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Uganda lawmakers vow swift re-enactment of anti-gay law

| Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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KAMPALA, Uganda -- Just days after a Uganda court in Uganda declared the country's controversial Anti-Homosexuality law unconstitutional, Members of Parliament are already vowing to reintroduce the same bill in for enactment. A panel of five judges on the East African country’s Constitutional Court ruled Friday the measure, passed December 20 and signed...

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Vietnam’s LGBT community celebrates pride, softening attitudes toward gays

| Sunday, August 3, 2014
Participants in Vientam's third ever pride parade cycle through the streets of Hanoi on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014.
HANOI, Vietnam -- The streets of Hanoi were awash with rainbow flags on Sunday as an estimated 300 gay rights advocates celebrated the nation's largest gay pride event to date. AFP reports that members of Vietnam's LGBT community cycled and danced through the capital urging an end to discrimination against the LGBT community in a country where ...

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Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law, says measure passed illegally

| Friday, August 1, 2014
A photo of Uganda's president hangs on the wall, left, as Judge, Stephen Kavuma reads the verdict at Uganda’s Constitutional court, Friday, Aug.1, 2014. A Ugandan court has invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying it was illegally passed and is therefore unconstitutional.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum. The panel of five judges on the East African country's Constitutional Court said the speaker of parliament acted illegally when she allowed a vote...

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Chinese man suing clinic for performing electric shock gay conversion therapy

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Gay rights advocates protest outside a court Thursday, July 31, 2014, where the first case in China involving straight conversion therapy is being held.
BEIJING -- A gay Chinese man said Thursday he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, as well as the search engine giant Baidu for advertising the center. The Beijing LGBT Center, which campaigns for gay rights, said it was the first court case involving so-called conversion therapy in China. China declassified ...

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Sweden to resume development aid payments to Uganda

| Monday, July 28, 2014
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Just four months after suspending development aid payments to Uganda over passage of an anti-homosexuality law, the Swedish embassy in Kampala said Monday that Sweden would extend nearly $200 million in development support to Uganda over the next five years. The aid would go to improve child and maternal health, sustainable growth and...

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Saudi man gets 3 years in prison, 450 lashes for meeting men via Twitter

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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MEDINA, Saudi Arabia – A criminal court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a 24-year-old man to three years in jail and 450 lashes for trying to arrange a date with another man via Twitter. According to the daily Aarabic newspaper Al-Watan, the court found the unidentified man guilty of “promoting the vice and practice of homosexuality.”

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International AIDS conference honors victims of downed jet

| Monday, July 21, 2014
Dutch Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV/AIDS, Lambert Grijns speaks at the opening ceremony of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.
MELBOURNE, Australia -- An international AIDS conference opened in Australia on Sunday with a tribute to several delegates who were killed en route to the gathering when their plane was shot down over Ukraine. Officials at the opening ceremony for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne held a moment of silence for the six AIDS researchers...

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Vancouver Catholic school district enacts transgender policy

| Saturday, July 19, 2014
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VANCOUVER, B.C. -- A Catholic school district has approved a policy to accommodate transgender children, believed to be the first of its kind by a Catholic school in North America. The Vancouver Archdiocese made the move following a human rights complaint by the family of an 11-year-old transgender girl.

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Singapore won’t destroy two gay themed books, titles to return to public libraries

| Friday, July 18, 2014
"And Tango Makes Three" is a 2005 children's book written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole. The book is based on the true story of Roy and Silo, two male Chinstrap Penguins in New York's Central Park Zoo. The book follows the six years of their life when they formed a couple and were given an egg to raise.
SINGAPORE -- Two children's books dealing with gay subjects won't be destroyed after all and will be restored to Singapore's public libraries, an official said Friday. Minister of Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim had said in mid-July he supported the state-run National Library Board's decision to pulp three books deemed to have inappropriate ...

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World-renowned AIDS researchers, activists perish in downed Malaysian jet

| Thursday, July 17, 2014
People inspect the crash site of a a Malaysian jetliner plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 298 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.
SYDNEY -- Several passengers on board a Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine were heading to an international AIDS conference in Australia, officials said Friday. "A number of people" on board the Boeing 777 were en route to the southern Australian city of Melbourne to attend the 20th International AIDS conference, which starts Sunday...

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