Tag Archive | homophobia

Poland: EU urged to up pressure for LGBT+ rights

Poland: EU urged to up pressure for LGBT+ rights

LGBT+ campaigners have praised an EU decision to withhold funds from six Polish municipalities that declared themselves ‘LGBT-free zones’, urging Brussels to intensify pressure on the nationalist government over its increasingly homophobic stance. Gay, bisexual and transgender rights have become a divisive political subject in Poland, with the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party campaigning […]

OPINION: Andrzej Duda’s election victory is a license for homophobia

OPINION: Andrzej Duda’s election victory is a license for homophobia

By Bartosz Stasewski, an LGBT+ activist with the Love Does Not Exclude campaign, based in Warsaw, Poland. He is also a board member of Lublin Equality Pride Association. The incumbent Andrzej Duda has won Poland’s presidential election by 2%, according to official results on Monday morning, when almost all votes had been counted. His victory is a failure […]

Mexico: Deadliest year for LGBT+ people in five years

Mexico: Deadliest year for LGBT+ people in five years

Mexico is seeing a surge of extreme violence toward LGBT+ people, in its deadliest year in half a decade, a leading rights group said on Friday, citing cases of victims brutally stabbed and brazenly killed in public. In 2019, 117 LGBT people were killed in Mexico, up almost a third compared with 2018, and the […]

Survey: Most LGBT+ Europeans fear holding partner’s hand in public

Survey: Most LGBT+ Europeans fear holding partner’s hand in public

Six in 10 LGBT+ Europeans would not hold a same-sex partner’s hand in public, for fear of harassment or assault, according to a major study published on Thursday. The survey of nearly 140,000 people found progress on tackling anti-LGBT+ discrimination had largely stalled in recent years, and in some areas appears to be sliding backwards.

Singapore: Anti-gay law upheld by court

Singapore: Anti-gay law upheld by court

(Reuters) – Singapore’s high court today upheld a law that criminalises sex between men, dismissing three appeals that argued it was unconstitutional, although prosecutions under the law are rare. The ruling follows challenges last year to the colonial-era law, a thorny issue in the socially conservative city-state, where repeal efforts failed in 2014, though activists were […]

Poland: LGBT activists protest against Catholic archbishop

Poland: LGBT activists protest against Catholic archbishop

(Reuters) – Several dozen activists protested in front of a Warsaw church, guarded by police on Sunday, as a Catholic archbishop, criticised for his anti-LGBT language, celebrated mass. Last year, in a sermon, Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski said Poland was under siege from a “rainbow plague” of gay rights campaigners, whom he compared to Poland’s former […]

Croatia: President condemns burning of gay couple effigy

Croatia: President condemns burning of gay couple effigy

Croatia’s president on Monday condemned the burning of an effigy of two men and a child, at a festival weeks after the country’s highest court ruled that same-sex couples could foster children. Zoran Milanovic said the burning of the effigy, which depicted two men kissing, at a festival in southern Croatia on Sunday, was “inhumane […]

Chelsea ban some Man United fans for homophobic chants

Chelsea ban some Man United fans for homophobic chants

(Reuters) – Chelsea have said they will ban a ‘large group’ of Manchester United supporters who chanted homophobic slurs at Monday’s Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea said a number of supporters were either prevented from entering the stadium, or ejected during the game.

Ukraine: LGBT+ war veterans boost battle for equality

Ukraine: LGBT+ war veterans boost battle for equality

Ukraine army veteran, Viktor Pylypenko, kept his sexuality a secret for years, worried that the men he had fought alongside would turn against him if they knew he was gay. When he finally came out publicly in 2018, two years after leaving the volunteer Donbas Battalion he had served with, Pylypenko realised his fears were […]

Swiss voters back anti-homophobia law, projection shows

Swiss voters back anti-homophobia law, projection shows

(Reuters) – A Swiss referendum on Sunday cleared the way for the country to close a loophole in LGBT rights, by extending anti-racism laws to cover sexual orientation, a widely used projection showed. Conservative Switzerland, unlike many of its western European neighbours, does not yet have laws that specifically protect LGBT people from discrimination.