Americas / Europe

Europe ruling may boost LGBTI equality in Caribbean

Jamaican attorney and activist Maurice Tomlinson says yesterday’s court ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, could lead to positive change in the Caribbean. European Court brings relationship equality to the Caribbean British Overseas Territories? On July 21, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled against Italy’s ban on civil unions … Continue reading


Europe asks Russia, What about heterosexual propaganda?

“What about ‘propaganda of heterosexuality?’ ” asks a commission of European legal experts in their newly adopted opinion about legislation to ban so-called “propaganda of homosexuality,” which has been variously passed or is under consideration in Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. Nigel Warner, adviser from ILGA-Europe to the Council of Europe, reports here about  how the European … Continue reading


European plea to Russia: Anti-gay law would harm ‘core values’

A proposed Russian law that could ban any public displays or discussions of homosexuality where minors might be present “is an attempt to curtail fundamental freedoms, on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity,” says the specialist on LGBT rights for the  Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE). “I call on Russian parliamentarians to … Continue reading


Ukraine votes for ‘anti-gay propaganda’ bill

The Ukraine parliament today approved an “anti-gay propaganda” bill by a near-unanimous vote. The bill was passed 289-0, with one abstention and 60 deputies absent. If enacted, the bill would ban the import, manufacture or distribution of products that promote homosexuality and the use of media, TV or radio broadcasting for homosexual “propaganda.”  The bill … Continue reading


Russia — anti-gay, anti-Madonna, anti-pride hotbed

Russia remains a hotbed of anti-gay activism, even though it is not one of the 76 countries with anti-homosexuality laws. The Russian delegation to the U.N. Human Rights Council last year proposed a resolution honoring “traditional values” as an underpinning for human rights, which would have limited gay rights that aren’t already supported by local … Continue reading