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Lithuanian pride marred
Approximately 500 people braved tear gas, a Molotov
cocktail and aggressive opposition to march in the
inaugural Baltic Gay Pride in Lithuania's capital,
Vilnius. A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the
building of Youth for Tolerance, a human rights
organisation that helped organise the march, on
the morning of the event. And more than 1000
opponents, kept back by police, threw stones and
reworks at the marchers. No injuries were reported
but 12 people were arrested.
e event won a last-minute reprieve to proceed
with a Supreme Court decision citing international
human rights law to overturn a lower court's decision
to ban it for security reasons.
Lithuania is a predominantly Catholic country,
and homosexuality is widely seen as taboo. A 2006
poll revealed 80 per cent of Lithuanians considered
homosexuality a medical disease, and a sur vey in
March this year found 73 per cent opposed a gay
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UK elects lesbian MP
In the recent UK elections, Conser vative
politician Margot James won her seat of
Stourbridge and has become the second openly
lesbian MP elected to the UK parliament. e
rst was long-time Labour MP Angela Eagle,
who retained her seat of Wallasey.
James is the Tories' only prominent lesbian
and lives with her partner Jay Hunt, a presenter
for BBC TV. She was vice chairman on the
Conser vative party before putting her hand up
as a candidate, and is on record as being perfectly
comfortable with her sexuality, although would
prefer to not be the party's lesbian poster girl.
"I truly don't see myself as a gay this or lesbian
that; I think it's all very limiting," she said in
a 2006 interview. "But that's not to say that I
don't respect people whose instincts and being
and choice are very strictly for one gender or the
other. I just hate the sort of feeling that if you're
not in the straight, accepted-norm box, then you
must be gay. I don't think that's true and it leads
to a sense of pressure that a lot of people, who
other people think are gay, don't necessarily feel
Labor voters urged to desert
Gay lobby group Australian Marriage Equality (AME)
has started a letterbox campaign to oust sitting
Labor member Tanya Plibersek in response to the
Federal Government's continued opposition to gay
AME has started distributing flyers to households
in Plibersek's seat of Sydney urging voters to not
support Labor in this year's federal election.
"Given her electorate, Tanya Plibersek should
be one of our strongest advocates but has chosen
to rigidly toe the party line throughout her career,"
said AME National Secretary, Peter Furness.
"Targeting seats like Sydney is simply getting the
Labor Party's attention in the only way left to us.
We are sending Labor a strong message that there
is a price to pay for pandering to religious bigots
and for opposing the equal human rights of gay and
Gay couples in Argentina may soon be able
to marry and adopt after the country's House
of Deputies approved an historic bill. The bill
passed by 125 votes to 109 but will need to gain
a majority approval from the Senate. If it does,
it will then pass to President Cristina Fernandez,
who has promised to make it law.
If successful, Argentina will be the first
Latin American country to recognise same-sex
marriage and adoption.
Five gay couples have already married with
permission from a judge, but some unions have
since been overturned.
Several areas in Argentina, including Buenos
Aires, the province of Río Negro in Patagonia, and
the city of Villa Carlos Paz in Córdoba province,
have already approved civil unions for gay
couples. Maria Rachid, president of the Argentine
Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and
Transsexuals, is optimistic.
"We've talked to the heads of the political blocs
[in the Senate] and the majority are in favour of
this, so we think we could get a favourable vote
in the Senate as well," she said.
Vic's $3.6m to prevent
ueer young people have been singled out by the Victorian State Government, with its 2010/11 budget
including $3.6 million to prevent youth suicide and a $100,000 grant to rural youth group, Wa y O u t . e $3.6
million will fund four new youth suicide community support programs over four years to identify those at risk
of self-harm, said Minister for Mental health Lisa Neville. Two will be in metropolitan areas, the others in rural
areas and will operate in community health centres, youth centres or sport and recreation groups.
"In Australia youth suicide is second only to motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death in young people and
we know some people are at a greater risk," she said.
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