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Sydney’s famed annual gay Mardi Gras and
Sleaze Ball parties have been overrun by fun
seeking heterosexuals and gay men are fed up with
it, reported Capital Q.
More than 1,000 gay men have signed a peti
tion calling on the Mardi Gras leadership to create
a male-only dance space at the 1995 Mardi Gras
“With the increasing number of strai hts at our
parties, they are be-*,
coming gay and les-y
bian u nfriendly,’*;
said petition orga
nizer Edmund Milts.
“That’s really sad.”
Mardi Gras pre
viously tried to fix
the problem by be
coming a member
ship organization, quizzing applicants about their
sexuality, and allowing only members to attend the
event, but a lot of straight people apparently said
they were gay to gain admittance.
“It’s a big issue, and we’re taking it very
seriously,” said Mardi Gras president Rob Patmore.
“Men-only and women-only spaces could be a
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Melbourne’s Multicultural Gay and Lesbian
Support Group has sent gay and lesbian clubs in the
state of Victoria a “Code of Practice” to sign, to
“guarantee the safety and freedom from harass
ment of patrons of gay venues.”
The group said it had received several com
plaints of drag performers making offensive com
ments to Asian bar patrons. The code requires
venue owners to ban biased remarks based on age,
nationality, immigration status, country of origin,
race, color or transgenderism.
Sixty-two gay and lesbian Canadians have
brought their foreign lovers to live in Canada since
the government’s 1993 decision that same-sex
partners could be processed for landed-immigrant
status on “humanitarian and compassionate
grounds,” reported London’s Capital Gay.
“ H um anitarian
grounds...include the existence of a stable rela
tionship with a Canadian citizen or permanent
resident,” the regulations state. “Missions [consu
lates] should recognize that undue hardship would
often result from separating or continuing separa
tion of a bona fide same-sex or common-law
One of the most recent cases involved Yukon
Territory lesbian Andrea Underwood and her Brit
ish lover Anna Carrott. They now plan to sue the
Yukon over its refusal to give them a marriage
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Canadian Justice Minister Allan Rock con
firmed Nov. 17 that the government plans to amend
the Canadian Human Rights Act to outlaw dis
crimination based on sexual orientation.
“Our intention remains...to introduce legisla
tion in that regard before the Christmas break,”
Rock told Parliament when questioned by MP
Réal Ménard, one of two openly gay members of
the House of Commons.
The exchange came during debate on amend
ing Canada’s criminal code to increase penalties
for hate crimes against gay men and lesbians.
Germany bestowed one of its highest honors on
two gay activists in October, according to This
Week in Germany.
Civil-rights lawyer Manfred Bruns and activist
Markus Commercon received the Order of Merit
of the Federal Republic of Germany for their work
championing the rights of gay men, lesbians, and
people with HIV and AIDS, and for improving
SERIOUS INJURY& DEATH
C LA IM S resulting from:
awareness of discrimination based on sexual ori
Commercon, 30, is the first person under 40 to
receive the Order of Merit. He has lectured exten
sively in schools on gay issues and wrote the book
AIDS: My Path in Life.
Bruns, a retired Federal Court of Justice pros
ecutor, is a longtime gay leader and was a member
of parliament’s AIDS panel.
Dutch immigration officers Nov. 14 deported
around 90 male-to-female transsexual prostitutes
to Ecuador, Colombia, the Dominican Republic,
and Brazil, according to the Internet Euro-Queer
Amsterdam police blamed the prostitutes for a
rash of fights, thefts and disturbances of the peace.
“We do not want this sort here just at the time
we are trying to make prostitution into an ordinary
business,” a police media spokesman said. “There
have been many complaints about fights breaking
out when a customer finds out he’s dealing with a
man. The transsexuals are also aggressive to fe
The transsexuals are believed to have relocated
to Amsterdam after having been driven out of
Paris’ Bois de Boulogne park, a popular French
Police said the 90 individuals were in various
stages of becoming female.
On Nov. 16 Lepa Mladjenovic, of the sexual
minority group Arkadia, became the first lesbian
or gay man to discuss queer issues on Serbian
She appeared, along with a British lesbian, on
the hour-long program Incidentals on the arts
“So far, the reaction to the show has been
positive,” Arkadia said in a news release.
A 22-year-old Turkish man living in Arlington,
Va., was granted asylum in the United States on
Oct. 18 because he was persecuted and raped by
Turkish police due to his homosexuality.
“It has been determined you have established a
well-founded fear of persecution were you to re
turn to Turkey,” the government wrote to Serkan
Altan is the second foreign gay or lesbian to
win asylum in the U.S. since Attorney General
Janet Reno declared in June that gay men and
lesbians are a “particular social group” that is
persecuted in some nations, according to The Wash
Members of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe
are raising money to sue the national daily newspa
per, the Daily Gazette, over its refusal to run a
“Our advert simply advertises our counseling
service,” a GALZ spokesman said. “The newspa
per has said that it is a ‘family’ newspaper and will
not carry our advertisement.
“There are many isolated and lonely gay people
in Zimbabwe who we would reach via this advert.”
In related news, members of GALZ are raising
money to fight censorship laws that, according to
the group, deem all gay and lesbian material porno
“We once suffered a raid by the police, who
were searching [unsuccessfully] for the GALZ
library,” the group said in a press release.
The Censor Board and the attorney general
refuse to discuss the laws with GALZ, a spokes
The government has also stalled for over six
months on issuing a ruling on GALZ’s video of the
film Maurice, which the group submitted for a
determination in an attempt to force the issue.
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