By Mark Singer

Mark Singer

Mark Singer grew up in Independence, Mo., and is a graduate of Columbia University with a B.A. degree in Journalism and currently works as staff copywriter for Agency France-Presse. He and his partner James live and work in Brussels, Belgium.

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Colombia’s first same-sex marriage annulled after anti-gay group files lawsuit

Sunday, October 6, 2013
BOGOTA, Columbia -- A same-sex marriage performed last month in the Columbian capital city of Bogota was annulled by a judge after a lawsuit was brought by an anti-gay foundation seeking to cancel the union. [ Read more → ]
Russia

Russian court drops ‘gay propaganda’ charge against lesbian activist

Thursday, October 3, 2013
RYAZAN, Russia -- A ruling by a Russian court last week that dismissed an administrative charge against a lesbian activist under a regional "gay propaganda" law, has been lauded by Russian LGBT activists as a sign that the federal law will eventually be overturned. [ Read more → ]
Jean Michel Colo

French mayor: ‘I will go to the gallows’ rather than marry same-sex couples

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
ARCANGUES, France -- The mayor of Arcangues, a small city in southwestern France, said he refuses to officiate unions between gay couples despite passage of a national legalizing same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
italy

Openly gay teen in Rome commits suicide because of anti-gay bullying

Thursday, November 22, 2012
ROME, Italy -- A 15-year-old openly gay teen has committed suicide after allegedly suffering repeated anti-gay bullying at school and online, according to Rome's chief deputy prosecutor, Pierfilippo Laviani. [ Read more → ]
Malawi

Malawi official backtracks on possible suspension of anti-gay laws

Thursday, November 8, 2012
LILILONGWE, Malawi -- Malawian Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara on Thursday backtracked on statements regarding possible suspension of arrests of LGBT persons in this small landlocked country in southeastern Africa. [ Read more → ]
François Hollande

France approves draft law to legalize same-sex marriage, gay adoptions

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
PARIS -- The Socialist majority French government on Wednesday approved a draft law to that would legalize same-sex marriage and gay adoption, despite fierce opposition from the Roman Catholic Church and its right wing supporters in the Senate and the National Assembly. [ Read more → ]
Rebecca Kadaga

Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament claims notorious ‘Kill The Gays’ bill will be passed

Thursday, November 1, 2012
ENTEBBE, Uganda -- The Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament has said that she would stand firm against homosexuality, and that she will push for that country's notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill to be passed as soon as possible by Parliament. [ Read more → ]
Serbia

Serbia announces ban on upcoming gay pride parade

Thursday, October 4, 2012
BELGRADE, Serbia -- Serbia's Interior Ministry announced Wednesday that it has ordered banned a gay pride march in Belgrade that was scheduled for this weekend, citing security concerns. [ Read more → ]
Ivica Dacic

Authorities in Serbia consider banning this weekend’s gay pride parade

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
BELGRADE, Serbia -- Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said Monday that his government is considering banning a gay rights parade along with all other types of public events in Belgrade this next weekend, fearing a repeat of the violence that erupted two years ago. [ Read more → ]
Rutgers

Two years after Tyler Clementi’s death, Rutgers now shines as example of diversity, inclusiveness

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.. -- Two years ago, following the death of Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old freshman at Rutgers University who jumped to his death from the George Washington bridge after a sexual encounter he had with another man was streamed online by his roommate, Rutgers quickly found itself being associated with homophobia and cruelty. [ Read more → ]
Ashlyn Parram, with her mother Miranda Johnson

British school sends transgender girl home to change into boys uniform

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
BOSTON, Lincolnshire, U.K. -- A 16-year-old British transgender girl was told that she couldn't take her GCSE exam (equivalent to high school finals) and was sent home by teachers to change into the boys’ school uniform. [ Read more → ]
Facebook's new same-sex couple icons

Russian religious group threatens Facebook: Stop ‘flirting with sodomites’

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
SARATOV, Russia -- A Russian Orthodox religious community in the southern Russia city of Saratov has issued an ultimatum to social media giant Facebook, demanding that the company stop “flirting with sodomites” and immediately remove all content "promoting homosexuality." [ Read more → ]
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Uganda judge: Government should ‘infiltrate’ gay groups to prevent recruiting of children

Thursday, June 28, 2012
KAMPALA, Uganda -- A Ugandan judge this week said that the country's security and interior ministries should “infiltrate” gay rights groups to ascertain if children are being “recruited into homosexuality.” [ Read more → ]
amsterdam-pride

Dutch military participates in its first Amsterdam pride flotilla

Monday, August 8, 2011
Uniformed Members of the Dutch defense forces participated in Amsterdam's annual Gay Pride flotilla parade Saturday, on the city's historic Prinsengracht canal, for the first time since openly gay service in the Dutch forces was legalized in 1974. [ Read more → ]
Arne Duncan

Duncan to Educators: Gay-Straight Alliances are protected under federal law

Thursday, June 16, 2011
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan this week warned school administrators nationwide that gay-straight alliance groups must be recognized as having the the same legal rights and protections as other student clubs at public secondary schools. [ Read more → ]
pride-flag-fed-res

Virginia lawmaker says flying gay pride flag at Federal Reserve is a felony

Friday, June 3, 2011
The decision of the Federal Reserve Bank of Virginia on Wednesday to fly a gay pride flag in honor of LGBT pride month, has drawn criticism from conservative groups, and at least one state lawmaker who said flying the flag is a crime. [ Read more → ]
lgbt-legal

LGBT legal groups consider breaking ties with DC law firm over DOMA defense

Friday, April 22, 2011
At least two prominent LGBT legal and advocacy groups are re-considering their association with the Washington D.C. law firm that has been retained by the U.S. House GOP leadership to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court. [ Read more → ]
web-surfing

ACLU warns Virginia school district to stop blocking pro-LGBT rights websites

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia on Monday sent a warning to Prince William County Schools in suburban Washington D.C., advising the school district to stop censoring websites that advocate LGBT rights. [ Read more → ]
Derek Morado

U.S. Navy panel: Gay sailor will not be discharged

Friday, April 1, 2011
A three member panel of U.S. Navy Officers voted 3-0 on Thursday in favor of retaining Petty Officer Derek Morado, who had been facing a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" disciplinary discharge hearing, more than a year after being told he would be discharged. [ Read more → ]
Colorado state capitol in Denver.

Colorado House approves bill to reduce bullying in Colorado public schools

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The Colorado House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a measure designed to reduce incidents of bullying in Colorado public schools. [ Read more → ]
westboro

U.S. Supreme Court in favor of anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The Westboro Baptist Church won a significant victory Wednesday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of its right to promote what its church members call a "broad-based message" on public matters such as wars. [ Read more → ]
wyoming-capitol

Wyoming anti-gay marriage bill dies in state legislature

Monday, February 28, 2011
A proposed amendment to the Wyoming Constitution that would have banned recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states, expired Friday when it missed a procedural deadline set in the state House. [ Read more → ]
iowa-flag

Iowa GOP proposes measure to halt issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
GOP lawmakers in Iowa's House are putting forward a bill that would prohibit the state's county recorders from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples until a public vote on a constitutional amendment is passed. [ Read more → ]
montana

Montana House committee advances bill to prevent LGBT protections

Monday, February 21, 2011
The Montana State House Judiciary Committee on Monday approved a bill that would prohibit local municipalities from enacting ordinances that include, as a protected class from discrimination, any groups not included under the Montana Human Rights Act. [ Read more → ]
trans-order-ceremony

Massachusetts Governor signs order to protect transgender state workers

Saturday, February 19, 2011
BOSTON -- In a private ceremony this week, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) signed an executive order prohibiting discrimination of state employees based on gender identity or expression. [ Read more → ]
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