Turkey’s Democracy Reform Package fails LGBT citizens

Turkey’s Democracy Reform Package fails LGBT citizens Monday, 14 October 2013 At the end of last month, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presented a ‘Democracy reform package’, including constitutional reforms, an anti-discrimination bill and a proposal for an amendment to hate crime and hate speech law. Unfortunately, the package leaves out measures that would protect LGBT people from violence and discrimination. Turkey Sexual orientation and gender identity are currently excluded from equality provisions in the constitution.

Civil Unions law will give same sex couples same rights, duties, as married couples

Reposted from The Times of Malta: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20131014/local/civil-liberties... The Civil Unions Bill will recognise same-sex partnerships and give them the same rights and duties as married couples, it was revealed this morning. The Bill is due to be published in the Government Gazette later today. Public Dialogue and Civil Rights Minister Helena Dalli said the debate about the Bill will start in Parliament tomorrow.

Lenford National Meeting 2013

Avvocatura per i Diritti LGBTI- Rete Lenford is proud to announce that Lenford National Meeting 2013 will take place the 22nd of November in Verona. Entrance is free of charge.

Ethics Office rules on censorship of Baltic Pride TV ads

The Lithuanian Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics, an agency established under the supervision of the country's parliament, has ruled that the state-run Lithuanian Radio and Television did not violate any laws when it decided to limit public broadcasting of two television ads promoting the Baltic Pride march in July, 2013. The brief clips were filmed by the Lithuanian Gay League and submitted to both private and public broadcasters for release the week before the march for LGBT rights.

Russian Duma to Debate Taking Kids From Gay Parents

MOSCOW, September 5 (RIA Novosti) – A bill that proposes stripping gays with children of their parental rights was introduced in the lower house of the Russian parliament by a lawmaker from the ruling party on Thursday. The bill is a follow-up to legislation introduced in June that bans propagation of “gay propaganda among minors,” according to the document’s text, available on the State Duma’s website.

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