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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 → ]
Joseph Jatnel Sanchez

Gay man stabbed to death in Belize, family says it’s a ‘hate crime’

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
BELIZE CITY, Belize -- A gay man was stabbed to death and dumped on the side of a street in Belize City early Sunday morning, and family members are calling it a "hate crime." [ Read more → ]
Héctor Jonathan Franco Martínez

Gay prisoner in Mexico blinded following attack by cellmate who gouged his eyes

Monday, January 13, 2014
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- A gay prisoner in Mexico remains hospitalized and recovering from injuries after his cellmate gouged out his eyes. [ Read more → ]
Trinity Western University

Canadian law school approved despite plan enforce ban on ‘gay intimacy’

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The B.C. government has approved the creation of a new law school at Trinity Western University in Langley B.C., despite concerns from gay rights advocates over its plans to enforce a policy prohibiting “gay intimacy” among staff and students. [ Read more → ]

Amnesty International: Gay rights office in Haiti attacked, two beaten

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Amnesty International says the office of a gay rights group in Haiti has been ransacked and two of its members beaten. [ Read more → ]

Western Mexico state approves same-sex civil unions

Friday, November 1, 2013
MEXICO CITY -- Lawmakers in Mexico's western state of Jalisco have approved a change in the state's constitution that legalizes same-sex civil unions. [ Read more → ]

UN criticized for HIV, human rights event in country that bars entry to gays

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Gay rights activists blasted the United Nations on Tuesday for organizing a book launch in Trinidad to talk about HIV and human rights in the Caribbean, noting the island bars entry to homosexuals. [ Read more → ]
Scott Jones

Canadian man left paralyzed from the waist down in alleged anti-gay attack

Saturday, October 12, 2013
NEW GLASGOW, N.S. -- A Canadian man attacked outside a lounge in Nova Scotia early Saturday morning has been left paralyzed from the waist down in what friends and family are calling an anti-gay hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Lorenzo Serrano and Alberto Gonzalez

Costa Rica family court shuts down same-sex marriage loop hole

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- A family court in Costa Rico has rejected a request by a same-sex couple to register their relationship as a marriage, effectively shutting down a loophole created when lawmakers voted to amend a law that mistakenly removed language defining marriage as a union only between a man and a woman. [ Read more → ]
Benjamin Medrano

Mexico’s first openly gay mayor does not support gay marriage, ‘not yet, anyway’

Sunday, September 15, 2013
FRESNILLO, Zacatecas, Mexico -- The first openly gay mayor in Mexico's history has been sworn in at a ceremony in city of Fresnillo, but LGBT residents should not look to him for support in legalizing same-sex marriage in Zacatecas, a state known for cowboy boots, embossed belts and drug gang shootouts. [ Read more → ]
Rohit Singh (left) and Colin Peace outside Jenny's Bridal Boutique in Saskatoon.Photo: Liam Richards via The Canadian Press

Settlement reached with bridal shop that denied service to transgender bride

Friday, September 13, 2013
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan -- The owner of a Canadian bridal shop has agreed to make donations to two local charities as part of a settlement mediated by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission to resolve a complaint that it refused service to a transgender woman. [ Read more → ]

Same-sex couples win right to marry in Mexico state of Chihuahua

Friday, September 6, 2013
CHIHUAHUA, Mexico -- A same-sex couple in Mexico legally wed after successfully challenging the state of Chihuahua for refusing to register their marriage earlier this year. [ Read more → ]
Rafael Mendoza

Mexico lawmaker asks to ban gay unions in public because it ‘confuses children’

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
MEXICO CITY - A state legislator in Mexico is causing a stir by asking authorities not to allow gay weddings in public spaces because it confuses children in a state that just approved same-sex civil unions. [ Read more → ]

Canada says it will favor refugee claims by gay Russians

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
SURREY, British Columbia -- Canada’s Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said Monday that the country's refugee board will favorably review asylum claims by LGBT people fleeing persecution in Russia. [ Read more → ]
Jay, J-FLAGThis undated photo provided by Dwayne Jones' friend Jay via the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) advocacy group, shows Dwayne Jones in an unknown location in Jamaica.

Jamaica: Mob murder of gay teen shows depth of hostility toward LGBT community

Sunday, August 11, 2013
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Dwayne Jones was relentlessly teased in high school for being effeminate until he dropped out. His father not only kicked him out of the house at the age of 14 but also helped jeering neighbors push the youngster from the rough Jamaican slum where he grew up. [ Read more → ]

Mexican state of Colima approves same-sex civil unions

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
MEXICO CITY -- Lawmakers in Mexico's western state of Colima have approved a change in the state's constitution that legalizes same-sex civil unions. [ Read more → ]

Cross-dressing gay teen hacked, stabbed to death by Jamaican mob

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
ST. JAMES, Jamaica -- A 17-year-old gay teen was hacked and stabbed to death by a mob in Jamaica on Monday night. [ Read more → ]

Two men beaten to death during Haiti anti-gay demonstration

Saturday, July 20, 2013
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Two men, assumed to be gay, were beaten and killed on Friday during an anti-gay protest in Haiti led by religious organizations. [ Read more → ]

Tim Hortons blames website censorship on vendor after boycott threatened

Friday, July 19, 2013
TORONTO -- Tim Hortons, the Ontario-based coffee and doughnut house with more than 3,500 locations in Canada and the U.S., said Friday it has lifted a block of a popular Canadian LGBT news website from its in-store Wi-fi under pressure from gay rights advocates who vowed to launch a boycott of the chain. [ Read more → ]
via FacebookLGBT rights advocates protest outside the Russian Embassy in Mexico City.

LGBT activists in Mexico protest outside Russian Embassy over anti-gay laws

Friday, July 19, 2013
MEXICO CITY -- LGBT activists on Friday assembled outside the Russian embassy in Mexico City to protest the country’s adoption of anti-gay laws. [ Read more → ]
via Twitter, AnotherSideofHaiti

Thousand-plus participate in anti-gay demonstration in Haiti

Friday, July 19, 2013
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- More than 1,000 people in Haiti are participating in a rare demonstration to protest homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
Benjamin Medrano

Mexico’s first openly gay mayor elected in rough northern state of Zacatecas

Thursday, July 18, 2013
MEXICO CITY — The first openly gay mayor ever elected in Mexico is scheduled to take office in the rough, violence-plagued state of Zacatecas in September. [ Read more → ]
Laura Chinchilla

Costa Rica president signs bill that ‘mistakenly’ approves gay civil unions

Friday, July 5, 2013
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Conservative Costa Rican lawmakers are getting a lesson in the importance of reading the fine print. [ Read more → ]

Bermuda Senate approves bill prohibiting discrimination against gays

Thursday, July 4, 2013
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Bermuda has passed legislation that will outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

Costa Rica lawmakers mistakenly vote to legalize same-sex unions

Thursday, July 4, 2013
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Lawmakers in Costa Rica have accidentally voted to amend a law that could legalize same-sex civil unions in the Central American country. [ Read more → ]
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