Putin confirms that limited protest zones will be set up at Sochi

Russian authorities have confirmed that special protest zones will be set up at the Sochi Winter Olympics. In the face of heavy criticism of Russia’s anti-gay law, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach sought to diffuse the situation with an announcement in December. This followed a decree, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in August,

Court terminated case of MP Petras Gražulis

Vilnius district Court has terminated the case of member of the Lithuanian Parliament Petras Gražulis who was charged a fine of 200 litas (~ 58 EUR) for attempting to disrupt the Baltic Pride March for Equality in July, 2013. MP Gražulis was arrested on 27 July during the Baltic Pride 2013 march when he tried

New Year’s Eve arson attack on Seattle gay bar Neighbours

Seattle Police are investigating after someone doused a stairwell with gasoline and ignited it in one of the city’s most popular gay nightclubs just after midnight on New Year’s Eve, forcing patrons to evacuate the building. Seattle Police are hunting a suspected arsonist after a fire was lit in one of the city’s most popular

President Obama sending lesbian sports icon Billie Jean King to Olympics in Sochi

Billie Jean King, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, is part of the delegation that will be representing the US at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. King, 70, is not only one of the world’s most famous athletes, she’s also one of the world’s most famous lesbians and a tireless advocate

Straight from the heart: ‘Gay for a Day’ campaign goes viral

MUMBAI: Celebrity hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani was ill at ease the whole of Wednesday after the SC judgement re-criminalising homosexuality. “As a woman in India today, you have to face so much injustice. This verdict was the last straw,” says Bhavnani, part of what she calls the Aam Aurat Party. Late night, she decided she had to fight

Europe must react to escalation of human rights violations in Lithuania

On 26 November 2013, Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament) voted to proceed with a consideration of an amendment to the country’s Code of Administrative Offences which aims to limit freedom of association, assembly and expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people. Seimas members voted to consider this amendment despite the fact that the parliamentary Human Rights Committee suggested

Moscow gay club attacked with poison gas

Four attacks have been made on Russia’s Central Station nightclub since the gay propaganda law was enforced this summer. The perpetrators of the attack on the club Central Station on 23 November, remained unknown, but the club’s director was clearly convinced that extremist anti-gay views were to blame. According to a report by Queer Russia,

Why Inclusion of Sexual Minorities Is Crucial to Gender Equality

One of the background papers to the World Bank’s 2012 Gender World Development Report, “Masculinities, Social Change and Development”, alluded to Raewyn Connell’s theory of “hegemonic masculinity” as well as the strong correlation between heterosexism and gender inequalities. Hegemonic masculinity is defined as the gender practice that guarantees the dominant social position of men and

Shaky situation in the Middle East

Noor Sultan, a 29-year-old Sudanese lesbian woman based in Cairo, is the Deputy Director and media officer of the Bedayaa Organization in Nile Valley Area Egypt and Sudan – an area in change. – The situation in the Middle East is very shaky. Since early 2011, heads of state of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya were

Major EU fund for employment and social inclusion will combat discrimination

Today, the European Parliament adopted a regulation defining the priorities of the European Social Fund (ESF) for the period 2014-2020. For the first time, the Fund will contribute to combating discrimination based on sex—including discrimination against transsexual persons—and sexual orientation. Today’s binding resolution specifies that discrimination based on sex should be interpreted broadly, including discrimination against transsexual