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Couples celebrate in Estonia as same-sex marriage now legal

Same-sex couples in Estonia have cheered the country’s history-making same-sex marriage laws coming into effect on New Year’s Day. Estonia’s parliament voted to approve the laws in June last year, making it the first Baltic, central European and ex-Soviet country to do so. January 1 was the first day same-sex couples could submit their marriage …

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‘Homophobia kills’: Young gay couple mourned after tragic suicides

A young gay couple in Armenia have tragically both died by suicide as a result of “intolerance towards them”, according to a local LGBTIQ+ group. The couple, reportedly named Tigran and Arsen, posted a series of Instagram photos of themselves this week before their tragic deaths. The photos (above) showed the pair kissing and appearing …

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Europride defiant in face of Serbian presidential cancellation

Organisers today dismissed an announcement by Serbian President Vucic cancelling the long-scheduled Europride celebrations due to take place in Belgrade 12-18 September. Remarkably, at the same press conference where he announced the cancellation, Vucic also proposed extending the term of Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, a lesbian. The European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA) chose Belgrade as …

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As war rages, thousands petition for same-sex marriage in Ukraine

A petition calling for Ukraine to legalise same-sex marriage amid the Russian invasion will be considered by president Volodymyr Zelensky. Currently, while same-sex relationships are not criminalised in Ukraine, the country has a poor LGBTIQ+ rights record. Same-sex marriages nor civil partnerships aren’t recognised, meaning same-sex partners don’t have certain rights, such as co-ownership of …

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Russia wants to make homophobic ‘gay propaganda’ law even worse

Senior politicians in Russia have proposed expanding the country’s homophobic so-called “gay propaganda” law to include people of all ages – not just children – later this year. In 2013, Vladimir Putin signed the existing legislation that bans any “promotion” of “non-traditional sexual relationships” to minors. Anyone found guilty under the law can be sentenced …

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Switzerland’s first gay couples have legally tied the knot

A lesbian couple together for 21 years were among the first to tie the knot as Switzerland’s same-sex marriage laws finally begin. Laure and Aline got legally married on Friday morning (July 1), the first day their country’s same-sex marriage laws coming into effect. The Swiss government first announced plans to legalise “marriage for all” …

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Thousands march in Switzerland for marriage equality ‘yes’ vote

Thousands of people have marched in Switzerland to support same-sex marriage as the country’s national referendum on the issue approaches. At least twenty-thousand people gathered for the annual Zurich Pride parade at the weekend. With Switzerland’s national same-sex marriage vote just three weeks away, this year’s parade was a large-scale marriage equality rally with the …

Formula 1 boss ‘murdered by husband who found her with woman’

The boss of a Formula 1 racing circuit in Belgium, Nathalie Maillet, has been shot dead by her husband in a horror murder-suicide. Police found the 51-year-old dead alongside an alleged lover, Ann Lawrence Durviaux, at Maillet’s home in Gouvy, Belgium, on Sunday (August 15). Belgian authorities claimed Maillet’s husband of 17 years, Franz Dubois, …

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Gay Latvian dies from burns after vicious homophobic attack

Normunds Kindzulis, a 29-year-old gay man, died in hospital in Latvia on 29 April following a vicious homophobic attack. A neighbour allegedly doused him with a flammable fluid and set him alight. The attack left the paramedic with burns to 85% of his body. His flatmate is also in hospital receiving treatment for burns sustained …

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Switzerland holding same-sex marriage referendum after opponents force vote

Switzerland’s government has confirmed the public will vote on same-sex marriage after opponents gathered enough support to force a binding referendum. Last December, the Swiss parliament approved a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry. They also passed legislation allowing transgender people to update their legal gender without a costly court application. However in Switzerland, if …

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