Denmark – Copenhagen Gay Pride Week

For a cheerful and energetic week in July/August 2009 Copenhagen was host to the 2nd edition of the World OutGames and OutGames Human Rights Conference. The Danish Prime Minister and the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen welcomed thousands of athletes and activists to the city. In the streets and in the press these special events were

Major Lesbian Publication Issued from Copenhagen Conference

Posted by Richard Ammon, GlobalGayz.comI was fortunate to attend the July 2009 OutGames and Human Rights Conference in Copenhagen, Denmarkwhere the following publication was presented by ILGA on behalf of worldwide lesbian activists and supporters. In the past decade lesbians have taken their full place on the world stage of human rights advocacy. Once relegated

Denmark – Human Rights Conference

The World OutGames 2009 in Copenhagen mounted two major events: sports competitions and a human rights conference. (See OutGames sports photo gallery.) The human rights conference drew several hundred activists, diplomats, United Nations officials, legal experts, political leaders, journalists, filmmakers and artists for three days of plenary sessions and workshops covering more than one hundred

Denmark – Karen Blixen Museum

                                     Denmark: Karen Blixen Museum in Denmark and Nairobi Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke (1885-1962) was a Danish author also known under her pen name Isak Dinesen. Blixen wrote works both in Danish and in English. She is best known, at least in English, for the book Out of Africa, her account of living in Kenya

Gay Denmark Life 2009

  Copenhagen: A Happy Home for Citizens and for World OutGames 2009 A Happening Scene It doesn’t take long to locate gay Copenhagen. The gay-friendly guidebook Lonely Planet has a boxed section that describes the scene as “one of the liveliest gay and lesbian scenes in Europe…” From this simple comment into the thicket of

OutGames Human Rights Conference 2009

The OutGames 2009 Human Rights Conference closed on somber yet defiant note in August amid warnings of dire laws in Africa and major plans to push ahead for gay rights including gay marriage in the West. Under the theme ‘Love of Freedom–Freedom to Love’ hundreds of delegates listened and spoke about global efforts to bring tolerance, respect and protection to countless millions of LGBT citizens around the world. From the United Nations’ highest Human Rights official to a small activist group in Bolivia, the message was clear: “we are here, we are queer and we will be heard; we are no less human than any other person.”

Gay Denmark – World OutGames 2009

Intro: Copenhagen was the host for the 2nd edition of the World OutGames in July 2009. About 6000 athletes from 70 countries competed in 30 different sports, from placid bridge (cards) to the popular swimming to the daunting triathalon. Affiliated with the Games was the Human Rights Conference also held in Copenhagen.  At the end of the sporting and conference week the city held its annual Gay Pride Parade.

Gay Denmark 2008

Denmark was one of the world’s earliest leaders in pro-gay rights.  My first visit many years ago as a not-yet-gay tourist pleased  and teased me with its sexy shops and magazines and colorful night life. It opened my eyes to more to my own truth when a friendly stranger swept me away for a night

Gay Life in Serbia

The Scourge of Homosexuality Serbia is in the throes of changing from a harsh war-torn society to a free-thinking free-enterprise nation of progress. Having suffered from its own aggressions as well Nato’s bombs in the 90’s there is little tolerance now for outside interference or for social experiments. Homosexuality is treated as a scourge with

Gay Moldova

  Sexual minorities in Moldova are one of the most vulnerable and discriminated social groups. During the last ten years GenderDoc-M has registered 15 cases of gay murder because of homophobia and numerous cases of violence, discrimination and intolerant attitude to LGBT community. Law does not protect the rights of sexual minorities in Moldova nor

Czech Republic – Prague City 1

Situated on the River Vltava (Moldau) in central Bohemia, Prague has been the political, cultural, and economic centre of the Czech Republic for more than 1100 years. The city proper is home to more than 1.2 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of over 1.9 million. The stunning architecture,

Gay Czech Republic

Intro: A small picturesque gem in central Europe, the Czech Republic has progressed far since communism ended in 1989. Most notable is the legalization of same-sex relationships and the open attitude Czech people have toward homosexuality. Except for minor right-wing and religious protests the LGBT community is alive and well with numerous organizations, venues and events. Across the country are charming towns, ancient castles and immaculate pensions with tasty food.

Czech Republic – Prague City 2

Situated on the River Vltava (Moldau) in central Bohemia, Prague has been the political, cultural, and economic centre of the Czech state for more than 1100 years. The city proper is home to more than 1.2 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of over 1.9 million. Since 1992, the

Czech Republic – Prague City 3

Situated on the River Vltava (Moldau) in central Bohemia, Prague has been the political, cultural, and economic centre of the Czech state for more than 1100 years. The city is home to the liveliest gay and lesbian communities in eastern Europe. There are dozens of LGBT clubs, bars, saunas, cafes, restaurants. The large diverse gay

Czech Republic – Terezin

Terezin (Theresienstadt) is the name of a former military fortress and garrison town in the north of the Czech Republic. During WWII, the Gestapo used this now-peaceful town as ghetto, concentrating Jews from Czechoslovakia, as well as many from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Denmark. Though it was not an extermination camp, of more than

Greece – Mainland

Greece is essentially divided into two hakves – the mainland and the islands. This photo gallery is of the mainland. (See the islands gallery here) Greece lies at the juncture of Europe, Asia and Africa. It is heir to the heritages of ancient Greece, the Roman Empire and Byzantine Empire, and nearly four centuries of

Italy – Rome: Audience with Pope

Every week the Pope appears before an audience of several thousand tourists and pilgrims in the purpose-built audience hall (an ill-suited modern building crammed against the baroque and neo-classical structures of St. Peter’s Square). He reads a message (in Italian) after which the various attending groups are announced by a cardinal. As their names are

Poland – Warsaw City (1)

Warsaw’s population as of 2007 was estimated at 1,706,624, with a metropolitan area of approximately 3,350,000. It is the capital of Poland. Warsaw’s mixture of architectural styles reflects the turbulent history of the city and country. During World War II, Warsaw was razed to the ground by bombing raids and Nazi destruction. After liberation mass

Poland – Wieliczka: Salt Mines

The Wieliczka Salt Mine, located in the town of Wieliczka, is within Poland’s Kraków metropolitan area. It had been until 2007 in continuous operation, producing table salt, since the 13th century. It was one of the world’s oldest operating salt mines. The mine reaches down to a depth of 327 meters (1000 feet) and is

Slovenia – Ljubljana City 2009 (1)

Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia with about 370,000 population and has diverse architectural styles as can be seen in this gallery. Slovenia’s most renown architect was Joze Plecnik (1872-1957) whose work is seen throughout the city. He was also a city planner and designed numerous public spaces especially along the Ljubljanica River that flows

Gay Life in Modern Turkey

Introduction As a Muslim country, Turkey reveals a very different attitude than most other Islamic countries toward lesbigay life. Progressive and highly western, Turkey allows gays to have a measure of freedom of expression and as well access to fulfilling careers and romantic intimacy. But many Turks resent and fear any recognition of “Gay Life