(via Anti-gay extremists cause violence at Montenegro’s first ever pride event)
Police clashed with anti-gay protesters in Montenegro on Wednesday as they tried to disrupt the first gay pride parade to be held in the staunchly conservative Balkan country that is in talks to join the European Union.
Around 200 demonstrators hurled stones, bottles and flares at policemen in the coastal town of Budva who were keeping them separate from around 40 marchers wearing shirts bearing the colors of the rainbow, the symbol of the gay rights movement.
At least ten demonstrators were arrested and several marchers were slightly injured, according to police.
Protesters chanted “Kill the gays” and carried banners that read “Only healthy Montenegro”, a Reuters reporter on the scene said.
TW: Extreme violence, murder, hate crime, transphobia
Cross dressing teen killed by mob
Posted by NEWSROOM on 22/07/2013 at 7:42pm
A teenager was set upon by a mob and killed at a party in St. James overnight.
Reports are that between a 10:00 p-m and 3:00 this morning (July 22), there was river party being held in the Irwin community.
It’s reported that the 17-year-old was dressed as a female and was dancing with a male, when a woman at the party recognised him and told other patrons that he was not a female, but a male.
It’s understood that one of the men at the party, held on to the teen, searched him and discovered that he was in fact, male.
Some of the patrons reportedly set up on the teen, and chopped and stabbed him to death.
His body was then dumped in bushes along the Orange Main Road.
Police discovered the body about 5:00 this morning.
The police have said they will be increasing their presence in the Irwin community, as two brothers were also murdered there just over a week ago.
(via Haiti: Two assumed homosexuals beaten to death by protest mob)
TW Anti gay violence, hate crime, murder,
Because I guess this is what they figured Jesus would do?
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Two persons, assumed to be homosexuals were beaten and killed during an anti-gay protest of a Protestant led coalition of moral and religious organizations on Friday.
According to sources in Haiti, within the protest against marriage (Video) between persons of the same sex, individuals armed with knives (sticks, blocks and other objects) attacked several people, that they accuse him of being homosexual.
On Jean Jacques Dessalines Boulevard, at the Iron Market, at about 1:00 PM in the afternoon, 2 people were beaten to death.
At 4:00 PM when the information was received on the news desk of The Sentinel, it was said that their bodies were still lying on the ground.
It is not clear if officers of the Police Nationale d’Haiti were monitoring the protests but sources said the police arrived on the scene to control the situation but the violence had already taken place.
(via Moldova secretly adopts anti-gay ‘homosexual propaganda’ law – LGBTQ Nation)
"CHISINAU, Moldova — A new law prohibiting so called “homosexual propaganda,” similar to those recently enacted in Russia, has been adopted away from public scrutiny and entered into force in Moldova, a landlocked country in Eastern Europe located between Romania and the Ukraine.
Politicians avoided debating the bill in public and amended Moldova’s Contravention Code on July 12 to prohibit the “distribution of public information […] aimed at the propagation of prostitution, pedophilia, pornography or of any other relations than those related to marriage or family.”
Offenders could be fined up to 8,000 Leu (about $628 USD), and businesses and non-government organizations could also receive a possible suspension of activities ranging from three months to a year.
The bill was unusually omitted from a public consultation, and civil society was not informed of its deliberation.
Gaybashings up across Canada in 2011: Stats Can
TW violence, gaybasing
Better anti-homophobia education needed, advocates say
There were 240 gaybashings in Canada in 2011, an increase of 10 percent over the year before, which saw 218, says a study released by Statistics Canada on July 11.
That increase compares to a 5.6 percent drop in gaybashings between 2009 and 2010.
For Ross Johnstone, director of education for Vancouver’s Out in Schools program, which brings anti-homophobia presentations to BC schools, the numbers come as a shock.
"It’s all the more reason to be specifically including LGBT language within the policies at the school district level and the provincial level," he says. "We’re seeing that in other provinces, like Quebec and Manitoba."
Johnstone hopes the statistics spur the BC government to include anti-homophobia language in its ERASE (Expect Respect and a Safe Education) Bullying strategy.
Premier Christy Clark introduced the strategy in June 2012 with promises to ensure every child feels safe, accepted and respected, regardless of gender, race, culture, religion or sexual orientation.
Even as gaybashings rose across the country, the overall number of reported hate-motivated crimes fell by five percent, from 1,401 to 1,332, says the report by Mary Allen and Jillian Boyce, of the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics.
BREAKING: British parliament gives final approval to same-sex marriage bill
Bill heads to Queen Elizabeth II for ‘royal assent’
LONDON — The lower chamber of the British parliament, the House of Commons, on Tuesday evening gave final approval to a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
The measure, first approved in Commons on May 21, was approved by the upper chamber, the House of Lords on Monday. The bill returned to Commons for approval of amendments added by the Lords.
This bill now heads to Queen Elizabeth II to sign it into law, a formality known as Royal Assent, which is expected to come later in the week.
The bill will enable gay couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales. It also will allow couples who had previously entered into a civil partnership to convert their relationship to a marriage.
Costa Rica president to sign ‘accidental’ same-sex unions into law
LOL. Well, that’s one way to get marriage equality.
President Laura Chinchilla says the anti-gay lawmakers who are furious they accidentally approved of gay rights is not enough of a reason to veto the bill
Costa Rica gay couples will have same-sex unions as the president says she will legalize a bill that was ‘accidentally’ approved by lawmakers.
The Costa Rica president has said she will sign a bill where gay couples may have accidentally been giving the right to form same-sex unions.
Conservative lawmakers realized their mistake after the bill was approved by 45 members of parliament, and demanded President Laura Chinchilla veto the bill.
But in a video posted on AmeliaRueda, Chinchilla rejected the calls saying: ‘No, we’re going to go forward and I will sign this law.
‘We understand that the debate is over how some interpret the law and this alone is not sufficient for the executive to veto the law.’
According to daily newspaper La Nación, Costa Rica’s Communications Minister Carlos Roverssi confirmed the president’s statement.
Costa Rican lawmakers approved the bill on Monday (1 July), changing article 22 of the ‘Law of Young People’.
"All the participants in today’s St Petersburg gay pride parade have been arrested and are being detained in police vans.
Some participants were badly beaten by anti-gay protestors.
Nikolai Alekseev, one of Russia’s most prominent LGBT activists who was arrested last month for organizing a gay rights march, confirmed with GSN that around 60 fellow activists and pro-gay supporters are now in police custody.
Several people also were badly beaten by anti-gay protestors who attacked the partcipants, with some suffering injuries.
Same-sex divorce available soon to non-residents in Canada
Meanwhile in Canada…
Civil marriage bill introduced in early 2012 finally passed in Commons deal last week
By Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC News
Posted: Jun 26, 2013 11:39 AM ET
Last Updated: Jun 26, 2013 3:19 PM ET
Bill C-32, the civil marriage of non-residents act, passed third reading in the Senate last Friday. The bill allows for people married in Canada because same-sex marriage isn’t allowed where they live, to get a divorce from a Canadian court.
The bill creates a process for divorce specific to people who don’t reside in Canada. It arose because of a lesbian couple who tied the knot in Canada and wanted a divorce but their marriage wasn’t recognized in their home jurisdictions of Florida and London, England.
Canada’s Divorce Act includes a one-year residency requirement and the women challenged that in court and sought an exemption. The case exposed a loophole in the Civil Marriage Act, the law that made same-sex marriage legal in Canada, and prompted a lot of confusion because of how Crown attorneys argued the case. They said the women couldn’t get divorced in Canada because they weren’t legally married in Canada in the first place and their marriage wasn’t valid.
Violence marred Skopje Pride Week’s opening event when an anti-gay mob surrounded and attacked participants in Maceodnia’s capital city’s LGBT support center.
The mob, said to be composed of around 30 young people, shouted abuse and threats while hurling stones, bottles and bricks at the first floor of the LGBT support center, a few hours ago (22 June).
The attack started at 6:30pm local time, 30 minutes after the opening event of Skopje Pride Week that included a screening of short LGBT films and a discussion on health rights of transgender people.
Around 40 participants were attending the event, organized by the LGBT United Macedonia organization, on the second floor of the center.
Participants were unharmed, although one policeman was wounded when he tried to chase the mob away being hit by some of the objects and taken for hospital treatment.
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(via Nova Scotia to fund sex reassignment surgery - Nova Scotia - CBC News)
"In a quick reversal, Nova Scotia has decided to fund sex reassignment surgery.
Last week, Health Minister David Wilson said there was a lack of high-quality research about the effectiveness and long-term outcomes of the surgery and the province would not pay for it.
But on Wednesday he said the province would pay for the procedure after he reviewed the medical evidence and the policies of other provinces that fund the surgery.
Nova Scotia is now the eighth province to fund gender reassignment surgery.
It comes with a price tag that ranges between $10,000 and $60,000, depending on the extent of the surgery involved in the transition.
Kevin Kindred, chair of the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project, estimates that between six and eight Nova Scotians require the surgery each year.