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APRev. Christopher Senyonjo, 82, gives a sermon on human sexuality at his makeshift church, the size of a small office, in Kampala, Uganda.
Senyonjo's sermons attract many gays who are familiar with his sympathetic views in a country where other Christian preachers have led Uganda’s anti-gay crusade.

Despite tough new anti-gay law, Uganda cleric ministers to local gay community

Saturday, March 29, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Young men sing hymns and recite the Bible before the Rev. Christopher Senyonjo gives a sermon on human sexuality. When the service is over some go to his desk, one by one, for counseling no other Ugandan religious leader is known to offer gays. [ Read more → ]
Matt Dunham, APSean Adl-Tabatabai, left, and Sinclair Treadway kiss each other as they are announced officially married during a wedding ceremony in the Council Chamber at Camden Town Hall in London, minutes into Saturday, March 29, 2014.

At midnight hour, first same-sex weddings take place in United Kingdom

Friday, March 28, 2014
LONDON -- Gay couples in Britain waited decades for the right to get married. When the opportunity came, it took just a few minutes to make history. [ Read more → ]
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First same-sex marriages just hours away in England and Wales

Friday, March 28, 2014
LONDON -- Gay couples in Britain waited decades for the right to get married. When the opportunity came, some had just days to plan the biggest moment of their lives. [ Read more → ]
Ruhakana Rugunda

Uganda official says U.S. cut as much as $6 million in aid because of anti-gay law

Friday, March 21, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Uganda's health minister says the government has lost up to $6 million in annual U.S. government support over the East African country's new anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
Rainbow Ethiopia

Ethiopia proposes to make homosexual acts a non-pardonable offense

Thursday, March 20, 2014
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Lawmakers in Ethiopia are expected to pass into law a bill that would make same-sex acts a non-pardonable offense. [ Read more → ]
Israel

Israeli parliament bans discrimination against LGBT youth in schools

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Israeli parliament on Tuesday approved passed a law prohibiting the discrimination in schools against students on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Romania

Romanian parliamentary committee rejects same-sex civil partnerships bill

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
BUCHAREST, Romania -- A bill which would have legalized same-sex civil partnerships was soundly rejected earlier this month by a parliamentary committee in Romania. [ Read more → ]
Yelena Mizulina

Obama freezes U.S. assets of 7 Russian officials, including author of anti-gay law

Monday, March 17, 2014
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine, including those of Yelena Mizulina, the Russian Duma (Parliament) Deputy who authored the controversial anti-gay propaganda law last year. [ Read more → ]
Uganda

U.S. suspends some aid to Uganda health ministry over anti-gay law

Friday, March 14, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- The U.S. has suspended some aid to Uganda's ministry of health, officials said on Thursday, the first such response by the U.S. since the passage of Uganda's harsh anti-homosexuality law passed last December and signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni February 24. [ Read more → ]
APSouth African Navanethem 'Navi' Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

UN human rights official: Nigeria’s anti-gay law may harm public health

Thursday, March 13, 2014
ABUJA, Nigeria -- The U.N. human rights chief says Nigeria's new anti-gay law may have "negative consequences" for public health. [ Read more → ]
The Seimas, the Lithuania Parliament in Vilnius.

Lithuania postpones vote on anti-gay ‘public family defilement’ bill

Thursday, March 13, 2014
VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Lithuanian lawmakers on Thursday postponed a final vote on a bill establishing fines for “public family defilement," a measure similar to Russia's anti-gay propaganda law. [ Read more → ]
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Queen Elizabeth II gives royal approval to Scotland gay marriage law

Thursday, March 13, 2014
LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday gave her royal stamp of approval to Scotland's Marriage and Civil Partnership Act 2014, clearing the way for same-sex marriage to begin by the end of the year. [ Read more → ]
Ethiopia

Gay Ethiopian faces persecution, prison if deported from the U.S.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. -- Federal immigration officials in Boston are seeking to deport a 19-year-old gay Ethiopian man, where he is likely to be persecuted and imprisoned. [ Read more → ]
Dmitry Chyzhevsky lost vision in his left eye from injuries sustained in the attack.

Russian law enforcement drops hate crime investigation on anti-LGBT attack

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
ST, PETERSBURG, Russia -- The investigation into a November 2013 attack at a meeting of LGBT rights activists that left a man with the loss of vision in one eye, has been suspended, and will not be investigated as a hate crime. [ Read more → ]
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Uganda human rights activists challenge anti-gay law in court

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Human rights activists on Tuesday petitioned Uganda's Constitutional Court to challenge the validity of an anti-gay measure that allows severe penalties against homosexuality. The activists - under a group called Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law - hope the... [ Read more → ]
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Paralympics chief: No need for human rights assurances from host countries

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- Countries bidding to host the Olympics and Paralympics should not be compelled to provide assurances about human rights standards, according to the head of the International Paralympic Committee. [ Read more → ]
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Telecom giant pulls ads from Uganda paper over publishing names of ‘suspected’ gays

Monday, March 10, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- An LGBT advocacy group says the global telecom company Orange has withdrawn advertising from a Ugandan tabloid newspaper that printed the names of 200 suspected homosexuals after a severe anti-gay law was enacted last month. [ Read more → ]
Queen Elizabeth II

A royal first: Queen Elizabeth II marks anniversary of LGBT group

Friday, March 7, 2014
LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday congratulated one of Britain’s oldest LGBT charity and advocacy groups, the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, in what royal watchers say is the first time 87-year-old Monarch has recognized an LGBT advocacy group in her 62 years on the British throne. [ Read more → ]
Sweden

Sweden is fourth European nation to freeze aid to Uganda over anti-gay law

Friday, March 7, 2014
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- The government of Sweden announced Wednesday that it would stop development aid payments to Uganda because of the anti-homosexuality law passed last December and signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni February 24. [ Read more → ]
Nigeria

Four men convicted of gay sex whipped in north Nigerian court

Thursday, March 6, 2014
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly as punishment Thursday in an Islamic court in northern Nigeria, a human rights activist said. [ Read more → ]
HONG-KONG

Hong Kong lawmakers set to debate restrictive transgender rights bill

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
HONG KONG -- Lawmakers in Hong Kong are set to debate a draft bill that if passed would codify an existing government policy that transgender people must undergo surgery to remove their genitals and construct new ones before they can qualify for legal recognition of their gender reassignment. [ Read more → ]
APJohn Kerry

Kerry speaks with Uganda president, says anti-gay law complicates U.S. ties

Friday, February 28, 2014
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told Uganda's president that the African nation's new anti-gay law will complicate its relationship with America. [ Read more → ]
GALZMartha Tholanah and members of GALZ legal team leaving the court on Wednesday after their victory.

Zimbabwe’s gay community wins a landmark court victory

Friday, February 28, 2014
HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwe’s LGBT community is celebrating a court victory in which authorities sought to shut down the country's main LGBT rights advocacy group. [ Read more → ]
Uganda

Aids cuts, loan delays hit Uganda’s economy, poor health sector

Friday, February 28, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- The health project in Uganda for which the World Bank is delaying a loan does not face an immediate shortage of money, an official said Friday, allaying concerns that work to improve maternal and child health services could stall because of the country's new anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
World Bank headquarters in Washington DC

World Bank delays $90 million loan to Uganda over anti-gay law

Thursday, February 27, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The World Bank has postponed a $90 million loan to Uganda over its anti-gay law that has drawn widespread criticism from Western governments, the United Nations and rights groups. [ Read more → ]
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