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

Duma temporarily withdraws anti-gay parenting bill
homophobia / legislation / russia

Duma temporarily withdraws anti-gay parenting bill

A bill in the Russian parliament that would have allowed government officials to remove children from homes of gay parents has been temporarily withdrawn from consideration. Sofia Cherepanova, a spokesperson for Alexei Zhuravlev, the conservative lawmaker who introduced the measure, confirmed that the measure is listed as “withdrawn” on the website of the Federal State … Continue reading

Baryshnikov steps up for Russian rights
culture / homophobia / russia

Baryshnikov steps up for Russian rights

(Source: RFE/RL, 17 Oct 2013) In an apparent response to a recent upsurge in violence targeting Russian homosexuals and legislation there banning gay “propaganda,” ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov has issued a statement calling “any discrimination and persecution of gay people…unacceptable.” Baryshnikov, who defected from the Soviet Union in 1974, says, “My life has been immensely … 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