International News

Moscow threatens Pride crackdown

Great Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office recently released new guidelines for gay travelers in Russia, advising that visitors to Moscow should be aware of possible violence at a planned gay-pride march.

Lesbian PM wins in Iceland

Johanna Sigurdardottir, the lesbian named interim prime minister of Iceland in February, led her center-left coalition to a resounding victory in elections on April 25.

Irish demand full marriage rights

Nearly 1,000 people recently demonstrated in central Dublin, criticizing the government for refusing to give gay people equal marriage rights.

Russians charged for promoting homosexuality

Two Russian gay activists were convicted on April 6 of promoting homosexuality in Ryazan, southeast of Moscow.

Harassment widespread in Europe

A European Union report released on March 31 showed that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals face widespread harassment, bullying and discrimination across Europe.

Life sentence in antigay slaying

A 20-year-old Liverpool man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of an 18-year-old gay man who was brutally beaten and left in the street to die.

Israeli granted maternity leave

Israel’s National Insurance Institute authorized the country’s first-ever maternity leave for a male couple on March 12.

Sydney celebrates Mardi Gras

Revelers decked out in sequins, feathers, wigs and leather danced through the streets of Sydney last weekend to the cheers of more than 300,000 people at the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

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