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India’s supreme court recognizes transgender people as third gender

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Indian eunuchs dance after Supreme Court’s verdict recognizing third gender category, in Nagpur, India, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.
NEW DELHI — India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.

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Finnish postal service to issue ‘Tom of Finland’ gay male erotica stamps

Monday, April 14, 2014
Itella
HELSINKI, Finland — The Finnish Postal Service, Itella, is preparing to release new sets of stamps in September 2014, including “male drawings by Tom of Finland” – a deceased Finnish artist notable for his homoerotic fetish art on late twentieth century gay culture, reports Finnbay.com.

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Malta Parliament votes to legalize same-sex civil unions, adoptions

Monday, April 14, 2014
Malta-flag
VALLETTA, Malta -- Same-sex couples are set to gain the right to obtain legal recognition for their relationship as the Maltese Parliament prepares to vote on the Civil Unions Bill in its third and final reading on Monday evening.

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UN conference provokes heated debate on gay rights

Friday, April 11, 2014
United Nations headquarters in New York.
UNITED NATIONS -- Many countries at this week's U.N. population conference are objecting to the idea of enshrining the right of women to make their own sexual decisions, fearing it would tacitly condone same-sex relationships, the U.N. population chief said.

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Italian court orders town to recognize gay couple married abroad

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Italy
ROME, Italy -- An Italian court has ordered a town to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple who married in the United States.

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Africa’s anti-gay movement spreads to Ethiopia

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Ethiopia
ADDIS ABBA, Ethiopia -- Two groups in Ethiopia said Thursday that they will hold an anti-gay demonstration later this month, a move that puts Ethiopia in line to become the next African country to increase the public demonization of gays.

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South Africa president says he ‘respects’ Uganda’s anti-gay law

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Jacob Zuma
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- The president of South Africa on Tuesday said he respects Uganda’s right to pass anti-gay legislation and that no action will be taken against the country.

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Egyptian court sentences men to 3-8 years for homosexuality

Monday, April 7, 2014
Egypt
CAIRO -- A judicial official says an Egyptian court has convicted four men of committing homosexual acts and sentenced them to up to eight years in prison.

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Pope Francis presses anti-AIDS chastity strategy in Africa

Monday, April 7, 2014
Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has praised church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV.

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Openly gay judge on top South African court discusses sexuality, state of nation

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Madelene Cronjé)Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron.
JOHANNESBURG — An openly gay judge on South Africa's Constitutional Court recently hosted a launch for his new book in the foyer of the court, a symbol-laden structure partly built with exposed brick from the apartheid-era prison that once stood on the same hilltop. At the event, another judge praised Edwin Cameron, loftily describing their workplace as a shrine to democracy but also ribbing the colleague he sees often.

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