US Ambassador to OSCE on LGBT rights in Russia
europe / international / russia

US Ambassador to OSCE on LGBT rights in Russia

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty features an interview today with openly gay US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Daniel Baer. Among other issues, Ambassador Baer discussed his views on the plight of the LGBT community in Russia: RFE/RL: What do you make of the latest developments in Russia … Continue reading

Croatia part of UN meeting on LGBT rights
balkans / croatia / international / sports / UN

Croatia part of UN meeting on LGBT rights

The United States, along with a diverse group of nations, reaffirmed its commitment to eliminating violence and discrimination against LGBT people abroad with a declaration issued Thursday during the United Nations General Assembly. Issued by the countries that form the LGBT Core Group at the U.N. — the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, El Salvador, France, Israel, Japan, … Continue reading

More on the Amnesty Report: Climate of fear in Europe
amnesty international / anti-LGBT violence / europe / international

More on the Amnesty Report: Climate of fear in Europe

(The Independent, 18 Sep 2013) Gay, lesbian and transgender people face shocking levels of violence, discrimination and abuse across Europe, with gaps in EU and national legislation robbing them of justice and creating a climate of fear, a new report by Amnesty International says. This summer, people hurled eggs at participants at a gay pride … Continue reading

Missionary of hate: “The rainbow belongs to God”
africa / anti-LGBT violence / international / russia / USA

Missionary of hate: “The rainbow belongs to God”

(NBC News, 18 Sep 2013) When President Vladimir Putin recently banned “homosexual propaganda” in Russia, he joined sides in a new global culture war: a struggle to stop the march of gay rights abroad even as advocates wave rainbow flags in America. Now, as the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics approach, both sides are bracing for … Continue reading

Amnesty: Latvia, Bulgaria fail to protect against hate crimes
anti-LGBT violence / baltics / central europe / czech republic / international / latvia / legislation / se europe

Amnesty: Latvia, Bulgaria fail to protect against hate crimes

A new study by Amnesty International calls on the EU to ensure protection against all forms of hate crime, including attacks on LGBTQ persons. Among the countries singled out for mention in the report are Bulgaria, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Italy. “Hate-motivated violence has a particularly damaging and long-term effect on victims. Yet, the … Continue reading