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Gay politician attacked with acid substance at Vienna pride event

Monday, June 16, 2014
Ulrike Lunacek
VIENNA -- Austria's first openly gay politician was the victim of an attack at Friday's annual LGBT pride parade in Vienna. An unknown assailant sprayed butyric acid at Ulrike Lunacek, leader of the Austrian Greens’ delegation to the European Parliament, as she was giving an interview on the sidelines of the parade.

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More than 100,000 party in Israel at largest LGBT pride in the Middle East

Friday, June 13, 2014
Israeli dancers perform during the annual Gay Pride Parade on a street of Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, June 13, 2014.
JERUSALEM -- Shirtless Israeli men, colorfully dressed drag queens and others partied Friday through central Tel Aviv as tens of thousands of people took part in the city's annual gay pride parade, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East.

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Controversial Ugandan foreign minister to be next UN assembly head

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Sam Kutesa
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. General Assembly has elected Uganda's Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa to be its next president amid controversy over his country's anti-gay laws and allegations that he abused his office and accepted bribes from foreign companies. The largely ceremonial year-long presidency, which begins in September, rotates by region.

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Controversial Ugandan official may get United Nations post

Monday, June 9, 2014
Sam Kutesa
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Sam Kutesa became known to many Ugandans after he was ousted as a junior investment minister by lawmakers over charges he abused his office. Now foreign minister, he has been implicated in at least two more scandals since 1999, including allegations that he accepted bribes from foreign companies seeking oil contracts in Uganda.

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Gay man sprayed with ammonia outside London club, may never see again

Monday, June 9, 2014
Police are looking for these three suspects in connection with a chemical attack outside a London gay club on June 8, 2014.
A London man may never see again following an anti-gay attack outside a London club on Sunday. London police are seeking a man and two East European women in connection with a chemical attack on three men in the Vauxhall area, London’s gay district, early on Sunday.

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Former cop sues London police claiming years of anti-gay harassment

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Kevin Maxwell
LONDON -- A former police officer is suing London's Metropolitan Police for discrimination, claiming he was forced to quit after being told his bosses monitor the gay hook-up app Grindr, and that fellow officers taunted him by saying he should become "a hairdresser or cabin crew."

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Graduating students sport rainbow socks in support of gay-straight alliance

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Courtesy Leslie Leong, via CBC
WHITEHORSE, Yukon -- More than half of the graduating students at a Catholic school in Canada wore rainbow socks at their graduation ceremony over the weekend to support their school's newly formed gay-straight alliance.

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Slovakia parliament approves constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Slovakia
Slovakia’s parliament approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, amending its definition of marriage to be the “unique bond between a man and a woman.” The bill, approved Wednesday by a vote of 102 to 18 with three abstentions, was jointly proposed by the ruling socialist Smer party and the Christian Democrats.

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George Takei sees movement toward gay pride beginning in Japan

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Actor George Takei, left, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, center, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe toast during a reception at Kennedy's official residence Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Tokyo.
TOKYO — George Takei said he needed courage and anger to come out as gay and to join the equal rights movement for sexual minorities in the U.S., and he hopes his Japanese counterparts will do the same to make their society more equal. Takei said he has noticed a movement beginning in Japan, though the country of his ancestry has a long way to go.

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British consulates to allow same-sex marriages in Russia, 22 other countries

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office,
Whitehall, London
Same-sex marriages can take place in the British consulates of more than 20 countries where the ceremonies are currently not legal, including in Russia, Azerbaijan, Serbia and Hungary. Britain’s Foreign Office has opened the doors of its missions to British nationals and their partners who wish to wed but are unable to under foreign laws,.

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