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Two Ugandans go on trial for acts ‘against the order of nature’

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Stephen Wandera, APUgandan anti-gay activist Pastor Martin Ssempa posts up a public notice offering "rehabilitation" for homosexuals at Uganda’s National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- A Ugandan court has started hearing the case against two Ugandans accused of engaging in gay sex, the first trial since a severe new anti-homosexuality law was enacted in February.

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Sao Paulo celebrates LGBT pride as activists call for laws against discrimination

| Sunday, May 4, 2014
Participants carry a rainbow flag as thousands march during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, May 4, 2014.
SAO PAULO -- Gay rights advocates called for a Brazilian law against discrimination as they gathered by the hundreds of thousands in Sao Paulo on Sunday for one of the world's largest gay pride parades.

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Uganda to criminalize intentional HIV transmission

| Friday, May 2, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Lawmakers in Uganda are set to pass a bill criminalizing the intentional transmission of the virus that causes AIDS, the latest measure by a government trying to stem the growing number of new infections in this East African country but one which activists fear will be used to further stigmatize people with HIV.

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Pope to convene synod to discuss gay marriage, divorce, contraception

| Friday, May 2, 2014
Pope Francis
The Vatican will convene an meeting of senior clerics this fall to re-examine church teachings on its most controversial issues: same-sex relations, divorce and contraception.

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Brunei embraces strict Islamic laws, calls for death by stoning for sodomy

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei — Brunei on Thursday embraced a form of Islamic Shariah criminal law that includes harsh penalties, a move slammed by international rights group as a step backward for human rights.

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United Nations goes ‘Bollywood’ in latest effort to promote LGBT rights

| Wednesday, April 30, 2014
United Nations
MUMBAI -- The United Nations human rights office on Wednesday launched the latest phase of its global fight against homophobia: a Bollywood-style video called "The Welcome," accompanied by an appeal from the U.N. Secretary-General to end the prejudice that forces millions of LGBT people to live in fear or hide in shame.

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Brunei to move forward with harsh law calling for death by stoning for gays

| Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The Great Mosque in Brunei
BANDAR SERI BEGWAN, Brunei -- The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, has announced that harsh Islamic punishments that call for the death penalty for numerous offenses, including same-sex sexual activity, will come into effect on Thursday despite international condemnation.

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Recent upheaval in Ukraine adversely affects country’s LGBT population

| Wednesday, April 30, 2014
BRUSSELS -- New concerns regarding the safety and welfare of LGBTQ people in Ukraine were raised Monday by members of the European Union's Parliament.

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Northern Ireland again rejects efforts to legalize same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast Source
BELFAST -- The Northern Ireland Assembly on Tuesday rejected a motion to join the rest of the United Kingdom in legalizing same-sex marriage.

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Pakistani man committed brutal murders because he wanted to punish gays

| Monday, April 28, 2014
Muhammed Ejaz at a police station in Lahore on Sunday, Apil 27, 2014.
LAHORE, Pakistan -- A Pakistani man has confessed to the brutal murders of three gay men he met online, saying he wanted to send a message about the "evils" of homosexuality.

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