Today Ukraine’s Parliament indefinitely postponed a vote on a bill that would have barred employers from rejecting workers based on their sexual orientation, while hundreds of anti-gay activists protested outside (pictured). The bill was opposed in parliament by the Communist Party and the nationalist Svoboda group. The vote on the bill, which was introduced by the government, was dropped while deputies sought to avoid another hot-tempered exchange in the chamber.
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In Paris’ Marais neighbourhood, couples stroll hand-in-hand, steal kisses while window shopping past chic boutiques, or whisper sweet-nothings over marble-topped tables at a sidewalk cafe, just as they do everywhere in Paris: but along the Rue des Archives, the couples in question are likely to be same-sex, Global Post informs us. But Gay Paree is not all it is cracked up to be, says the article: “The Socialist government’s bill to make France the world’s 14th country to legalize gay marriage has unleashed a wave of opposition that has mobilized mass demonstrations and revealed a current of homophobia running deep and wide through French society.” Opponents have launched a legal challenge at the Constitutional Court to block gay marriage. A “national demonstration day” in favor of the “rights of children to have a mother and a father” has been called for May 26th.
“Homophobia is growing in France,” said Adrian Lambert, a barman at Cox, pictured, a gay bar on Rue des Archives. “Society is more closed than other countries,” he said, while pouring beers. “If you look at Spain or the Netherlands, France is more backward. Plus, there is this extremist tendency we always have to watch out for.”
Anti gay marriage protest on May 5, 2013 in Paris. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images | Trip Advisor
Kira Izzard and Laura Cull, a lesbian couple on the Isle of Man, pictured, are calling for a change in the law after being turned down for a flat on the basis of their sexual orientation. They were shocked to discover there was no legislation to protect them from discrimination. They have now launched an online petition calling for the island to adopt the UK’s Equality Act 2010.
The island’s chief minister, Allan Bell, pictured, said: “I am extremely disappointed that this type of ugly, outdated prejudice survives after all the work that has been done over the past 20 years or so to make the island a more tolerant place. I do believe that our society today is generally much more tolerant than it used to be. But this incident shows that there are still isolated pockets of bigotry that can only be tackled through legislation. An equality bill, based on the UK Equality Act 2010, is already in the drafting process and will deal with discrimination of this kind. I have asked that preparation of this legislation be accelerated.”
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Russian gay activists applied yesterday to Moscow City Hall for permission for a gay pride parade on May 25. “We will consider the application within the lawful time period, but our position on such events has not changed,” said Alexei Maiorov, the head of City Hall’s regional security department. Activists plan to hold the rally with about 1,000 people on the weekend of May 25-26, with a march starting on Myasnitskaya Ulitsa at Chistiye Prudy metro and up to Ploshchad Revolyutsii.
One of our readers writes: “Dear Activist, have you noticed the close resemblance between Raquel Welch and Richard Branson? Are they at all related?”
Miss Google, can you help, please? Thank you.
Goodness! Richard has had a free upgrade.
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