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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.

March 25, 2014

Ukraine's Justice Minister Pavel Petrenko is claiming the European Commission has allowed it to exclude LGBTI people from new anti-discrimination legislation but the Commission says that is incorrect

A senior Ukrainian government minister is claiming that the European Commission has let it off the hook when it comes to protecting LGBTI people from discrimination but a spokesman for the commission claims otherwise.

‘We did find an understanding with the European Commission on the draft law on discrimination,’ Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko said, according to the Global Post.

March 1, 2014

'... Ukrainian LGBT people share the most of traditional values of the Ukrainian people and are in no way seeking [a] fight with the churches.'

As the Russian Parliament gave authority to President Vladimir Putin to use military action against Ukraine, the country's LGBTI citizens wondered if the embattled government would respect their equality.

Svyatoslav Sheremet, director of the Gay Forum of Ukraine, sent a release to PRIDE Solidarity, a group that supports LGBTI people in eastern and central Europe.

March 1, 2014

'... Ukrainian LGBT people share the most of traditional values of the Ukrainian people and are in no way seeking [a] fight with the churches.'

As the Russian Parliament gave authority to President Vladimir Putin to use military action against Ukraine, the country's LGBTI citizens wondered if the embattled government would respect their equality.

Svyatoslav Sheremet, director of the Gay Forum of Ukraine, sent a release to PRIDE Solidarity, a group that supports LGBTI people in eastern and central Europe.

August 29, 2013

A writer from Russia is planning a bike ride to Croatia to spread his message of gay love

A gay Russian is biking over a thousand miles and across several countries to Croatia to spread the message about his country's 'gay propaganda' laws.

Desaint, a 32-year-old writer, will cross the majority of eastern Europe in 18 days. He will leave on 15 September.

Speaking to Gay Star News about the anti-gay laws, he said: ‘Day by day being a gay is getting worse and worse, I feel like my mind is being raped.

‘People are forced to hate other people, I cannot take it.’

March 8, 2013

GSN meets the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation who are playing a leading role in fighting homophobia

We meet Klaus Heusslein – co-president of the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) and find out that the EGLSF are doing a lot more than just deliving the LGBT EuroGames.

When was the EGLSF established?

December 10, 2012

ILGA-Europe protests ‘homosexuality anti-propaganda’ law plans in Russia, Moldova, Lithuania and Ukraine

A leading European gay rights group has used international Human Rights Day to condemn gay gag laws now being discussed in Russia, Moldova, Lithuania and Ukraine.

ILGA-Europe says all the planned legislation in Eastern Europe violates basic human rights principles and sees the laws as a new attempt to criminalize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Known as ‘homosexuality anti-propaganda laws’ they already exist in some states in Russia, most famously in St Petersburg where their introduction this year sparked international outcry.

November 2, 2012

We meet IBM vice president Claudia Brind-Woody and find out about her ambitions for gay workplace equality

How can gay and trans equality boost our economies and help towards everyone’s future and why should companies be advocating for it?

Those are some of the bigger questions delegates discussed at Out & Equal’s Workplace Summit in Baltimore, Maryland which finished yesterday (1 November).

Claudia Brind-Woody is a vice president at IBM and a board member of Out & Equal – the organization which campaigns for workplace equality in the US.

October 11, 2012

Eastern European countries, including Serbia and Turkey, criticized over LGBT discrimination and abuse

Poor gay rights records mean EU hopefuls in Eastern Europe still 'fall short' of what is required to become member states.

The European Commission’s annual reports on accession countries, published yesterday (10 October), revealed that several nations were still lagging behind when it came to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

According to the study, Macedonia‘s anti-discrimination laws still fall short of EU standards in relation to sexual orientation.

October 10, 2012

The ninth Gay Games will be held in the US state of Ohio

Planning holidays is definitely one of my top three hobbies, so I was excited to learn that the ninth Gay Games had been awarded to the US city of Cleveland in the state of Ohio.

Excited or intrigued? To be honest Cleveland hasn't really been featuring in my list of holiday hotspots (making lists is also one of my top three hobbies), so I caught up with Tom Nobbe - executive director of the 2014 Gay Games - to get the low-down on Cleveland.

August 8, 2012

Michael Cashman, Co-President of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights, speaks to GSN about the next European country to legalize gay marriage, gay rights in the European Union versus the United States and the economic benefits of LGBT rights

In theory, all European citizens and residents should be able to safely travel and live throughout the EU.

Several economic and political policies of the European Union, such as the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, safeguard the free movement of people between the 27 member states.

In practice, however, regional laws and agreements sometimes fall short of ensuring for LGBT people the same rights enjoyed by all other European citizens and residents in the EU.

June 15, 2012

Lesbian activist finds solidarity for LGBT rights in Kharkiv, while All Out to tweet campaign message during Ukraine vesus UK match

Football fans at a Dutch versus Germany match put on a show of solidarity with the Ukraine's gay and trans population by supporting a lesbian activist during Euro 2012 celebrations in Kharkiv.

Human rights campaigners had raised concerns about the safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fans attending the European Football Championships in Poland and Ukraine, which both have poor records on LGBT rights, with Amnesty International even suggesting gay fans should stay away.

June 13, 2012

Despite concerns over homophobia during Euro 2012 soccer tournament, Ukrainians and Swedes both embraced Kyiv gay protest

Swedish and Ukrainian soccer fans delighted a lesbian activist by supporting her rainbow flag demonstration to show solidarity with Ukraine’s gay and trans population.

Human rights campaigners had raised concerns about the safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fans attending the European Football Championships in Poland and Ukraine, which both have poor records on LGBT rights, and Amnesty International had even suggested gay fans should stay away.

June 8, 2012

The EGSLF and Pride Solidarity Campaign are launching two new campaigns to focus attention on gay and trans issues at the Euro 2012 chapionships

Gay activists are tackling homophobia in Ukraine during Euro 2012 by providing rainbow wristbands and a safe space for gay soccer fans.

The European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation (EGLSF) has teamed up with the Pride Solidarity Campaign to promote the two new campaigns to run throughout the period of the European Football Championship being hosted in Poland and Ukraine from today (8 June).

June 1, 2012

Azerbaijan rejects Iran's allegation that an imaginary gay parade was cancelled as lies

Azerbaijan has accused Iran of lying over Iranian claims the Azeri government was forced to cancel a gay parade during the Eurovision Song Contest last weekend.

As Azerbaijan hosted the camp Eurovision, Iran used false rumors of a 'gay parade' to be held in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku, in at attempt to discredit the secular Azeri regime as 'un-Islamic'.

But yesterday (31 May) Ali Hasanov, adviser to President of Azerbaijan, condemned Iran's intervention as 'lies'.

May 31, 2012

Split authorities force change to LGBT pride route after attacks last year. Gay organizers will appeal in court

Authorities in the Croatian city of Split should allow the local gay pride march to stick to its route and make sure it is properly protected, Human Rights Watch has said today (31 May).

Last year’s pride in the coastal town of Split turned to violence when an estimated 10,000 anti-gay protestors turned up and some attacked the 200 participants with rocks, bottles and firecrackers.

Several people were injured and riot police held the two sides apart – they were also separated by iron fences.

May 24, 2012

Tehran's ambassador recalled from Azerbaijan as tensions escalate over rumors of a gay parade at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku

Iran has recalled its ambassador from Azerbaijan over rumors of a gay pride event during the Eurovision Song Contest.

The envoy for consultations in Tehran was withdrawn from Azerbaijan's capital Baku after the two neighboring countries accused each other of meddling in each other's affairs.

May 23, 2012

Gay rights campaigners hail decision not to ban pride event in Riga as a 'sign of change'

Authorities in Latvia say they will not ban Baltic Pride, despite a crackdown on LGBT rights and attacks on marches across eastern Europe.

Riga City Council has told organizers that the Mozaika pride march on 2 June poses no threat to public safety and there is, therefore, no reason not to allow it.

The pride event has been banned almost every year, with organizers having to use the courts to fight the decision.

May 17, 2012

Azerbaijani group say 'no place in Azerbaijan for immoral gays'

Prominent Eurovison website, esctoday.com and other fan sites have been hacked today in an apparent anti-gay cyber attack.

The group behind the attack claim that Eurovision, the prominent European song contest which is coming to Azerbaijan over the next week, backs gay pride.

May 14, 2012

Homophobic Muslims take to streets of two cities in Iran, furious at rumors of a gay pride event during the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan

Angry homophobes took to the streets of two Iranian cities on Friday (11 May) to protest rumors of a gay pride event during next week's Eurovision Song Contest in neighboring Azerbaijan.

The kitsch European pop tournament will begin in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan in the Caucasus, on 22 May, with the grand final held on 26 May.

In January, gay scene website nighttours.com suggested that a gay pride could take place in the city during the lead-up to Eurovision, but removed the article a few days later.

May 4, 2012

Rumors of a gay pride during this year Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan have been met with angry rhetoric from southern neighbor Iran

Iran has criticised its neighboring country of Azerbaijan, appearing to believe rumors that a gay pride will be part of the Eurovision Song Contest there this month.

The kitsch European pop tournament will be held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan in the Caucasus on 22 May.

In January, nighttours.com, a website for listing and news about the international gay scene suggested that gay pride could take place in Baku during the lead-up to Eurovision content, but removed the article a few days later.

March 16, 2012

We interview Australian filmmaker Logan Mucha about his  gay rights in Eastern Europe documentary, showing at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival tomorrow

The ‘dire’ plight of gay activists in Belarus, where there is no protection of LGBT rights at all, is the subject of a documentary, East Bloc Love, showing at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival tomorrow.

Gay Star News speaks to Australian filmmaker Logan Mucha about why he decided gay rights in Eastern Europe should be the focus of his first feature film, what happened when activists tried to hold a Pride march in Belarus and how the KGB are trying, unconvincingly, to infiltrate gay rights groups.