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Russian law enforcement drops hate crime investigation on anti-LGBT attack

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Dmitry Chyzhevsky lost vision in his left eye from injuries sustained in the attack.
ST, PETERSBURG, Russia -- The investigation into a November 2013 attack at a meeting of LGBT rights activists that left a man with the loss of vision in one eye, has been suspended, and will not be investigated as a hate crime.

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Uganda human rights activists challenge anti-gay law in court

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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KAMPALA, Uganda -- Human rights activists on Tuesday petitioned Uganda's Constitutional Court to challenge the validity of an anti-gay measure that allows severe penalties against homosexuality. The activists - under a group called Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law - hope the...

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Telecom giant pulls ads from Uganda paper over publishing names of ‘suspected’ gays

Monday, March 10, 2014
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KAMPALA, Uganda -- An LGBT advocacy group says the global telecom company Orange has withdrawn advertising from a Ugandan tabloid newspaper that printed the names of 200 suspected homosexuals after a severe anti-gay law was enacted last month.

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A royal first: Queen Elizabeth II marks anniversary of LGBT group

Friday, March 7, 2014
Queen Elizabeth II
LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday congratulated one of Britain’s oldest LGBT charity and advocacy groups, the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, in what royal watchers say is the first time 87-year-old Monarch has recognized an LGBT advocacy group in her 62 years on the British throne.

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Sweden is fourth European nation to freeze aid to Uganda over anti-gay law

Friday, March 7, 2014
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- The government of Sweden announced Wednesday that it would stop development aid payments to Uganda because of the anti-homosexuality law passed last December and signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni February 24.

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Four men convicted of gay sex whipped in north Nigerian court

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Nigeria
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly as punishment Thursday in an Islamic court in northern Nigeria, a human rights activist said.

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Hong Kong lawmakers set to debate restrictive transgender rights bill

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
HONG-KONG
HONG KONG -- Lawmakers in Hong Kong are set to debate a draft bill that if passed would codify an existing government policy that transgender people must undergo surgery to remove their genitals and construct new ones before they can qualify for legal recognition of their gender reassignment.

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Kerry speaks with Uganda president, says anti-gay law complicates U.S. ties

Friday, February 28, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told Uganda's president that the African nation's new anti-gay law will complicate its relationship with America.

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Zimbabwe’s gay community wins a landmark court victory

Friday, February 28, 2014
GALZMartha Tholanah and members of GALZ legal team leaving the court on Wednesday after their victory.
HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwe’s LGBT community is celebrating a court victory in which authorities sought to shut down the country's main LGBT rights advocacy group.

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Aids cuts, loan delays hit Uganda’s economy, poor health sector

Friday, February 28, 2014
Uganda
KAMPALA, Uganda -- The health project in Uganda for which the World Bank is delaying a loan does not face an immediate shortage of money, an official said Friday, allaying concerns that work to improve maternal and child health services could stall because of the country's new anti-gay law.

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