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South Africa elects country’s first openly gay, black MP

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Zakhele Mbhele
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa has elected the country’s first openly gay, black Member of Parliament (MP). Zakhele Mbhele, 29, was sworn in last week as part of South Africa’s fifth democratic Parliament, and is thought to be the first gay black MP on the African continent. [...]

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South Africa ends blood donor ban on gay men

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
South-Africa
PRETORIA, South Africa – South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has dropped a ban that prohibited gay men from donating blood. [...]

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Belgium’s ‘Belgian Pride’ event attracts over 100,000 participants

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Belgian-Pride
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Members of Belgium's LGBT community and allies gathered in front of the "Bourse" square in central Brussels on Saturday for the 19th annual "Belgian Pride" event. This year's event attracted more than 100,000 participants and spectators, 20,000 more than last year. [...]

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Council of Europe official says Conchita Wurst win good for European gay rights

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Singer Conchita Wurst representing Austria performs the song 'Rise Like a Phoenix' after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in the B&W Halls in Copenhagen, Denmark, Saturday, May 10, 2014.
PARIS -- The head of Europe's leading human rights body is praising Conchita Wurst's Eurovision victory as a positive sign that freedom of expression is thriving, and that Europeans are "allowed to shock." [...]

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Cyprus’ first ever LGBT pride festival to take place May 31

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Cyprus
NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus' Orthodox Christian Church lashed out against homosexuality Thursday after activists announced the country's first gay pride festival. [...]

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Gambia president threatens to kill asylum seekers who cite anti-gay laws

Friday, May 16, 2014
Gambia President Yahya Jammeh
BANJUL, Gambia -- Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh is threatening to kill asylum seekers who cite the country's anti-gay laws and tarnish his image as a leader, reports African press agency APA. [...]

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Transgender Austrians to get new school transcripts

Friday, May 16, 2014
Austria
VIENNA -- Austria's education minister has instructed schools to re-issue grade transcripts to transgender persons who have requested that they be identified by another sex. [...]

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Moscow bans parade honoring Eurovision drag queen Conchita Wurst

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Conchita Wurst
MOSCOW -- Moscow authorities have turned down gay activists' application to hold a parade honoring drag queen Conchita Wurst, winner of this year's Eurovision song contest. [...]

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Israel to lower minimum age requirement for gender reassignment surgery

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Israel
JERUSALEM, Israel – Israel’s Ministry of Health on Tuesday said it was lowering the the minimum age requirement to be approved for a sex change from 21 to 18. [...]

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Human rights groups report surge in gay rights abuses in Uganda

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Rebecca Vassie, APUgandans supportive of their government's anti-gay stance attend a march and rally organized by a coalition of Ugandan religious leaders and government officials, at the Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala, Uganda, Monday, March 31, 2014.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are reporting a surge in the rights violations of gay people in Uganda following the enactment of a severe anti-gay law. [...]

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