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Pink Dot SG (via AP)Singapore's first openly gay politician, Vincent Wijeysingha, a member of the opposition Singapore Democratic Party, speaks to reporters on Saturday at the annual Pink Dot SG rally in support of gay rights in Singapore's Hong Lim Park.

Singapore politician comes out, calls for anti-gay laws to be scrapped

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
SINGAPORE -- This conservative city-state convicted men for homosexual behavior as recently as seven years ago, and the British colonial-era law it used is still on the books. The government shows no interest in making a change: The prime minister's advice has been to just let things be. [ Read more → ]
Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs anti-gay measures into law

Sunday, June 30, 2013
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a measure that stigmatizes gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
Kevin Rudd

Australian prime minister endorses gay marriage, suggests national vote

Saturday, June 29, 2013
In his first press conference since ousting Julia Gillard as Prime Minister and leader of the Labor Party, newly elected Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said this week he was "the first Prime Minister of Australia to be a full signed up supporter of marriage equality." [ Read more → ]
David Cameron

UK’s David Cameron backs marriage equality in LGBT Pride message

Saturday, June 29, 2013
LONDON -- British Prime Minister David Cameron has reaffirmed his support for same-sex marriage in a message to mark gay and lesbian Pride Day. [ Read more → ]
Dmitry Lovetsky, APGay rights activists shout slogans during their authorized rally in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, June 29, 2013. Police detained several gay activists, who were outnumbered by the protesters. Dozens of gay activists had to be protected by police as they gathered for the parade, which proceeded with official approval despite recently passed legislation targeting gays.

Dozens arrested at ‘unauthorized’ gay pride rally in Russia

Saturday, June 29, 2013
MOSCOW — Russian police have arrested several gay rights activists and Russian nationalists who confronted them at a rally declared illegal under a new law against "gay propaganda." [ Read more → ]
US Embassy, via APJames "Wally" Brewster

Dominican religious groups reject gay U.S. ambassador nominee

Friday, June 28, 2013
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Religious groups in the Dominican Republic said Friday they are outraged by the nomination of a gay U.S. ambassador to the conservative Caribbean country. [ Read more → ]
Macky Sall

Senegal president defends anti-gay law following clash with Obama

Friday, June 28, 2013
DAKAR, Senegal -- Senegal President Macky Sall is defending his refusal to decriminalize homosexuality one day after publicly clashing with President Barack Obama on the issue at a joint press conference. [ Read more → ]

Obama clashes with African host over gay rights

Thursday, June 27, 2013
DAKAR, Senegal -- President Barack Obama on Thursday praised the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage as a "victory for American democracy" but clashed with his African host over gay rights in a sign of how far the movement has to go internationally. [ Read more → ]
David McFadden, APJamaican churchgoers chant during an anti-gay rally in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday, June 23, 2013.

Jamaican gay rights activist seeking changes to anti-sodomy law

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A gay rights activist got his first court hearing Tuesday on his effort to bring a constitutional challenge to Jamaica's nearly 150-year-old colonial-era law that bans sex between men. [ Read more → ]
Clement Meric

Paris police obtain video footage of gay rights activist’s murder

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
PARIS -- Investigators say they have obtained surveillance video that captured the fatal clash between skinheads and gay rights activist Clement Meric earlier this month. [ Read more → ]
David McFadden, APJamaican churchgoers hold signs while attending an anti-gay rally in Kingston, Jamaica, Sunday, June 23, 2013. Several church pastors in Jamaica led a revival meeting Sunday to oppose efforts to overturn the Caribbean country's anti-sodomy law and turn back what they see as increasing acceptance of homosexuality.

Jamaica church leaders rally, protest efforts to repeal anti-sodomy law

Sunday, June 23, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Several church pastors in Jamaica led a revival meeting Sunday to oppose efforts to overturn the Caribbean country's anti-sodomy law and turn back what they see as increasing acceptance of homosexuality. [ Read more → ]

LGBT activists urge boycott of Winter Olympics due to Russia’s anti-gay laws

Sunday, June 23, 2013
MOSCOW -- "A rainbow pin on your coat or hat could get you arrested," says Polina Savchenko, a prominent Russian LGBT activist who warns against the display of anything related to gay pride at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. [ Read more → ]
Marco Feliciano

Brazil lawmakers OK bill to allow treatment of homosexuality as a disorder

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
BRASILIA, Brazil -- A Brazilian congressional human rights committee on Thursday approved legislation that would allow psychologists to treat homosexuality as a disorder or pathology. [ Read more → ]

Russia to ban adoption by same-sex couples

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
MOSCOW -- Russia is on its way to formally prohibiting all adoption by same-sex couples and also banning the adoption of Russian children by single people or unmarried couples from countries that allow same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Jakub Kaminski, PAPRobert Biedron (left) at Saturday's Pride event in Warsaw.

Openly gay Polish parliamentarian attacked following Warsaw pride event

Monday, June 17, 2013
WARSAW -- Poland's first openly gay Member of Parliament reported that he was attacked after attending Warsaw's annual pride event on Saturday. [ Read more → ]
Robert Mugabe

Mugabe vows to strengthen penalties against gays: ‘They should rot in jail’

Monday, June 17, 2013
HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe on Sunday pledged to strengthen penalties against gays and lesbians if his Zanu PF party wins the upcoming elections. [ Read more → ]

Thousands march for gay rights, marriage equality in Croatia

Saturday, June 15, 2013
ZAGREB, Croatia — Several thousand people held a gay pride march Saturday in Croatia, where conservatives backed by the influential Catholic Church want to make same sex marriage illegal, while neighboring Slovenia's president led a similar march in his country's capital. [ Read more → ]

Bermuda approves bill prohibiting discrimination against gays

Saturday, June 15, 2013
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Legislators in Bermuda have approved a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

Pope Francis wades diplomatically into gay marriage debate

Friday, June 14, 2013
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis waded diplomatically into the gay marriage debate Friday, telling the Archbishop of Canterbury he wants to work together to promote family values "based on marriage." [ Read more → ]

Transgender rights bill appoved by Canadian Senate committee

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada -- A bill that would add gender identity to the list of classes protected from discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act cleared a Senate committee on Monday. [ 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 → ]
Alessandra Tarantino, APPope Francis

Stunning acknowledgment: Pope Francis confirms ‘gay lobby’ at work at Vatican

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis lamented that a "gay lobby" was at work at the Vatican in private remarks to the leadership of a key Latin American church group - a stunning acknowledgment that appears to confirm earlier reports about corruption and dysfunction in the Holy See. [ Read more → ]
Ivan Sekretarev, APPolice officers detain gay rights activists as they gathered near the State Duma, Russia's lower parliament chamber, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

Russian parliament approves anti-gay bill, dozens of protesters detained

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
MOSCOW — A bill that stigmatizes Russia's gay community and bans the distribution of information about homosexuality to children was overwhelmingly approved by the lower house of parliament Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
Clement Meric

French Prime Minister orders extreme-right group dissolved after student’s murder

Monday, June 10, 2013
PARIS -- French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Saturday directed Interior Minister Manuel Valls to take immediate steps to dissolve the extreme right group known as Revolutionary Nationalist Youth, believed to have neo-nazi ties. [ Read more → ]

Masked man disrupts French Open to protest legalization of same-sex marriage

Sunday, June 9, 2013
PARIS -- Protesters, upset by recent legislation in France allowing for same-sex marriages, disrupted the French Open tennis final on Sunday between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer. [ Read more → ]
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