Situation of LGBT+ people in Poland, October 2020

Situation of LGBT+ people in Poland, October 2020

Author: Jade MacEwan Fifty ambassadors from various countries around the globe, as well as representatives of international organisations, recently signed a letter expressing their support for LGBT+ people in Poland. It was published as an open letter on 27 September and presented by the Belgian, Danish and UK ambassadors to the organisers of the Polish…

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Can The EU Protect Human Rights and Democratic Values in its Member States by Means of Financial Sanctions?

Can The EU Protect Human Rights and Democratic Values in its Member States by Means of Financial Sanctions?

Author: Jade MacEwan The European Union’s Equality Commissioner, Helena Dalli, announced on 28 July that six Polish cities had been refused grants under a twinning programme due to their anti-LGBT+ rights stance. The six cities had adopted resolutions declaring themselves to be “LGBT-free zones” or “zones free of LGBT+ ideology”, or had adopted so-called “family…

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Could Thailand Become The Second Country in South-East Asia to Legalise Same-Sex Unions?

Could Thailand Become The Second Country in South-East Asia to Legalise Same-Sex Unions?

Author: Jade MacEwan On the 8th of July, the Thai Cabinet approved a bill which would allow same-sex couples in Thailand to enter into civil partnerships. While the word “marriage” is not explicitly used in the bill, the civil partnerships would include many of the same rights for same-sex couples as heterosexual marriages. Same-sex partners…

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Montenegro Votes to Approve Civil Partnerships

Montenegro Votes to Approve Civil Partnerships

Autor: Jade MacEwan Montenegro passed a bill on the 2nd of July to legalise civil partnerships, becoming both the first country in the Balkans to do so. Forty-two out of eighty-one MPs voted to approve it, with only five MPs voting against the bill (EuroNews, 2020). Montenegro’s leaders welcomed the new law, with Prime Minister…

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Same-Sex Marriage Moves Closer to Becoming Reality in Switzerland

Same-Sex Marriage Moves Closer to Becoming Reality in Switzerland

Autor: Jade MacEwan On the 11th of June, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, the National Council, voted to approve draft legislation for same-sex marriage and access to sperm donation for women in same-sex partnerships. All parliamentary groups in the House of Representatives argued in favour of the draft legislation for same-sex marriage, although…

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Homophobic viral video in Russia

Homophobic viral video in Russia

Autor: Jade MacEwan You will not find any reference to the original video within this article due to the fact that it embodies hate speech. Images that we include serve the purpose of visual illustrations accompanied by our commentary.  A homophobic political advert has gone viral in Russia in the run up to the referendum…

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Putin aims to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage in Russia

Putin aims to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage in Russia

Autor: Jade MacEwan Photo: Queer Geography archive Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, intends to ask the Russian people to vote for same-sex marriage to be constitutionally banned in a referendum which is planned for next month. The ban on same-sex marriage is part of a wider package of amendments to the Russian constitution…

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Could Same-Sex Marriage Become a Reality in China?

Could Same-Sex Marriage Become a Reality in China?

Autor: Jade MacEwan Photo: Jay on Unsplash In only August of last year, after facing pressure to follow Taiwan’s lead in introducing marriage equality, Chinese government spokesman Zang Tiewei confirmed that same-sex marriage would not be legalised in China (PinkNews, 2019). But could there now be hope for same-sex couples in China who want to marry?…

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(CFP) Mapping Desire – 25 years on: legacies, lessons, and lacunae

(CFP) Mapping Desire – 25 years on: legacies, lessons, and lacunae

CFP: Conference of Irish Geographers (pre-conference symposium and conference 20-23rd May 2020, Dublin Ireland) and Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers (1st September-4th September 2020 London, England). The year 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of Mapping Desire edited by David Bell and Gill Valentine. This edited book was the first collection of geographical work on sexuality, and has long played…

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CFP: Heteroactivism, Homonationalism and National Projects

CFP: Heteroactivism, Homonationalism and National Projects

Heteroactivism, Homonationalism and National Projects Stefanie C. Boulila (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts), Kath Browne (University College Dublin), Catherine Jean Nash (Brock University), Call for Papers for a Special Issue proposal for ACME: Journal of Critical Geographers We are looking for 1-2 more papers for a special issue that we will propose to…

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