First Same-Sex Couple Adopts in France

Married in June, One Adopts the Other’s Children Last May, France became the fourteenth country to legalize gay marriage and gay adoption. (Other European Nations that allow gay adoption include Belgiium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Britain). Many Parisiens, particularly rural Catholics, did not cotton to the law that was


Amid heightened security, several hundred participants carried banners and rainbow flags, and blew whistles on the city’s streets. The chief organizer, Daneijel Kalezic, told marchers that gay people would “not give up” until homosexuals had obtained freedoms “like everyone else.” The police in Podgorica used tear gas against opponents of the city’s first ever gay


No More Bullies: Wear, Share and Go Purple on #SpiritDay October 17

Spirit Day was started by a high school student in 2010 as a way to prevent bullying and show support for LGBT youth. Roughly eight out of 10 LGBT students experience harassment while at schools and as many as 63 percent of them report they also feel unsafe, according to GLAAD.(Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against


Lithuanian Justice Ministry proposes law on unregistered opposite-sex partnership

Lithuania’s Justice Ministry has drafted yet another bill on introducing the institution of partnership between an unmarried man and a woman. Under the proposal, the Civil Code should envisage partnership as factual cohabitation with family relations. Such partnerships would not have to be registered. Partnership would only be allowed between persons of different sex, while


MEPs welcome the annulment of Moldovan ‘Propaganda Law’

Members of the European Parliament are welcoming the decision by the Moldovan Parliament to annul the law prohibiting the “propagation of any other relations than those related to marriage or family”. Adopted by surprise only three months ago, the annulment of this law brings Moldova back on track for closer relations with the European Union. The


Russian police intimidate LGBT activists

Staunton, October 14 – Police in St. Petersburg told a group of LGBT activists attempting to hold a demonstration in the northern capital that Cossacks, Orthodox and Muslim clergy, and other opposed to homosexuality would beat them so badly that the gay group would “not be able to stand up again before the [Sochi] Olympics,”


Turkey’s Democracy Reform Package fails LGBT citizens

At the end of last month, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presented a‘Democracy reform package’, including constitutional reforms, an anti-discrimination bill and a proposal for an amendment to hate crime and hate speech law. Unfortunately, the package leaves out measures that would protect LGBT people from violence and discrimination. Sexual orientation and gender identity


14 men arrested in Cairo for ‘homosexual acts’

Group of men aged between 18 and 57 were detained following allegations of committing sexual acts in a medical center According to Egyptian media, the suspects have been detained pending investigations into allegations that they committed ‘homosexual acts’ at a medical centre in the al-Marg district of Cairo. An Egyptian prosecutor ordered on Saturday (12


Christian group: ‘Better to die than live in pro-gay world’

The Family Leader has admitted the Western world is getting more and more LGBT friendly A Christian political organization has said it is better to die than live in a world welcoming of gay people. The Family Leader, a US social conservative group, made the claim after noting nine recent wins for the LGBT community. ‘All


Lithuanian MP avoids prosecution

Lithuania’s parliament has defended one of its own. Lithuania’s self-appointed family values defender and leading homophobe Petras Gražulis will not have to face legal charges for attempting to disrupt the Baltic Pride rally in July, 2013.  A resolution introduced in the Seimas to strip Gražulis of his parliamentary immunity failed to receive the necessary 71 votes.


The director of public health at the country’s health ministry Yousuf Mindkar, said that the clinical screening of expatriates entering the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) would be extended to include tests to identify gay people who will then be “barred” from entering the country. It is illegal to be gay in all of the GCC member


The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination unanimously appointed Mr Biedron as General rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people at its meeting in Madrid on 17 September 2013. Mr Biedron replaces Mr Håkon Haugli who was the first holder of this mandate. The General rapporteur on LGBT rights has the responsibility to intervene in the