian police intimidate LGBT activists

We share another important perspective on the recent assault on LGBT activists in St. Petersburg, Russia, by Paul Goble, a former US State Department official who served as special adviser on Soviet nationality issues and Baltic affairs to Secretary of State James Baker.             Staunton, October 14 – Police in St. Petersburg told a group of LGBT activists … Continue reading

St. Petersburg gay rally assaulted (video)
anti-LGBT violence / homophobia / russia

St. Petersburg gay rally assaulted (video)

AP is reporting that a gay rights gathering in St. Petersburg, Russia has ended in scuffles after several dozen protesters were confronted by about 200 conservative and religious activists. The police standing nearby waited until clashes broke out between the two groups before intervening. According to Russian news agencies, the police detained 67 people from … Continue reading

LGBT rights in Ukraine a “matter of time”
anti-LGBT violence / homophobia / ukraine

LGBT rights in Ukraine a “matter of time”

Svyatoslav Sheremet, the leader of Gay Forum Ukraine, believes that Ukraine will have to reconcile itself to ensuring full rights for its LGBT citizens. Speaking in an interview with the online portal From-UA.com, Sheremet accused Ukrainian parliamentarians of adopting double standards in their approach to defending human rights in Ukraine. Sheremet said he believes that … Continue reading

Kyrgyz Ombudsman to defend LGBT rights
anti-LGBT violence / central asia / homophobia / kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz Ombudsman to defend LGBT rights

Newly elected Ombudsman for Kyrgyzstan, Baktybek Amanbaev, has pledged to defend the rights of all citizens in his country, including LGBT persons. According to news posted by the Gay-Alliance Ukraine, Amanbaev said that “all people are equal before the law.” “For me it does not matter who he is, the most important thing is that … Continue reading

New Voices for LGBT Equality
anti-LGBT violence / homophobia / russia

New Voices for LGBT Equality

Homophobia and anti-LGBT discrimination in various countries around the world is nothing new. But there’s something about the moves by Russia to introduce new anti-LGBT legislation that has touched a nerve. What’s interesting is we are seeing new LGBT advocates and campaigners emerge – adding their voice of protest against Russia’s backward step on human … Continue reading

Serbian nationalists: “Belgrade will see bloodshed” (updated)
anti-LGBT violence / balkans / homophobia / pride / serbia

Serbian nationalists: “Belgrade will see bloodshed” (updated)

If Serbian gay rights activists go ahead with a planned parade in Belgrade on September 28, “It will be just like in 2010”, Ivan Ivanovic, of the rightist group “Naši” has warned, referring to bloody street clashes that year with police guarding the Belgrade Pride participants. With an official security assessment of the parade still … Continue reading