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Zuzanna Ziomecka
Zuzanna Ziomecka EDITOR IN CHIEF
Lea Berriault-Jauvin
Lea Berriault Managing Editor

Voices of gay Roma slowly being heard 

Gay Roma people face multiple forms of discrimination in Romania, but their struggles and stories are suddenly finding an audience willing to listen and take action.
Claudia Ciobanu recommended by Claudia Ciobanu NewsMavens, Central & Eastern Europe
12 Mar 2018 Central & Eastern Europe

Conservative parents coalition gaining power in Romania 

A group of conservative parents have created a powerful lobby to advance the anti-LGBT agenda. So far, they have succeeded at cancelling showings of LGBT movies and they interfered with a gender equality conference.
Ana Maria Luca recommended by Ana Maria Luca NewsMavens, Central & Eastern Europe
28 Feb 2018 Central & Eastern Europe
When in doubt, lash out 5-9 Feb 2018

When in doubt, lash out

Saturday, an Italian extremist shot migrants in a racially motivated attack. Sunday, the participants of a children’s carnival in Croatia burned posters featuring same-sex couples. Even if they seem unrelated, the two incidents are part of a pattern.
Weekly Hindsight by Lidija Pisker NewsMavens, Southern Europe

Racist door policy in Vienna's oldest gay club

Four gay men from Bangladesh were prevented from entering the hip-hop club Why Not, often called Vienna's oldest gay club, because of their foreign appearance.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
1 Feb 2018 Austria

TV journalist to change gender in front of the camera

Belgian news reporter Boudewijn Van Spilbeeck announced Monday that he is becoming a woman at age 58 -- and will film the process for a TV broadcast.
Marjan Justaert recommended by Marjan Justaert De Standaard, Belgium
1 Feb 2018 Belgium

Slovakia gets a new promising liberal party

A new party called Progresívne Slovensko (Progressive Slovakia) was officially established on Jan. 20, and they're already thinking big.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
22 Jan 2018 Slovakia

Slovak president suddenly supports legal protection of same-sex couples

The issue of same-sex partnership is taboo for Slovak politicians. No political party present in the parliament (not even the opposition ones) supports same-sex marriages.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
12 Dec 2017 Slovakia

Australia celebrates legalization of same sex marriage

As soon as in January, we will witness the first same-sex marriages in Australia. The country is celebrating this step towards equality with an outburst of joy. Almost everyone is on board, including the conservative Prime Minister.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
8 Dec 2017 Austria

Constitutional Court of Austria gives green light to same-sex marriage

In the not-too-distant future, Austrian same-sex couples will be able to get married. Surprisingly, it was the Constitutional Court, not the politicians, who took the step towards equality.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
6 Dec 2017 Austria

Where can LGBTI people be safe?

When LGBT and gender-diverse people move from Africa or Central and South America to Europe, their persecution continues. They face further danger and, in some cases, murder.
Lydia Morrish recommended by Lydia Morrish WikiTribune, United Kingdom
4 Dec 2017 United Kingdom

Slovakia will not host the European Medicines Agency

How could we expect to persuade hundreds of specialists and authorities to come to our beloved Slovakia, if we cannot even hold our own talented young, who leave in massive numbers every year to work and study in the West?
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
21 Nov 2017 Slovakia

How Slovakia tried to cure homosexuality in the 80s

Not many people have opened up about it publicly. One of them is Roman Dulgero, who was hospitalized at a psychiatry department in the 80s, and underwent therapy for homosexuality.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
13 Nov 2017 Slovakia

EU civil servants prefer to quit their jobs than move to Slovakia

Most likely, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will soon move to Bratislava. However, the LGBT employees of the agency are not too happy about going east.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
10 Nov 2017 Slovakia

Film director Kasia Adamik: everything is political in Poland now 

Her childhood was far from ordinary. Daughter of Polish cinema’s power couple, she grew up in a home filled with leading artists and intellectuals. Today, a director herself, Kasia Adamik discusses her relationship with Poland.
Martyna Kraus recommended by Martyna Kraus Wysokie Obcasy, Poland
2 Nov 2017 Poland

The global flavor of Romania's homegrown homophobia

Anti gay rights initiatives contribute to a polarisation of societies. This division comes in handy to Central and Eastern Europe's illiberals who are also trying to rally voters behind a conservative vision of society. 
Editorial Team recommended by Editorial Team NewsMavens, Europe
18 Oct 2017 Europe

Same sex marriage back on the table in Austria

Broad approval within the population makes it hard to understand why gay marriage isn't already legal. But so far it's always been stopped by the ÖVP and the FPÖ, the two parties which are most likely going to form the next government.
Julia Sahlender recommended by Julia Sahlender Der Standard, Austria
17 Oct 2017 Austria

What can be worse than a teenage suicide? Politicians using it to spread homophobia

There are times when cruel words kill and times when loaded statements blow open the door to further violence. This past week Poland saw examples of both.
Zuzanna Ziomecka recommended by Zuzanna Ziomecka Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
24 Sep 2017 Poland

Romania headed for same-sex marriage vote

The leader of the governing centre-left Social Democratic Party Liviu Dragnea says he wants the process fast tracked so that the decision to change the constitution is made by Romanians and “not by somebody else”.
Editorial Team recommended by Editorial Team NewsMavens, Europe
8 Sep 2017 Europe
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