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Blood ban reform: France next?

Hot on the heels of The Netherlands, France too has decided that the country’s lifetime ban on men who have sex with men donating blood should be ended. A similar move was made in Britain four years ago, though Northern Ireland retains a lifetime ban as policy on the matter is devolved to the Stormont Assembly and Democratic Unionist Party […]

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Kiev: Getting it right

For the second time since 2013, the March for Equality Pride event has been held in Kiev, Ukraine. Over 2000 police officers protected around 300 participants from counter demonstrators.  The march was attacked twice, resulting in nine injured police men and at least ten injured participants. Police arrested 25 people for ‘illegal actions’ against the march, which included throwing stones […]

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EU Institutions mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Almost all major EU institutions marked yesterday’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT). The European Parliament, the European Commission and the European External Action Service all issued statements, and thanks to the official name change to include biphobia there is a growing trend to consciously refer to it. The High Representative of the European Union, Frederica Mogherini, issued […]

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Slovenia on the path to same-sex marriage

Another EU member state is legalising same-sex marriage. The Parliament of Slovenia has voted by 51 votes to 28 (5 abstentions) to open up marriage beyond mixed-sex couples, and to allow same-sex couples to adopt children. The bill has to be enacted by the President but with polls showing clear popular support it should become law soon.

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Finland joins the marriage club

Finland has just voted to legalise same-sex marriage, making it the 12th European country to do so. It passed by 105 votes to 92, some twelve years on from the introduction of same-sex civil partnerships in Finnish law. “Finland should strive to become a society where discrimination does not exist, human rights are respected and two adults can marry regardless of their sexual […]

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