Tag Archive | Georgia

Georgia: LGBT+ community live in fear after violence

Georgia: LGBT+ community live in fear after violence

Nino, a 25-year-old lesbian from Georgia, no longer feels at ease when she leaves the house. Since violence forced a Pride march to be cancelled earlier this month, she is afraid of being verbally abused or chased in the street. Reports of hate crimes have risen in the wake of the violence of July 5, […]

Georgia: Scuffles in parliament over death of gay journalist

(Reuters) – Scuffles broke out in Georgia’s parliament on Monday, as journalists and opposition politicians tried to enter the lower house, in protest over the death of a cameraman who was beaten up during violence against LGBT activists last week. Hundreds rallied in the capital Tbilisi on Sunday, after the death of Alexander Lashkarava, one […]

Georgia: Journalist Found Dead After LGBT+ Beating

Georgia: Journalist Found Dead After LGBT+ Beating

(Reuters) – A cameraman, one of several journalists beaten during attacks on LGBT+ activists in Tbilisi this week, has been found dead, TV Piveli said on Sunday, as hundreds took to the streets of Georgia’s capital calling on the authorities to punish those responsible. LGBT+ campaigners in the South Caucasus country of Georgia called off […]

Georgia: LGBT+ Pride ‘winning’ after violence

Georgia: LGBT+ Pride ‘winning’ after violence

Although he was “nearly killed” by a violent mob this week, the organiser of Tbilisi Pride said he felt upbeat, after Georgians responded with an outpouring of support for LGBT+ rights. While a ‘March for Dignity’ was disrupted by protesters before it began, and Tbilisi Pride’s offices were ransacked on Monday, Giorgi Tabagari described a pro-LGBT+ […]

Georgia: LGBT+ call off pride march after attack

Georgia: LGBT+ call off pride march after attack

(Reuters) – LGBT+ campaigners in Georgia called off a pride march on Monday, after violent groups opposed to the event stormed and ransacked their office in the capital, Tbilisi, and targeted activists and journalists. Activists launched five days of LGBT+ Pride celebrations last Thursday, and had planned a ‘March for Dignity’ on Monday in central […]

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 […]