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Alexander Yermoshkin

Russian newspaper investigated for alleged violation of gay ‘propaganda’ law

Thursday, November 14, 2013
MOSCOW -- A Russian newspaper is the first organization to come under scrutiny for alleged violation of the country's anti-gay "propaganda" law after it published an interview with a openly gay middle school teacher. [ Read more → ]
Macky Sall

Five women charged under Senegal’s anti-gay law

Thursday, November 14, 2013
DAKAR, Senegal -- A prosecutor in Senegal says five women have been charged under the country's anti-gay law that imposes prison sentences of up to five years for homosexual acts. [ Read more → ]
Dakar, Senegal

Five women arrested under Senegal’s anti-gay law

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
DAKAR, Senegal -- Senegalese police detained five women accused of violating the country's anti-gay law, highlighting increased pressure on suspected lesbians in the deeply conservative West African nation, an activist group said Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
VK.comMaxim Martsinkevich (center) with alleged Ukrainian victims.

Russian anti-gay extremist under criminal investigation, reportedly flees country

Monday, November 11, 2013
MOSCOW -- Russian authorities have initiated criminal proceedings against a Russian ultra-nationalist responsible for several homophobic assaults on LGBT persons, including attacks on citizens from Ukraine, Iraq, and South Africa. [ Read more → ]

Ireland plans 2015 public referendum on same-sex marriage

Friday, November 8, 2013
DUBLIN -- The Irish government announced Thursday that it has set May 2015 as the date for a public referendum on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Court rules Greece civil partnership law discriminates against gay couples

Friday, November 8, 2013
ATHENS, Greece -- Gay rights advocates in Greece have welcomed a decision by a European court condemning the country for failing to include same-sex couples in 2008 legislation that introduced civil partnerships. [ Read more → ]

In rare move, Uganda president publicly tests for HIV

Friday, November 8, 2013
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Uganda's president tested for HIV in public on Friday to encourage millions of untested people to check their status, a critical step to stemming the spread of the virus in the East African country. [ Read more → ]

Croatia to hold referendum on whether to allow same-sex marriage

Friday, November 8, 2013
ZAGREB, Croatia -- Croatia moved Friday to hold a referendum on whether to allow gay marriages, but critics say the vote is discriminatory and gay rights groups are challenging its wording as biased and unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]

EU court: Homosexuality can be grounds for asylum

Thursday, November 7, 2013
BRUSSELS -- Refugees facing imprisonment in their home country because they are gay may have grounds to be granted asylum in the European Union, the 28-nation bloc's top court ruled Thursday. [ Read more → ]
VK.comDmitry Chizhevsky

Masked thugs invade Russian LGBT activist meeting, one victim may lose eye

Monday, November 4, 2013
SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia -- Using baseball bats and air-pellet guns, a group of masked thugs forced their way into a meeting of LGBT equality rights activists Sunday, attacking those in attendance. [ Read more → ]
Guido Barilla

Pasta maker to boost diversity after chairman sparks global LGBT boycott

Monday, November 4, 2013
ROME -- Italy-based pasta maker Barilla is pledging to improve diversity after gay rights activists and allies launched a worldwide boycott of its products when a company executive said Barilla would never feature ads depicting gay families. [ 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 → ]
Alexander Zemlianichenko, AP (Pool)Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, exit a commuter train at the newly built Adler railway station at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, on Monday.

Olympic Committee president confident gays will be treated equally in Russia

Thursday, October 31, 2013
MOSCOW -- International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach is confident that all athletes and visitors at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will be treated equally regardless of "race, gender or sexual orientation." [ Read more → ]

Tasmania lawmakers defer same-sex marriage debate to federal parliament

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
HOBART, Tasmania -- A motion to revive the debate over same-sex marriage in Tasmania's parliament was defeated in the Upper House Legislative Council Tuesday, as local MP's voted to leave the question up to the Federal Parliament in Canberra. [ Read more → ]
Mikhail Klimentyev, RIA Novosti/AP (Pool)Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to newly appointed IOC President Thomas Bach, center, during the opening ceremony of a railway station in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi, Monday.

Russian gay activists: IOC chief refused to meet with during Sochi visit

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
MOSCOW -- Russian gay activists say the new president of the International Olympic Committee refused to meet with them while visiting the 2014 Winter Games city of Sochi. [ Read more → ]
Luis Hidalgo, APPatricio Ahumada Garay receives a life sentence for the murder of Daniel Zamudio.

Four Chilean men sentenced in brutal murder of gay man

Monday, October 28, 2013
SANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean judges have sentenced a man to life in prison for the beating death of a gay man whose body was carved with swastikas. [ Read more → ]
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach meet at the Bocharov Ruchei residence at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia on Monday.

Putin: No discrimination against gays at Sochi Olympics

Monday, October 28, 2013
SOCHI, Russia -- Russian President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will feel at ease, seeking to assuage fears fueled by a recent Russian law banning gay "propaganda." [ Read more → ]
Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, APA contestant takes part in the Miss Jacaranda pageant held on the outskirts of Harare on Oct. 19.

Gays hit the catwalk at drag queen contest in Zimbabwe

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
HARARE, Zimbabwe — And the winner is ... Ezmerald Kim Kardashian. That was the stage name for a young man who won the title of Miss Jacaranda at a drag queen pageant in Zimbabwe. [ 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 → ]
VK.comDasha Stern

Transgender woman commits suicide after being fired by Russian employer

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
EKATERINBURG, Russia -- LGBT activists claim that a 22-year-old transgender woman is the first victim of Russia's so-called anti-gay "propaganda" law. [ Read more → ]
Geraint Davies

British lawmaker to introduce bill to ban conversion therapy in the U.K.

Monday, October 21, 2013
LONDON -- A British parliamentarian from Wales has announced plans to introduce legislation that would ban licensed therapists from performing controversial gay-to-straight reparative therapy in the United Kingdom. [ Read more → ]

Australian Capital Territory votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Monday, October 21, 2013
CANBERRA, Australia -- A provincial parliament in Australia has become the country's first to pass a law that allows same-sex marriages. But the federal government has threatened a court challenge. [ Read more → ]

Russia: Bill to deny gay parents custody of their children temporarily withdrawn

Sunday, October 20, 2013
MOSCOW -- A bill in the Russian parliament that would have allowed government officials to remove children from homes of gay parents has been temporarily withdrawn from consideration. [ Read more → ]

Dozens injured in Montenegro during gay pride march

Sunday, October 20, 2013
PODGORICA, Montenegro -- Police in Montenegro fired tear gas to repel anti-gay extremists who threw rocks and firebombs at officers protecting a gay pride march Sunday, officials said. About 60 people were injured. [ Read more → ]

France approves first spousal adoption by a same-sex couple

Friday, October 18, 2013
PARIS -- A lesbian couple in France has received approval for one wife’s two biological children to be adopted by her spouse, the first such authorized same-sex couple adoption in the country. [ Read more → ]
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