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A primer on The Pope’s views: LGBTQ rights, abortion, and more

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Pope Francis waves as he arrives at a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues, at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.
On the heels of Pope Francis' visit to Cuba and the United States September 19-27, here's a primer on where he stands on key issues. ...

Rugby star Sam Stanley comes out

Monday, August 31, 2015
Sam Stanley
"“I was standing on a bridge about four or five years ago... However, looking back, the idea that I would jump was ridiculous." ...

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Vatican gets embroiled in Italy’s ‘banned books’ fray

Friday, August 28, 2015
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A formulaic blessing by Pope Francis of a lesbian children's book publisher and her partner had been interpreted by the press as an endorsement of their lifestyle. ...

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Senegal activist: Release 7 men convicted of ‘gay acts’

Friday, August 28, 2015
Djamil Bangoura, president of gay rights group Prudence.
Djamil Bangoura, president of gay rights group Prudence, said Friday that Senegal must stop condemning people who are different. ...

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The mayor of Venice wants to ban Gay Pride

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
"There will be no gay pride in my Venice," mayor Luigi Brugnaro told La Repubblica  newspaper.
Luigi Brugnaro described the event as both "farcical" and "kitsch." ...

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School banned from showing film about children with gay parents

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Promotional poster for Gayby Baby
“How sad that a film about real kids and their families is attacked," said federal Labor senator Penny Wong. ...

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Study: condoms don’t decrease sensitivity

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
“Condom-associated erection problems have been a very under-researched topic,” exlplained Dr. Cynthia Graham, who co-authored the study.
According to the new study, condoms don't cause erectile dysfunction, either. ...

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Will Grindr shut down following a rise in illegal drug use?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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A health advocate wants the Australian government to shut down sites like Grindr until they acknowledge the drug deals they help facilitate. ...

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Friction over LGBT issues as pope plans US visit

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Philadelphia's Archbishop Charles Chaput, right, stands next to Pope Francis as they pose for a photo with a delegation from Philadelphia at the end of the pontiff's weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
The tensions pose a real-world test of the pope's approach that emphasizes compassion -- while upholding Catholic doctrine that marriage is between a man and woman. ...

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Islamic State claims 30 people were killed for sodomy

Monday, August 24, 2015
Images show the man sat on a plastic chair, while blindfolded, before being thrown off a seven-story building in Syria.
The head of an international gay rights organization is telling the U.N. Security Council that the Islamic State extremist group has executed at least 30 people for sodomy. ...

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