[English] This past week, dozens of LGBT activists from countries in and around southeastern Europe gathered at the Tirana International Hotel for a precedent-setting event: “Stop the Violence: LGBT Rights are Human Rights,” the first LGBT conference ever sponsored by the U.S. government in a foreign country.
[Albanian/English+Video]”Hidden Among You” is the title of an 11-minute documentation on the subject of the LGBT community in Albania, broadcast by the biggest TV station in the country, Top Channel. English subtitles.
[English] The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has silently endorsed violence against the LGBT Pride March in Sofia after a priest from the provincial town of Sliven called for the stoning of participants. In an interview published two weeks ago, Father Evgeni Yanakiev stated: “Our whole society must in every possible way oppose the gay parade that is being planned. For this reason today I appeal to all those who consider themselves Christians and Bulgarians. Throwing stones at gays is an appropriate way.”
[English] The Council of Europe commissioner for human rights is speaking out on the renewed efforts of some member states to ban public “propaganda” regarding LGBTI: “The silencing of voices against homophobia violates human rights.”
[English] The European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has published its annual report for 2011, touching on several LGBTI issues. Please find the LGBTI references on these pages: 7, 14, 31, 41, 122-125, 132-136, 146, 158, 160, 229-230.
[English] The Malta Gay Rights Movement has welcomed the passing of Hate Crime legislation in Parliament that extends the scope of this law from race and creed to also include sexual orientation and gender identity.
[English/German] Four Nobel Peace Prize laureates declared their solidarity with LGBTI people worldwide.