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Judge orders Brazil’s Army to recognize same-sex civil union

Friday, August 9, 2013
SAO PAULO -- A court in the northeastern state of Pernambuco has ordered Brazil's Army for the first time to recognize a same-sex civil union between a sergeant and his companion. [ Read more → ]
Drag artist Nathan Sparling, who performs as "Nancy Clench," protests outside the Russian Consulate in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Glasgow mayor rejects call to boycott Russian twin city over gay rights

Friday, August 9, 2013
GLASGOW, Scotland – The mayor of Scotland’s largest city, Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, said Glasgow would not sever ties with its twin city in Russia over that country’s anti-gay laws. [ Read more → ]
Yerevan, Armenia

Armenia withdraws proposed Russian-like anti-gay propaganda law

Thursday, August 8, 2013
YEREVAN, Armenia -- Armenian police on Thursday withdrew a proposal that would have banned any public promotion of "non-traditional sexual relationships" in the country, similar to anti-gay laws in Russia. [ Read more → ]
Matt Dunham, APRussian sports minister Vitaly Mutko speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013.

Russia says ‘calm down,’ rights will be respected at Sochi Games

Thursday, August 8, 2013
MOSCOW -- Urging critics of Russia's new anti-gay law to "calm down," the country's sports minister said Thursday that the rights of all athletes competing at next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi will be respected. [ Read more → ]
Ivan Sekretarev, APA Russian gay rights activist wears handcuffs while he and others, dressed as female police officers, protest against a new gay propaganda law, in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.

IAAF calls on Russia to to reconsider its views on gays

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
MOSCOW — The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) called on Russia to reconsider its views on gays, yet said Wednesday that it does not want to raise political issues about the country's new anti-gay legislation at the world track championships. [ Read more → ]
APRobert Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s LGBT community in fear after Mugabe’s disputed re-election victory

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwe’s LGBT community remains in fear following the re-election of President Robert Mugabe, who pledged during campaign rallies to impose tighter anti-gay legislation and called for gays to be jailed or beheaded. [ Read more → ]
This image posted to the "Occupy Pedophilia" group on, depicts group members "Lion Fancy" (left) and Mikhail Krasnov (right) standing over an unidentified victim.

Russian anti-gay extremists claim recent torture victim has died

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
An anti-gay Russian Ultra-nationalist known for using social media to target LGBT youth in Russia, claims that one of his victims, an alleged "teen" who was tortured and depicted in a widely circulated photo last week, has died. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy: Jaye Richards-HillThis 2012 mock wedding between Jaye (left) and Ruth Richards-Hill in front of the Scottish Parliament sparked a 3-month cyber-bullying campaign against the participants.

Scotland man ordered to pay $61K for calling teacher a pedophile on Twitter

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
GLASGOW, Scotland -- A Scotland man accused of using Twitter to call a former school headmaster and adviser to the Scottish government a pedophile because she campaigned for marriage equality, has been ordered to pay her £40,000 (about $61,000 USD) in damages. [ Read more → ]
Madonna (left) and Lady Gaga

Madonna, Lady Gaga could face charges in Russia for violating visas

Monday, August 5, 2013
MOSCOW -- Madonna and Lady Gaga, two of the biggest pop stars in the world, could face charges in Russia over allegations that they violated their tourist visas when they held concerts there last year, but observers say the warning is a veiled attempt punish them for their vocal opposition to Russia's anti-gay laws. [ Read more → ]
Martial Trezzini, Keystone/APNg Ser Miang

IOC using ‘quiet diplomacy’ with Russian leaders to ensure Olympic safety

Monday, August 5, 2013
LONDON — International Olympic Committee presidential candidate Ng Ser Miang says the Olympic body is engaged in "quiet diplomacy" with Russian leaders to make sure next year's Winter Games in Sochi are not affected by the country's new anti-gay legislation. [ Read more → ]

Couple of 14 years first to register under Uruguay’s new gay marriage law

Monday, August 5, 2013
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay -- Two gay men who have been together 14 years become the first same-sex couple to register to marry in Uruguay on Monday, just hours after the country's marriage equality law came into effect. [ Read more → ]

Russian paratroopers attack gay activist during military pride celebration

Saturday, August 3, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- A lone gay rights activist was confronted by a group of Russian paratroopers in St. Petersburg, Russia on Friday as he waved a gay pride banner in direct violation of the country's anti-gay "propaganda" laws. [ Read more → ]

Amsterdam floods pink for annual Gay Pride festival

Saturday, August 3, 2013
AMSTERDAM — Rainbow flags are flying from scores of Amsterdam buildings as tens of thousands of festival-goers, many dressed in pink or wearing studded leather, party it up at one of the city's biggest events: the annual Gay Pride celebration. [ Read more → ]

Latvian distiller owner tries to defuse boycott of Stoli vodka

Friday, August 2, 2013
RIGA, Latvia — Many gay bars in North America have stopped selling the famous Stolichnaya vodka brand to protest Russia's crackdown on the gay community. But the vodka's maker has joined forces with Latvia's leading gay rights group to say that the boycott is misplaced. [ Read more → ]
Archbishop emeritus Oscar Cruz

Philippines Archbishop says gays must not make themselves ‘laughing stocks’

Thursday, August 1, 2013
MANILA, Philippines -- One of the Philippines most prominent clergymen, Archbishop emeritus Oscar Cruz, said that gay people should always keep their dignity high by avoiding actions that would make them “laughing stocks." [ Read more → ]
Vitaly Mutko

Russian sports minister says Russia will enforce anti-gay law during Olympics

Thursday, August 1, 2013
MOSCOW — Russia will enforce a new law cracking down on gay rights activism when it hosts international athletes and fans during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the country's sports minister said Thursday, appearing to contradict assurances to the contrary from the International Olympic Committee. [ Read more → ]

Swedish embassy in Moscow refuses to fly rainbow flag during Stockholm Pride

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
MOSCOW -- The Swedish embassy in Moscow rejected calls to raise the rainbow flag during Stockholm Pride week, which started Tuesday. [ Read more → ]

Mexican state of Colima approves same-sex civil unions

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
MEXICO CITY -- Lawmakers in Mexico's western state of Colima have approved a change in the state's constitution that legalizes same-sex civil unions. [ Read more → ]

Transgender woman killed in Istanbul, fourth trans victim in Turkey this year

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- A transgender woman who worked as florist has been found dead in her Istanbul apartment, the fourth transgender person to be murdered in the country in the past seven months. [ Read more → ]
Vitaly Valentinovich Milonov

Russian lawmaker says anti-gay law must be enforced during Winter Olympics

Monday, July 29, 2013
MOSCOW -- A leading member of the legislative assembly of the city and region around St. Petersburg, Russia, and a co-author of the national law signed last month by Russian President Vladimir Putin which criminalizes public displays of affection between same-sex couples and events that promote gay rights, is urging the Putin administration to "refrain from selective enforcement" of the legislation. [ Read more → ]

Gays abused, raped in Ecuador clinics to cure them of homosexuality

Monday, July 29, 2013
QUITO, Ecuador -- More than 80 unlicensed clinics throughout Ecuador are using rape, electric shock and beatings as "treatment" to convert gay people into heterosexuals, according to the country’s openly lesbian Health Minister, Carina Vance. [ Read more → ]
Eric Ohena Lembembe

Cameroon detains colleagues of slain gay rights activist Eric Lembembe

Monday, July 29, 2013
YOUNDE, Cameroon — Police in Cameroon have refused to release two LGBT activists detained on Saturday as potential witnesses in the investigation of the murder of activist and journalist Eric Lembembe. [ Read more → ]

Pope Francis on gay priests: ‘Who am I to judge?’

Monday, July 29, 2013
Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip. [ Read more → ]
Augustas Didzgalvis, APAn elderly protester shouts at police protecting a gay pride parade in downtown Vilnius, Lithuania on Saturday.

Protesters try to disrupt Lithuania Pride despite enormous police presence

Saturday, July 27, 2013
VILNIUS, Lithuania — A group of protesters tried to disrupt Lithuania's second gay pride parade ever on Saturday, defying an enormous police presence by throwing eggs at marchers and attempting to storm a stage. [ Read more → ]

Olympic committee: Russia says athletes, fans exempt from anti-gay laws

Friday, July 26, 2013
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The International Olympic Committee on Friday said it had received "assurances from the highest level" of the Russian government that athletes and spectators attending the the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi are exempt from an anti-gay statue that outlaws "homosexual propaganda." [ Read more → ]
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