QUEER INTELLIGENCE SERVICE
CALL FOR A PRIDE HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL
OutRage! is urging that next year's Euro-Pride celebrations
in London include a Pride Human Rights Festival.
For several years, London's
Pride events have incorporated
the Pride Arts Festival. Why not have a Pride Human Rights Festival too?
Next year London hosts Euro-Pride. How about a Pride Human Rights
Festival with a European theme? OutRage! has written
to Amnesty International U.K.,
suggesting that they help coordinate such an event.
Issues that could be explored at the Pride Human Rights Festival
- 1) European legal strategies
In the Lisa Grant case,
the European Court of Justice
upheld the right of employers to discriminate against gay staff.
But four ex-military personnel are still fighting in the
European Court of Human Rights
to overturn the ban on gays in the armed forces. Can they win
where Lisa lost? Or are the European courts a waste of time?
- 2) European political strategies
The European Parliament
and European Commission have limited power,
but they have supported gay equality in the past. Could they be lobbied
to secure E.U. action against antigay discrimination?
- 3) European joint campaigns
Instead of gay organisations campaigning separately in their own
countries, should we be coordinating Europe-wide campaigns for the adoption
of common European laws on the age of consent, partnership rights,
balanced education (including sex education) in schools, military service,
protection against discrimination, and parenting rights?
As well as involving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
organisations, OutRage! envisages that the Pride Human Rights Festival
would also include Amnesty International and other gay-friendly civil-rights
organisations such as Liberty and Charter 88.
European Queer Resources Directory
ECHR Judgement: no respect for private life if you are transexual, 30-July-1998: CASE OF SHEFFIELD AND HORSHAM v. THE UNITED KINGDOM; Application number 00022985/93 ; 00023390/94
European Commission of Human Rights
European Commission against Racism and Intolerance
ECJ Summary of Lisa Grant Employment case
Full judgement of Lisa Grant Employment case
Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly
Council of Europe
Council of Europe Youth Directorate
Council of Europe Human Rights web
Convention for Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
European Convention on Human Rights
U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights
European Union - Citizens' Rights
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Last modified: 5-October-1999