Tag Archive | LGBT Rights

Poland: Kaczynski could join government over LGBT+ rights

Poland: Kaczynski could join government over LGBT+ rights

(Reuters) – Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) party chief, Jaroslaw Kaczynski ,may take over supervision of the powerful justice ministry, officials said on Thursday, as PiS and its allies in government hold talks to avert a breakdown of their three-party coalition. The move could herald some softening of the government rhetoric over Poland’s opposition to […]

Hong Kong: Court refuses to recognise overseas same-sex marriages

Hong Kong: Court refuses to recognise overseas same-sex marriages

A Hong Kong court refused on Friday to recognise same-sex marriages conducted abroad, dealing a blow to the city’s LGBT+ community, in a case brought by a gay local councillor who got married in New York. Same-sex unions are illegal in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, but gay couples have won small recognitions in some spousal […]

EP demands EU action over Poland LGBT+ rights breaches

EP demands EU action over Poland LGBT+ rights breaches

The European Parliament on Thursday condemned Poland for rolling back LGBT+ rights, and demanded that the European Union take action against the country’s nationalist government, including potentially denying it funding from the bloc. The Parliament voted by a large majority to adopt a resolution on human rights in the country, where municipalities have set up […]

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 […]

US: Most back LGBT+ rights, but religion still a flashpoint

US: Most back LGBT+ rights, but religion still a flashpoint

Most Americans now believe LGBT+ people should be protected against discrimination, a major survey has found, but one in three thinks businesses should be allowed to refuse to serve gay customers on religious grounds. Nearly three-quarters of the 40,000 Americans surveyed said they favoured laws that would protect LGBT+ people from discrimination, in work and […]

Amnesty International: AGM 2020 San Diego

Amnesty International: AGM 2020 San Diego

Amnesty International USA is excited to be hosting the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in San Diego, California! Join them for their 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in San Diego, California! The 55th AGM will be held at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. 2020 Annual General Meeting Dates: Location: Friday, March 6th – Sunday, […]

Experts: Rising populism threatens LGBT+ rights in Europe

Experts: Rising populism threatens LGBT+ rights in Europe

Rising populism and nationalism pose the greatest threats to LGBT+ rights in Europe, activists said on Thursday, as they gathered in Prague for a major annual conference. Campaigners attending the annual conference of LGBT+ rights organisation, ILGA-Europe, said they had growing concerns about the rise of right-wing politicians and a dip in public support.

Philippines: Lawyer to enter politics to pursue LGBT+ rights

Philippines: Lawyer to enter politics to pursue LGBT+ rights

A gay lawyer from the Philippines said on Thursday he would pursue a career in politics to push for LGBT+ rights, after losing a legal battle to introduce same-sex marriage in the mainly Roman Catholic country. Jesus Falcis in 2015 petitioned the country’s top court to rule as unconstitutional a law stating marriage can only […]

Poland: Campaigners gather to condemn homophobic violence

Poland: Campaigners gather to condemn homophobic violence

(Reuters) – Over 1,000 people gathered in Warsaw on Saturday in support of LGBT rights, a week after the first pride march in the city of Bialystok was marred by violence. Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has made LGBT rights a campaign issue ahead of parliamentary elections expected in October, with many politicians […]

UK: Brexit threatens LGBT+ rights: top British lawyer

UK: Brexit threatens LGBT+ rights: top British lawyer

The rights of British minority groups are under threat from hardline politicians holding the government to ransom during the Brexit process, leading lawyer, Helena Kennedy, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Friday. British Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to win support across political lines after her proposed Brexit deal was defeated by a historic […]