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The third Gayvention will take place at Hamburg's charter airport from March 27 to March 28 2010. This convention is aimed at LGBT people and open minded heteros and offers two stages with live concerts, quizzes and other entertainment.


photo © Karl Mai

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Last Friday the Teddy Awards for the best queer movies have been awarded the 24th time in Berlin. This year the second time as an official Berlinale award.



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A straight couple from Linz, Austria, applies for a registered partnership, which is only available to same sex couples.

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Two unrelated projects in Denmark and Germany do their share in cultivating understanding for lgbt matters and countering discrimination. LGBT Denmark by publishing The Little Green Book on LGBT and AVANTI by releasing penalty cards for homophobic and sexist behaviour.


illustration by Søren Laursen


The Little Green Book on LGBT )

Penalty Cards against sexism and homophobia )

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February is LGBT History Month in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.



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The German psychosocial counselling centre for women donna klara published Familienfeste mit lesbischen Töchtern - Zutaten für ein gutes Gelingen (Family celebrations with lesbian daughters - ingredients to succeed), a booklet mainly aimed at relatives of lesBian women.

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Hivos publishes Urgency Required, a report about LGBT rights in the context of human rights.

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Lesbetoppen 2010 (Top Lesbians 2010) lists the ten most influential Norwegian lesbians. Each year gaysir.no, a news site and online community for LGBT people in Norway, puts together this list of those out women in their country, who were most prominent in the fight against homophobia (see last year's eurOut report). The majority of the women on this list made an appearance on it in previous years ( 2007, 2008, 2009), but four of them are quite new.

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The novel accompanying popular British TV series Skins has been released Jan. 7 2010. And even more good news for Skins fans: Series 4 is scheduled to air Jan. 28.



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If you're in the mood for a story about coming out later in life and you're not scared off by infidelity, messy divorces and other complications this one is for you.

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Soukromé pasti (Personal Traps) is a czech series of television films; in each one of the films different characters find themselves at a difficult point in their lifes. Jiná láska (Other Love) is the story of 33 year old teacher Eva (played by Zuzana Stivínová), who falls head over heels in love with her colleague Daniela (Zuzana Norisová).

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The end of 2009 is near and come 2010 Austrian citizens will finally have the right to register same-sex partnerships. The battle for legal equality of same-sex partnerships in Austria is over. Or is it?

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This week Stonewall UK has released a report on homophobic bullying in Britain's primary and secondary schools. This report concludes with a guide for teachers on how to tackle homophobic bullying in their classroom.

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Last Wednesday Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán (Mexico), the retired President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers in the Roman Catholic Church, stirred the never ending debate about the Vatican's view on lgbt people anew.

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On June 9th 2009 Ric Todd, the British Ambassador to Poland, handed out a Polish translation of the 'UK Guide To Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender People And Their Rights' to organisers of the Polish Pride Parade (held on June 13th in Warsaw).

Polish civil rights ombudsman, Janusz Kochanowski, felt that Todd, by handing out this guide, implied that Polish LGBT people lived in fear of discrimiation and told the Daily Mail, "Ambassador Todd has exceeded his authority. He is being improper and doesn't understand the role of a diplomat. He represents the UK, he is not meant to intervene here in the way that he chooses."
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Please consider: I vote green. I'm partial to LGBT people. Hence, I might be biased. ;)
- Joan



Ulrike Lunacek is the front-runner of the Austrian party Die Grünen - Die Grüne Alternative (The Greens - The Green Alternative) for the EU elections.
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In Austria the election to the European parliament takes place on Sunday.

Wherever you live, whatever party you may favour: Please, vote!


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The identities - Vienna's International Queer Film Festival will take place from June 4th - 12th 2009. With more that 60 films screened at three different locations it's not easy to figure out what to watch. Especially since the official program website can not be filtered for lesBian content and that's what I'm sure you're all most curious about! ;)

Ploughing through all those exciting films and compiling them into a readable post turned out to be a lot more work then I expected it to be and so I'm afraid my writeup is a bit late. The festival starts Thursday and ticket presale has already begun some time ago, find out more here.

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A few month ago I started to write articles for eurOut, an online platform dedicated to the visibility of lesbian and bisexual women in Europe. Below I provide a list of the articles I wrote since then. In the future all my contributions to eurOut will be cross-posted to this blog as well.



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