Hong Kong gay pride draws over 5000 supporters

Celebrities and politicians joined thousands of parade-goers at the fifth annual LGBTI rights march. When Cyd Ho, a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, went up onto the platform to show her support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, the 2013 Hong Kong Pride Parade reached its climax with thousands

Lesbian, gay, Muslim and proud

Last month Omar Kuddus wrote an article for the Gay Star News titled ‘It’s time to come out as gay, Muslim and proud’. As the chair of Imaan, the largest LGBTQI Muslim organization in the UK, Europe and probably even the world, I was definitely interested in what Kuddus had to say. He wrote of personal struggles

150,000 march in Buenos Aires Gay Pride Parade

Massive crowds came out to take part in the 22nd Buenos Aires Gay Pride Parade on Saturday, starting with a group kiss before 150,000 took to the streets. The parade wound its way through the city’s streets to the Plaza de Mayo for an open air festival and fireworks show. Many of the signs and

Greece ordered to open civil unions to same-sex couples

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Greece to allow same-sex couples to enter into the same civil unions it allows for same-sex couples. Greece has had opposite-sex civil unions since 2008 for heterosexuals who do not wish to marry and the European court in Strasbourg found that it was discriminatory for Greece to

Minsk Pride needs your help

According to the website GayRussia.ru, organizers of Minsk Pride 2013 are collecting signatures on a petition supporting their efforts to hold a Pride event this year in Belarus. “The organizing committee of the Minsk Gay Pride 2013 , issued a statement calling on all concerned people all over the world to sign the online petition in

New European Parliament report in the making on a future EU LGBT equality roadmap

Today the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) will start working on a new strategy against homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. This roadmap would serve to guide EU and Member State actions, while respecting the principle of subsidiarity: the Commission would use its powers under EU treaties,

Ukraine film festival targeted by anti-LGBT protesters

Ukraine‘s premier film festival, Molodist, has been picketed by protesters complaining about the presence of LGBT films at the event. According to the Hollywood Reporter, dozens of people stood outside the Zhovten cinema in Kiev, some holding up placards with anti-LGBT slogans and burning a flag. The co-chairperson of the Parents’ Committee of Ukraine was also

Uzra Zeya, representative of the US government: “I was honored to represent the United States government at the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) Europe’s Annual Conference, held in Zagreb, Croatia yesterday.  Before an audience of more than 250 activists from 45 countries across Europe, I affirmed the strong U.S. commitment to advance

Killers of Chile gay man Daniel Zamudio sentenced

The 24-year-old Chilean was found beaten unconscious, swastikas carved into his skin, part of his ear cut and had cigarette burns all over his body – Patricio Ahumada Garay, who prosecutors say masterminded the attack back in 2012, received a life sentence. The court also sentenced Raúl López Fuentes and Alejandro Angulo Tapia to 15

Taiwan: Thousands march in campaign for same-sex marriage

Thousands marched in Taipei on Saturday, holding rainbow flags, colourful placards and balloons, in support of a bill reviewing Taiwan’s stance on same-sex marriages. The participants came far and wide, from Taiwan, several Asian countries, the United States, and Europe, for the 11th annual parade in Taipei’s business district. Albert Yang, a spokesperson for the

Kazakhstan following Russia’s lead?

Homophobic rhetoric is on the rise in Kazakhstan, and members of the country’s gay and transsexual community are bracing for a possible legislative assault on their rights. President Nursultan Nazarbayev so far hasn’t seemed keen to press ahead with Russia-like restrictions. Even so, several verbal outbursts by prominent politicians have heightened concerns among LGBT activists.

At a crossroad between legal progress and increasing social hostility: European LGBTI movement gathers for its largest annual conference in Zagreb. On 24-26 October 2013, ILGA-Europe holds its 17th Annual Conference in Zagreb. Our Annual Conference is the largest event on LGBTI political agenda in Europe. 290 participants from 40 countries are attending the Conference. The