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Marine accused in murder of transgender Filipino tests U.S.-Philippine ties

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Jennifer Laude murder
OLONGAPO, Philippines -- Inside a funeral parlor, a Filipino mother sits and weeps next to a coffin containing the body of her daughter and demands answers. On a hulking American assault ship moored at a nearby port sits a man who might have them - a U.S. Marine authorities suspect in the brutal slaying at a cheap hotel more than a week ago.

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Philippine police accuse U.S. Marine in transgender murder case

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Protesters shout slogans during a rally at the Department of Foreign Affairs to demand justice for the killing of Filipino Jennifer Laude with a U.S. Marine as a possible suspect Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The activists demanded that Washington hand over to the Philippines a Marine implicated in the killing of Laude which the demonstrators labeled a hate crime.
MANILA, Philippines -- A police inspector says a complaint for murder has been filed in the Philippines accusing a U.S. Marine of killing a transgender Filipino in a motel room. Police Chief Inspector Gil Domingo said Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton was the last person seen with the victim late Saturday, when they checked into a motel...

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U.S. Embassy denounces plans to adopt anti-gay law in Kyrgyzstan

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, Kyrgyz Republic -- The United States is condemning plans in Kyrgyzstan to adopt an anti-gay propaganda law, a measure that is similar to anti-gay legislation passed in Russia in 2013. Kyrgyzstan’s parliament has begun debating the bill that would introduce tougher punishment for “popularizing homosexual relations” and “propaganda...

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Protesters demand Philippine custody of Marine suspected in alleged hate crime

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Protesters burn a mock U.S. flag during a rally at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, to protest the killing of a Filipino transgender with the possible involvement of a U.S. serviceman Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. The activists demanded that Washington hand over to the Philippines the Marine implicated in the killing of Jennifer Laude whom the demonstrators labeled a hate crime.
MANILA, Philippines -- Dozens of activists burned a mock U.S. flag as they protested at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Tuesday, demanding that Washington hand over to the Philippines a U.S. Marine suspected in the killing of a transgender Filipino that the demonstrators labeled a hate crime. Jeffrey Laude, 26, was found dead, apparently ...

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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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Indonesian province considers caning for gay sex

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
This 2011 file photo shows a Sharia law official whipping a man during a public caning in Jantho, Aceh province, Indonesia.
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- Men and women caught having homosexual sex could be publicly caned in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province if an Islam-inspired draft law is approved this week. Lawmaker Moharriadi Syafari said a majority of provincial lawmakers supported criminalizing gay sex...

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Kazakhstan politician: Gays can be identified by colored pants, DNA test

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Dauren Babamuratov
A politician in Kazakhstan has claimed “blood tests for degeneratism” can identify gay people while calling for homosexuality to be criminalized, describing it as a threat to national security. Standing before a poster claiming "homosexuality is a threat to the nation," Dauren Babamuratov, leader of the nationalist “Bolashak” movement, petitioned the government ...

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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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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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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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