About: homophobia

Non-discrimination 15-02-2022

Anti-LGBTI rhetoric rising throughout Europe

Anti-LGBTI rhetoric is on the rise across Europe, according to a report published on Tuesday (15 February) by ILGA-Europe, an advocacy group. At the same time, numbers show public opinion has also shifted positively towards the community, most notably in Hungary.
Elections 04-01-2022

Trump praises Hungary’s Orbán in pre-election letter

Former US president Donald Trump on Monday (3 January) enthusiastically backed the reelection of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, a hardline hero who has been accused of creeping authoritarianism.
Non-discrimination 02-11-2021

Foreign ambassadors slam attack on LGBTQ centre in Bulgaria

Eleven foreign ambassadors in Bulgaria condemned on Monday (1 November) a weekend attack on an LGBTQ community centre that activists said was led by a nationalist candidate in the 4 November presidential vote.
Non-discrimination 16-09-2021

Hungary equates ‘LGBT promotion’ in films with horror in viewing age ratings

Hungary's media regulator published guidelines for broadcasters to comply with new LGBT laws on Wednesday (15 September), relegating some films portraying homosexuality or gender identity issues to the same age group restrictions as gory horror movies.
Non-discrimination 07-09-2021

EU warns Polish regions they could lose funding over ‘LGBT-free’ zones

The European Commission has written to five Polish regional councils urging them to abandon declarations that they are "LGBT-free" in order to receive funding, one of the councils affected confirmed on Monday (6 September).
Non-discrimination 09-08-2021

Hungary anti-LGBTQ law to apply around churches

Hungary's government has announced that provisions of its controversial new anti-LGBTQ law will apply around churches as well as schools.

Spanish police arrest suspects after fatal beating

Spanish police have arrested three people over their alleged involvement in the killing of a 24-year-old man named Samuel, who was beaten to death in the early hours of last Saturday near a nightclub, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Elections 08-07-2021

Hungary rejects EU demand to ditch ‘shameful’ anti-LGBT law

Hungary on Wednesday (7 July) rejected a demand from the European Commission and many EU lawmakers to repeal new legislation banning schools from using materials deemed to promote homosexuality.
Non-discrimination 07-07-2021

EU warns Hungary to fix anti-LGBTQ law or face action

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday (7 July) warned Hungary to reverse course on its controversial LGBTQ law, as pressure mounts on Brussels to cut EU funding to Budapest.
Europe's East 06-07-2021

Georgia LGBTQ activists cancel Pride march after clashes

LGBTQ activists in Georgia said Monday (5 July) they had been forced to cancel a planned Pride march, as protesters assaulted activists and journalists and clashed with police hours after the prime minister denounced the event.
Non-discrimination 25-06-2021

EU leaders confront Hungary PM over LGBTQ law

EU leaders holding a summit Thursday (24 June) attacked Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán over a new law in his country banning LGBTQ content in schools, which they view as homophobic and contrary to EU values.
Non-discrimination 23-06-2021

Half of the EU countries voice ‘grave concern’ at Hungary anti-LGBTQ law

Thirteen, or less than half of the EU's 27 member states on Tuesday (22 June) voiced their "grave concern" at a new law in Hungary they said discriminates against LGBTQ people while claiming to protect children.
Non-discrimination 21-06-2021

Munich mayor wants stadium in rainbow colours for Hungary clash

City officials in Munich plan to light the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours for Wednesday's (23 June) Euro 2020 match between Germany and Hungary to make a statement to Viktor Orbán's right-wing Hungarian government.
Non-discrimination 30-04-2021

Burns death of homophobia victim shocks Latvia

The death of a gay Latvian man this week after his clothes were soaked with fuel and lit on fire has shocked the country, with campaigners calling it a homophobic attack and accusing police of inaction.
Non-discrimination 09-03-2021

French minister says Poland stymied his visit to ‘LGBT-free’ zone

French Europe Minister Clément Beaune said he was dissuaded by Polish authorities from visiting what he called an “LGBT-free zone” in defence of civil liberties on a trip to Poland, but the government in Warsaw denied it had blocked access.
Elections 05-03-2021

Hungary PM wants to create new European right-wing ‘force’

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Friday (5 March) called for the creation of a new European right-wing force for "our type of people" who want to protect their families and homeland.
Global Europe 05-02-2021

Turkey makes fresh arrests after EU, US censure

Police detained dozens of protesters across several cities on Thursday (4 February) after Turkey brushed aside US and EU condemnation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's crackdown on a month of escalating student rallies.
Non-discrimination 21-01-2021

Renew Europe expels Lithuanian MEP over homophobic remarks

Centrist European Parliament grouping Renew Europe on Wednesday (20 January) voted to expel a Lithuanian MEP over homophobic remarks he made in a video on Facebook.
Politics 14-01-2021

Lithuanian MEP apologises in homophobia row

A Lithuanian MEP accused of homophobia apologised on Wednesday (13 January) after fellow lawmakers threatened to expel him from the liberal Renew grouping in the European Parliament.
Non-discrimination 12-01-2021

Lithuanian MEP told to explain homophobic remarks

A Lithuanian MEP whose Facebook page features a video of him calling gays or transvestites "perverts" has been given until Thursday (14 January) to explain and apologise if he wants to stay in his political group.
Non-discrimination 21-10-2020

Irish town cuts ties with ‘LGBT-free’ Polish twin in growing culture war

The Irish town of Fermoy has cut ties with its Polish twin Nowa Deba over a motion opposing "LGBT ideology", in the latest European bid to counter Poland's increasing homophobic stance.
Freedom of thought 28-11-2019

Hungarian media deny claims that Eurovision 2020 is ‘too gay’

Hungary will not take part in Eurovision 2020, the annual song contest that will take place in Rotterdam next year. Reports have emerged that the reason was the high number of LGBTQ+ participants, which goes going against the conservative views of Viktor Orbán's government.
Languages & Culture 23-09-2019

Tens of thousands march for ban on abortions in Slovakia

Tens of thousands marched in Slovakia's capital on Sunday (22 September) calling for a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Catholic central European country.
Europe's East 24-06-2019

War veterans join biggest gay pride march in Ukraine

War veterans in fatigues joined more than 8,000 people marching in Kyiv's Gay Pride parade amid tight security on Sunday (23 June), the biggest ever annual celebration of diversity in ex-Soviet Ukraine.