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Winnie the Pooh banned from Polish playground over ‘dubious sexuality’

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Winnie the Pooh
TUSZYN, Poland -- Authorities in the Polish town of Tuszyn have blocked a plan to have famed children's character Winnie the Pooh used as the public face of a local playground because the bear is of "dubious sexuality" and "inappropriately dressed" for children because he is "half naked".

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Gambia leader approves harsh anti-gay law that includes lifetime prison sentences

Friday, November 21, 2014
Gambian president Yahya Jammeh
DAKAR, Senegal -- The president of Gambia has signed a bill into law that calls for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, the latest African country to codify harsh penalties for the gay community.

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Uganda’s new anti-gay bill could be debated in parliament before Christmas

Thursday, November 20, 2014
A Ugandan man is seen during the third Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, on Aug.  9, 2014.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan lawmakers have drafted a new anti-gay bill that could be introduced for debate in the country's parliament before Christmas, a parliamentarian said Thursday. The new bill is in "advanced stages" and will focus on punishing the promotion of homosexuality, said Ugandan lawmaker Latif Ssebaggala, a strong supporter of anti-gay legislation.

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Online community supporting Russian LGBT teens charged with ‘gay propaganda’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Elena Klimova
This week, Russian authorities dealt what may be the greatest blow to LGBT rights advocates since Vladimir Putin signed into law the infamous ban on “gay propaganda in the vicinity of minors.”

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Ireland’s ‘gay’ bull Benjy saved from slaughterhouse

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Benjy the bull walks in a field in Couny Mayo Ireland on Sunday Nov. 2, 2014.
DUBLIN -- He faced execution for failure to perform. But Benjy, the gay bull of Ireland, has been saved following a worldwide appeal backed by "The Simpsons" co-creator Sam Simon. Ireland's Animal Rights Action Network said Tuesday that Simon is paying for Benjy's transportation to an animal sanctuary in England.

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Rio de Janeiro celebrates gay pride, calls for end to homophobia

Sunday, November 16, 2014
A man participates in the 19th Gay Pride Parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov.16, 2014. Thousands took part in Rio de Janeiro's 19th Gay Pride parade, to fight for a more just and inclusive society, which recognizes equal rights for all the gay community.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Gay rights activists are using Rio de Janeiro's annual gay pride parade to demand laws against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Thousands of people paraded down Copacabana's main coastal boulevard with rainbow flags and thematic floats, many dressed in carnival costumes or wearing t-shirts saying "Fight Against Homophobia."

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Nicolas Sarkozy: France’s same-sex marriage law should be scrapped

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Nicolas Sarkozy
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who has embarked on a political comeback and is expected to run again for president in 2017, said Saturday that France's marriage equality law should be scrapped.

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Botswana LGBT rights group wins legal recognition in landmark case

Sunday, November 16, 2014
LEGABIBO supporters celebrate outside the Botswana high court on Friday.
GABORONE, Botswana -- A judge in Botswana on Friday overturned a government ban on a gay rights lobbying group, saying refusal to recognize the group was "under the mistaken belief that the applicants intended to engage in homosexual practices."

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Court in Saudi Arabia sentences gay man to 3 years in jail for ‘immoral acts’

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Saudi-Arabia
MANAMA, Bahrain -- A court in eastern Saudi Arabia has sentenced a gay man to three years in prison for engaging in “immoral acts” after authorities found "offensive" pictures on his phone and social media posts where he sought to meet other men for sex.

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Prison sentence reduced for leader of Russian anti-gay vigilante group

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich
MOSCOW -- The leader of the Russian anti-gay vigilante group “Occupy Pedophilia” who is alleged to have lured LGBT youth into abusive encounters through fake social media profiles, and who is serving five years in prison on unrelated charges, has had his sentence reduced.

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