European Parliament organizes conference against discrimination

The conference “Fundamental rights, non-discrimination and the protection of vulnerable groups, including LGBTI’’ is being organised by Members of the Pre-Accession Countries’ Parliaments and the European Parliament in cooperation with the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Commission and will be held in Albanian capital Tirana on 20-21 November. The

Mexico City lawmakers approve trans rights bill

On November  13th, 2014 Mexico City lawmakers  approved a bill that would allow transgender people to legally change their gender without a court order. Members of Legislative Assembly of the Federal District, in which Mexico City is located, approved the measure by a 42-0 vote margin. Six lawmakers abstained from the vote on the measure

Council of Europe criticizes Lithuania over failure to address gender reassignment

The Council of Europe has warned Lithuania over its failure to adopt laws that would allow gender reassignment surgeries. This week the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, which monitors the implementation of rulings of the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights, applied the so-called “enhanced supervision procedure” for Lithuania. The decision was taken after all earlier

Ireland: Gender recognition bill to be published ‘by end of the year’

The Irish government will publish a long-awaited bill to recognize the gender of trans people by the end of 2014, it has been announced. The bill, which was first announced in June, would bring Irish law in line with that of other countries, by legally recognizing the gender of trans people in all dealings with the State,

Crimea ‘does not need gays’, says most senior politician

De facto Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov made the comments yesterday speaking to Interfax and Itar-Tass during a government session.He said: “We in Crimea do not need such people.”Continuing to say what would happen if the LGBT community attempted to hold a public gathering, he said: “Our police and self-defence forces will react immediately and in

Italian court allows a child to be legally adopted by same-sex couple

For the first time in Italian history, a court has granted permission for the adoption of a child living with a same-sex couple. The child is the biological daughter of one of the women, and her partner has been allowed to legally become her co-parent through adoption. The couple have been living together in Rome since

Italy: Gossip magazine under fire for giving away homophobic joke book

An Italian gossip magazine, has come under fire for attaching a book with homophobic jokes to its latest edition. The book’s front cover features a cartoon with one man saying, “Do you want to play hide and seek?” and the other replying, “Ok, if you find me you can rape me. If you don’t find me…

India: Delhi University will recognize transgender students from 2015

Delhi University says it will recognize transgender students for the first time next year.Transgender students at Delhi have traditionally been forced to register as either male or female, but will able to opt for a third gender option. A university official said the policy would be extended to undergraduate courses in the next academic year. The

Kenya: MP proposes “Stone to death the gays” bill

Kenya’s Republican Liberty Party wants to impose the death penalty for homosexuality and has put forward a bill that would see foreign gays and lesbians in the country stoned to death. The party’s draft Anti-Homosexuality Bill would also see gay and lesbian Kenyans jailed for life and stoned to death in public for ‘aggravated homosexuality’

Uganda: Pride Parade held following invalidation of anti-LGBT law

The parade took place on a beach in Entebbe, and is the first public demonstration since the law was invalidated last Friday. Around two hundred people were expected to attend the pride event, and were waiting for police protection before they marched. Many wore masks, as they did not want to be identified. The country’s Constitutional Court struck

Russia: Pride rally held in St. Petersburg without violence

Russian news sources report that a peaceful Pride parade took place in St Petersburg on Sunday July 27, despite organisers being told to hold the event on a landfill site.The Moscow and St. Petersburg Times reported some two dozen LGBT activists rallied in the Field of Mars square on Sunday to celebrate gay pride. reports that

Concerns raised that Belarus may enact anti-gay law similar to Russia’s

The Equal Rights Trust (ERT) raised concerns last week about a draft law which is yet to be released. According to the organisation, work has begun on a bill intended to protect children from “propaganda of homosexuality”, and it was included in a presidential decree concerning the legislative agenda of parliament. Dimitrina Petrova, Executive Director of