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Hungary Cooperates With Russia On Anti-LGBTI Issues

Russia’s international fight against LGBTI-rights is an inherent part of their strategy to undermine the European Union’s liberal democracy. Through international homophobic networks, Russian intelligence made contacts with Hungarian government representatives.

Transgenders Outed In Armenia On Social Media

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

PRIDE #6: Queer Journalism In Hungary & Hate Crimes In Ukraine (Podcast)

In this IDAHOT special, Rémy Bonny discusses writing about LGBTQ-issues as a journalist in Hungary with Ádám András Kanicsár. Journalists are under a lot of pressure by the government, many reports say. Ukraine's parliament is dealing with a new hate crime law protecting the LGBTQ-community. Andrii Kravchuk from Ukraine's oldest LGBTQ-organisation Nash Mir explains it.  https://open.spotify.com/episode/7riClk1J37EmoyJG5dKsyO This podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts … Continue reading PRIDE #6: Queer Journalism In Hungary & Hate Crimes In Ukraine (Podcast)

“They are trying to intimidate us”: Polish activists sued for exposing LGBTI Free Zones

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

Ukraine: New LGBTI Hate Crime Bill Is Real Test For European Commitment

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

PRIDE #5: LGBTQ-Equality Through Art In Belgium & Bulgaria (Podcast)

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)

Hungary Blocks Treaty Over Mentions Sexuality & Gender Identity

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

Pride #4: LGBTQ-Rights In The EU’s Most Religious Country: Romania (Podcast)

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.

Pride #3: Georgia’s Struggle For Equality & LGBTQ Media Silence (Podcast)

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.

Pride #2: Young And Queer In Poland & Anti-LGBTQ In USA (Podcast)

In the second episode, Rémy Bonny discusses with Dominik Kuc and Łukasz Jurewicz how it is to grow up in increasingly anti-LGBTQ Poland. The ultraconservatives don't limit their actions to Europe. With Heron Greenesmith(Political Research Associates), he discusses the anti-LGBTQ attacks in the United States. https://open.spotify.com/episode/6yGltIypaTiqFT0G1soNBZ Available on Spotify, Apple Podcast and Deezer.

Pride #1: Hungary’s Trans Ban & Impact COVID-19 On Pride (Podcast)

In this episode, Rémy Bonny discusses with Viktória Radványi of Budapest Pride the recent initiative to ban legal gender changes in Hungary. With Steve Taylor (EuroPride) and Hans Verhoeven (Amsterdam Pride) he discusses the impact of COVID-19 on Pride: "Some Prides might not exist anymore next year." https://open.spotify.com/show/5x1uJKF00U4K1a49FuM0E7 The podcast is also listed on Deezer.