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News Article: Gay Magazine Deprived of License
"On September 17, 2000, the State Committee for Press already reprimanded the newspaper under the same definition. Then the edition was offered to pass re-registration."
"At the moment Forum Lambda intends to petition the Supreme Economic Court of Belarus in order to argue against the State Committee's verdict."
"Forum Lambda was founded back in August 1998 as a bulletin of sexual minorities under the name "Belarusian League for freedom of sexual minorities Lambda."
News Article: Orthodox Church-Related Groups Demonstrate in Minsk against Gay Festival
"The protesters gathered near the Academy of Sciences, but the police soon persuaded them to leave. They marched along Skaryna Avenue, Minsk's main street, all the way to Victory Square, carrying placards "No to Sodom and Gomorrah!", "Gays and Lesbians Go See a Doctor! You are Sick!" and the like. Authorities made no attempts to stop them."
"The demonstrators told a BelaPAN correspondent that they represented the Orthodox newspaper Voskreseniye, the Brotherhood of Orthodox Physicians, the St. Paul and St. Peter Church Brotherhood, and some other groups. One of them, who said he headed an Organization for Assistance to Victims of Psychological Aggression, stressed that they were not against homosexuals but against gay propaganda in Minsk in connection with the festival."
"In any case, Gay Pride organizers have little luck getting on with their plans. They wanted to begin on September 7 with a show in one of Minsk's dancing clubs but were thrown out by the club management. A parade they planned to stage on September 10 has been banned by the city government. Two FM stations have refused to provide news coverage of the festival, referring to an order from the Presidential Administration."
Source: BelaPAN, No. 39; Saturday, September 9, 2000; 8:40 p.m.
News Article: Gay Pride-2000 Organizers Encountered Difficulties Preparing the Festival
"Edvard Tarletsky, head of the organizing committee, told BelaPAN that Radio BA had gone back on its promise to provide information support for the festival and grant its dancehall for night events."
"Radio BA Director Irina Yuzvak said that her radio station had received an order from the Presidential Administration not to cover the event, Mr. Tarletsky said."
"Olga Alvorado, a representative of another FM station, Alpha Radio, refused to provide information support for the festival on the same grounds, Mr. Tarletsky said."
"The organizers received a last-minute refusal from Viktor Parfyonok, director of the Minsk-based Nova gallery, to grant a hall for an exhibition of photographs and drawings by Olga Varenikova and Yelena Adamchik. Mr. Parfyonok said that the exhibition could damage the gallery's reputation. The Minsk government has not yet given its permission for a gay and lesbian parade in Minsk on September 10, Mr. Tarletsky said."
"However, he noted, news conferences, seminars and discussions within the framework of the festival will go ahead as planned. Concerts titled "Belarusian and European Stars to Gays and Lesbians" are to take place at Minsk's night clubs Reactor and Aquarium. Artists from Belarus, Poland, Sweden, and Ukraine are expected to perform. Fashion shows will be staged by Belarusian and Russian designers."
Source: BelaPAN, No. 17; Tuesday, September 5, 2000; 4:00 p.m.
News Article: Anti-Gays Organize in Belarus
"According to local gay activists, 'The participants of the conference condemned the practice of using condoms and of making abortions which were regarded as 'satanic influences.' Among the 'authors' of the 'pernicious' projects of sexual education [are] the World Health Organization, UNESCO, and the UN.' "
"Gays and lesbians were declared to be 'perverts and criminals,' activists reported, and one priest called for all homosexuals to 'be executed in the electric chair.' "
Source: GayStLouis.com, International News #257 - March 29, 1999
News Article: Gays and Lesbians to Stage a Festival in Minsk
"Concerts featuring performers from Belarus, Sweden, and Ukraine will take place every night at the Titanic dancing club. A beauty contest among transvestites, Transmission '99, will be staged at Titanic on September 10 and 11."
"According to the organizers, the jury will include variety performer Inna Afanasyeva, human rights activist Lyubov Lunyova, actress Zoya Belokhvostik, rock singer Kasya Kamotskaya, and Irina Khalip, chief editor of the newspaper Imya."
"Movie showings, seminars, and conferences will be organized with the assistance of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), and the Abyadnany Shlyakh (United Path) organization."
"One of the seminars, that on gay culture and human rights, will be held at the office of the Association of Moviemakers instead of the University of Culture, although it has been sanctioned by the rector, Yadviga Grigorovich. According to Lambda leader Eduard Tarletsky, the prospect of a seminar of the sort being held at their university has provoked protests on the part of the faculty."
Source: BelaPAN, No. 38; Wednesday, September 8, 1999; 7:50 p.m.
News Article: Preparations Underway for Gay Parade Belarus
"The program of the festival includes a seminar for journalists on the theme, 'Lesbians and Gays in the Media,' a conference on the rights of gays and lesbians in Belarus and the world, a show of photographs and films made by homosexuals and about them, the celebration of Forum Lambda's anniversary, and the Mister Gay Belarus competition."
Source: BelaPAN, No. 46; Thursday, August 12, 1999; 1:40 p.m.
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