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New laws that took effect in Buenos Aires on
Oct. 10 ban discrimination based on sexual orien
tation and abolish the “Police Edicts” under which
city cops have long been permitted to arrest people
at whim and hold them overnight without filing
Apparently unhappy about the changes, the
police launched an attack on gay and transgendered
people in the first several days of October, ac
cording to correspondent Alejandra Sarda. Gay
activism had been key to the process that eradi
cated the edicts.
The gay disco In Vitro was raided Oct. 1.
Cross-dressing performers and customers spent
over 24 hours in jail without being charged with
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Twelve other transvestites were nabbed off
the streets the same night and eight more on Oct.
2. Marlene, the secretary of the Argentinean Re
public Transvestite and Transsexual Organiza
tion, was arrested under the edicts night after
night beginning Sept. 29, Sarda reported.
A press time, gay and transgendered activists
were planning a protest outside the Central Police
A couple in Surry Hills who repeatedly yelled
anti-gay slurs at their neighbor must pay him
$38,500, an Equal Opportunity Tribunal ruled in
The decision came in the first case filed under
a 1994 New South Wales state law that outlaws
public statements or acts that incite hatred or
extreme ridicule of gay men and lesbians.
The offending couple called their neighbor
“faggot,” “AIDS- ridden cunt,” “bloody poofter”
and “scum,” according to the Sydney Morning
They threw oranges and dirty diapers on his
balcony, threatened to break his legs, and put a
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Lesbian and gay families across Ontario are
eligible for full benefits from municipal-govern
ment employers following an Oct. 2 ruling by the
provincial Human Rights Commission, reported
the Toronto Star.
The commission said municipal codes that
define a spouse as someone of the opposite sex
violate the federal Charter of Rights and Free
doms and the Human Rights Code by discriminat
ing based on sexual orientation.
Arsonists torched a Catholic AIDS hospice in
Paicol on Sept. 23. No one was hurt.
Neighbors had been threatening the residents
for months, claiming they were contaminating the
town’s water supply by bathing in the local river.
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provide medical coverage to partners of lesbian
and gay workers.
Revenue Canada quietly revised its policies
after a June 13 Canadian Human Rights Tribunal
ruling that federally regulated businesses may not
withhold benefits from lesbian and gay employ
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The Sept. 7 arson fire that gutted the offices of
Britain’s leading gay newspaper. The Pink Paper,
may not have been an anti-gay attack.
Clare Penny, a former editor of Positive Times,
a monthly magazine for people living with HIV
published in the same office, was arrested in
Hackney, East London, on Sept. 18 in connection
with the blaze. As of press time, however, no
formal charges had been filed.
Penny worked at Positive Times until April.
“It is generally agreed here to have been an
internal community job and not a homophobic
attack,” a London gay leader told this reporter
prior to the announcement of Penny’s arrest.
“Whoever did it had a set of keys. There was no
Other sources had said they suspected that one
of several fired former staffers committed the
Penny quit voluntarily, however, Pink Paper
Editor Philip Reay-Smith said in a telephone
interview Sept. 28.
Revenue Canada will now treat gay and lesbian
couples the same as married heterosexuals in not
taxing them on employer-paid spousal medical
benefits, Canadian newspapers reported Oct. 3.
About a third of Canada’s large employers
The European Parliament adopted a resolu
tion on Sept. 15 on human rights in the European
Union that includes a call to banish discrimina
tion based on sexual orientation.
The resolution stated, in part: “[A]ll discrimi
nation and/or inequality of treatment must be
especially.. .differences that persist on the age of
consent for homosexuals, and discrimination con
cerning the right to work, and in penal, civil,
contractual, social and economic law.”
Portugal’s Socialist government has no inten
tion of adding homosexuals to the list of protected
minorities in Article 13 of the federal constitu
tion, spokesman MP Nuno Baltazar Mendez told
a Sept. 18 forum sponsored by the lesbian and gay
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The forum was billed as Portugal’s “first na
tional debate on homosexual rights.”
Baltazar claimed protecting sexual minorities
from discrimination would lead to legal same-sex
marriage which, he said, Portugal is not ready to
Meanwhile, the government of Lisbon has
given ILGA office space in the city center and
Lisbon City Hall has become a sponsor of the
city’s first Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, sched
uled for September 1997.
Following an outcry from European officials,
Romania’s Chamber of Deputies on Sept. 25
deleted a section of an already-passed bill that
would have punished private intragender sex be
tween adults with up to three years in prison.
But they retained a section that will punish
such sex that causes “public scandal” with up to
five years in prison and another section that bans
gay “propaganda, associations o r... proselytizing”
under threat of five years in jail.
The remaining proposals advance to the Sen
ate, then to President Ion Iliescu for his signature.
An old Communist-era law currently bans all
intragender sex in Romania.
Compiled by Rex Wockner