Tag Archive | homophobia

Italy: Demos planned as LGBT+ hate crime law is considered again

Italy: Demos planned as LGBT+ hate crime law is considered again

When Marlon Landolfo kissed his date on a night out, onlookers started heckling, a fight broke out, and his friend ended up in hospital – the latest in a series of anti-gay attacks in Italy, where plans to combat homophobic violence are hotly contested. “They hurled insults at us,” said Landolfo, 22, describing how he […]

Lawmakers criticise hosting of 2023 Games in Polish ‘LGBT-free zone’

Lawmakers criticise hosting of 2023 Games in Polish ‘LGBT-free zone’

European lawmakers criticised on Thursday a decision to hold the 2023 European Games in a Polish ‘LGBT-free zone’, in the latest international rebuke over the treatment of LGBT+ people in the country. Organisers of the regional Olympic event chose the city of Krakow, and the surrounding Malopolska region, last year to host the event, but […]

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 […]

Rights group denounces Central America anti-LGBT violence & US

Rights group denounces Central America anti-LGBT violence & US

(Reuters) – Human Rights Watch has criticised Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, for failing to stop violence against LGBT people, in a new report published on Wednesday, which also denounced the United States for denying these LGBT asylum seekers safe haven. “LGBT people in the Northern Triangle face high levels of violence that their own […]

US: USL’s San Diego Loyal protest over homophobic slur

US: USL’s San Diego Loyal protest over homophobic slur

(Reuters) – San Diego Loyal walked off the field halfway through their USL Championship match against Phoenix Rising, after an alleged homophobic slur was directed at their openly-gay midfielder, Collin Martin. The incident occurred at the end of the first half, with Loyal leading 3-1, resulting in a heated argument between the managers of the […]

Belarus: Hope is thin as LGBT+ activists join protests for change

Belarus: Hope is thin as LGBT+ activists join protests for change

LGBT+ activists in Belarus hope mass protests for democratic rule in Belarus will also help deliver long-awaited gay rights, and rid the former Soviet state of homophobia. But they concede such hopes might be far off in their deeply conservative country, with no anti-discrimination laws to protect LGBT+ people.

Poland: Anti-LGBT+ tirade similar to pre-war ‘dehumanising’ of Jews, MEP says

Poland: Anti-LGBT+ tirade similar to pre-war ‘dehumanising’ of Jews, MEP says

A prominent gay politician in Poland has compared the government’s repeated attacks on the LGBT+ community to the way Jewish people were ‘dehumanised’ in the run-up to World War Two. LGBT+ rights are increasingly contested in Poland, where President Andrzej Duda was re-elected in July, after an acrimonious campaign, in which he proposed a constitutional […]

UK: Reports of homophobia, racism in football soar

UK: Reports of homophobia, racism in football soar

Reports of racist and homophobic abuse at football matches in Britain soared to a record high in the last year, despite the disruption to the season from the coronavirus pandemic. Recorded discrimination in the 2019/20 season at professional games rose 42% to 446, with homophobic abuse almost doubling, and reports of racism increasing by 53%, […]

LGBT+ activist behind ‘Polish Stonewall’ says not afraid to die

LGBT+ activist behind ‘Polish Stonewall’ says not afraid to die

The LGBT+ activist whose arrest sparked protests that were dubbed the ‘Polish Stonewall,’says she is not afraid to resume her hunger strike and die, if that turns the tide against homophobia in Poland. “Dying from hunger is not the worst option when people are threatening you to be beaten to death,” Margot Szutowicz said, alternating […]

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 […]