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LGBTI Rights in Europe


ADDED ON: 02/03/2021

Twitter says Turkish minister’s LGBT comments about protesters “hateful conduct”

Turkey’s interior minister on Tuesday condemned protesters at a top Istanbul university as “LGBT deviants” in a statement which Twitter deemed as hateful conduct. Students and teachers at Istanbul’s Bogazici University have…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2021

Scottish government withdraws amendment to exempt ‘criticism of transgender identity’ from hate crime law after backlash

The Scottish government has pulled an amendment that sought to exempt “criticism of transgender identity” from hate crime laws. The country’s justice minister Humza Yousaf announced via Twitter on Monday (1 February)…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2021

Erdogan hits out at ‘LGBT youth’ as police break up fresh protest

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday lashed out at Turkey's LGBT movement, accusing it of "vandalism" following an outbreak of student protests. Four people were arrested over the weekend for depicting Islam's…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2021

UK Supreme Court to hear case for gender-neutral markings on passports in July

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom have announced they will begin hearing a case for whether gender-neutral markings, like ‘X’, should be allowed on passports. The specific dates that the court…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2021

Eddie Izzard wants to become the UK’s first-ever transgender MP

Eddie Izzard, the genderfluid stand-up comedian and longtime Labour campaigner, has a simple mission: Become Britain’s first openly trans member of Parliament. Speaking to the Sunday Mirror newspaper, the 58-year-old is trading…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2021

One of Poland’s LGBT-free zones becomes first in the country to strike down shameful homophobic ideology

As women’s rights advocates, LGBT+ activists, among other allies, poured onto the streets of Warsaw to battle the country’s near-total ban on abortion, a small town made a hugely symbolic decision. Councillors…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2021

Turkish students depict sacred Islamic site alongside rainbows. They’re detained and dubbed ‘deviants’ by ministers

The Kaaba is the most sacred site in Islam, being a building in the centre of the Masjid al-Haram mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Tensions have simmered at Boğaziçi University in Instanbul after a supposed loyalist…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2021

Should the President of Magdalen be forced out over a gay marriage case?

Dinah Rose QC is a human rights lawyer of great distinction. A former Barrister of the Year, she has appeared in several high profile cases, ranging from extraordinary rendition and Julian Assange…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2021

Spanish minister under fire for suggesting LGBT people face discrimination from the working class

A minister in Spain's left-wing coalition government was at the centre of a row after suggesting that gay and transsexual people face homophobia from working class people. Irene Montero, who is the…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2021

Belgium to expel Turkish imam over ‘hateful comments’ against LGBT community

Belgium is ordering a Turkish imam to leave the country after he posted comments judged homophobic on social media, officials said Thursday. The imam, working in a mosque in northern Belgium, has…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2021

Sturgeon trans rights support prompts calls for reform

Nicola Sturgeon has been challenged to include meaningful reform of gender recognition legislation in her party’s spring manifesto, after she made her strongest statement yet in support of transgender rights. Scotland’s first…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2021

He Compared Gay Marriage to Bestiality. Now He’s in Charge of His Country’s Schools.

Poland’s conservative ruling party is under fire for promoting an MP with a far-right background as the country’s new deputy minister for education. Tomasz Rzymkowski is known for homophobic statements, his campaigning…

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