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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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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The EU Parliament Adopts a Motion to Protect LGBTI Rights

The EU Parliament Adopts a Motion to Protect LGBTI Rights

by Jade MacEwan On 18 December, the European Parliament passed its first motion on public discrimination and hate speech against LGBTI people, including notoriously known Polish LGBTI free zones. The adopted text includes measures to combat discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity and the recognition that hate crimes against LGBTI people…

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Invitation: The European Congress of Psychology & The Russian Psychological Society

The European Congress of Psychology & The Russian Psychological Society Call for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Programming For the European Congress of Psychology in Moscow, Russia, July 2-5, 2019 Abstract Submissions Deadlines: Symposia, Panels, and Oral Presentations and Poster Sessions Submission Deadline: December 3, 2018.  Please distribute this Call to other individuals and groups that might…

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