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October 6, 2013

Anthony Smith of Age UK marks Grandparents Day by looking at progress in the US in recognizing LGBT grandmas and granddads

Happy Grandparents Day! Thinking about the meaning of Grandparents Day, celebrated in the UK this Sunday (6 October), I was fascinated to read about the growing movement of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender grandparents in the US.

While in the UK we may be increasingly aware of the position of LGBT parents, we have traditionally heard far less about grandparents. There are children's books, support groups and other resources for families with two mums or dads, but there is very little for families where children have two cohabiting grannies or granddads.

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 27, 2013

30% of US citizens now live in a place where gay marriage is legal, compared to 23% of Europeans

The average gay or lesbian American is now more likely to live in a place where they can marry than a European.

The death of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California and was struck down by the US Supreme Court yesterday (26 June), means a larger percentage of the gay US population is able to marry than in Europe.

Almost a third – 30% – of US residents now live in places where same-sex marriage is legal, compared to 23.1% of Europeans.

February 22, 2013

Human rights groups urge the EU to raise the issue of Ukraine LGBT rights at summit

The European Union (EU) was urged to tell the Ukrainian government at the upcoming EU-Ukraine summit to end abuses against LGBT people in Ukraine.

In a letter signed by 22 Ukrainian non governmental organizations (NGOs), and Equal Rights Trust as well as Human Rights Watch, called on the EU to speak out against homophobic bills pending in Ukraine’s parliament and to condemn attacks against LGBT activists.

The summit meeting will be held in Brussels this coming Monday (25 February).

December 13, 2012

The European Parliament has told Russia and Ukraine to drop gay gag laws and said LGBT issues must be a foreign policy priority for the EU

The European Parliament has told Russia and Ukraine to ditch plans to fine and jail people who talk positively about gay issues.

The LGBT ‘gay laws’ already exist in nine regions of Russia but now the Duma parliament is planning countrywide legislation. Similar proposals are also being debated in Ukraine.

The laws are used to ban gay prides, silence gay organizations stop young people being given positive messages about being LGBT, and to crack down on dissidents.

October 3, 2012

European Union may put new visa rules on hold to punish Ukraine if it presses ahead with ‘homosexual propaganda’ law plan

Foreign ministers could punish Ukraine for voting for a new law to ban ‘homosexual propaganda’ by not allowing it visa-free access to Europe.

GSN broke the news that the Ukrainian Parliament had pushed forward the bill, number 8711, with a landslide vote yesterday.

If it is passed, the new law would give up to five years jail to people importing, producing or spreading positive messages about lesbians, gays and bisexuals.

August 23, 2012

One in five LGBT voters say they would vote for Mitt Romney if he shared the same views on gay rights as Barack Obama

A new poll has revealed the most important issues for gay voters in the upcoming US election.

In a new survey released today by LogoTV, the most important issue for LGBT voters was the economy (18%), followed by unemployment/jobs (14%), ‘gay rights in general’ came fourth with 9% while just 6% said same-sex marriage was the top priority.

While 67% of LGBT people polled said they would vote to re-elect Barack Obama, one out of five said they’d be more likely to vote for Mitt Romney if he held the same positions on gay issues as the president.

July 1, 2012

British pop star Elton John used an AIDS charity concert in Kyiv to call for an end to violence against LGBTs in the former Soviet republic

British pop star Elton John has used an AIDS charity concert in Kyiv on Saturday to call on Ukraine to stop the persecution of LGBT people.

The two hour concert was part of the Euro 2012 soccer tournament co-hosted by Ukraine.

John spoke to fans about gay bashings he had been reading about in the country.

‘Recently I read about violence against gay people in Ukraine. Beating up gay people is wrong. This for me does not symbolize Ukraine,’ John said.

‘I plead with you: Stop the violence against gay people.’

June 6, 2012

Sixty percent of respondents say they have a close friend or family member who is gay

Back in the 1990s, most Americans said they didn't know anyone who was gay.

A CNN/ORC International survey released Wednesday (6 June) shows a dramatic shift with 60 percent of the 1,009 adults interviewed saying they have a close friend or family member who is gay. That is an 11 percent increase from just two years ago.

May 24, 2012

EU foreign minister Catherine Ashton will raise Kiev gay and trans violence with Ukraine government. LGBT activists respond

The European Union’s foreign minister has expressed ‘deep concern’ about the violence at Kiev Pride in Ukraine and the event’s cancellation.

Catherine Ashton, high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security, has pledged diplomats will raise the anti-gay and trans attacks with the Ukraine authorities.