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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 [...]

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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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Georgian parliament advances LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination bill

Saturday, April 26, 2014
TBILISI -- The Georgian parliament has passed a measure that seeks to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [...]

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Canadian judge rules surgery requirement violates transgender rights

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
EDMONTON, Alberta -- A judge in Canada has ruled that a provincial law requiring transgender individuals to undergo gender reassignment surgery before they can change their birth certificates is unconstitutional and can no longer be enforced. [...]

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Brunei postpones new penal code that calls for ‘death by stoning’ for gay sex

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
Brunei has postponed its planned implementation of its new penal code that includes harsh Islamic punishments that call 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. [...]

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India Supreme Court to hear curative plea on law criminalizing gay sex

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Supreme Court of India in New Delhi.
NEW DELHI -- India's Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a plea by gay rights activists to reconsider its controversial decision to reinstate a 153-year-old law that criminalizes same-sex sexual activity. [...]

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Zimbabwe president threatens to expel diplomats who promote gay rights

Friday, April 18, 2014
Robert Mugabe
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe on Friday threatened to expel foreign diplomats who try to promote gay rights in the southern African country. [...]

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