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Austria: A selection of Vienna Pride events
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First published at eurOut.


Pride time is in full swing all around Europe. With the Opening Party tomorrow, Saturday June 5, Vienna is joining in. There's a lot happening prior to the actual Pride Parade, the 15th Regenbogenparade. Like every year various tramlines around Vienna will fly rainbow flags, there will be talks, concerts, parties and many other ways to get together with with your fellow lgbt people. Here I'll give an overview of upcoming events. You can find all events at the official Vienna Pride website.



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First Bratislava Pride disrupted, but still successful
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Last Saturday, May 22, the first ever Slovak Pride Parade Dúhový PRIDE took place in Bratislava. Alas, not without disruptions.



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Is the UK’s new Equality Minister Theresa May with or against us?
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Would you think someone who has a record of consistently voting against lgbt rights (10 against, 8 absent, 1 pro) has a good chance of becoming Minister for Equality? No? Well, think again!

The only case in which Theresa May (Conservative) voted pro-gay was her voting in favour of the Civil Partnership Bill in 2004. Other than that she has, for example, voted against lowering the age of consent for homosexuals and against the right for same-sex couples to adopt. Yet, Theresa May is the new Minister for Women and Equality in the UK.

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Norwegian Kindergartens to Get Same-Sex Fairytales
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Wouldn't it be great if kids in kindergarten would hear stories about tough princesses who rescue princes from great danger, or about princes who fall in love with other princes or about growing up with two mums instead of a mum and a dad? Even though lgbt children's books have been around for a while, expecting to find them in a kindergarten's reader's corner still seems a bit too optimistic.

Not so in Norway. The Norwegian Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion says that children should be taught that having gay and lesbian parents is normal, reports Vårt Land.

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fiction: night rises
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Look at how productive I am! It only took me three whole months to post another little story. :D


night rises [200 words]
summary: night doesn't fall; night rises. it starts on the ground, in the corners. it creeps out from under stones, oozes out of cracks in the wall, slides along tree trunks until it reaches the remotest branches.




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Germany Blocks New EU Anti-Discrimination Directive
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While the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is stepping up and is showing its support for LGBT people, Germany is doing quite the opposite.

The Assembly is adopting a Resolution on Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Meanwhile, Germany continues to block the European Commission's new Anti-Discrimination Directive.

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AI Reports: European Countries Break International Guidelines by Sending Back (LGBT) Refugees t
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Last week Gwen already wrote about the difficulties that arise for gays and lesbians, who seek asylum in the UK because of their sexual orientation. But the UK isn't the only European country guilty of forcing people to return to places where they aren't safe at all.

According to Amnesty International's recent report Iraq: Civilians Under Fire Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden also breached UNHCR guidelines and forcibly returned many Iraqis to unsafe parts of the country.

This report also talks specifically about attacks on gay men and violence against women and girls, which further underlines the importance of protecting lgbt asylum seekers.


Iraq: Civilians Under Fire


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Review: Searching 4 Sandeep
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Searching 4 Sandeep is a really sweet documentary about finding love online. But even more than that it is the story of two women who made their relationship work regardless of their different backgrounds.


searching 4 sandeep Tania Lambert)

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Romy Schneider: L'Enfer
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A beautiful woman is smoking, her face covered in glittering body paint and illuminated by undulating lights. Who is she?

The first name that you think of will most probably not be Romy Schneider. Excusable, but still wrong as you can see in the embedded clip from the movie L'Enfer.



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Gay Rights in Africa: Current Developments
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Homosexual acts are illegal in 36 African countries, yet recent developments in Africa show a further homophobic backlash. Visible in developments such as the proposed introduction of the death penalty for homosexuals and the ban on "promoting homosexuality" in Uganda, the arrest of guests at a gay wedding in Kenya and "corrective" rape in South Africa. In Malawi the first gay couple to seek same-sex marriage is held in a maximum security prison.


source: wikipedia


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