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'Not a celebration': In the midst of war, Kyiv's Pride parade held in Warsaw
Ukraine's largest LGBTQ+ event KyivPride went ahead on Saturday, although not on the streets of the country's capital. Russia's invasion of Ukraine saw the event taking place together with Warsaw's annual Equality Parade.About 300 people travelled from Ukraine to the Polish capital, now home to about quarter-million Ukrainians who fled the war. Blue-and-yellow flags fluttered among a sea of rainbow ones, while some participants chanted “Slava Ukraini," or glory to Ukraine.“Unfortunately, we cannot march in Kyiv,” Maksym Eristavi, a Ukrainian journalist and a KyivPride board member, said, citing the dangers of bombings in Ukraine.“However, it's important for us to still march," said Eristavi, who was draped in both the Ukrainian and European Union flags. "It's still about pride, but pride in being Ukrainian and surviving through genocide."KyivPride’s trucks were given the honour of leading Saturday's parade -- one of many ways that Poland's people have stepped up to help their embattled Ukrainian neighbours.“We want to stand together against war, to walk for Ukraine’s freedom, for liberation, for equality, tolerance and acceptance,” Julia Maciocha, chairperson of Warsaw’s Equality Parade, said.KyivPride director Lenny Emson said this year's event was aimed at calling for political support for Ukraine and basic human rights.“It is not a celebration," Emson said.
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Pride Month: Plight of LGBTQ+ refugees in Sweden highlighted in new billboard campaign
LGBTQ+ if you’ve had to hide it your whole life?A new campaign by West Pride, an annual event held in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden, aims to highlight the problems posed by this very question.“Letting an arbitrary process decide if LGBTQ+ refugees are approved asylum or not is inhumane,” says Emma Gunterberg Sachs, General Manager of West Pride.West Pride have teamed up with design company AKQA to create a billboard and social media campaign which highlights the plight of LGBTQ+ refugees caught up in the Swedish immigration system.Each billboard will feature an anonymous refugee and share their story, telling the journeys of six asylum seekers this Pride Month.“Far too many are wrongly sent back to a lifetime of persecution, imprisonment or death. We need to stop this now,” says Gunterberg Sachs.When the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights did a report on LGBTQ+ asylum seekers in 2017, no member state was able to provide official figures on the numbers entering the country.Nations that could provide estimates did so through civil organisations with the Netherlands estimating between 100 -1000 and Denmark given 70.There have been widespread reports of LGBTQ+ refugees from the Middle East and West Africa reaching Europe in the hopes of a better life, only to be asked for proof of their sexuality in the tolerant countries they are going to for sanctuary. West Pride has given their Ambassadors of Pride official roles in an effort to give their asylum claims legitimacy.
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Same-sex parents and their children must be recognised as a family across whole EU, rules court
The EU's top court has ruled that same-sex parents and their children must be recognised as a family in all member states.In a landmark ruling on Tuesday, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) said that if one country acknowledges a parental relationship with a child, then every member state should do the same in order to guarantee the child's right to free movement.The case came before the court after Bulgarian authorities refused to give a birth certificate to the new-born daughter of a same-sex couple on the basis that a child cannot have two mothers.Bulgarian Kalina Ivanova and British Gibraltar-born Jane Jones are both registered as the mothers of Sara, who was born in Spain in 2019.But neither parents are of Spanish descent, meaning citizenship in that country is not allowed and under the British Nationality Act of 1981, Jones cannot transfer British citizenship to her daughter as she was born in Gibraltar.On this basis, Ivanova requested Bulgarian citizenship for her child, which was subsequently rejected since same-sex marriages and partnerships and not legally recognised in Bulgaria.As a result, Sara was left at risk of statelessness, with no access to citizenship, unable to leave her family’s country of residence, Spain, as well as no personal documents, therefore, limiting her access to education, healthcare and social security.The CJEU also ruled that the child should be issued a Bulgarian passport.Speaking on Tuesday following the ruling, Arpi Avetisyan, head of litigation at NGO ILGA-Europe said: "The judgment has brought long-awaited clarification that parenthood established in one EU Member State cannot be discarded by another, under the pretence of protecting the 'national identity'."This is a true
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#TheSame: Hungarian media defy ban on publishing LGBT+ content for children
Hungarian MPs passed a law banning the "promotion" of homosexuality or sex reassignment to anyone aged under 18.The controversial anti-LGBT law has been criticised as discriminatory by the European Union and dozens of organisations.The Foundation for Rainbow Families NGO (Szivárványcsaládokért Alapítvány) has welcomed the move by media groups to publish their content."The campaign draws attention to the fact that while rainbow families love, care for, and worry about their children just like all Hungarian families, the state does not give them equal rights," the organisation said in a Facebook post.The #TheSame campaign was launched earlier this month by the Foundation for Rainbow Families to mark International Children’s Rights Day.Organisers say they hope the social media videos -- featuring two speaking soft toys -- will draw attention to the discrimination faced by LGBT+ families and their children."Despite having the same everyday life, children in rainbow families do not have the same rights," the NGO said in a statement."We believe that all families with young children should have equal rights, opportunities, and support."More than 200 billboards and posters -- some in newspapers and magazines -- will also be displayed as part of the effort, as the media groups involved risk sanctions Hungary's media regulator (NMHH).Those found guilty of "promoting" homosexuality to children in Hungary can face fines under the "Children Protection Act".The ruling conservative Fidesz party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban says the law is aimed at fighting paedophilia.But the EU has widely condemned the Children Protection Act, saying it violates fundamental rights and limits sexual education in schools.In July, the European
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