RMT PROTEST ACTION: Lithuanian Embassy London – Five anti-LGBT bills are to be considered in the Lithuania parliament in the December 2013 session. In solidarity with Lithuanian LGBT people and the Lithuanian Gay League, RMT Union will stage a protest demonstration outside of the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in London.
“Why I won’t attend Gergiev’s concerts” – David Nice. When a conductor unequivocally endorses a murderous state policy, it’s time to draw the line. Last Thursday I was giving a talk before a concert in Birmingham, decently but not inspiringly conducted by the much-liked Vasily Sinaisky. Had I been in London I could have taken my pick between two greater interpreters, Valery Gergiev launching his Berlioz series with the London Symphony Orchestra and veteran Yury Temirkanov returning to one of his standard programmes with the Philharmonia. Both appeared on the list of 549 “trustees” supporting Vladimir Putin’s 2012 re-election campaign.
Bullying can take many forms and when young trans people tell us that they feel consistently frightened and anxious about what their fellow students and teachers might say or do we know there is more work to be done. Gender Intelligence are carrying out ‘Stop Our Silence’ in Anti-bullying Week, 18th to 23rd November 2013. Ask your friends to sponsor you then make the donation online.
LGBT groups hoping for a roving Pride House in Sochi – After a Russian court rejected efforts to set up a Pride House in Sochi, a building dedicated to supporting gay athletes, a coalition of LGBT sports groups is campaigning national organizing committees to host Pride House events at their hospitality houses. This would create a roving Pride House of sorts for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The Pink Promotion! Monday 18th November – 10 years since 28…Wear a pink item of clothing on the Monday 18th November To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the repeal of Section 28, the law which banned the ‘promotion’ and ‘publication’ of anything supporting a LGBT ‘pretend lifestyle’ we would like everyone in the UK to wear pink, the symbol of diversity.
US Postal Service to issue Harvey Milk stamp – Thirty-five years after Harvey Milk made history as California’s first openly gay elected leader, he’s closing in on another historical first.
The U.S. Postal Service has said that the late San Francisco supervisor and civil rights leader will join the likes of John F. Kennedy, Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson by being recognized with a commemorative stamp – an honor that had apparently never before gone to an openly gay politician.