A gay old time in Zurich Monday, 8 June, 2009 Europride festivities in Zurich wrapped up this weekend with a gay pride march through the city center. Organizers say 50,000 people attended on Saturday, although police place the number at more like 20,000. The weather was a bit stormy at times, but that didn’t put a damper on the party. Jordan Davis reports for WRS.
Homophobic attacks mar Europride launch Tuesday, 5 May, 2009 The city of Zurich is to host EuroPride ’09, a five week long celebration of gay rights, with programme including more than 200 cultural, political and sporting events. Tens of thousands of people from around Europe are expected to attend the closing parade and festival in the city’s old town on June 6. But not everyone wants to see EuroPride. A vicious letter-writing campaign by a small group of ultra-conservative Christians has overshadowed the launch, as WRS’s Vincent Landon reports.
PinkCop: the new association for gay police officers Monday, 16 February, 2009 PinkCop brings together around 60 officers from a range of Swiss cantons. To find out more about why the group was formed, and what it hopes to achieve, World Radio Switzerland’s Catherine Allen spoke to Petrik Thomann, the Vice-President of PinkCop.
Is Switzerland ready for a straight man to advocate gay rights? Friday, 20 June, 2008 In North America he would probably be called a metrosexual, but here in Switzerland persistent rumors that he is gay are plaguing the reigning Mr Switzerland. Stephan Weiler is a strong supporter of gay rights and will even be attending the gay pride celebrations in Biel this weekend. He has a girlfriend and says he is straight.
Rights for Swiss gays up for UN review Thursday, 17 April, 2008 Switzerland’s human rights record is up for review before the United Nations next month. It’s part of a new process called “Universal Periodic Review”. All 192 UN countries will face scrutiny by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council over the next four years. Gay rights groups in Switzerland have successfully lobbied to have the situation of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community included in the country’s dossier. WRS’s Jordan Davis talked about it with Yves de Matteis, co-president of Pink Cross.
Swiss company bringing 'attitude' to hotel industry Monday, 10 March, 2008 A new Swiss company wants to become the go-to place for gay and lesbian travelers. Attitude Hotels, based in Zurich, is a membership organization that launched last week, offering gay and lesbian travelers insights into hotels geared towards them around the world. The goal is to tap into an industry that some marketing experts say will be least affected by an economic slowdown. World Radio Switzerland’s Alex Helmick reports.