Dan Littauer

Dan Littauer, based in Glasgow, Scotland, is a freelance journalist who specializes in LGBT current affairs, travel writing, feature writing and investigative journalism. He has previously worked for Gay Star News, PinkNews, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, Lonely Planet as well as contributing occasionally to the BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN and The Guardian.

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Patriarch Abune Mathias

Leader of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church vows to fight homosexuality ‘to the end’

Friday, April 18, 2014
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- In his Easter message this week, Patriarch Abune Mathias, head of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church, vowed to fight homosexuality, saying it will bring destruction to the world. [ Read more → ]
Jacob Zuma

South Africa president says he ‘respects’ Uganda’s anti-gay law

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- The president of South Africa on Tuesday said he respects Uganda’s right to pass anti-gay legislation and that no action will be taken against the country. [ Read more → ]
Ethiopia

Ethiopia to allow mass anti-gay protests to alert society to ‘homosexual agenda’

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Addis Ababa’s municipality on Tuesday approved a mass anti-gay protest to be held in Ethiopia’s capital and throughout the country later this month, according to the Ethiopian Reporter. [ Read more → ]
Rainbow Ethiopia

Ethiopia proposes to make homosexual acts a non-pardonable offense

Thursday, March 20, 2014
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Lawmakers in Ethiopia are expected to pass into law a bill that would make same-sex acts a non-pardonable offense. [ Read more → ]
Israel

Israeli parliament bans discrimination against LGBT youth in schools

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Israeli parliament on Tuesday approved passed a law prohibiting the discrimination in schools against students on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
The Seimas, the Lithuania Parliament in Vilnius.

Lithuania postpones vote on anti-gay ‘public family defilement’ bill

Thursday, March 13, 2014
VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Lithuanian lawmakers on Thursday postponed a final vote on a bill establishing fines for “public family defilement," a measure similar to Russia's anti-gay propaganda law. [ Read more → ]
Ethiopia

Gay Ethiopian faces persecution, prison if deported from the U.S.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. -- Federal immigration officials in Boston are seeking to deport a 19-year-old gay Ethiopian man, where he is likely to be persecuted and imprisoned. [ Read more → ]
GALZMartha Tholanah and members of GALZ legal team leaving the court on Wednesday after their victory.

Zimbabwe’s gay community wins a landmark court victory

Friday, February 28, 2014
HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwe’s LGBT community is celebrating a court victory in which authorities sought to shut down the country's main LGBT rights advocacy group. [ Read more → ]
Turkey

Father gets life imprisonment for murdering gay son in Turkey

Monday, February 10, 2014
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey -- In a landmark Turkish case, a man who murdered his son because he was gay and “shaming” the family, has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to life in prison. [ Read more → ]
bulgaria

Bulgaria’s main nationalist party proposes ban on gay pride events

Friday, February 7, 2014
SOFIA, Bulgaria –¬ Bulgaria’s right wing party Ataka ("Attack" in Bulgarian) has proposed a draft bill to bans gay pride marches. [ Read more → ]
Dan LittauerMarriage equality supporters celebrate the Scottish Parliament vote to legalize same-sex marriage in Scotland.

Scottish Parliament votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Scotland becomes the 17th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, after the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill by an overwhelming majority. [ Read more → ]
Bruno Borges de Oliveira

Brazil police arrest ‘skateboard Nazis’ in brutal murder of gay teen

Monday, February 3, 2014
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Brazilian police on Sunday arrested a gang of neo-Nazi skateboarders for the brutal murder of an 18 year-old gay teen last weekend in São Paulo. [ Read more → ]
Malawi

Malawi’s leading Christian group wants referendum affirming anti-gay laws

Sunday, February 2, 2014
LILONGWE, Malawi -- The Malawi Council of Churches (MCC), the country's leading Christian organization, is demanding that the government hold a referendum on Malawi’s harsh anti-gay laws, confident that Malawians will send a message reaffirming their opposition to any effort to decriminalize homosexuality in the African nation. [ Read more → ]
Dr. John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York (left) and Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Leaders of Anglican Communion speak out against anti-LGBT violence, laws

Thursday, January 30, 2014
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, spiritual heads of the worldwide Anglican Communion, have called upon Church leaders and the presidents of Nigeria and Uganda to support and care for all people “regardless of sexual orientation.” [ Read more → ]
Competing ads: Stonewall UK's message (top) that "some people are gay;" Core Issues Trust's ad (below) that some people are "ex-gay" and proud.

London ban on anti-gay bus ad put in doubt by court of appeal ruling

Monday, January 27, 2014
LONDON -- A ban on a Christian charity's bus advertisements suggesting that gay people can “cured” was put in doubt on Monday by a court of appeal judgment. [ Read more → ]
Karen Mke and Kamilla Satto

Brazil transgender women accosted, detained in Dubai for ‘imitating women’

Thursday, January 23, 2014
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Two transgender women from Brazil were detained and their passports confiscated while on vacation in Dubai, and have been charged with the crime of ‘imitating’ women. [ Read more → ]
Nigeria-gay-rights

Religious leaders praise Nigeria’s new anti-gay law, claim it’s ‘God’s will’

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Leading Christian and Islamic leaders are praising Nigeria's new law banning same-sex marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights. [ Read more → ]
Massao Uehara, via  FacebookMembers Brazil’s LGBT community held a vigil on Friday to honor the victims of anti-LGBT violence, and call for new hate crimes legislation.

Brazil’s LGBT community holds vigil for murdered gay teen, hate crimes victims

Saturday, January 18, 2014
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Members of Brazil's LGBT community held vigil Friday in honor of a gay Brazilian teen who was tortured and brutally murdered, one of at least five reported murders targeting LGBT people in Brazil over the past week. [ Read more → ]
Yair Meyuhas, via Facebook

More than one thousand rally in Tel Aviv to protest recent anti-LGBT violence

Friday, January 17, 2014
TEL AVIV -- More than a thousand people marched in the streets of Tel Aviv on Thursday to protest against transphobia and anti-LGBT violence in Israel. [ Read more → ]
Dan LittauerScottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Scottish parliament removes transgender spousal veto from marriage equality bill

Friday, January 17, 2014
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Scotland Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee on Thursday unanimously approved an amendment to remove the spousal veto from the country’s marriage equality bill. [ Read more → ]
Sharia Commission court entrance in Bauchi, Nigeria.

Nigeria gay crackdown: 1 man flogged, 10 others face possible death by stoning

Thursday, January 16, 2014
BAUCHI, Nigeria -- An Islamic court in northern Nigeria has convicted one man and sentenced him to 20 lashes for having sex with another man, and 10 Muslim men could face death by stoning if also convicted of the crime of homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
Joseph Jatnel Sanchez

Gay man stabbed to death in Belize, family says it’s a ‘hate crime’

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
BELIZE CITY, Belize -- A gay man was stabbed to death and dumped on the side of a street in Belize City early Sunday morning, and family members are calling it a "hate crime." [ Read more → ]
Héctor Jonathan Franco Martínez

Gay prisoner in Mexico blinded following attack by cellmate who gouged his eyes

Monday, January 13, 2014
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- A gay prisoner in Mexico remains hospitalized and recovering from injuries after his cellmate gouged out his eyes. [ Read more → ]
David Karp, APNigerian President Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria president signs bill outlawing same-sex marriage, gay rights groups

Monday, January 13, 2014
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has signed a draconian anti-gay law banning same-sex marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, setting prison terms of up to 14 years for offenders. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy photo to LGBTQ NationOr Azulay (left) and Moshiko Hadad.

Gay men in Tel Aviv attacked by group hurling homophobic slurs

Sunday, January 12, 2014
TEL-Aviv, Israel -- A group of gay and straight friends were violently attacked in Tel Aviv on Saturday by mob of 11 people hurling anti-gay slurs, just one week following a similar attack on a transgender woman. [ Read more → ]
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