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Estonia becomes first former Soviet nation to legalize gay partnerships

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Tallinn, Estonia
TALLINN, Estonia -- Estonia on Thursday became the first former Soviet nation to legalize gay partnerships, while Kyrgyzstan - another ex-Soviet republic thousands of kilometers east - considers anti-gay legislation. The parallel moves reflect starkly divergent paths taken by the countries that once were parts of the Soviet empire.

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Canadian family bullied because of their transgender daughter

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Isabella Burgos
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- A Canadian family says they are being bullied because their daughter is transgender and the school district isn't doing enough to stop it. Izzy and Dale Burgos said ever since eight-year-old Isabella was four, she knew she was a girl inside. And that's how she returned to school to start third grade last month -- as a transgender girl.

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Uganda president warns lawmakers that anti-gay law could lead to trade boycott

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Yoweri Museveni
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Friday said that his nation risks a trade boycott if lawmakers were to reinstate a controversial anti-gay law that was invalidated on a technicality in August by the country's Constitutional Court.

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Anglicans sign open letter urging Church of England’s gay bishops to come out

Saturday, October 4, 2014
LONDON -- More than 300 Anglican priests, parishioners and other Christians have signed an open “love letter” to bishops in the Church of England who are secretly gay urging them to “come out” about their sexual orientation.

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Arson suspected in overnight fire at South Africa’s first gay-friendly mosque

Saturday, October 4, 2014
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Africa's controversial first gay-friendly mosque, which also allows Christian worshippers and women to lead prayers, was damaged by a fire overnight, its founder and the police said Saturday.

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Brazil presidential candidate: Gays should seek psychological help far away

Monday, September 29, 2014
Levy Fidelix
SAO PAULO -- A minor character in Brazil's presidential race is on the spot after saying the country needs to stand up against gay people who should seek psychological help far away from the population. Candidate Levy Fidelix has the support of less than 1 percent of potential voters, but his remarks drew the ire of tens of thousands ...

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Serbia LGBT pride march takes place undisturbed as riot police stand guard

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Members of Serbia's LGBT community wave flags during the Pride March in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.
BELGRADE, Serbia -- Waving rainbow-colored flags, several hundred gay activists proceeded undisturbed through downtown Belgrade on Sunday thanks to the protection of thousands of riot police. The march advanced for only several hundred meters through the empty Belgrade streets where shops were closed and public transport was stopped....

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Muslim Indonesian province to punish gay sex with 100 lashes with cane

Saturday, September 27, 2014
A man arrested for gambling is struck during a public caning in Aceh Besar, Indonesia
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- Lawmakers in a conservative Muslim Indonesian province passed a law Saturday that punishes gay sex by public caning and subjects non-Muslims to the region's strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law. Human rights groups have said the law violates international treaties signed by Indonesia protecting the rights of ...

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Egypt sentences six alleged gay men to two years in jail for ‘debauchery’

Friday, September 26, 2014
CAIRO -- Six alleged gay men were sentenced in an Egyptian court on Thursday to two years in jail with labor for "committing debauchery," a charge often leveled at gays for engaging in homosexual activity.

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UN Human Rights Council approves resolution supporting LGBT rights

Friday, September 26, 2014
United Nations headquarters in New York.
UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday approved a resolution condemning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution — led by Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay — followed a resolution in 2011 on the same topic led by South Africa and asks the UN Office of the High...

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