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Scotland celebrates the new year as marriage equality law takes full effect

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Joe Schofield, Malcolm Brown and Ross Wright
Scotlanders are ringing in the new year by celebrating a new marriage equality law that came into effect on New Year's Eve. [...]

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Social media activist gets 29 Russian teachers fired after claiming they are gay

Monday, December 29, 2014
Timur Isayev holds an iPad decorated with a sticker promoting white power. He has gloated about putting 29 teachers out of a job for their sexual orientations.
At least that's what Timur Isayev, a self-described Russian homophobe, is claiming, reports Vocativ.com. [...]

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Egypt reduces sentences of 8 men convicted for taking part in alleged gay wedding

Saturday, December 27, 2014
Eight Egyptian men are convicted for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in a video of an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat leave the defendant's cage in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Saturday's verdict that sentenced each of them to three years in prison is the latest in a crackdown by authorities against gays.
An Egyptian appeals court has upheld the conviction of eight men for "inciting debauchery" for appearing in an alleged same-sex wedding video, but reduced their sentences from three to one year in prison. [...]

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Gossip magazine ordered to pay damages for ‘outing’ French right-wing politician

Friday, December 26, 2014
Florian Philippot
A court in Paris ordered the magazine "Closer" to pay damages for "invasion of privacy" after having "outed" Florian Philippot, one of the far-right National Front party's top officials, as gay. [...]

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U.S. drops Gambia from trade agreement in response to anti-LGBT crackdown

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Yahya Jammeh
The decision to drop Gambia from special trade status under the African Growth and Opportunity Act of 2000 came amid news that three Gambian men had been arrested and accused of homosexuality. [...]

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Egyptian court opens trial of 26 men on charges of suspected homosexuality

Monday, December 22, 2014
Court of Justice in Cairo.
The handcuffed defendants, many of them crying, arrived in court with their heads bowed as police pushed them inside a metal cage. [...]

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Taiwan legislature debates marriage equality proposal, first in East Asia

Monday, December 22, 2014
Taiwan
A proposed amendment to Taiwan's Civil Code that aims to legalize same-sex marriage is under debate Monday in a legislative committee. [...]

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Ugandans won’t be celebrating Christmas with new anti-gay law

Saturday, December 20, 2014
LGBT rights activists protest Uganda's anti-gay law in London in January after lawmakers passed the measure without a quorum.
Uganda’s parliament adjourned without passing a new anti-LGBT law that one lawmaker said he wanted Ugandans to be able to “celebrate” as "a Christmas gift" to the nation. [...]

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Sexologist’s relationship with transgender man spurs discussion in China

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Li Yinhe
Li Yinhe's revelation that she's been living with a transgender man for 17 years has sparked a rare public discussion about China's largely invisible and marginalized transgender community. [...]

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Egypt’s gay community goes deeper underground, fearing crackdown

Friday, December 19, 2014
In this Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 photo, an Egyptian lesbian poses for a photograph in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s gay community is going deeper underground in fear after police arrest dozens of men at a Cairo bathhouse in a raid that was then featured on a lurid TV tabloid program stirring up public panic over “debauchery.”
Gays in Egypt are taking precautionary measures by avoiding public places where they used to gather and by staying away from Internet and dating applications, fearing police traps. [...]

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