The largest national anti-LGBTQ group in the world is preparing to gather and give speeches on topics such as “Restoring a Generation’s Identity” and “Reclaiming and Preserving Conservatism in a Counter-Christian Culture”
This group is notorious from their numerous anti- Islamic and homophobic beliefs, even more so now that they now have bigger platform since the current president has been the first in history to ever to acknowledge their “Voter Values Summit,” which is the name of their annual gathering coming up in a few days.
The Southern Law Poverty Center details a few facts about what is important to know but the organization regarding this year’s event. One fact is several high profile speakers such as the vice president and secretary of state will talk to the crowd.
Another fact reported by the SPLC, the organization’s sponsors are those from extremist anti-Islamic groups and LGBTQ hate groups such as the American Family Association Action, a notorious anti-LGBT hate group focused on “combating the homosexual agenda.”
This year’s voter summit is Washington D.C. from September 21st through the 23rd.
As Serbia prepares for their Pride event, there is push-back from a participant; as their planning an internal protest prohibiting any politicians from involvement.
The current prime minister, a female, queer individual had brought a lot of hope the LGBTQ community when she was given power, but as time passes by, there has been little to no progression regarding the LGBTQ rights in the country.
Within the entire country the LGBTQ community still suffers high discrimination and homophobia, causing those in the community to not feel safe.
A regional ERA association survey shows that 90% of people in Serbia are against giving LGBT couples the right to adopt, while about 70% are against gay couples inheriting a partner’s belongings after death. Same sex marriage is also still illegal.
This follows a rich history of discrimination against the community. The very first Serbian Pride fest, in fact, ended in violence when protesters stormed the parade and attacked the participants, despite the amount of police on the scene before and during the incident.
And in 2010 the parade was rushed again, this time resulting in over 100 injuries. This display prevented the recurrence of the parade until four years later, with an even higher amount of police presence than there was thirteen years before.
As Pride in Serbia nears, it is still a heated debate on whether or not the ban will be lifted.
Romania recently set a date for referendum to block the practice of gay marriage, by changing the legal definition of marriage to only include the union between man and a woman.
The country at this time doesn’t even recognize the marriage or civil unions of gay people done abroad, and now signatures are being gathered (now in the millions) to block the practice of gay marriage completely.
The passing of the referendum is the last step in this process, as the lower house parliament and the senate both voted in favor last year.
Rights groups are pushing for voters to block the ballot all together, saying that a human right such as a marriage should not be put up to vote. Also, saying that defining the word family could not only hurt those in the LGBTQ community, but also single parents, non-married couples, and any other non-traditional family units.
Romania is one of the last country countries in EU which which still outlaws gay marriage, and protesters continue to protest outside the parliament against this possible amendment, which is set to go up to vote on October 7.