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No. 216, August 2013 - in this issue...


Bias motivated violence


Equality and non-discrimination


Freedom of association

Freedom of expression


Notcie board


Annual Conference 2013: deadline of registration soon approaching

Friday 6 September is the deadline if you want to participate in the biggest LGBTI political event in Europe. The ILGA-Europe Annual Conference in Zagreb is kicking off fra 24-27 October 2013. We have long list of exciting speakers already lined up - such as Ivo Josipović (President of the Republic of Croatia), Stavros Lambrinidis (European Union Special Representative for Human Rights) and many more. 

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Bias motivated violence

Georgian court acquits priest accused of homophobic violence

Tbilisi City Court ruled on 1 August that there was not enough evidence to prove the guilt of a priest in the incidents of 17 May, when clerics and their supporters dispersed a peaceful LGBT event in Tbilisi.


Executive summary of the consultation report on education 2013

In the Autumn 2012, ILGA-Europe carried out a consultation on Combating homophobia and transphobia in education within our membership.

Equality and non-discrimination

EU leaders must confront President Putin on the human rights crisis in Russia

In a media release from 29 August, ILGA-Europe called on the European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy to speak out against the current human rights crisis in Russia.

‘Keep Hope Alive’ campaign launch - World leaders: challenge Russia on human rights

On 28 August, a ILGA-Europe and a coalition of human rights organisations joined forces in the campaign Keep Hope Alive. The campaign is calling on world leaders to challenge Russia’s human rights abuses and clampdown on civil society at G20 meeting in St. Petersburg

Read more about the campaign here

Op-ed in European Voice: More progressive abroad than at home

EuropeanVoice, one of the leading EU news portal, published an Op-Ed by Silvan Agius, ILGA-Europe Policy Director, on how the EU's guidelines on the rights of sexual minorities abroad should be followed by more action within the European Union.

Comment in De Spiegel: "Third Gender: A Step Toward Ending Intersex Discrimination"

Germany is set to become the first country in Europe to introduce a third, "indeterminate" gender designation on birth certificates. In a comment brought by one of the leading German news portals, De Spiegel, Silvan Agius, ILGA-Europe Policy Director, explains why the change is only a small victory in the fight for intersex recognition.


Austria becomes the 14th European country to allow same-sex second-parent adoption

On 1 August, the legislation allowing same-sex second-parent adoption in Austria entered into force. Austria has thereby joined the 13 other European countries where second-parent adoption is possible, that is Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Portugal and United Kingdom. 

Freedom of association

Case against director of Russian LGBT organisation terminated

On 14 August Vasileostrovsky disctrict court of St. Petersburg annulled the lower court’s decision to fine the director of the LGBT organisation Coming Out the maximum amount of 300.000 rubles for violating the law on "foreign agents".

Freedom of expression

Moldovan government promises to fight for repeal of homophobic law


Transsexuality redefined for Danish medical students

Danish medical students will no longer be taught that people identifying as trans suffer from a psychological disorder. However a 'Gender Identity Disorder' diagnosis is still required in Denmark in order for trans people to obtain legal gender recognition. Moreover a proposal from the Danish Red-Green Alliance Party to have transsexuality removed from the official list of psychiatric disorders was turned down in June by the Danish government and all other parties in opposition.
Read more about the redefinition for Danish medical students here

Notice board

Survey on the funding situation for trans* and intersex groups

GATE - Global Action for Trans* Equality and American Jewish World Service are inviting all trans and intersex groups, projects and organisations to participate in a survey on the funding situation for trans and intersex groups around the world.

New study: Gay in Britain

The ILGA-Europe member in the United Kingdom, Stonewall, launched a new study Gay in Britain - Lesbian, gay and bisexual people's experiences and expectations of discrimination. The research, conducted by YouGov for Stonewall, examines the expectations and lived experiences of Britain’s 3.7 million lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

New study: Life situations and experiences of discrimination against gay and bisexual men

The study was commissioned in 2010 by the Senate Department for Integration, Employment and Social Affairs, Berlin State Office for Equal Treatment and against Discrimination (LADS) as part of the “Berlin supportsself‐determination and acceptance ofsexual diversity” initiative. The differentiated socio‐psychological study provides answers to questions regarding the surveyed persons’ experiences of discrimination and acceptance


ILGA-Europe Rainbow Digest is published by ILGA-Europe - the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Association

ISSN 1998-8117
Editor: Mehmet Akin
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