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In Belgrade, Pride must go on

International News

BELGRADE, Serbia — There was not a gay person, let alone a banner, in sight in the square in front of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade’s city center at lunchtime on this Sunday. The Gay Pride Parade, scheduled for Sept. 20, had been banned by officialdom, or cancelled by the organizers, depending on which …

Crack down on hate crimes

International News Notes

Crack down on hate crimes LONDON — The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) carried out a series of raids on May 20 across London to crack down on domestic, homophobic, transphobic, race and other forms of hate crimes. The raids were a part of the force’s Operation Athena. A spokesperson said that there had been more …

Travel ban still in place

Global News Notes

Travel ban still in place LONDON — Gay men living with HIV remain banned from travelling to the U.S. unless they have specifically applied for a visa to do so, HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) warned in mid-April. Despite the recent introduction of an online visa waiver system (ESTA), people with …

Lack of rights dramatic

Dutch European Parliament member welcomes report, U.K. pol says politicians need courage

BRUSSELS — A Dutch Member of the European Parliament (MEP) welcomed a report presented to the European Parliament last month, showing the rights of gay men and women and transgender people are insufficiently protected throughout the European Union (EU). The report, “Homophobic Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation in the EU Member States,” also said …

Anti-discrimination laws essential

Global News Notes

Anti-discrimination laws essential for Serbian democracy BRUSSELS — Members of the European Parliament made calls in early March for the Serbian government to put back on its agenda proposed anti-discrimination legislation that would protect LGBT citizens. The draft legislation is said to have been withdrawn before the vote in the Serbian Parliament following pressure from …

Marriage ban must be lifted, say Scottish gays

Scottish Parliament being asked to amend Civil Marriage Act to include gay couples

GLASGOW, Scotland — On Jan. 13, Scottish gays and lesbians launched a petition calling on the Parliament to amend the Scottish Marriage Act of 1977 to allow same-sex couples to legally marry. Spearheading the campaign is the Glasgow-based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network (LGBTN). The petition also calls on the law in Scotland to …