Tag Archive | Switzerland

Switzerland: Forced referendum on gay marriage soon

Switzerland: Forced referendum on gay marriage soon

(Reuters) – Swiss voters will get final say on whether same-sex couples can marry, after opponents gathered enough signatures to force a binding referendum on a 2020 law allowing them to wed. That legislation also allowed transgender people to change their legal gender with a declaration, in a major change for a country that has […]

Switzerland votes for same-sex marriage, eases gender ID change

Switzerland votes for same-sex marriage, eases gender ID change

Swiss lawmakers voted on Friday to legalise same-sex marriage and allow transgender people to change their legal gender by making a declaration, marking a major step forward for LGBT+ rights in the country, campaigners said. The gay marriage law is likely to be tested in a nationwide referendum next year, before it takes effect, but rights […]

Swiss lawmakers clear way for same-sex marriage bill

Swiss lawmakers clear way for same-sex marriage bill

(Reuters) – Switzerland’s lower house of parliament approved draft legislation on Thursday, to let same-sex couples marry, in a country that has lagged [behind] other parts of western Europe in gay rights. Despite opposition from conservatives, legislators also voted to let lesbian couples use sperm donations to conceive children. The legislation will now move to […]

Swiss LGBT hope for marriage equality with parliamentary vote

Swiss LGBT hope for marriage equality with parliamentary vote

(Reuters) – When civil partnerships were legalised in Switzerland in January 2007, gay couple Laurent Marmier and Yves Bugnon completed the paperwork that same month, making them among the first to take advantage of the new law. Thirteen years later, they hope a parliamentary vote will open the door for them to finally marry, and […]

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.

Swiss vote on anti-homophobia law

Swiss vote on anti-homophobia law

(Reuters) – When 41-year-old Jehanne, a lesbian, was repeatedly insulted for supporting LGBT rights during a tram ride in the Swiss city of Geneva last month, she threatened to call the police. But her aggressor said his remarks were not a crime under Swiss law. “I was shaking, I was crying too,” said Jehanne, an […]

Gigi Gorgeous and Gettys push LGBT+ at Davos

Gigi Gorgeous and Gettys push LGBT+ at Davos

Gay power couple, Gigi Gorgeous, a transgender YouTube star, and her wife, Nats Getty, are clear about why they were in Davos in the Swiss Alps for the annual meeting of the global elite – to ensure LGBT+ rights were on the agenda. The couple, who married in a lavish ceremony in California last July, […]

16th AROSA Gay Ski Week – from 18 to 25 January 2020!

16th AROSA Gay Ski Week – from 18 to 25 January 2020!

Arosa Gay Ski Week is one of Europe’s favourite Winter Pride festivals. Hundreds of gay men and women travel annually to Arosa, Switzerland, in January, for the friendly week-long celebration, supported by locals and the community. Everyone’s invited! Sport Studs, Lipstick Lesbians, Cute Twinks, Hot Daddies, and Keen Snow Bunnies come together from every corner […]

Semenya free to run without medication while appeal is heard – Court

Semenya free to run without medication while appeal is heard – Court

(Reuters) – Double Olympic champion, Caster Semenya, will be able to run in her favoured 800 meters event without medication to lower her testosterone levels, until her appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal has been ruled on, her lawyers said on Monday. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had ruled last month that the […]

Swiss Senate votes to improve protection on grounds of sexual orientation but not gender identity

Swiss Senate votes to improve protection on grounds of sexual orientation but not gender identity

On 28 November 2018, the Senate of Switzerland voted to criminalise hate speech and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, but refused to do the same for grounds of gender identity. ILGA-Europe welcomes the extension of protections against hate speech and discrimination based on sexual orientation – this is an important step forward for lesbian, […]