Antwerp Pride, Belgium 2019!

The large parade of Antwerp Pride, the annual gay festival in Antwerp, attracted at least 90,000 participants this year. The police confirm this to VTM NEWS. Last year around 75,000 people attended.
The Antwerp Pride Parade attracts tens of thousands of spectators every year. This year the participants gathered on Sint-Jansplein in Antwerp-North, to step to the Paardenmarkt and then to the quays via the Brouwersvliet. The end point is the Gedempte Zuiderdokken, where the Love United Festival erupt.

“Antwerp may not have the largest Pride Parade in the world, but now it is one of the bravest because of where it starts,” says ships Meeuws. “I am very fond of Sint-Jansplein, it is my own neighborhood, but let’s face it: it is a difficult neighborhood where not everyone is waiting for the Pride and where not all people are involved with the rights that were fought for and that are universal. This is based on an unlikely pedagogical power, this is a unique opportunity to explain the neighborhood that the Pride really stands for.”

The speech in the Flemish Parliament. (04.04.2019)

The following are excerpts from our report to the Flemish Parliament.

“LGBT World Beside is an organization founded by refugees who survived the “first wave” of persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya. We, our friends and relatives who remained in Russia, are living witnesses of how the Chechen authorities tried to rape them. Now that a new wave of persecution has begun in Chechnya, we are again afraid for ourselves and for the safety of our loved ones. We demand from the Russian authorities to put an end to the persecution and physical violence against LGBT people in Chechnya and to conduct an effective investigation of all the crimes of recent weeks. We also call on the world community, the authorities of democratic states that have signed the World Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Status of Refugees, not to refuse assistance to LGBT refugees from Chechnya, who literally have to choose between life and death.”

“The work of our organization is very important. LGBT World Beside – allows the world to find out what terrible tortures and murders occur in Chechnya, as well as conveying information for gays and lesbians of Chechnya, that they are normal and can live in society and benefit, that you can no longer hide and not be afraid, they can always Seek help in the civilized countries of Europe.”

The speech in the Flemish Parliament has just ended. The reason was the adoption of a resolution condemning the systematic persecution of gays and lesbians in Chechnya. LGBT World Beside spoke with delegations from various parties about the situation in Chechnya. Afterwards the delegation was received by Jan Peumans, chairman of parliament. On behalf of the Chechen refugees who came to the Flemish Parliament with us, we would like to thank Piet De Bruyn for the opportunity to tell our story.

Azerbaijan police are trying to ‘hunt’ transgender people through internet.

BREAKING: Reports indicate at least 14 gay and transgender people have been randomly detained in the last 24 hours.

Brutality of Azerbaijan police in September 2017. | Photo: Aziz Karimov / supplied

Azerbaijan police are trying to ‘hunt’ transgender people through internet
BREAKING: Reports indicate at least 14 gay and transgender people have been randomly detained in the last 24 hours
Azerbaijan police are trying to ‘hunt’ transgender people through internet
Brutality of Azerbaijan police in September 2017. | Photo: Aziz Karimov / supplied
2 April 2019 11:15 BSTJames Besanvalle
Azerbaijan police in the country’s capital Baku are reportedly rounding up gay and transgender people and detaining them.

According to reports from unnamed LGBTI people in Baku, the random arrests started last night (1 April). Police later took the detainees to the Binagadi District Police Department.

One report claims police are trying to ‘hunt’ transgender people via the internet. Police allegedly deceived a transgender sex worker, inviting them to a hotel to provide sex services.

Upon the trans person’s arrival to the meeting place, ‘they pulled out handcuffs’ and took the trans person to the police station, according to local activists.

Brutality of Azerbaijan police in September 2017. | Photo: Jahangir Yousouf / supplied

A source told Gay Star News the number of detained people is already at 14.

‘I just got information that they were sentenced for 30 days of detention,’ the source revealed.

They then added: ‘We call on [the] EU, Council of Europe and UN Independent Experts to react immediately to avoid these numbers to increase.’

The reason for the detention is unknown. Although reports detail authorities fined some of the detainees under Article 510 of the Code on Administrative Offenses (small hooliganism).

More information to follow.

Similar reports of authorities in Azerbaijan randomly detaining LGBTI people emerged in September 2017.

Eyewitness reports at the time claimed authorities detained LGBTI people, beat, verbally abused and forced medical examinations on transgender people. Some reports even suggest authorities shaved the hair of transgender women.

One gay man told how authorities beat, electrocuted and detained him for nine days.

The man – known only as Xeyal – said authorities beat with a baton on the head, knees, and arms, as well as electric shocks to his head and body more than 30 times.

They also tortured Xeyal into revealing names of former sexual partners, as well as forced him to sign documents without reading them.

Azerbaijan is actually getting worse when it comes to LGBTI rights.

A ranking of 141 countries around the world found social attitudes to LGBTI people in Azerbaijan are declining, making it the worst performing country.

Although same-sex sexual activity is technically legal, Azerbaijan lags behind in anti-discrimination laws, parenting rights for same-sex couples, transgender rights and same-sex marriage.

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Action in memory of LGBT victims in Chechnya.

The rally in memory of LGBT victims in Chechnya was held in Amsterdam (Netherlands) on the Homomonument on January 20, 2019.

LGBT World Beside is an organization founded by refugees who survived the “first wave” of LGBT persecution in Chechnya. We and our friends and relatives who remained in Russia are living witnesses of how the Chechen authorities tried purposely violate us.

Now that a new wave of persecution has begun in Chechnya, we are again afraid for ourselves and for the safety of our loved ones,there. We demand from the Russian authorities to end up persecution and physical violence against LGBT in Chechnya and effectively investigate all crimes of the past weeks.

We also appeal to the world community, to the authorities of democratic states that have signed the World Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Status of Refugees, not to refuse assistance to LGBT refugees from Chechnya, who literally have to choose between life and death.

An action of international solidarity with LGBT refugees from Chechnya.

We, LGBT World Beside, a non-profit organization that helps Russian-speaking LGBT asylum-seekers and separately prioritizes Chechen LGBT people.
On January 19, 2019, we held an action of international solidarity with LGBT refugees from Chechnya. Thanks for supporting RUSALGBT and Voices4.

We want to declare that: