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El-Salvador

El Salvador parliament rejects constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Sunday, February 9, 2014
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- The Salvadoran Parliament has again failed in its attempt to approve a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
David Goldman, APDavid Pichler, an American diver and former Sydney Games team captain, shows off his Olympic rings tattoo during a television interview on Sat., Feb. 8, while meeting with locals at the Mayak cabaret, the most reputable gay club in Sochi, Russia, host to 2014 Winter Olympics.

Sochi’s Mayak cabaret, a safe place for gays in the Olympic host city

Sunday, February 9, 2014
The mascara-lined eyes of a petite man dressed in a tuxedo greet visitors after they buzz at the armor-plated door of a one-story building. Welcome to the Mayak cabaret, the most reputable gay club in Sochi, and one of the few safe places for gays in the Olympic host city to meet. [ Read more → ]
Alexei Nikolsky, RIA-Novosti  (Presidential Press Service)Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Asia leaders join Sochi, not put off by Russia’s human rights record

Saturday, February 8, 2014
When top Western leaders decided to stay away from Russian President Vladimir Putin's Winter Olympics, he wasn't exactly left friendless: he has the heads of leading Asian nations and others to help show the world that not everyone is put off by his human rights record and the anti-gay law he championed. [ Read more → ]
Facebook

Berlin advocacy group lights ‘Rainbow Flame’ in solidarity with LGBT Russians

Friday, February 7, 2014
BERLIN -- Gay rights activists in Berlin on Friday cheered and waved placards reading "Stop Homophobia" at the lighting of an Olympic-style '"Rainbow Flame" that will burn for the next 16 days while the Winter Olympic games takes place in Sochi, Russia. [ Read more → ]
APRob Ford

Toronto mayor demands rainbow flag be removed from city hall

Friday, February 7, 2014
TORONTO -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wants a rainbow flag flying at City Hall protesting Russia's law restricting gay rights activities to be removed. [ Read more → ]
Yuri TimofeevGay rights activist are arrested in Moscow on Friday.

Gay rights activists arrested in separate incidents in Moscow, St. Petersburg

Friday, February 7, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Russian police arrested several gay rights activists protesting in St. Petersburg and Moscow on the opening day of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. [ Read more → ]
Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service, RIA Novosti (AP)Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speak during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

Putin: Sports should be focus of Sochi Olympics, not debate over gay rights

Friday, February 7, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — Russian President Vladimir Putin says sports should take center stage during the Winter Olympics and not debate over gay rights. [ Read more → ]
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Bulgaria’s main nationalist party proposes ban on gay pride events

Friday, February 7, 2014
SOFIA, Bulgaria –¬ Bulgaria’s right wing party Ataka ("Attack" in Bulgarian) has proposed a draft bill to bans gay pride marches. [ Read more → ]
Dmitry Lovetsky, AP

Four gay rights activists arrested in Russia during Olympics protest

Friday, February 7, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Russian police have arrested four gay rights activists protesting in St. Petersburg on the opening day of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. [ Read more → ]
Russia-flag

Russia reverses decision to punish school girl for ‘gay propaganda’

Thursday, February 6, 2014
BRYANSK, Russia -- A Russian Juvenile Commission in the city of Bryansk has reversed its decision to discipline a 14-year-old schoolgirl accused of engaging in "propaganda" of non-traditional sexual relations. [ Read more → ]
Alexander Zemlianichenko, APIn this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 file photo a Russian gay rights activist walks along a police line during a rally at a Moscow boulevard.

How Russia enforces its ban on gay ‘propaganda’

Thursday, February 6, 2014
MOSCOW -- When the Sochi Winter Olympics begin Friday, many will be watching to see whether Russia will enforce its law banning gay "propaganda" to minors if athletes, fans or activists wave rainbow flags or speak out in protest. The message so far has been confusing. [ Read more → ]
Kostas Tsironis, APRussian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak at a handover ceremony of the Olympic Flame in Athens' Panathinaiko Stadium, on  Oct. 5, 2013.

Russian deputy PM on gay rights in Sochi: ‘Leave the kids alone’

Thursday, February 6, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- Russia's deputy prime minister has confirmed the Kremlin's view on gay rights in Sochi, asking athletes to "leave the kids alone." [ Read more → ]
David Goldman, APUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moo, addresses the IOC general assembly ahead of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. It was the first time a U.N. secretary-general delivered a keynote address to the IOC's general assembly.

At IOC assembly, UN chief condemns attacks, discrimination against gays

Thursday, February 6, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned attacks and discrimination against homosexuals on Thursday, touching on the gay rights issue in Russia that has overshadowed preparations for the Sochi Olympics. [ Read more → ]
Hunted

WATCH: British TV documentary reports on brutal attacks on LGBT Russians

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
LONDON – Just days ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, a new documentary airing Wednesday on Britain's Channel 4 sheds new light on the violent, homophobic attacks on LGBT Russians. [ Read more → ]
United-Nations

UN committee on children’s rights urges Russia to repeal gay ‘propaganda’ law

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
GENEVA -- A U.N. committee on children's rights urged Russia on Wednesday to repeal its law banning pro-gay "propaganda" that could be accessible to minors, arguing that the legislation encourages discrimination and even violence. [ Read more → ]
Elena Ignatyeva, APA gay rights activist holds a banner in front of a large clock showing the number of days left until the start of the Olympic games as a police officer approaches, left, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Russian gay rights activists protested the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi. Two activists unfurled banners reading “Berlin 1936 = Sochi 2014,” referring to the Olympic Games that were held in the capital of Nazi Germany.

More Olympic-linked furor over Russia’s anti-gay law ahead of Sochi games

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Protesters in cities around the world targeted major Olympic sponsors Wednesday, just ahead of the Winter Games in Sochi, urging them to speak out against Russia's law restricting gay-rights activities. Two more sponsors of the U.S. Olympic team condemned the law, but leading global sponsors did not join them. [ Read more → ]
Bent Hoie (left) and his husband, Dag Terje Solvang.

Norway’s Health Minister to take husband to Paralympics in Sochi

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
OSLO -- Norway's most high-profile openly gay politician will attend the Paralympic Games in Russia with his husband, despite the controversy surrounding Russia's anti-gay propaganda law. [ Read more → ]
Pope Francis

Vatican surveys find Catholics reject rules on morality, gay marriage

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- Surveys commissioned by the Vatican have shown that the vast majority of Catholics in Germany and Switzerland reject church teaching on contraception, sexual morality, gay unions and divorce. [ Read more → ]
David Goldman, APRussian President Vladimir Putin, right, greets International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach at an event welcoming IOC members ahead of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics at the Rus Hotel, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

Olympic chief slams world leaders for using Sochi games as ‘political’ platform

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach accused world leaders Tuesday of using the Sochi Olympics as a political platform "on the backs of the athletes," and of snubbing the games without even being invited. [ Read more → ]
Dmitry Lovetsky, APIn this June 29, 2013 photo, riot police (OMON) guard gay rights activists who have been beaten by anti-gay protesters during an authorized gay rights rally in St.Petersburg, Russia.

Human Rights Watch video documents increased violence against LGBT Russians

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
NEW YORK -- The advocacy group Human Rights Watch released a video Tuesday documenting the increased violence against LGBTQ Russians. [ Read more → ]
Dan LittauerMarriage equality supporters celebrate the Scottish Parliament vote to legalize same-sex marriage in Scotland.

Scottish Parliament votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Scotland becomes the 17th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, after the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill by an overwhelming majority. [ Read more → ]
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Putin promotes cuddly image as Sochi Olympics near

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — Vladimir Putin, rugged outdoorsman and tough-guy Russian president, promoted a cuddly image Tuesday as his Olympics drew near. Putin checked in at a preserve for endangered Persian leopards and visited a group of cubs born last summer in the mountains above the growing torrent of activity in Sochi for the Winter Games. [ Read more → ]
Russia

Russian school girl disciplined under country’s anti-gay propaganda ban

Monday, February 3, 2014
BRYANSK, Russia -- A school girl in Russia has been accused of breaking the country's anti-gay propaganda law and is believed to be the first minor formally disciplined for promoting "non-traditional sexual relations" among her peers. [ Read more → ]
APBan Ki-moon

UN chief to attend Sochi Olympics, give keynote address at IOC assembly

Monday, February 3, 2014
UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will take part in Friday's opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and deliver a keynote address to the International Olympic Committee's general assembly, the first by a U.N. secretary-general, officials said Monday. [ Read more → ]
Senegal

Senegal police arrest 4 over attacks to rid their neighborhood of gays

Monday, February 3, 2014
DAKAR, Senegal — Police in a city outside Senegal's capital have arrested four young men accused of carrying out attacks in a bid to rid their neighborhood of gay people. [ Read more → ]
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