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Ethiopia

Planned anti-gay rally in Ethiopia is cancelled

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- A planned anti-gay rally that would have made Ethiopia the latest African country to demonize gays has been cancelled, officials said Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
Brunei

UN condemns Brunei law that calls for death by stoning for gay sex

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The United Nations Human Rights office has condemned a revised penal code in Brunei which calls for the death penalty for numerous offenses, including same-sex sexual activity, and introduces stoning to death as the specific method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature. [ Read more → ]
Indian eunuchs dance after Supreme Court’s verdict recognizing third gender category, in Nagpur, India, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.

India’s supreme court recognizes transgender people as third gender

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
NEW DELHI — India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents. [ Read more → ]
Itella

Finnish postal service to issue ‘Tom of Finland’ gay male erotica stamps

Monday, April 14, 2014
HELSINKI, Finland — The Finnish Postal Service, Itella, is preparing to release new sets of stamps in September 2014, including “male drawings by Tom of Finland” – a deceased Finnish artist notable for his homoerotic fetish art on late twentieth century gay culture, reports Finnbay.com. [ Read more → ]
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Malta Parliament votes to legalize same-sex civil unions, adoptions

Monday, April 14, 2014
VALLETTA, Malta -- Same-sex couples are set to gain the right to obtain legal recognition for their relationship as the Maltese Parliament prepares to vote on the Civil Unions Bill in its third and final reading on Monday evening. [ Read more → ]
United Nations headquarters in New York.

UN conference provokes heated debate on gay rights

Friday, April 11, 2014
UNITED NATIONS -- Many countries at this week's U.N. population conference are objecting to the idea of enshrining the right of women to make their own sexual decisions, fearing it would tacitly condone same-sex relationships, the U.N. population chief said. [ Read more → ]
Ethiopia

Africa’s anti-gay movement spreads to Ethiopia

Thursday, April 10, 2014
ADDIS ABBA, Ethiopia -- Two groups in Ethiopia said Thursday that they will hold an anti-gay demonstration later this month, a move that puts Ethiopia in line to become the next African country to increase the public demonization of gays. [ 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 → ]
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Australia’s major sports leagues pledge to fight anti-gay discrimination

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
SYDNEY -- Chief executives of Australia's major sports leagues have signed a commitment to eliminate discrimination against gay people among their teams, players and spectators. [ Read more → ]
Egypt

Egyptian court sentences men to 3-8 years for homosexuality

Monday, April 7, 2014
CAIRO -- A judicial official says an Egyptian court has convicted four men of committing homosexual acts and sentenced them to up to eight years in prison. [ Read more → ]
Pope Francis

Pope Francis presses anti-AIDS chastity strategy in Africa

Monday, April 7, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has praised church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV. [ Read more → ]
Madelene Cronjé)Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron.

Openly gay judge on top South African court discusses sexuality, state of nation

Sunday, April 6, 2014
JOHANNESBURG — An openly gay judge on South Africa's Constitutional Court recently hosted a launch for his new book in the foyer of the court, a symbol-laden structure partly built with exposed brick from the apartheid-era prison that once stood on the same hilltop. At the event, another judge praised Edwin Cameron, loftily describing their workplace as a shrine to democracy but also ribbing the colleague he sees often. [ Read more → ]
Cristina Fernandez

Argentine president to be godmother to lesbian couple’s baby

Friday, April 4, 2014
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez has agreed to be the godmother of a lesbian couple's baby in a Roman Catholic cathedral. [ Read more → ]
Rebecca Vassie, APUganda's President Yoweri Museveni arrives at an anti-gay rally organized by a coalition of Ugandan religious leaders and government officials, at the Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala, Uganda, Monday, March 31, 2014.

Uganda police raid U.S. project known to offer HIV treatments to gays

Friday, April 4, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan police raided the offices of a United States-funded project known to offer AIDS services to gays, a government spokesman said Friday, in what appeared to be the first public action by police to enforce a new law that strengthened criminal penalties against gay sex. [ 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 → ]
Markus Schreiber, APA view to the new designed part of the Georgen Parochial Cemetery in central district Mitte of Berlin that will be designation for lesbians only.

Graveyard exclusively for lesbians being inaugurated in historic Berlin cemetery

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
BERLIN -- A new burial area for lesbians only is being inaugurated this weekend in a two-century-old cemetery in the German capital. [ Read more → ]
Sharia Commission court entrance in Bauchi, Nigeria.

Two men accused of homosexuality freed by Nigerian Shariah court

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
BAUCHI, Nigeria -- A Nigerian Shariah court has freed two men accused of gay sex and belonging to a homosexual club, saying the prosecution failed to prove its case. [ Read more → ]
David Olyn

South African man murdered after attacker told witnesses he was ‘going to kill a fag’

Monday, March 31, 2014
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- A 21-year-old man in South Africa has been tortured and brutally murdered in what has been reported as an anti-gay hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Rebecca Vassie, APUgandans supportive of their government's anti-gay stance attend a march and rally organized by a coalition of Ugandan religious leaders and government officials, at the Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala, Uganda, Monday, March 31, 2014.

Uganda holds ‘thanksgiving’ event in celebration of anti-gay law

Monday, March 31, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has launched fresh condemnation of gays, saying they deserve punishment because homosexuality "is criminal and it is so cruel." [ Read more → ]
Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan to consider anti-gay law similar to Russia’s gay ‘propaganda’ ban

Saturday, March 29, 2014
The Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan is considering an anti-gay law that would prohibit its citizens from creating "a positive attitude toward non-traditional sexual relations” among minors, a bill nearly identical to Russia's anti-gay propaganda law. [ Read more → ]
Thousands of anti-gay protesters, including Orthodox priests, occupied a central street in Georgia's capital Friday, with some threatening to lash with nettles any participant in a gay pride parade which was to take place there. Photos: Shakh Aivazov, AP

Radical clerics promise more violence at IDAHOT demonstrations in Georgia

Saturday, March 29, 2014
TBILISI, Georgia -- Radical Orthodox Christians and clerics are warning the LGBT community in this eastern European nation that any demonstrations on the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) would be met with even harsher retaliation that marred the event one year ago. [ Read more → ]
APRev. Christopher Senyonjo, 82, gives a sermon on human sexuality at his makeshift church, the size of a small office, in Kampala, Uganda.
Senyonjo's sermons attract many gays who are familiar with his sympathetic views in a country where other Christian preachers have led Uganda’s anti-gay crusade.

Despite tough new anti-gay law, Uganda cleric ministers to local gay community

Saturday, March 29, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Young men sing hymns and recite the Bible before the Rev. Christopher Senyonjo gives a sermon on human sexuality. When the service is over some go to his desk, one by one, for counseling no other Ugandan religious leader is known to offer gays. [ Read more → ]
Matt Dunham, APSean Adl-Tabatabai, left, and Sinclair Treadway kiss each other as they are announced officially married during a wedding ceremony in the Council Chamber at Camden Town Hall in London, minutes into Saturday, March 29, 2014.

At midnight hour, first same-sex weddings take place in United Kingdom

Friday, March 28, 2014
LONDON -- Gay couples in Britain waited decades for the right to get married. When the opportunity came, it took just a few minutes to make history. [ Read more → ]
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First same-sex marriages just hours away in England and Wales

Friday, March 28, 2014
LONDON -- Gay couples in Britain waited decades for the right to get married. When the opportunity came, some had just days to plan the biggest moment of their lives. [ Read more → ]
Ruhakana Rugunda

Uganda official says U.S. cut as much as $6 million in aid because of anti-gay law

Friday, March 21, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Uganda's health minister says the government has lost up to $6 million in annual U.S. government support over the East African country's new anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
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