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

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

Stoli vodka boycott had “minimal impact”
business / homophobia / latvia / russia

Stoli vodka boycott had “minimal impact”

A senior SPI Group exec has claimed a boycott of its Stolichnaya vodka brand by the gay community because of its Russian connections had “minimal” impact. Speaking to just-drinks, SPI’s CMO Marco Ferrari said some US accounts stopped selling Stolichnaya but that the protest – a retaliation against anti-homosexual legislation in Russia – “didn’t really get any … Continue reading

Kazakhstan following Russia’s lead?
central asia / homophobia / kazakhstan

Kazakhstan following Russia’s lead?

Homophobic rhetoric is on the rise in Kazakhstan, and members of the country’s gay and transsexual community are bracing for a possible legislative assault on their rights. Activists for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community worry that Kazakhstan may follow Russia’s lead and adopt legislation prohibiting the “propaganda” of homosexuality – or even … Continue reading