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Homophobic Bullying in Lithuanian Schools: Survey Results and Recommendations

ILGA-Europe | March 19, 2015

Lithuanian member organisation, LGL, have released a publication on homophobic bullying in Lithuanian schools.

The publication, entitled ‘Homophobic Bullying in Lithuanian Schools: Survey Results and Recommendations’, shows that almost a quarter of teachers (23.3%) said that verbal bullying based on presumed or actual sexual orientation occurs often or very often.

LGL make several recommendations, including:

  • Raising teachers’ awareness of the fact that there are LGBT young people and students in their schools and that they face bullying and harassment
  • Educating teachers on how to provide support to these young people
  • Incorporating homophobic bullying into the general anti-bullying program
  • Ensuring that sexual education is taught in school
  • Creating support and informational systems for students

The full publication is available to download as a PDF file here.

“Equality for All” conference on discrimination issues faced by LGBT and Religion and Belief-based communities

ILGA-Europe | March 30, 2015

On 26 March,ILGA-Europe and ENORB, the European Network on Religion and Belief, jointly organised a ground-breaking event to examine existing and proposed equality legislation in Europe.

The event aimed at identifying common experiences of discrimination between LGBTI people and religious and belief groups, gaining knowledge on EU anti-discrimination legal framework and exploring areas of potential tension in a spirit of dialogue and mutual understanding.

After presentations by Equinet and the European Commission on the EU anti-discrimination framework, participants brainstormed on their lived experiences of discrimination in the areas of health, education, employment and access to goods and services. In the afternoon, they worked on case-studies aiming at identifying together ways forward to overcome tensions and misunderstandings.

60 persons attended the event, representing ILGA-Europe and ENORB members, but also equality bodies, and policy makers at EU level.

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Supreme Court Judge Calls Same-Sex Union Groundless

Supreme Court judge Charalambos Machairas said unions between same-sex couples are groundless, in a decision addressed to the court’s political department on Monday.

The judge said the Supreme Court should sustain a previous ruling by an appeals court nullifying the marriage of two women by the former municipal authority on the island of Tilos in the summer of 2008.

The couple challenged the decision by invoking Article 12 of the European Convention of Human Rights, which does not exclude same-sex couples from the right to marry.

The European Court of Human Rights has fined Greece in 2013 for failing to protect the rights, including domestic partnerships, of the country’s homosexual community. The same court described that there was discrimination to same-sex couples.

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Netanyahu switches on Palestine statehood, tensions lighten between US, Israel

RT News | March 20, 2015

Days after winning re-election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reconsidered his stance on a Palestine state after making campaign promises to not allow one. The flip flop after the tight race has brought more questions of the next years of the Netanyahu leadership, especially possibility of the US supporting Palestinian statehood. RT’s Ben Swan speaks with Professor John Quigley from Ohio State University and gets his perspective of the recent events in the Israeli race.

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‘We Were Wrong’ to Invade Iraq Says Deputy PM Under Tony Blair

Tony Blair. (photo: AP)
Tony Blair. (photo: AP)

teleSUR | Reader Supported News | March 18, 2015

Lord John Prescott admitted that he and Tony Blair “were wrong” to invade Iraq.

former U.K. deputy prime minister has accused Tony Blair of radicalizing young British Muslims with his “bloody crusades.”

Speaking at fundraiser, Lord Prescott, who served as Blair’s deputy, admitted that the pair “were wrong” to invade Iraq.

“I was with Tony Blair on Iraq. We were wrong. They told us it wasn’t regime change. It was. And that’s exactly what the Americans have had. Now Tony, unfortunately is still in to that. I mean the way he’s going now, he now wants to invade everywhere,” Prescott said in remarks made last month but which came to light over the weekend.

Islamic scholars in Indonesia push for death penalty for sex abuse and gay and lesbian ‘crimes’

George Roberts | Yahoo News | March 17, 2015

Indonesia’s council of Islamic scholars is recommending the government allow the death penalty for a range of sex crimes including abuse, indecency and gay and lesbian “activities”.

The country’s Ulema Council or MUI has issued a Fatwa banning gay and lesbian activities, due to what it calls an “increasing number of sex abuse cases”.

A spokesman also said there had been an increase in “reports of deviant behaviour” and a risk “control of society” would be lost.

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Boycott D&G and picket their Old Bond Street store Billionaire designers pander to Vatican, far right & homophobes. New research shows that kids with gay parents do well in life

Dolce & Gabbana store protest in London, Thursday 1-2pm
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Dolce & Gabbana store protest in London, Thursday 1-2pm

Boycott D&G and picket their Old Bond Street store

Billionaire designers pander to Vatican, far right & homophobes

New research shows that kids with gay parents do well in life

London – 17 March 2015

The Out and Proud Diamond Group and the Peter Tatchell Foundation are supporting the international boycott of Dolce and Gabbana and holding a protest outside their flagship London store, 6-8 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4PH, this Thursday 19 March from 1-2pm.

We urge you to join us – and to share and tweet details of the protest to all your friends.

The protest is in response to the fashion designers insulting slurs against same-sex parents and their children.

Speaking to the Italian magazine Panorama, alongside his business partner, Stefano Gabbana, Domenico Dolce said children should be born to a mother and a father:

“The only family is a traditional one. I’m not convinced by those I call the chemical children, synthetic babies…They are wombs for hire, semen chosen from a catalogue … psychiatrists are not ready to confront the effects of this experimentation.”

Stefano Gabbana added: “The family is not a fad.” In 2006, he told the Daily Mail: “I am opposed to the idea of a child growing up with two gay parents.”

Both designers have in the past strongly opposed same-sex marriage.

LGBT rights and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation and co-organiser of Thursday’s protest, said:

“It is hypocritical for Stefano Gabbana to oppose gay parents, given that in 2006 he expressed a desire to have a child via artificial insemination and surrogacy. He’s guilty of double standards. Gabbana wanted for himself what he now condemns other gay men for wanting.

“These comments are not only an attack on same-sex parents but on all parents who’ve had children with the aid of fertility treatment, including thousands of heterosexual couples.

“Dolce and Gabbana are echoing ill-informed, outdated and homophobic prejudices about gay parents. Research spanning 40 years shows that children bought up by gay mums and dads are just as happy and well-adjusted as those from traditional heterosexual families. The key to a child’s welfare is the love of their parents, not the parent’s sexual orientation.

“They are playing into the hands of the Vatican and far right political parties that oppose gay families, said Mr Tatchell.

Co-organiser of the protest, Edwin Sesange, director of the LGBT Out and Proud Diamond Group, added:

“Please join us in sending a clear message to Dolce and Gabbana that same-sex families are loving, happy families. This issue is not about same-sex families alone but also about the many straight families who have benefited from fertility treatment. Dolce and Gabbana’s statements add to the stigma, shame, prejudice, rejection and intolerance often suffered by same-sex parents and their children. They should withdraw their statements and apologise.”

Mr Tatchell concluded:

“Dolce and Gabbana are entitled to their views but we are entitled to protest against them. We urge everyone – gay and straight – to boycott their clothes.

“It’s intolerable for these designers to make millions out of the gay community and then turn around and insult our families. They’ve stabbed us in the back.

“Dolce and Gabbana have been exploiting the gay market for decades. Having made their millions, they seem happy to trash loving, responsible same-sex parents and their children.

“Professor Susan Golombok of the Centre for Family Research at Cambridge University is the world expert on same-sex families. She’s been studying them since 1976. Her latest research is in her new book, Modern Families, published last week. Surveying studies worldwide spanning four decades, she found that children with same-sex parents flourish, despite the stigma they sometimes face,” said Mr Tatchell.


Further information:

Peter Tatchell
Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation
0207 403 1790

Edwin Sesange
Director, African LGBTI Out & Proud Diamond Group
0744 806 3053

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