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Oct25

Italy: Gay activists arrested for kiss-in

POSTED ON // Saturday, 25 October 2014 Written by // Cec Busby

Italy: Gay activists arrested for kiss-in

Gay actvists at an anti gay march will be charged for disturbing the peace after staging a spontaneous kiss-in protest.

Six LGBTI rights activists have been charged with disturbing the peace because they kissed at an anti-gay protest in March.

The public prosecutor’s office notified the six of the charges earlier this month.

The three men and three women held a spontaneous, uncoordinated protest against an anti-gay group Sentinelle in Piedi, Standing Sentries, in Perugia, central Italy.

The Sentinelle stage demonstrations against gay marriage and efforts to extend hate crime protections to LGBTI people. Members stand silently in plazas, holding books or praying.

Two of the activists are members of LGBTI rights group Omphalos and four belong to Bella Queer. All six are accused of disturbing the peace and four are also accused of holding an unlawful demonstration.

‘The charges would be laughable if they didn’t reflect exactly the anti-gay sentiment the activists are fighting against,' said Judith Sunderland, senior Western Europe researcher at Human Rights Watch.

‘The public prosecutor should withdraw these charges immediately.’

The prosecutor acted on a police report that accused two of the men of engaging in ‘a long and passionate kiss on the mouth… in front of many families with children and adolescents many of whom are minors, leaving passersby disgusted by such a demonstration.’

The report included a description of the protesters’ clothing - colorful shirts and a feather boa - and said one of the activists made noise with a small tambourine.

‘Gay men and lesbian women kissing in public is not a crime,’ Sunderland said.

‘The activists’ actions are clearly protected by their right to peaceful protest.’

Earlier this month, the Sentinelle held prayer vigils in cities across Italy. Scuffles broke out between Sentinelle and counter-protesters in Trento, Torino, Naples, and Bologna.

In Venice, military police registered the identities of two men who kissed each other in the plaza, threatening to charge them with holding an unlawful demonstration.

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Oct21

Bus driver abuses gay couple for kissing

POSTED ON // Tuesday, 21 October 2014 Written by // Cec Busby

Bus driver abuses gay couple for kissing

A gay couple have been thrown off a London bus for kissing. 23-year-old Jack James and his partner faced a volley of abuse from a buss driver before being ordered off the bus.

Oct20

US legalises same-sex marriage in three more states

POSTED ON // Monday, 20 October 2014 Written by // Cec Busby

US legalises same-sex marriage in three more states

Bans on gay marriage have been lifted in three more US states. On Friday US District Court Judge John Sedwick issued a ruling lifting restrictions to same-sex marriage in Arizona. Rulings on marriage in  Alaska and Wyoming followed.

Oct20

Rome mayor registers gay marriage in defiance of law

POSTED ON // Monday, 20 October 2014 Written by // Cec Busby

Rome mayor registers gay marriage in defiance of law

Rome's Mayor, Ignazio Marino, has defied the wishes of Italy’s Interior Minister, Angelino Alfano, by registering the marriages of 16 gay couples who had wed overseas.

Oct20

Bishops veto Pope’s welcoming stance on gay people

POSTED ON // Monday, 20 October 2014 Written by // Cec Busby

Bishops veto Pope’s welcoming stance on gay people

The two-week synod of 200+ Bishops from the Roman Catholic Church has come to an end and with it many of the positive statements released last week from an early draft of the ‘relatio’.

Oct15

UK uni adopts LGBTQ inclusive curriculum

POSTED ON // Wednesday, 15 October 2014 Written by // Cec Busby

UK uni adopts LGBTQ inclusive curriculum

It was named The Times and Sunday Times’ University of the Year 2013/14 and is a ranked in the top 100 universities of the world, now the University of Birmingham is aiming to improve that ranking even further by developing a guide to ensure its curriculum is LGBTQ inclusive.

Oct14

Pope Francis says gay people have gifts to offer

POSTED ON // Tuesday, 14 October 2014 Written by // Cec Busby

Pope Francis says gay people have gifts to offer

In what is being considered a softening of attitudes by the Vatican, Pope Francis has urged church leaders to moderate their criticism of gay unions and suggested gay people have “gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community”.

Oct14

Turkey gets new umbrella organisation for LGBTI rights

POSTED ON // Tuesday, 14 October 2014 Written by // Cec Busby

Turkey gets new umbrella organisation for LGBTI rights

LGBTI activists have banded together to form Turkey’s first umbrella  LGBTI organisation to fight homophobia.