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Estonians one of the least culturally chauvinist in Europe – but they don’t like Muslims

According to a recently-published paper by the Pew Research Center, Estonians are one of the least culturally chauvinist nations in Europe; however, the Estonians’ attitude towards Muslims is not very friendly. The Pew survey measured public attitudes toward religion, minorities and social issues such as gay marriage and legal abortion …

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Estonia is one of the most homophobic countries in the OECD

Estonia is one of the most homophobic countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, according to a recent LGBTI inclusiveness index compiled by the organisation. According to the OECD, Estonia is the third most homophobic country in the organisation after Turkey and Latvia. Estonia is followed by South …

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Estonian drinks maker stands up for LGBTQ rights

An Estonian beverage company, called Punch Drinks, has invented a witty way to show its support for the Estonian LGBTQ community. Although the gender-neutral civil partnership law (called Registered Partnership Act) was passed in Estonia in 2014 – the country became the first formerly Soviet-occupied state do so – the law has still …

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Foreign embassies’ common declaration in support of Baltic Pride 2017

A number of foreign embassies and representations in Estonia have issued a declaration in support of Baltic Pride 2017, saying that everybody needs to keep working towards an environment free from discrimination. On the occasion of Baltic Pride 2017, taking place in Tallinn from 6-9 July, we express our support …

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First openly gay swimmer to compete for Estonia

Ayrton Kasemets, a 21-year-old Estonian-American openly gay swimmer from Chicago is to compete at the World University Games in August in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. The World University Games, also called Universiade, is a multinational sporting event held every other year. This year’s games are expected to draw athletes …

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Editorial: It is time for Estonia to pass the Civil Partnership Act – UPDATED!

On Thursday, the Estonian parliament, Riigikogu, is to vote on the Civil Partnership Bill that would grant same-sex couples rights and responsibilities similar to a marriage between a heterosexual couple. By passing this law, Estonia would become the first former Soviet republic to do so, and take another step towards …

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Chris Glew: Estonia needs to address its false phobias

LGBT rights (that’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual for the unaware) have always been an emotive issue. The US, UK and France have announced plans to enshrine marriage equality in law and, at least in the latter two, there is a likelihood of this political plan becoming a legal reality. Whilst feelings …

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