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November 8, 2013

Gay rights campaigners have accused the Catholic Church of corruptly coercing the public into signing a petition requesting a referendum

Croatia is to vote on banning gay marriage.

The Government has agreed to a referendum on 1 December, asking: ‘Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman.’

If the majority votes yes, then the constitution will be amended to ban marriage equality.

June 22, 2013

The Skopje Pride Week started with an attack by an anti-gay mob on the LGBT support center, during its opening event

Violence marred Skopje Pride Week's opening event when an anti-gay mob surrounded and attacked participants in Maceodnia's capital city’s LGBT support center.

The mob, said to be composed of around 30 young people, shouted abuse and threats while hurling stones, bottles and bricks at the first floor of the LGBT support center, a few hours ago (22 June).

The attack started at 6:30pm local time, 30 minutes after the opening event of Skopje Pride Week that included a screening of short LGBT films and a discussion on health rights of transgender people.

June 16, 2013

Slovenian President Borut Pahor lead his country’s pride parade while thousands marched in the Zagreb Pride parade in neighboring Croatia

Pride parades were held free of violence in the former Yugoslav republics of Slovenia and Croatia yesterday in a growing sign of acceptance of LGBT rights in the region.

Slovenian President Borut Pahor lead the Ljubljana Pride parade where around 600 people marched with the theme ‘Freedom and Solidarity are a Same-Gender Couple.’

Prior to the march organizers released a statement where they urged Slovenians to not let economic woes in Europe push social justice issues off the agenda.

June 13, 2013

Gay rights activists have accused the Catholic Church of corruption and manipulating the largely religious public in their fight against equality

The Catholic Church in Croatia is corruptly coercing people to sign a petition against same-sex marriage, Gay Star News can exclusively reveal.

Over 710,000 people have signed the petition – over one fifth of the population of the Eastern European country – demanding the government change the constitution to say marriage is defined as between a man and a woman.

But gay rights activists have accused the Catholic Church of immorally manipulating the public into signing their names to oppose same-sex marriage and also of encouraging violence.

June 13, 2013

Gay rights activists have accused the Catholic Church of corruption and manipulating the largely religious public in their fight against equality

The Catholic Church in Croatia is corruptly coercing people to sign a petition against same-sex marriage, Gay Star News can exclusively reveal.

Over 710,000 people have signed the petition – over one fifth of the population of the Eastern European country – demanding the government change the constitution to say marriage is defined as between a man and a woman.

But gay rights activists have accused the Catholic Church of immorally manipulating the public into signing their names to oppose same-sex marriage and also of encouraging violence.

January 14, 2013

LGBT rights campaigners protest outside Zagreb cathedral over senior clergy claims that gays will 'destroy Croatia'

Gay rights campaigners held a mass kissing protest outside one of Croatia's main Catholic cathedrals after priests branded homosexuality 'unnatural'.

Around 100 demonstrators locked lips and waved rainbow flags outside the church in the capital Zagreb on Saturday (12 January).

It follows statements by several senior members of the clergy calling homosexuality 'unnatural' and claiming gays will 'destroy Croatia' after the government moved to include a sexual minority section in the primary school curriculum.

October 7, 2012

This year’s Belgrade Pride march may have been banned but supporters have rallied at an indoor event and held a sit down protest to protest the ban

Supporters of Belgrade Pride have held a sit down protest and indoors event on Saturday despite an official ban on the pride march going ahead over fears that right wing extremists would riot in the city.

Associated Press reported that around two dozen flag waving activists held a ‘small, silent, non-violent and motionless [sit-down] protest,’ on the side walk in central Belgrade.

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.

October 3, 2012

The Serbian Ministry of Interior has banned the gay pride march in Belgrade, just three days before it was due to take place

Serbia's Ministry of Interior has banned Belgrade Pride today, just three days before it was due to take place.

The Serbian authorities also banned the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event in 2009 and 2011, claiming they were worried about public safety.

The National Security Council chose to outlaw the march, as well as the three other large public gatherings on 6 October, shattering any hope of the organizers even marching a few meters at the center of the city with their private security service.

July 19, 2012

London needs an LGBT pride that's accountable, transparent and meaningful to get over the World Pride shambles of this year, says Stewart Who

Accountability. Transparency. Public duty. Law abiding. Financially secure. Nobody would ever use those words to describe any aspect of my life. In that respect, I have much in common with the recent history of gay pride events in London. Fortunately, my chaos living, criminal tendencies and stupidity doesn’t affect thousands of people. Nor is the whole world watching when my life implodes due to unpaid bills and broken dreams.

June 27, 2012

Pride London bosses say they don’t owe money from last year’s event and insist that World Pride will go ahead next week as planned

Organizers of Pride London have hit back at newspaper reports that World Pride, due to take place in the city next week, is under threat.

Last night the London Evening Standard reported that the event on 7 July might have to be scaled back, in particular the parade, as contractors may refuse to work because they are still owed money.

June 18, 2012

Over 2,000 people join gay pride parade through center of Croatian capital

Over 2,000 people marched through Croatia's capital Zagreb on Saturday (16 June) for the city's annual gay pride, calling on the government to give same-sex couples more rights.

Campaigners in the parade, who included Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic, waved rainbow flags, blew whistles and carried banners reading 'Hatred is Not a Family Value' and 'I Have Rights Because I'm a Lesbian Woman - Human'.

June 12, 2012

Chennai Pride in India this month spurns corporate sponsorship and works to include all socio-economic groups

This month the sixth biggest city in India, Chennai, celebrates LGBT Pride for the fourth time since 2009. 

Gay Star News talks to one of the organisers L Ramakrishnan (Ramki) about the unique trans women experience in Indian culture, why they’ve said no to corporate sponsorship and how they are working to make this Pride festival truly inclusive.

What’s new for Chennai Pride this year?

Typically we have one or two film screenings, this time it's an entire series over three days, with 28 films from ten countries.

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).

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 22, 2012

Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic announces plans to recognise partnerships, getting them closer to marriage

The prime minister of Croatia has announced plans to recognise at least some 'gay marriage' rights.

Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic told reporters that registered partnerships would be ‘a somewhat higher standard than what we have now,' according to the Associated Press, though he may still stop short of full marriage equality.