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Uganda lawmakers launch campaign to revive anti-gay law

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
LGBT rights activists protest Uganda's anti-gay law in London in January after lawmakers passed the measure without a quorum.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan parliamentarians are launching a campaign to revive a recently invalidated anti-gay measure and hope to have it passed within weeks, a lawmaker said Wednesday. About 150 lawmakers have promised to vote in support of the bill when parliament emerges from a recess later this month, said [...]

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Uganda lawmakers vow swift re-enactment of anti-gay law

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Uganda
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Just days after a Uganda court in Uganda declared the country's controversial Anti-Homosexuality law unconstitutional, Members of Parliament are already vowing to reintroduce the same bill in for enactment. A panel of five judges on the East African country’s Constitutional Court ruled Friday the measure, passed December [...]

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Vietnam’s LGBT community celebrates pride, softening attitudes toward gays

Sunday, August 3, 2014
Participants in Vientam's third ever pride parade cycle through the streets of Hanoi on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014.
HANOI, Vietnam -- The streets of Hanoi were awash with rainbow flags on Sunday as an estimated 300 gay rights advocates celebrated the nation's largest gay pride event to date. AFP reports that members of Vietnam's LGBT community cycled and danced through the capital urging an end to discrimination against [...]

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Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law, says measure passed illegally

Friday, August 1, 2014
A photo of Uganda's president hangs on the wall, left, as Judge, Stephen Kavuma reads the verdict at Uganda’s Constitutional court, Friday, Aug.1, 2014. A Ugandan court has invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying it was illegally passed and is therefore unconstitutional.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum. The panel of five judges on the East African country's Constitutional Court said the speaker [...]

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Chinese man suing clinic for performing electric shock gay conversion therapy

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Gay rights advocates protest outside a court Thursday, July 31, 2014, where the first case in China involving straight conversion therapy is being held.
BEIJING -- A gay Chinese man said Thursday he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, as well as the search engine giant Baidu for advertising the center. The Beijing LGBT Center, which campaigns for gay rights, said it was the first [...]

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Sweden to resume development aid payments to Uganda

Monday, July 28, 2014
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Just four months after suspending development aid payments to Uganda over passage of an anti-homosexuality law, the Swedish embassy in Kampala said Monday that Sweden would extend nearly $200 million in development support to Uganda over the next five years. The aid would go to improve child and maternal health, [...]

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Saudi man gets 3 years in prison, 450 lashes for meeting men via Twitter

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Saudi-Arabia
MEDINA, Saudi Arabia – A criminal court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a 24-year-old man to three years in jail and 450 lashes for trying to arrange a date with another man via Twitter. According to the daily Aarabic newspaper Al-Watan, the court found the unidentified man guilty of “promoting [...]

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International AIDS conference honors victims of downed jet

Monday, July 21, 2014
Dutch Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV/AIDS, Lambert Grijns speaks at the opening ceremony of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.
MELBOURNE, Australia -- An international AIDS conference opened in Australia on Sunday with a tribute to several delegates who were killed en route to the gathering when their plane was shot down over Ukraine. Officials at the opening ceremony for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne held a moment [...]

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Singapore won’t destroy two gay themed books, titles to return to public libraries

Friday, July 18, 2014
"And Tango Makes Three" is a 2005 children's book written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole. The book is based on the true story of Roy and Silo, two male Chinstrap Penguins in New York's Central Park Zoo. The book follows the six years of their life when they formed a couple and were given an egg to raise.
SINGAPORE -- Two children's books dealing with gay subjects won't be destroyed after all and will be restored to Singapore's public libraries, an official said Friday. Minister of Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim had said in mid-July he supported the state-run National Library Board's decision to pulp three books deemed [...]

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World-renowned AIDS researchers, activists perish in downed Malaysian jet

Thursday, July 17, 2014
People inspect the crash site of a a Malaysian jetliner plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 298 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.
SYDNEY -- Several passengers on board a Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine were heading to an international AIDS conference in Australia, officials said Friday. "A number of people" on board the Boeing 777 were en route to the southern Australian city of Melbourne to attend the 20th International AIDS [...]

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