Tag Archive | Georgia

HRW: Anti-Trans Laws Would Risk Georgia’s World Cup Dreams

HRW: Anti-Trans Laws Would Risk Georgia’s World Cup Dreams

The state of Georgia and the city of Atlanta have always had global sports ambitions. From the time the country’s first NCAA D1 football stadium was built there in 1913, to the 1996 Summer Olympics and three Super Bowls, Atlanta has sought to be an epicentre of the sports world. Given the growing number of […]

US: Georgia elections – What’s at stake for LGBT+ rights?

US: Georgia elections – What’s at stake for LGBT+ rights?

The United States is poised [today] to elect two senators in Georgia, determining whether the Democrats have overall control of the country’s bicameral Congress – and the future of President-elect Joe Biden’s pro-LGBT+ rights agenda. If Democrats win both, the chamber will be split 50-50 with the Republican party, giving the tie-breaking vote to Democrat […]

Tbilisi trans audio tour puts them on the map

Tbilisi trans audio tour puts them on the map

Standing on the stairway of Tbilisi’s iconic circus, about 20 people listened through headphones on Sunday, as a voice explained how a building normally associated with fun and joy was to some a place of misery and sex work. The group was taking part in an audio tour of the Georgian capital, organised by a […]

Georgian police abused LGBT+ activists with strip searches, court rules

Georgian police abused LGBT+ activists with strip searches, court rules

Europe’s top rights court said on Thursday that Georgian police had deliberately humiliated LGBT+ activists, by strip-searching them during a raid, a ruling campaigners hope will help change attitudes towards gay people among local authorities. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found the ex-Soviet republic had breached its international obligations, by failing to protect […]

Georgian police arrest more than 25 at gay movie premiere

Georgian police arrest more than 25 at gay movie premiere

Police in Georgia said on Saturday they had arrested more than 25 people, after ultra-nationalist protesters, attempting to derail the premiere of an award-winning movie about gay love, clashed with security forces. A few hundred demonstrators blocked the road outside a cinema in the capital’s city centre on Friday, ahead of the first screening of […]

Georgia: Far right protest hit gay movie

Georgia: Far right protest hit gay movie

After winning accolades abroad, a Georgian movie about gay love is drawing threats at home, with far-right groups threatening to block Friday’s premiere in the conservative Caucasian nation. And Then We Danced, a joint Swedish, Georgian, and French production, tells the story of Merab, a young dancer with a traditional Georgian ballet company, who falls […]

US: Georgia man fights for gay rights in Supreme Court ‘Hotlanta’ case

US: Georgia man fights for gay rights in Supreme Court ‘Hotlanta’ case

(Reuters) – Months after joining the gay-friendly Hotlanta Softball League, Gerald Bostock was out of a job in a Georgia county government office, and was convinced he had become the victim of workplace discrimination based on his sexual orientation. Proud of his job as an advocate for children caught up in the juvenile justice system […]

Georgia’s first LGBT+ pride march called off – hundreds injured

Georgia’s first LGBT+ pride march called off – hundreds injured

Organisers of Georgia’s first LGBT+ pride march called off the event at the eleventh hour on Friday, after a wave of political unrest in Tbilisi that left hundreds of people injured. LGBT+ Georgians had been planning to go ahead with a rally in the capital despite threats from extreme right-wing groups and fierce opposition from […]

Georgia: First Pride march will go ahead, organisers vow after threats

Georgia: First Pride march will go ahead, organisers vow after threats

Organisers of Georgia’s first LGBT+ Pride event vowed on Monday to press ahead with a rally in the capital, despite a government warning that such a gathering would be “impossible” following threats from far-right groups. A six-day Pride celebration, including a play and a conference, is due to be held in the socially conservative former […]

Georgia: ‘Silenced’ LGBT+ activists post coded messages

Georgia: ‘Silenced’ LGBT+ activists post coded messages

A thousand coloured stickers with messages against discrimination were posted across the Georgian capital of Tbilisi on Friday (17th May) to highlight LGBT+ people’s struggle for acceptance in the conservative former Soviet republic. The initiative coincided with a global day against homophobia that local LGBT+ groups said they could not mark with street rallies because […]