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Irish Government To End Discrimination Against LGBT Teachers - VIDEO

Irish Minister For Education Ruairi Quinn

The Irish government announced on June 28th that under an employment law amendment to be passed shortly, schools will no longer be allowed to fire teachers based on family status or sexual orientation.

The news came on the same day as Dublin’s biggest ever Pride Parade, with an estimated attendance of 40,000.

The amendment, jointly submitted by Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, will repeal section 37 of the Employment Equality Act of 1998, which currently allows religious institutions to discriminate “where it is reasonable to do so in order to maintain the religious ethos of the institution”.

Speaking to The Journal, Labour Senator Ivana Bacik said that there were delays in the repeal of section 37 of the Employment Equality Act in order to ensure that the legislation was “robust enough":

“The Department of Education have been keen to progress it as it affects teachers in their everyday work. Teachers unions have been campaigning for this for a long time. While it has never been used to dismiss someone, it has still been present for teachers. It struck fear in teachers who were fearful of sharing personal details about their personal lives with colleagues and that really is unsatisfactory.”

According to the Irish Times, the proposal to repeal Section 37 will come before government ministers today.  Following approval, the proposals will be passed on to the lower and upper houses of the Irish legislature.

The change in legislation has had cross-party support within the Irish legislature.

Wath Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst perform at Dublin Pride, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bulgarian MEP Calls Eurovision Winner Conchita Wurst ‘Genetically Modified Organism’ - VIDEO

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In an interview before his May election, Bulgarian Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Angel Dzhambazki described Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst as a “bearded creature.”

DzhambazkiIn the same interview, Dzhambazki said that recognition of the intersexed as a third gender is “absolutely an unacceptable targeting of humanity against nature.”

Speaking to One Europe, Dzhambazki said:

“A beard lady became a symbol of the Old continent a few days ago. This bearded creature, called with the European name Conchita Wurst is like genetically modified organism and won the Eurovision. And I wonder, if the vice of our time is that we tolerate the perversity. I don’t want such a song contest for my children.”

Yesterday, Dzhambazki was accepted into the Eurosceptic centre-right Conservative Party’s ECR group in the European Parliament, along with Irish MEP Brian Crowley.

Speaking to Pink News, English Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder said:

“The public deserves an explanation as to why Conservative MEPs have agreed to share a platform with this divisive and hateful figure who is so out of touch with British values of tolerance and compassion. By associating themselves with such an openly racist and homophobic politician the Tories are dancing with the devil.”

Dzhambazki, a member of the Bulgaria Without Censorship party which is aligned with the Bulgarian National Movement, has also been accused of inciting hatred against immigrants, calling on the citizens of Sofia to "clean up" Bulgaria's capital city and take “self-defence actions” by establishing “volunteer patrols and units”.

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Obama Denounces Russia for 'Targeting' Gays in Speech to EU: VIDEO

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In a speech on Wednesday at the Palais Des Beaux-Arts in Brussels after talks with EU and NATO leaders on Russia's military backed annexation of Crimea, President Obama gave a speech about taking a stand against Russia, part of which mentioned Russia's attitude toward gay rights, CNN reports:

In making the case for a united stand against what he characterized as Russian aggression, Obama borrowed from the language that helped win him the White House for a second term.

"We believe in human dignity - that every person is created equal, no matter who you are, or what you look like, or who you love, or where you come from," he said.

Later, Obama reiterated criticism of Russian intolerance spawned by a law passed before the Sochi Olympics that outlawed promoting gay rights to children.

Western ideals and values of openness and tolerance would endure long past repression, he argued.

"Instead of targeting our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, we can use our laws to protect their rights," he said. "Instead of defining ourselves in opposition to others, we can affirm the aspirations that we hold in common. That's what will make America strong. That's what will make Europe strong. That's what makes us who we are."

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Did the EU Just Sell Out Ukraine's Gay Community?

BY EMILY LODISH / GlobalPost

Ukraine says the EU dropped a requirement that the country protect 'sexual minorities' as part of visa negotiations. The EU denies it.

Ukraine is looking for a legal makeover, but it may not benefit everyone.

PetrenkoOn Monday, Ukraine's parliament finalized a new anti-discrimination law, but in a worrying move for the country's LGBT community, the country's justice minister said the law would not include a clause to protect "sexual minorities."

"We did find an understanding with the European Commission on the draft law on discrimination," said Ukraine's Justice Minister Pavel Petrenko (pictured).

"And they removed their demands concerning the indication in the law of guarantees for sexual minorities."

But David Stulik, a spokesman for the European Commission delegation to Kyiv, denied the minister's claim. He told BuzzFeed that the EU had not dropped the requirement.

The law, which is part of a plan to do away with visas for Ukrainians traveling to the EU, does guarantee protection of all persons for race and religion, according to Petrenko.

Ukraine's parliament has previously considered anti-"gay propaganda" laws, though none have passed. Negotiations, it seems, are ongoing.


United States, EU, Australian Diplomats Issue Joint Denunciation of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Law

Diplomats from the European Union released a statement denouncing Uganda's anti-gay law.

MuseveniStatement below:

STATEMENT FROM EUROPEAN UNION DIPLOMATS ON THE ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY LAW

We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned and disappointed about the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

We strongly believe that all humans share common indivisible rights. The Anti-Homosexuality Law contradicts this universal principle and the Ugandan commitment to protect the fundamental human rights of all of its citizens.

We would like to remind the Government of Uganda of its constitutional and international human rights obligations. Having ratified the African Charter of Human and Peoples' Rights, as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Uganda is obliged to guarantee the human rights infringed by the Anti-Homosexuality Law.

Signed by:

Urban Andersson, Ambassador of Sweden
David Angel, Canadian High Commissioner
Alison Blackburne, British High Commissioner
Dónal Cronin, Chargé d'Affaires of Ireland
Stefano A Dejak, Ambassador of Italy
Scott H. DeLisi, U.S Ambassador
Klaus Dieter Düxmann, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany
Dan E. Frederiksen, Ambassador of Denmark
Sofie From-Emmesberger, Ambassador of Finland
Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, Ambassador of Norway
Alain Hanssen, Ambassador of Belgium
Alphons Hennekens, Ambassador of the Netherlands
Simone Knapp, Head of Office, Austrian Embassy Development Cooperation
Sophie Makame, Ambassador of France
Gisli Palsson, Chargé d'Affaires a.i of Iceland
Kristian Schmidt, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union
Geoff Tooth, Australian High Commissioner


EU Commissioner Boycotts Sochi Olympics, Joins German President

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And another high-profile political leader joins the boycott of Russia for their heinous witch hunt of homosexuals. 

RedingEuropean Union commissioner Viviane Reding, like German President Joachim Gauck, has publicly announced that she will not be attending the Olympics in Sochi. Whereas Gauck's decision is implied to be a response to Russia's human rights violations, Reding explicitly stated in a tweet that she would be staying away because of how the country treats its minorities: 

I will certainly not go to Sochi as long as minorities are treated the way they are under the current Russian legislation.

Here's hoping that the courage of these two leaders will inspire action on the part of others who have yet to speak up.


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