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Ukraine: #Poroshenko’s party wants to criminalize #LGBT discrimination


Kyiv's historic Zhovten cinema after suspected act of anti-LGBT motivated arson on Oct. 29.Kyiv’s historic Zhovten cinema after suspected act of anti-LGBT motivated arson on Oct. 29. © Ilya Timchenko.

Ian Bateson for Kyiv Post.

In response to a series of attacks in Kyiv over the past month, the party of President Petro Poroshenko said they support introducing criminal liability for discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.

“We support safety guarantees for the LGBT community and criminal liability for discrimination based on sexuality,” the party said in a recent letter addressed to the National LGBT Portal of Ukraine.

On Oct. 29 Kyiv’s historic Zhovten cinema was devastated by fire in what authorities believe to be an act or arson. At the time an LGBT themed film was being show as part of the Molodost film festival. On Oct. 31 a group of men in camouflage attempted to force their way into a screening of another LGBT film being shown as part of the festival but were stopped by police.

The film festival’s organizers later said on Facebook that the men were wearing far-right Pravy Sektor insignia though the group itself denied being involved in the attacks.

The state-own Zhovten cinema has been at the center of real-estate development disputes making it unclear whether LGBT issues were the real focus or whether the attacks were a cover for an attempted land grab.

Following the incidents critics said that politicians had failed to keep promises made during the EuroMaidan protests to meet European human rights norms.

“It seems that not everyone understands human rights. Not everyone understand that LGBT rights are human rights and we are not talking about something special for one community,” said the Director of Amnesty International’s Ukraine branch Tetyana Mazur.

The National LGBT Portal of Ukraine received the letter from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc signed by the head of the party secretariat Maksym Savrasov after sending out appeals ahead of the Oct. 26 parliamentary election to all major Ukrainian political parties. In these appeals, they asked whether the parties would support legislation introducing criminal liability for LGBT discrimination.

The Petro Poroshenko Bloc was the only political party to respond to the inquiry, according to the LGBT rights group.

The letter the party sent emphasized that the path to EU membership was also a “tool” for change that allowed implementing “European standards of life” in both economic and social spheres. It did not mention any time frame or specific plans for introducing a bill supporting criminalizing LGBT discrimination in the new Rada, which is expected to convene in December.

A previous attempt to pass a similar law in 2013 failed.

LGBT rights groups experienced a setback in July when Kyiv police asked them not to hold an equality march saying they couldn’t ensure their safety. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko who recently ran as number one on the party list for the Petro Poroshenko Bloc compared the event at the time to a “carnival” and said it was not a time for celebrating.

An LGBT march had taken place the previous year when now ousted President Viktor Yanukovych was still in power.


Kyiv Post.

Ed Miliband: Lord Cashman will be my LGBT rights envoy #Labour #LGBTRights #LGBT


Lord Michael CashmanLord Michael Cashman.

Labour leader Ed Miliband says Lord Michael Cashman will serve as the party’s LGBT rights envoy – at a time when LGBT rights “are going backwards” abroad.

Mr Miliband made the announcement this afternoon in his speech to the Labour Party Conference in Manchester.

“We’ve made extraordinary progress on lesbian and gay rights over the last 20 years. When I think about the transformations, growing up into adulthood? It’s the biggest transformation,” Mr Miliband said.

“We’ve made such progress on equality. But we have to face the fact that internationally things, if anything, are going backwards.

“We can’t just let that happen. We can’t just say that’s okay. The next Labour government will fight to make sure that we fight for our values and human rights all around the world.”

The Labour leader said Lord Cashman would stand up for LGBT rights abroad.

“So today I can announce that I am appointing Michael Cashmann, Lord Cashmann, as our envoy on LGBT rights all around the world.”

It would mean that the gay peer would become a diplomat to the UK Government – if Labour wins next year’s general election.

He retired from the European Parliament in June, after a 15-year stint as a West Midlands MEP.

In August, he was elevated to the House of Lords.

At the time, Lord Cashman told PinkNews.co.uk: “It’s a huge and humbling honour, and if anything it just brings me closer to my roots, closer to where I began. I just wish my old Mum and Dad were alive to witness it.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair personally congratulated Lord Cashman for his long service to politics and LGBT rights at a central London reception earlier this summer.

The peer is a highly-regarded figure in the Labour Party.

A video tribute from all four surviving Labour leaders, Ed Miliband, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and Neil Kinnock, was played out in front of the former MEP who was visibly moved by the testimony.

Lord Cashman co-founded gay rights charity Stonewall in 1989.

Before going into politics Michael Cashman had long been a household name.

As a child actor he was cast in the role of Oliver Twist in the original run of Lionel Bart’s musical Oliver!

However, he is possibly best known for his role as Colin Russell in the BBC’s long-running soap Eastenders.

His character is best remembered for taking part in the first ever same-sex kiss in a British soap.


PinkNews.co.uk.

Kremlin puppet issues chilling threats to gay community in occupied Crimea #Homophobia #LGBT #Crimea


Homophobia in Occupied Crimea

Occupied Crimea’s pro-Russian leader has claimed that gays ‘have no chance‘ of living a normal life on the Black Sea peninsula. Sergei Aksyonov said that Crimea ‘did not need such people’ and that police would ‘react’ within minutes to tell them the ‘sexual orientation they should stick to’. 1

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Ukraine Today.


  1. A message to Russia & other bigoted nations: If you do not want gays in your countries, you should stop procreating, The LGBT community ALL came from ‘straight’ parents! Science has shown that the more children you have the higher chance that one or two may be gay. So Mr Putin, Mr Aksyonov and all the rest of you bigots do us all a favour and stop procreating now!!! 

Brighton Pride 2014: Freedom To Live #FreedomToLive


Brighton LGBT Pride

Get your glad rags on, the day we’ve all been waiting for all year has finally arrive, its Brighton (& Hove) Pride, a celebration of love and life.

Brighton Rainbow Rooms

The Rainbow Rooms at New Steine Gardens will be an oasis of calm in a sea of celebrations over the Brighton Pride and Village Party weekend.

Situated in the heart of the Gay Village, The Rainbow Rooms will give local residents and Pride guests a chance to eat, enjoy Fine wines and champagne or a pint of Harvey’s real Ale, and relax in a unique space dedicated to the chill at Pride that respects the ambience of the gardens and AID’s memorial.

Take a ride on the vintage ferris wheel or enjoy a soundtrack of chilled out grooves, and special performances, The Rainbow Rooms will be a must-visit location to grab a little downtime with Pride.

Village Party Pledgbands will be required during Village party hours.

Sunday evening from 9pm the community will celebrates Pride with friends and love ones thats are here in spirit.
Please see details here of the Celebration of Love and life with Pride,

The Rainbow Rooms
New Steine Gardens
Friday 1st August -Sunday 3rd August
12noon-midnight.

Profits from the Rainbow rooms will go towards Pride’s community fundraising effort for the Rainbow Fund, a Brighton and Hove based grant-giving fund for local LGBT and HIV/AIDS organisations.

New Steine Flags Sponsored by the generous hoteliers of the New Steine; Ambassador, Strawberry, Lime House, Urban House, Gullivers & New Steine, Marine View, Cosmopolitan, Sea Spray, Alston House, Five, Square and Hamptons.

The Rainbow Rooms is a much welcome addition to Brighton Pride 2014, perfectly Proud and waiting to greet you.


PRIDE MAIN STAGE LINEUP.

One of the UK’s favourite Pride celebration, Brighton Pride are thrilled to announce this years Preston Park Festival line-ups. Sparkling, spectacular and seaside saucy, you’ll find everything you need to keep you proud on Brighton Pride day.

From the sunshine stars lined up to thrill the Pride Main Stage including Calabro, Martha Wash, Blue, Katy B and a must-see disco finale from Sam Bailey, the incredible array of world class DJs on the decks of the Wild Fruit, Girls Dance Tent, Men’s Zone and Calabash to Legend’s infamous Cabaret Tent via the Alternative Drag tent and the debut of the Q Live Music Stage with headliners Republica, Brighton Pride 2014 has your pride festivities covered.

For one day the world will be a disco, Brighton Pride style.

Main Stage Line-up
12:45 Paul Diello
13:15 Allan Jay
13:45 Ariana and The Rose
14:15 De’Vide
14:45 Osaro
15:05 Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus
15:30 Lascel Wood
16:10 Heather Peace
16:40 Collabro
17:10 Neon Jungle
17:40 Peter Tatchell
18:00 Martha Wash
18:30 Kimberley Wyatt
19:00 Blue
19:35 Frankmusik
20:10 Katy B
20:55 Sam Bailey
21:30 Pride Finale show

Pride Brighton & Hove 2014: Freedom To Live
Pride Festival Preston Park 12noon – 10pm.
Early Bird / Advance Tickets: Sold out.
£20 / £25 on the day.

Pride tickets page.


GAYDAR ‘Q’ STAGE AMAZING LINE-UP

The Q Live Music Stage has to be one of the most anticipated additions to this year’s Brighton Pride Festival in Preston Park. Bringing the very best in live rock, indie, folk electronic and rap to the UK’s favourite Pride celebration, The Q Live Music Stage line-up is a stunning selection of diversity, talent and success and promises to bring something bold, brash and beautiful to Brighton Pride 2014.

Headlining the Q proceedings will be the indie legends that are Republica and their irrepressible front woman Saffron Sprackling whilst the roof raising A-Flop of Lucy Spraggan and her band return for yet another unforgettable performance.

If you want your entertainment strictly gothic and industrial then Massive Ego and Death Koolaid will be un-missable as will the homo-hop of the superb Q Boy and London’s spoken word and hip-hop aficionados LC Collective. The spellbinding Bruce Lok and memorising CN Lester will enchant whilst Kit Rice‘s blend of funk, pop and hip hop will ensure the dance is had.

The energetic Brit-pop passion of Departure From Normal and Battle Of You will bring plenty of sunshine beats to proceedings and Echo and the Beats promise a set of punky ska-core fuelled with mod vibes. Brighton Music Award winners Kenelis will be performing an lively set of alt-rock with elements of punk, grunge and hardcore and Brighton Pride favourites Joan Ov Arc return ready to rock the Q Live Stage with their classic rock anthems.

Kenelis front women and Q Stage Coordinator Mel Sanson said “We wanted to bring more live music into the park and music of different genres that don’t always get the opportunity to play at Pride festivals. Supporting new music and local bands is really important to me and we hope they all enjoy the day rocking the stage!”

The Brighton Pride Q Live Stage. It’s going to be one hell of a debut and one we can’t wait to hear. See you at the front.

Gaydar Q Live Stage 2014 in association with Student Pride
12:55 Ben Williams (host)
12:55 Echo & The Beats (Ska-Core)
13:30 Departure from Normal (Brit Pop)
14:05 Adam All (Host)
14:05 Bruce Lok (Alternative)
14:40 CN Lester (Lo-Fit Alt)
15:05 LC Collective (Hip Hop)
15:40 Kit Rice (Funk Pop)
16:15 CN Lester (Host)
16:15 Death Koolaid (Punk)
16:50 Battle Of You (Alt-Pop)
17:25 MC Angel (Host)
17:25 Joan Ov Arc (Classic Rock)
17:55 Q Boy (Rap)
18:30 Kathy Caton (Host)
18:30 Lucy Spraggan (A-Flop)
19:15 Massive Ego (Industrial Gothic)
20.00 Kenelis (Alt-Rock)
20:45 Mel Sanson (Host)
20:45 Republica (Brit Pop Legends)

Pride Brighton & Hove 2014: Freedom To Live
Pride Festival Preston Park 12noon – 10pm.
Early Bird / Advance Tickets: Sold out.
£20 / £25 on the day.

Pride tickets page.


IPHONE & ANDROID APP OUT NOW AND FREE!

The fabulous new Brighton Pride iPhone app is out now… and it’s FREE!

With all the details of the parade route, the park map, the line ups and timings for every stage and so much more, it is your handy guide to everything happening over the Pride weekend.

Download the iPhone App from iTunes here

Download the Android App here

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MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FROM PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON

Prime Minister David Cameron

I am, once again, delighted to offer my support to Pride Brighton & Hove. It is a fantastic celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and its contribution to the diversity and vibrancy of Brighton and Hove.

I am proud of this country’s record of advancing LGBT equality and rights. It was a truly momentous occasion seeing the first same-sex couples getting married on 29 March, including those marriages that took place in Brighton that weekend.

The Pride festival is an excellent opportunity to bring people from different communities together to enjoy not only a colourful and entertaining day out but a whole programme of cultural, social and sporting events. These events are a great way to enhance community dialogue and to remind ourselves of the progress towards equality made in this country. The LGBT Pride events that take place across the UK each year help to show why the UK continues to be recognised as number one in Europe on LGBT equality and rights.

I would like to send my congratulations to the organisers and volunteers for their efforts in co-ordinating Pride Brighton & Hove 2014 and wish everyone attending the very best for a happy and successful event.


MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FROM RT HON ED MILIBAND MP

Labour Leader, Ed Miliband MP


Lots more information can be found here

Have a fabulous Brighton Pride 2014 and stay safe.

UK: #Brighton & Hove City Council best in country for tackling #homophobia


BRIGHTON and Hove City Council best in country for tackling homophobia

BRIGHTON and Hove City Council has been named the top local authority in the country for tackling homophobic and biphobic bullying in schools.

The pressure group Stonewall has put the council in first place in their 2014 Education Equality Index.

Stonewall has described the council as ‘leading the way’ in celebrating difference and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

Councillor Sue Shanks, chairwoman of the council’s children and young people committee, said: “We want all our young people to be proud of who they are and to be able to make the best of their talents without fear or prejudice.

“In our schools young people are active participants in our anti-bullying work.

She added: “This is a proud moment for our city.

Stonewall praised the work the council does jointly with the Allsorts Youth Project charity.

Young people from Allsorts have delivered training to council and school staff and provided anti-homophobic bullying sessions in secondary and primary schools.

Stonewall praised Blatchington Mill School for a Student Equality Conference it held earlier this year that was attended by 60 students from five secondary schools.

St Nicolas’ Primary School was praised for the innovative work it has done on challenging the use of homophobic language in the playground.

Allsorts director Jess Wood, MBE, said: “The council and our schools have done amazing work this year and deserve this great recognition.

“We cannot praise the schools highly enough.

“They have taken on the issues and worked tirelessly to change things for the better.

“We all work closely together and this mutual support and enthusiasm has made our schools and our city a safer place for LGBT children and young people.”

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