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June 22, 2014

With shows opening in Australia next month, singer now claims 'very religious' husband who has a 'tough attitude' towards gays is responsible for posting the anti-gay rant last year

A Georgia-born opera singer is under fire for an anti-gay rant in which she referred to gay people as 'fecal masses', and welcomed violent attacks against a pride parade.

Tamar Iveri, who is currently in Sydney for rehearsals for Opera Australia’s Otello, has denied responsibility for a viciously anti-gay letter which made the news headlines in Australia on Friday.

September 7, 2013

The Ukrainian Parliament’s Commissioner for Human Rights wants to backtrack on decision to offer LGBTs legal protection

Human rights charity Amnesty International has expressed outrage following Ukraine's bid to opt out of the European Union's anti-homophobia laws.

Valeriya Lutkowska, Ukraine's Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, announced on Thursday she and fellow delegates would travel to Brussels and attempt to persuade the EU to allow them to not take up laws which would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International's Europe and Central Asia Deputy Director, has expressed disgust at the announcement.

June 25, 2013

A lesbian couple seeking LGBT people around the world travel to Muslim-dominated Kyrgyzstan and discover gays and lesbians making friends and finding hope

Other than a few adventurers following the iconic 'silk route', a scattering of Israeli backpackers, and any number of French tourists – not many travelers seem to know about the beautiful and mountainous country of Kyrgyzstan.

Officially called the Kyrgyz Republic, it is the second poorest state from the former Soviet Union and the second poorest in Central Asia. But despite conflicts and revolts it has managed to maintain itself as a parliamentary democracy.

October 4, 2012

MEPs say Serbia must improve gay rights record if it wants to join the European Union

Human rights group Amnesty International has slammed the decision to ban a gay pride event in Serbia's capital Belgrade as a 'victory for prejudice'.

The organization claims the Serbian government's order not to allow the LGBT rights march to go ahead on Saturday (6 October) is in breach of the country's law and constitution.

September 26, 2012

In a report for HomoLAB gay and lesbian people in Central Asia speak about their lives and gay rights in their repressive countries

Gay men are marrying women in central Asia to hide their sexuality, according to a new report for HomoLAB.

A 23-year-old gay man from Uzbekistan, who wished to remain anonymous, has spoken out about gay life in the capital Tashkent where being gay is illegal.

He says he is openly gay, has gay friends and goes to gay clubs.

‘My mom probably knows because most times she has seen huge muscle guys on my desktop. She asks and I say, “I want to be the same as them”.

September 25, 2012

The HomoLAB team are in a basement, it's raining, The Smiths are on, and Amy is on a cocodamol comedown.

The HomoLAB team are in a basement, it's raining, The Smiths are on, and Amy is on a cocodamol comedown.

This week we hear from gay travel blogger LeBigJay who's currently in Central Asia, and we discuss US politics, Paris Hilton and gay graphic novels.

August 17, 2012

Human rights campaigners slam sentencing of Russian punk band, calling it a 'bitter blow for freedom of expression'

Three members of Russian female punk band Pussy Riot have been jailed for two years for staging an anti-Putin protest which spoke out for gay rights.

Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were found guilty today (17 August) of 'hooliganism on the grounds of religious hatred' for singing a protest song in Moscow’s central Orthodox cathedral.

July 23, 2012

Human rights campaigners call for Russian female punk band members to be released after four months in detention

Russian female punk band Pussy Riot are due to appear in court today (23 July) over an anti-Putin protest which spoke out for gay rights.

Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova are accused of 'hooliganism on the grounds of religious hatred' after singing a protest song in Moscow’s main Orthodox church.

May 16, 2012

From United States to the Fiji Islands and Italy, LGBT associations unite against gay hate and discrimination

Three Italian Catholic cardinals have agreed to prayer vigils held by the religious group Gionata for the victims of gay hate and discrimination for the first time.

LGBT groups will pray for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Milan, Florence and Palermo, in Sicily as part of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) to be celebrated tomorrow (17 May) in an estimated 100 countries around the world.