The announcement of a two months prison sentence for a LGBTI-activist led to unseen protests on the streets of Warsaw. Hundreds of LGBTI-activists convened in front of the offices of the Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH – Poland’s biggest LGBTI-organisation). At least 48 activists were detained, and several were injured, after the police used excessive violence to crackdown on … Continue reading Download ‘Solidarity with Polish Stonewall’-Poster
The European Commission’s new LGBTI Equality Strategy has to go beyond the traditional trajectory of striving for rights for sexual and gender minorities. To tackle the problems the LGBTI-community is facing in Central and Eastern Europe, a comprehensive and geopolitical approach will be instrumental. The Polish and Hungarian government started a cultural war, and they … Continue reading A Europe without values is not worthy to be called a Union
On April 23, two transgender women, E.P and A. Gh., reported to Armenian Trans Rights Organisation Right Side that a number of people had posted photos and information of their passports on Facebook and Instagram. The concerned transgender women were subjected to discrimination and hate speech via social media: "they received numerous threats, mocking and insulting comments", according … Continue reading Transgenders Outed In Armenia On Social Media
Ordi Iuris, the Polish ultraconservative organisation, announced that they will legally represent 5 LGBTI Free Zones in a court case against the LGBTI activist that revealed them. Ordo Iuris has close connections to the Polish conservative government, who has over the last years made the judiciary less independent from the government. Jakub Gawron: “They are … Continue reading “They are trying to intimidate us”: Polish activists sued for exposing LGBTI Free Zones
4 pieces of legislation in the Ukrainian Parliament dealing with hate crimes: 3 defending LGBTI-people & 1 defending religious groups.Religious pro-Russian MPs are extremely vocal, while liberal pro-European MPs stay silent. President Volodymyr Zelensky has stayed silent over the matter. Hate crime legislation in Ukraine’s criminal code is an important commitment of Ukraine after the Association … Continue reading Ukraine: New LGBTI Hate Crime Bill Is Real Test For European Commitment
In this episode, Rémy Bonny discusses the creation of visibility for the LGBTQ-movement with Bulgarian choreographer Kosta Karakashyan and Belgian spoken word artist Inke Gieghase through art. Both their work has been internationally recognised. Kosta participated as a professional dancer in Dancing With The Stars in Vietnam and received international media attention after the release … Continue reading PRIDE #5: LGBTQ-Equality Through Art In Belgium & Bulgaria (Podcast)
Earlier this week, the Hungarian Parliament adopted a bill preventing the country from ratifying the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. According to the Hungarian government, the Istanbul Convention "takes an unacceptable approach to defining gender and sexuality". By doing this, the Central European country joins a group of conservative countries accusing … Continue reading Hungary Blocks Treaty Over Mentions Sexuality & Gender Identity
In this episode, Rémy Bonny discusses with the founding father of the Romanian LGBTQ-movement Florin Buhuceanu (ACCEPT Romania) the impact of the church in his country on the fight for LGBTQ-equality. Florin also serves as a leader in the Metropolitan Community Church in Bucharest. https://open.spotify.com/episode/0AOk2MOjvgEzV8mSnlgGjs This podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Deezer.
In this episode, Rémy Bonny discusses with the leader of Tbilisi Pride Giorgi Tabagari how the fight for equality continues in Georgia after widespread violence against the LGBTQ-community last year. With April Anderson, he discusses how search engine and social media algorithms have negative effects for the LGBTQ-movement. https://open.spotify.com/episode/1susx6XlMp6f2M6nOCjdbM This episode is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Deezer.
This year was a difficult year for the LGBTI-community. Many countries, who were once on the right path, took steps backwards. The people who want to prevent LGBTI-equality are internationally better organised than ever before. Nevertheless, these new challenges bring a lot of new opportunities for our LGBTI-movement. The next year should be the year … Continue reading My Top 10 LGBTI Of 2019