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February 26, 2014

As Netherlands, Norway and Denmark announce aid changes, gay activists have responded to the worldwide call to cut aid to the African country

Uganda gay activists have warned the worldwide call for aid to be cut will make the fight-back against the new law harder.

Several advocates for LGBTI equality fear politicians will directly blame gay people if aid is cut and increase hatred against them.

After Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni signed the anti-gay bill into law on Monday (24 February), the Netherlands has announced it has frozen aid while Denmark and Norway is redirecting its assistance so it directly helps non-governmental organizations and human rights groups.

February 25, 2014

The Netherlands, Denmark and Norway have announced they will suspend financial assistance to Uganda after President Yoweri Museveni signed a controversial bill that would see homosexuals jailed for life - as others review their assistance to the East African nation

Norway, Denmark and The Netherlands have become the first countries to either redirect aid away from the Ugandan Government or freeze aid.

The Netherlands froze $9.6 million in aid to Uganda’s legal system, saying that if Uganda’s courts were to enforce the country’s new harsh laws further criminalizing homosexuality then they did not want to assist that process.

February 21, 2014

The US, UK and other western countries need to be careful their efforts to tackle homophobia in Uganda don't do more harm than good

There is no doubt that countries trying to dissuade Uganda from passing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law are doing it from the best motives.

But in the run-up to the bill being passed, President Yoweri Museveni and the anti-gay forces in the country have being pumping out propaganda to turn ordinary Ugandans against the LGBTI community.

And there is a real danger the west’s efforts to help gay Ugandans could backfire very dangerously.

February 19, 2014

Althete who caused controversy when she got a cuddle from Putin takes home silver in the women's 5,000 meters

Dutch bisexual athlete Ireen Wüst has won her fourth medal of the Sochi Olympic Games.

The Netherlands speedskater took home silver in the women’s 5000 meters today (19 February).

This means she will be one of the most awarded athletes in this year’s Olympics, a Games overshadowed by the homophobic legislation of Russia.

Wüst was expected to take the top spot of the 5,000 meters after she set an impressive time of 6 minutes, 54.28 seconds.

February 17, 2014

Bravo's Watch What Happens Live host says his 'blood boils' whenever he sees Putin on TV

Andy Cohen, the openly gay host of Bravo channel's What What Happens Live talk show, refered to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a 'bastard' in an interview over the weekend.

During a piece on LGBTI equality on NBC's Meet the Press, Cohen was asked about Putin inadvertently hugging a gay gold medal speed skater from Holland.

Replied Cohen: 'We all get carried away in the magic and pageantry of the Olympics. I mean, wouldn’t it be great if that bastard did too? I mean, it would be. He put on a huge show. Learn something from it.'

February 9, 2014

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Ireen Wüst dethrones defending champion Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic

Out bisexual Ireen Wüst won the gold at the Sochi Winter Games.

The Netherlands speed skater took first in the women's 3,000 meters at Adler Arena.

According to USA Today her time was 4 minutes, 0.34 seconds. She beat defending champion Martina Sablikova from the Czech Republic.

This is the 27-year-old's third consecutive gold. She won the 1,500 at Vancouver in 2010, and the 3,000 in Torino in 2006.

February 7, 2014

Dutch snowboarder Cheryl Maas says it was not an intended protest, but could have been unconscious as she's 'rebellious'

A gay Olympian has raised her fist while wearing a rainbow glove, with many saying it was a symbol to show support for LGBTI Russians.

Cheryl Maas, a snowboarder from the Netherlands, failed to get to the finals of the slopestyle event at the Olympic Games yesterday (6 February).

In the qualifying event, the gay athlete placed ninth and only the first four could go through to the final.

After her two runs, she appeared to punch at the camera while wearing a rainbow glove.

January 31, 2014

Only .0028% of all the athletes competing at the Sochi Winter Games are openly LGBTI

President Putin has unwittingly propelled the LGBTI community into the spotlight with his anti-gay laws.

With the Winter Olympics launching today (7 February), the handful of openly gay athletes competing in Sochi will not only be concerned about their sporting performance, but also for their personal safety.

Despite assurances from Russian politicians, LGBTI athletes and supporters still face danger despite Principle Six of the Olympic charter meant to eradicate discrimination from the Olympic Games:

January 1, 2014

Start saving and plan your year’s travel around these rising stars. We've chosen one party a month from Iceland to São Paolo, Puerto Vallarta to Tignes

2014 is full of LGBTI events, cruises and festivals for every palate and budget.

From Brazil's popular São Paulo pride where the country seems to descend on the city, to sharing a plot of Nevada dessert with the Glamcocks at Burning Man, Gay Star Travel looks at events for gays, lesbians and fans.

Consider these festivals and parties as you plan your travel adventures for 2014.

December 18, 2013

New law lowers the age of consent to transition to 16 and should liberate the lives of thousands of Dutch people

Trans people in the Netherlands are celebrating a major victory today as the Senate voted to ban forced sterilization last night (17 December).

The new law lowers the age of consent to transition to 16, and simplifies the procedure to be register their gender in official documents.

Currently, a person’s legal gender can only be changed after forced sterilization and gender modification operations, followed by judicial permission.

December 16, 2013

Despite European court ruling, Prime Minister pledges and government policy, another lesbian was deported back to Uganda

Is the UK government serious in his promises to protect LGBTI asylum seekers? Despite David Cameron’s personal assurances, the case of Prossie N, deported back to the UK last week proves it is not.

Prossie N is a lesbian who fled sexual abuse and persecution in Uganda which saw her forced out onto the streets because of her sexuality.

She sought protection in the UK, had lesbian relationships and started building a new life.

October 19, 2013

‘Mama Naomi’ was a popular figure in LGBT Uganda who openly supported her gay son

Police arrested a grieving Ugandan gay activist when he went to the bank to collect money to pay for his mom’s funeral.

Mleuben Maccarthy, an LGBT human rights campaigner from Kampala, Uganda, lost his mother Naomi to illness yesterday (18 October).

Known as ‘Mama Naomi’ in the Ugandan gay community, she was a popular figure who openly supported her gay son and her death has sparked tributes from LGBTI people.

Maccarthy’s partner, Wolter Swaagman, who is based in the Netherlands, sent money to the Western Union Bank in Uganda to pay for the funeral.

October 7, 2013

LGBT short films from around the world are to compete in Cardiff, Wales this week for a cash prize to make another movie

Guests from India, USA, Netherlands, Ireland, Australia, Norway and Germany are arriving in Cardiff, Wales as the city hosts the world’s leading LGBT short film festival.

Five days of events will see 30 films compete for the Iris Prize and £25,000 ($40,000 €29,600), the world’s largest short film prize.

Audiences in the Welsh capital will see sexy gay vampires, horny Mormons and stories of first love.

October 1, 2013

From Holocaust victims to heroes of equality, these moving monuments commemorate the darkest days of LGBT history and the legacy they left behind

Their lives were triumphant, their deaths were tragic and all too often left no trace, but some countries have chosen to honor the gay, lesbian and transgender heroes history tried to forget.

Gay Star News remembers the LGBT individuals who suffered, struggled and died for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.

All over the world, monuments honoring the LGBT community have been erected in parks and public spaces where people of all ages can visit and learn about some people who were persecuted because of who they loved.

September 27, 2013

A number of countries released a declaration against anti-LGBT violence and discrimination during the United Nations General Assembly

September 18, 2013

Journalist, radio presenter and blogger Peterson Ssendi discusses why some people in Uganda think 'being gay is cursed, others think it's criminal'

Peterson Ssendi, a gay Ugandan journalist, said in an interview his work is about 'human rights'.

The radio presenter, 53, gave an interview with English Breakfast radio show in Netherlands where he discussed Uganda's anti-gay laws and what his experience has been like blogging about LGBT rights.

Ssendi revealed he has received threats for writing publicly about LGBT issues in Uganda since he started his blog in 2004.

He said Radio Simba, where he worked at the time, was fined $1000 (£749) for talking about LGBT issues.

September 5, 2013

Ambassadors from 15 countries have written to Serbia’s Prime Minister asking to ensure a safe and peaceful Belgrade Pride can go ahead

The Netherlands Ambassador to Serbia and 14 other ambassadors have called on the Serbian Government to ensure that Belgrade Pride Week events can be held safely and peacefully.

Ambassador Laurent Stokvis sent a statement in support of Belgrade Pride on behalf of the Dutch embassy to Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic.

July 24, 2013

Four Dutch citizens threatened, told the court will still charge them for 'propaganda' if police fix the 'adminstrative error'

Four Dutch tourists who were arrested for ‘gay propaganda’ in Russia are now banned for three years.

Despite being told they were free to go back to the Netherlands after being fined, the Russian Federal Migration Service has said they are blacklisted from the country.

July 22, 2013

Four Dutch filmmakers were not charge after making a documentary about gay rights in the Russian city of Murmansk - the footage was then seized by police

Four tourists who were arrested in Russia for ‘gay propaganda’ were told they were free to go today (22 July).

Due to an 'irregularity in the minutes', the four Dutch citizens said they would no longer be held by police. 

In Murmansk in North Russia, four Dutch citizens were arrested by police yesterday.

June 21, 2013

Gay rights charity urges the International Olympics Committee to speak out against Russia's treatment of gay people

One of the world’s largest human rights organizations has blasted the Olympics for their statement on Russia’s anti-gay bill.

Human Rights Watch have voiced their concerns about the ‘non-traditional relationships propaganda’ draft bill, which is likely to be passed by the Senate at the end of this month and signed into law by President Vladimir Putin.

May 29, 2013

Top 10 happiest nations in the world, based on the Better Life Index, are all countries inspiring equality and the non-discrimination of gay citizens  

Countries who are highly accepting of gay people, and have very liberal societal attitudes towards homosexuality rank highest in a list of the happiest nations in the world.

The Better Life Index compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranks 36 countries according to 11 equally weighted criteria including income levels, health, safety and housing.

May 27, 2013

Cuba’s first daughter responds to the ‘hostile’ decision of World Outgames organizers, who revoked their invitation that she be co-chair of the human rights chapter

Mariela Castro, a vocal advocate for LGBT rights in Cuba and niece of former dictator Fidel Castro, has pulled the Cuban team from participating in July’s World Outgames.

According to Mexican sports magazine Esto, Castro said that Outgames organizers revoked their offer to make her co-chair of the human rights chapter for the games, later saying she is only allowed to attend as a speaker.

May 17, 2013

Ban Ki-moon speech delivered at The Hague as part of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said ending homophobia is ‘critical’ to the UN’s work and called for an end to anti-gay laws and better education.

His comments were delivered today (17 May) at an event in The Hague, The Netherlands, to mark International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

The speech was delivered on his behalf by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in the presence of the new Queen of the Netherlands, Máxima.

May 16, 2013

LGBT citizens from Canada, UK, USA, Netherlands and Japan say homophobia is still rampant and they are uncomfortable to 'fully' come out

Over 100,000 people from nations including Canada, France, UK, USA, Netherlands, Germany and Japan, say they still suffer from discrimination and harassment at home and in work.

The LGBT 2020 Homophobia Report from Out Now Global says homophobia is still endemic – even where gay marriage has been accepted.