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Mariela Castro breaks tradition in fight for greater LGBT, HIV protections

| Tuesday, August 19, 2014
In this May 10, 2014, file photo, Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuba's President Raul Castro, center, marches in a parade marking the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia, in Havana, Cuba. policy in parliament.
HAVANA -- Yet another revolutionary tradition has been broken in Cuba: A lawmaker voted "no" in parliament. And it wasn't just any lawmaker. Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, gave the thumbs-down to a workers' rights bill that she felt didn't go far enough to prevent discrimination against people with HIV or with unconventional gender identities.

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Russian anti-gay extremist sentenced to five years in penal colony

| Sunday, August 17, 2014
Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich
MOSCOW -- The leader of the Russian anti-gay vigilante group “Occupy Pedophilia,” who is alleged to have lured LGBT youth to abusive encounters through fake social media profiles, was sentenced Friday to five years in a Russian penal colony. Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich was convicted of inciting and fomenting cases of extremism by posting videos on the “Vkontakte” (VK.com) ...

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Ugandan gays who fled persecution still feel danger in neighboring Kenya

| Sunday, August 17, 2014
A Ugandan man is seen during the third Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, on Aug.  9, 2014.
NAIROBI, Kenya -- When a Ugandan court overturned the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act this month, rights activists worldwide claimed a victory. But not gay Ugandans who fled persecution to live in a refugee camp in neighboring Kenya. "The reaction shocked me. I went there. I thought it would be a celebration, but ... nothing," said Brizan Ogollan, founder of an aid organization...

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27 men arrested in Lebanon for alleged ‘unnatural sex’ and ‘public indecency’

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Human rights activists rally in Beirut in 2013  demanding greater rights and protections for the LGBT community in Lebanon.
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Police in Beirut have arrested 27 men for allegedly engaging in “gay sex” during a raid on a Beirut bathhouse on Saturday. According to Colonel Tony Haddad of Hbeish police station, the 27 unnamed men, including the owner and employees, have been in police custody since police raided Agha Hammam in the area of Hamra-Concord, Beirut.

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Israel OK’s gay Jews to immigrate with non-Jewish same-sex spouses

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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JERUSALEM -- Israel says it will now allow Jews to immigrate to Israel with their non-Jewish same-sex spouses. In a directive publicized Tuesday, Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Saar told immigration authorities not to differentiate between married gay and straight couples. Israeli law grants citizenship to Jews and close non-Jewish relatives who move to Israel.

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Uganda president not keen on rushing anti-gay law

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Yoweri Museveni
KAMPALA, Uganda -- President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is urging parliamentarians not to rush to reintroduce a controversial anti-gay law that was invalidated earlier this month, saying the measure is not a priority and could hurt the country's economic development. Museveni, who held a meeting Monday with lawmakers from his party, urged parliamentarians ...

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Kenya considers harsh penalties against gays, including death by stoning

| Monday, August 11, 2014
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NAIROBI, Kanya -- Lawmakers in Kenya are considering a new draft bill that proposes harsh penalties against gays, including death by stoning or life in prison. The Republican Liberty Party in Kenya's National Assembly introduced the bill, prohibiting any form of sexual relations between people of the same sex.

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Nepal’s LGBT community parades for same-sex marriage

| Monday, August 11, 2014
A participant poses as hundreds of Nepal's LGBT citizens parade through the streets during Gaijatra festival in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The Hindu festival to remember the dead is gleefully overtaken each year by the country's gay community in this socially conservative Hindu-majority nation.
KATMANDU, Nepal -- Hundreds of Nepal's LGBT citizens are parading through Nepal's capital to celebrate Gaijatra, a Hindu festival gleefully overtaken each year by the country's gay community and cheered by onlookers. Thousands of Nepalese lined the cobblestoned streets of Katmandu's old city Monday to catch a glimpse of those parading, some carrying banners...

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Uganda LGBT community holds pride parade in Entebbe

| Saturday, August 9, 2014
Ugandans take part in the 3rd Annual LGBT Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
ENTEBBE, Uganda -- Members of Uganda's LGBT community and their supporters are holding a gay pride parade on a beach in the lakeside town of Entebbe. The parade is their first public event since a Ugandan court invalidated an anti-gay law that was widely condemned by some Western governments and human rights watchdogs.

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Uganda lawmakers launch campaign to revive anti-gay law

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
LGBT rights activists protest Uganda's anti-gay law in London in January after lawmakers passed the measure without a quorum.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan parliamentarians are launching a campaign to revive a recently invalidated anti-gay measure and hope to have it passed within weeks, a lawmaker said Wednesday. About 150 lawmakers have promised to vote in support of the bill when parliament emerges from a recess later this month, said parliamentarian Latif Ssebaggala, who is ...

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