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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
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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Beijing court orders ‘ex-gay’ electric shock therapy clinic to compensate gay man

Friday, December 19, 2014
A clinic has been ordered to comensate to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual, believed to be China's first case involving conversion therapy. ...

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Egypt refers to trial 26 ‘suspected’ gay men arrested in bath house raid

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Cairo, Egypt
The official from the prosecutors' office said the trial will begin Sunday, only two weeks after the men were arrested in a much publicized raid on a Cairo bathhouse. ...

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Ireland plans May vote on legalizing same-sex marriage

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Dublin, Ireland
DUBLIN — Prime Minister ENDA Kenny says Ireland‘s voters will be asked to legalize same-sex marriage, a government-backed measure that reflects rapid social change in the predominantly Catholic nation. Kenny told lawmakers Tuesday that the government would subject its planned ...

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First same-sex couples marry in Scotland as new marriage law takes effect

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Douglas Pretsell and Peter Gloster.
Scotland’s first same-sex marriages can officially begin Tuesday as couples in Scottish civil partnerships can convert their union to marriage. ...

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Finland’s parliament approves marriage equality proposal at second reading

Monday, December 15, 2014
The initiative to legalize same-sex marriage was approved 101–90 by the full session of Parliament at its second reading on December 12. ...

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