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Andy Quan, spokesperson for the International Lesbian and Gay Association announced that "The vote by Romania's parliament to ban gay bars, clubs, associations, media and organizations breaks the commitment to decriminalize homosexuality, given by the government over three years ago." The ILGA is responding with a boycott of Romanian wine, tourism and TAROM, the national airline.

"It is a flagrant violation of the European Convention on Human Rights and condemns Romania's sexual minorities to further state persecution."

Romania has been under pressure from the Council of Europe to decriminalize homosexual behavior. Instead, Romanian legislators passed two new anti-gay laws. One states that "Sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex, taking place in public, or producing a public scandal, is punishable by one to five years imprisonment." In Romania, a public scandal is "anything two or more people find offensive." The other states that "Propositioning or enticing a person to take part in sexual relations with a person of the same sex, as well as propaganda or association or any other acts of proselytism with the same purpose, is punishable by one to five years imprisonment." The latter law might be interpreted to criminalize this home page, because of its homosexual educational content.

The ILGA notes: "Lesbians, gay men and bisexuals and even heterosexuals who simply give a positive representation of homosexuality in conversation face five years behind bars. Of course, gay clubs, bars, helplines, media, associations and even meetings between two known lesbians, gay men or bisexuals will also be banned."

The ILGA's planned boycott is described in their WWW site at: Their E-mail address is [email protected]

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