Russian gays to hold parade on Eurovision final

Posted on 07 May 2009 at 5:34pm

By Peter Leonard Associated Press Alexeyev, others say they will march even without permission, despite threat of jail time, fines MOSCOW — Russian gay rights activists announced plans Tuesday, May 5 to hold a parade hours before this month’s finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, potentially setting the stage for a confrontation with [...]

UK ‘unwelcome’ list bars 22 alleged extremists

Posted on 07 May 2009 at 5:32pm

By Raphael G. Satter Associated Press Anti-gay preacher, columnist from U.S. on list with terrorists, KKK leaders LONDON — Britain published its first list of people barred from entering the country for allegedly fostering extremism or hatred, including Muslim extremists, a right-wing American radio host, an Israeli settler and jailed Russian gang members. The U.K.’s [...]

Tony Blair criticizes Vatican attitude toward gays

Posted on 09 Apr 2009 at 6:04pm

By Associated Press Former British prime minister says most Catholics more liberal than church’s leaders LONDON — Roman Catholic leaders are out of step with ordinary believers in their attitude toward gays and lesbians, former Prime Minister Tony Blair said in an interview published Wednesday, April 8. Blair, who formally converted to Catholicism in 2007, [...]

American appeals Swiss clearing of Emirates sheik

Posted on 07 Apr 2009 at 3:28pm

By Associated Press Silvano Orsi says sheik hit him with a belt after fondling and trying to kiss him GENEVA — An American whipped by the brother of the United Arab Emirates’ ruler in a Swiss hotel bar will go to court to challenge the quashing of his attacker’s criminal conviction, his lawyer said Monday, [...]

Iraqi police: 2 gay men killed in Baghdad slum

Posted on 06 Apr 2009 at 11:39am

By Sameer N. Yacoub Associated Press Official suggests men were killed by family members shamed by their homosexuality BAGHDAD — The bodies of two gay men have been found in Baghdad’s Shiite slum of Sadr City after a leading cleric repeatedly condemned homosexuality, an Iraqi police official said Saturday, April 4. The killings come after [...]

Ugandan gays and lesbians demand equal rights

Posted on 01 Apr 2009 at 2:15pm

By Godfrey Oulkya Associated Press Government says it ‘loves’ gays but wants to ‘rehabilitate’ them KAMPALA, Uganda — Ugandan gay rights activists held a rare public protest Tuesday, March 31 to call for equal rights and the decriminalization of homosexuality in the socially conservative east African country. "We are law-abiding citizens," said lesbian activist Jacqueline [...]

Gays, lesbians face wide harassment in Europe

Posted on 01 Apr 2009 at 2:13pm

By Associated Press Harassment and discrimination occur ‘in all areas of life;’ gays, lesbian continue to face physical violence BRUSSELS — Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals face widespread harassment, bullying and discrimination across Europe, according to an EU report released Tuesday, March 31. That harassment and discrimination occurs "in all areas of social life," from [...]

Serbian lawmakers pass anti-discrimination law

Posted on 31 Mar 2009 at 1:30pm

By Jovana Gec Associated Press Measure is part of reforms necessary to align nation with European Union BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbian lawmakers narrowly gave final approval Thursday, March 26 to an anti-discrimination law that is part of pro-Western reforms but was strongly opposed by the Serbian Orthodox Church and other conservatives. Parliament passed the bill [...]

Mexico sees rare, openly gay mayoral candidate

Posted on 23 Mar 2009 at 11:58am

By Associated Press Candidates acknowledges he isn’t likely to win MEXICO CITY — A small Mexican political party has made an unusual choice in tapping an openly gay candidate to run for mayor of the conservative city of Guadalajara. The Social Democratic Party is nominating 31-year-old helicopter pilot Miguel Antonio Galan for the July 5 [...]

Denmark allows gay couples to adopt

Posted on 18 Mar 2009 at 2:01pm

By Associated Press Vote puts Denmark in line with other EU countries COPENHAGEN — Danish lawmakers have approved a law granting gay couples equal rights in adoption. In a 62-53 vote with 64 absentees, parliament put Denmark in line with other EU countries, including Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden, allowing same-sex couples equal rights [...]