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Gambia president threatens to kill asylum seekers who cite anti-gay laws

| Friday, May 16, 2014
Yahya Jammeh
BANJUL, Gambia -- Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh is threatening to kill asylum seekers who cite the country's anti-gay laws and tarnish his image as a leader, reports African press agency APA.

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Transgender Austrians to get new school transcripts

| Friday, May 16, 2014
Austria
VIENNA -- Austria's education minister has instructed schools to re-issue grade transcripts to transgender persons who have requested that they be identified by another sex.

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Moscow bans parade honoring Eurovision drag queen Conchita Wurst

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Conchita Wurst
MOSCOW -- Moscow authorities have turned down gay activists' application to hold a parade honoring drag queen Conchita Wurst, winner of this year's Eurovision song contest.

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Israel to lower minimum age requirement for gender reassignment surgery

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Israel
JERUSALEM, Israel – Israel’s Ministry of Health on Tuesday said it was lowering the the minimum age requirement to be approved for a sex change from 21 to 18.

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Human rights groups report surge in gay rights abuses in Uganda

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Rebecca Vassie, APUgandans supportive of their government's anti-gay stance attend a march and rally organized by a coalition of Ugandan religious leaders and government officials, at the Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala, Uganda, Monday, March 31, 2014.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are reporting a surge in the rights violations of gay people in Uganda following the enactment of a severe anti-gay law.

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New Zealand to shorten ban on gay and bisexual blood donors

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014
New-Zealand
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) is set to reduce the waiting period for HIV negative gay and bisexual men to donate blood.

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Report: Anti-gay attacks in France up 78 percent in 2013

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Anti-gay marriage activists hold smoke flares with the color of the logo of the movement during a rally to protest the new law after French lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Paris.
PARIS -- A French gay rights groups says attacks against the LGBT community increased by 78 percent in France in 2013.

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Uganda’s president urged to veto ‘flawed’ HIV transmission law

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Yoweri Museveni
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Human rights groups are urging Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni to veto a new measure that they say hurts the fight against HIV and AIDS in the country.

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Britain’s married, same-sex couples get right to combine coats of arms

| Sunday, May 11, 2014
The College of Arms in the City of London, which has overseen noble titles and insignia since the 15th century, has ruled that same-sex married couples may join their heraldic symbols in the same way as heterosexual following the legalization of same-sex marriage in March.
LONDON -- Britain's gay couples have taken a step forward — into the Middle Ages. Like blue-blooded families down the centuries, they can now have their own coats of arms.

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Two Ugandans go on trial for acts ‘against the order of nature’

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Stephen Wandera, APUgandan anti-gay activist Pastor Martin Ssempa posts up a public notice offering "rehabilitation" for homosexuals at Uganda’s National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- A Ugandan court has started hearing the case against two Ugandans accused of engaging in gay sex, the first trial since a severe new anti-homosexuality law was enacted in February.

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