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Uganda foreign minister begins term as leader of UN General Assembly

| Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Sam Kutesa
UNITED NATIONS -- Sam Kutesa began his first day as president of the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday by describing the current year as "tumultuous" and the year ahead as "momentous" for the United Nations as it marks its 70th anniversary. The Ugandan foreign minister said his priority will be to ensure agreement on new U.N. goals to fight poverty and...

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Prominent Ugandan gay activist to be granted asylum in U.S.

| Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Ugandan gay-rights activist John Abdallah Wambere holds a Ugandan newspaper during a news conference Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Boston. Wambere is seeking asylum in the U.S. to escape a harsh anti-homosexual law in his home country. The 41-year-old, who now lives in Cambridge, Mass., said Tuesday it is heartbreaking he will have to leave his community at home as well as his 16-year-old daughter, but it is too dangerous to return.
BOSTON -- John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere, a prominent Ugandan gay activist for over 17 years, has been recommended for asylum in the United States, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced Tuesday. In a letter dated September 11, 2014, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services informed Wambere that his application was...

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Photographer blinded by gasoline in alleged anti-gay hate crime

| Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tyler Maddick
SWANSEA, Wales -- A freelance photographer has been blinded in one eye following an alleged anti-gay hate crime late last week in which his attackers threw gasoline in his face. Tyler Maddick, 20, says he was targeted by three or four men in a car as he walked home in Swansea on Sept. 11, reports the BBC.

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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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Brutal attack leaves German gay rights activist with life-threatening injuries

| Saturday, September 13, 2014
Belgrade, Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia -- A German man who took part in a gay rights conference suffered life-threatening brain injuries when he was severely beaten in downtown Belgrade on Saturday, Serbian police and gay activists said. The identity of the 27-year-old man has not been released. Jovanka Todorovic, from the Labris gay and lesbian group,

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Gay rights groups outraged over straight men who married to win rugby tickets

| Friday, September 12, 2014
Matt McCormick, left and Travis McIntosh
Gay rights groups in New Zealand are fuming over the legal, same-sex marriage between two heterosexual men in a radio station stunt in exchange for tickets to the Rugby World Cup to be held in the United Kingdom in 2015. Self-described best mates since childhood, Matt McCormick, 24, married engineering student Travis McIntos, 23, in a rugby stadium on Friday.

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Moscow forum attended by U.S. activists calls for more ‘gay propaganda’ bans

| Friday, September 12, 2014
Constantin Malofeev’s group has posted photos on Facebook of one of Thursday's panels, indicating National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown (far left) in attendance.
This week’s international gathering of anti-gay, anti-abortion-rights activists in Moscow ended with delegates issuing a proclamation that blasts liberal social policies in Western countries and calls for Russian-style “homosexual propaganda” bans to be passed throughout the world, according to the foundation run by Russian oligarch Constantin Malofeev,

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Lesbian dance instructor found murdered in St. Petersburg, Russia

| Thursday, September 11, 2014
Ekaterina Khomenko
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — A lesbian dance instructor was found murdered in her car in the Russian city of St Petersburg on Sunday, reported QueerRussia. Ekaterina Khomenko, 29, who was known in the local LGBT community as an instructor of tango for same-sex couples, was found with a 9 cm slit in her throat. Police are now treating her death ...

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Gambia passes bill imposing life in prison for some homosexual acts

| Monday, September 8, 2014
Gambian presidentYahya Jammeh
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast A Gambian lawmaker says the National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. Minority leader Samba Jallow said Monday the bill brings life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality." A draft bill seen by The Associated Press contains language identical to a controversial anti-gay bill signed i...

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Egypt prosecutor orders seven men detained, examined for homosexuality

| Saturday, September 6, 2014
Egypt
CAIRO -- Egypt's top prosecutor on Saturday ordered seven men detained and physically examined over accusations of "debauchery," a charge often leveled at gays for homosexual activity, after a video emerged of a same-sex wedding party, the state news agency reported.

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