Progress: Moldova kills “gay propaganda” law
legislation / moldova / se europe

Progress: Moldova kills “gay propaganda” law

On Friday, the Moldovan Parliament annulled a law that imposes fines for publishing so-called “gay propaganda.” According to Radio Free Europe, the decision was taken on October 11 as dozens of Orthodox priests and Communist lawmakers blocked the entrance to the Palace of the Republic in Chisinau in an attempt to stop parliament from debating … Continue reading

Moldova struggles with tolerance, poverty
moldova / religion / se europe

Moldova struggles with tolerance, poverty

(From Slate.com, “Roads and Kingdoms” series, 27 Sep 2013) In Europe’s poorest country, young people are turning to occult religious practices—even exorcisms—to escape everyday life. This stark and superstitious religiosity stands in contrast to the image Moldova has recently attempted to cultivate. A few months ago, the residents of the Moldovan capital of Chisinau held their … Continue reading

Report: Anti-LGBT attitudes harden in Eastern Europe
baltics / central europe / europe / homophobia / hungary / se europe

Report: Anti-LGBT attitudes harden in Eastern Europe

Demos, “Britain’s leading cross-party think-tank,” this week released a report on the current state of democratic values in Europe. The report, entitled “Backsliders,” found significant deterioration in core democratic indicators in many parts of Europe, largely due to the financial crisis of the previous decade. According to the report, the last decade has seen a … Continue reading

Sofia Pride march ends peacefully
bulgaria / orthodox church / pride / se europe

Sofia Pride march ends peacefully

Several hundred participants marched in a Sofia Pride march through Bulgaria’s capital Sofia today, after an earlier attempt to hold a Pride rally in June did not go ahead due to concerns about possible anti-LGBT violence. According to Novinite.com, Sofia’s official news agency, the 6th annual Pride procession marched behind a large banner reading “To … Continue reading