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European Court Orders Italy to Create Same-Sex Partnerships    

European Court Orders Italy to Create Same-Sex Partnerships    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A seven-judge chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has ruled that Italy’s failure to adopt a legal structure for same-sex relationships, such as a civil union or registered partnership similar to those in Austria and Germany, violates Article 8 of the European Convention for the Protection […]

Where In The World Can You Get Married?

Where In The World Can You Get Married?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER & MICHAEL SHIREY                                                                      

Europride Conferences Highlight Eastern European Issues

Europride Conferences Highlight Eastern European Issues

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | Rights, religion, and Russia weighed heavily on the minds of attendees at the two human rights conferences held during the June 15 to June 22 Europride events in Riga, Latvia. The first conference, entitled LGBTQ Movements in Central and Eastern Europe: Successes, Challenges, Perspective, took place on June 17 and 18 and […]

With Striking Global Solidarity, Europride Shines in Latvia    

With Striking Global Solidarity, Europride Shines in Latvia    

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | The Europride March had come just a few paces from its stepping off point in the lushly green Vermanes Darzs, a park near Riga’s Old City adorned this day with balloons, rainbows, and banners in a multitude of languages. Abba’s disco classic “Dancing Queen” blared from loudspeakers as Kaspars Zalitis, co-chair of […]

Carrying His Uncle’s Torch Undimmed  

Carrying His Uncle’s Torch Undimmed  

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | Among the high-profile international figures who headlined the rally and other events at this past weekend’s Europride in Riga, Latvia, was Stuart Milk, the nephew of assassinated LGBT activist Harvey Milk, a San Francisco city supervisor gunned down in 1978. The younger Milk, born in 1960, now works to maintain and build […]

A Quick Chat During a Victory Lap      

A Quick Chat During a Victory Lap      

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | Rory O’Neill and his alter ego, Ireland’s “national fucking treasure” drag queen Panti Bliss, had some adventures onstage and off in their recent sojourn in New York City, less than a month after Ireland went to the polls and voted a resounding “yes” in a marriage equality referendum. Rory is currently taking […]

When Wartime Homophobia Proved Lethal

When Wartime Homophobia Proved Lethal

BY KELSY CHAUVIN | Coinciding with LGBT Pride Month, the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City has a new exhibit about the plight of gays during the Holocaust. “Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945,” which opened on May 29, examines the history of gay men and lesbians during Adolph Hitler’s regime as well as […]

A Better Place for the Next Generations

A Better Place for the Next Generations

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | The world watched Ireland on May 22, when its citizens went to the polls to vote on referendum proposals to amend their constitution. Of the two measures up for a vote, this is the one that brought out nearly 2 million of the country’s 4.6 million residents: “Marriage may be contracted in […]

An Irish-American’s Salute

An Irish-American’s Salute

BY JOSEPH R. BIDEN | Last weekend, more than 1.2 million Irish voters took a courageous stand for love and family when they overwhelmingly chose marriage equality. They recognized the fundamental truth that every person is entitled to dignity and respect, and that there can be no justification for the denigration or persecution of anyone because […]

After This, No Exile: A Gay Priest Reflects on Ireland’s Declaration of Independence

After This, No Exile: A Gay Priest Reflects on Ireland’s Declaration of Independence

BY FATHER BERNÁRD LYNCH | In the December 1918 election, the Irish republican party Sinn Féin won a landslide victory in Ireland. On January 21, 1919, the party formed a breakaway government (Dáil Éireann) and declared independence from Great Britain. Today, by voting to open marriage to same-sex couples, Ireland has chosen independence from the Roman […]

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