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Ever since I started writing for eurOut I wanted to do a list of Austrian lesBians. I've put it off for a long time because whenever I started to think about which openly lesBian Austrian women I would put on said list I didn't get very far. I don't know if there really are so few out lesBians in my home country or if I'm just that out of the loop. (Even though it'd be embarrassing I kind of hope it's the latter. Don't hesitate to shout at me in the comments how I dare to forget to list the legendary [insert name here]!)



Let's do this in reverse chronological order. Ready? )

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IGLHRC, the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, is the 10th* LGBT organisation to gain consultative status to the UN.


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Read more about IGLHRC... )

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Emma Donoghue tackles the topic of desire between women in literature in her new book Inseperable: Desire Between Women in Literature.

Read more about Emma Donoghue's new book... )

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Let me apologise in advance for spamming your reading list. I've been lazy and haven't posted my eurOut articles over here in almost two months. :/ Don't worry, I'm not going to re-post every single thing I've written since then. Aaaanyway, here's the first of three.

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This week Lists Are Hot presents a list of European LGBT film festivals sorted alphabetically by country.


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Read more about European LGBT Film Festivals... )

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1858. The Tanzimat Era of the Ottoman Emprire. Almost 100 years before England and Germany did, the country that we now know as Turkey decriminalises homosexuality.


Detail of ILGA Europe's Rainbow Europe Country Map


Fast forward 152 years... )

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On May 22 the Bucharest "Diversity March" took place as part of the 7th annual Romanian GayFest. There haven't been any violent incidences and the parade has been officially supported by the Romanian Green Party. That does sound like good news, but let's take a look at lgbt rights in Romania in more detail.


detail from ILGA's Rainbow Europe Country Map


Read more about LGBT-rights in Romania. )

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Pride time is in full swing all around Europe. With the Opening Party tomorrow, Saturday June 5, Vienna is joining in. There's a lot happening prior to the actual Pride Parade, the 15th Regenbogenparade. Like every year various tramlines around Vienna will fly rainbow flags, there will be talks, concerts, parties and many other ways to get together with with your fellow lgbt people. Here I'll give an overview of upcoming events. You can find all events at the official Vienna Pride website.



A selection of parties, workshops, guided walks and more. )

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Last Saturday, May 22, the first ever Slovak Pride Parade Dúhový PRIDE took place in Bratislava. Alas, not without disruptions.



Read more about Dúhový PRIDE... )

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Would you think someone who has a record of consistently voting against lgbt rights (10 against, 8 absent, 1 pro) has a good chance of becoming Minister for Equality? No? Well, think again!

The only case in which Theresa May (Conservative) voted pro-gay was her voting in favour of the Civil Partnership Bill in 2004. Other than that she has, for example, voted against lowering the age of consent for homosexuals and against the right for same-sex couples to adopt. Yet, Theresa May is the new Minister for Women and Equality in the UK.

Read more about the UK's new Minister for Equality... )

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Wouldn't it be great if kids in kindergarten would hear stories about tough princesses who rescue princes from great danger, or about princes who fall in love with other princes or about growing up with two mums instead of a mum and a dad? Even though lgbt children's books have been around for a while, expecting to find them in a kindergarten's reader's corner still seems a bit too optimistic.

Not so in Norway. The Norwegian Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion says that children should be taught that having gay and lesbian parents is normal, reports Vårt Land.

Read more about kid's books in Norway... )

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While the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is stepping up and is showing its support for LGBT people, Germany is doing quite the opposite.

The Assembly is adopting a Resolution on Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Meanwhile, Germany continues to block the European Commission's new Anti-Discrimination Directive.

Read more ... )

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Last week Gwen already wrote about the difficulties that arise for gays and lesbians, who seek asylum in the UK because of their sexual orientation. But the UK isn't the only European country guilty of forcing people to return to places where they aren't safe at all.

According to Amnesty International's recent report Iraq: Civilians Under Fire Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden also breached UNHCR guidelines and forcibly returned many Iraqis to unsafe parts of the country.

This report also talks specifically about attacks on gay men and violence against women and girls, which further underlines the importance of protecting lgbt asylum seekers.


Iraq: Civilians Under Fire


Read more about the 'Iraq: Civilians Under Fire' report )

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Searching 4 Sandeep is a really sweet documentary about finding love online. But even more than that it is the story of two women who made their relationship work regardless of their different backgrounds.


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Read more about Searching 4 Sandeep )

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A beautiful woman is smoking, her face covered in glittering body paint and illuminated by undulating lights. Who is she?

The first name that you think of will most probably not be Romy Schneider. Excusable, but still wrong as you can see in the embedded clip from the movie L'Enfer.



Read more... (and watch embedded vid) )

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Homosexual acts are illegal in 36 African countries, yet recent developments in Africa show a further homophobic backlash. Visible in developments such as the proposed introduction of the death penalty for homosexuals and the ban on "promoting homosexuality" in Uganda, the arrest of guests at a gay wedding in Kenya and "corrective" rape in South Africa. In Malawi the first gay couple to seek same-sex marriage is held in a maximum security prison.


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Read more... )

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There's been a lot going on in regards to gay rights in Italy last week. There's been a verdict that calling someone "gay" as an insult is a fineable offence, and Italians are still waiting for a decision on gay marriage.

Would a ban on same-sex marriage be unconstitutional? )

'gay' is now a fineable insult in Italy )

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In the current issue of their journal German history teacher's platform Lernen aus der Geschichte (Learning from History) focuses on the situation of homosexuals in National Socialist Germany.

The issue, titled Homophobe Traditionen (Homophobe Traditions) summarises previous work on the subject and recommends teaching material, all of which is equally educational even if you aren't a history teacher.

Read more... )

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If you've ever wondered if the country you're currently living in will protect you against homophobic hate crimes this map by ILGA Europe will come in handy. It highlights those 18 European countries that explicitly mention homophobia in their legislation against hate crimes and it provides a short summery of each country's laws against homophobia.



Read more... )

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Sylvia Knelles' novel CLARA * Blues in rosé, first published 1991, is probably going to be a TV movie.



Find out why I'm still less than excited. )

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