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Arson suspected in overnight fire at South Africa’s first gay-friendly mosque

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Open-Mosque-S-Africa
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Africa's controversial first gay-friendly mosque, which also allows Christian worshippers and women to lead prayers, was damaged by a fire overnight, its founder and the police said Saturday. ...

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Serbia LGBT pride march takes place undisturbed as riot police stand guard

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Members of Serbia's LGBT community wave flags during the Pride March in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.
BELGRADE, Serbia -- Waving rainbow-colored flags, several hundred gay activists proceeded undisturbed through downtown Belgrade on Sunday thanks to the protection of thousands of riot police. The march advanced for only several hundred meters through the empty Belgrade streets where ...

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Muslim Indonesian province to punish gay sex with 100 lashes with cane

Saturday, September 27, 2014
A man arrested for gambling is struck during a public caning in Aceh Besar, Indonesia
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- Lawmakers in a conservative Muslim Indonesian province passed a law Saturday that punishes gay sex by public caning and subjects non-Muslims to the region's strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law. Human rights groups have said the ...

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Egypt sentences six alleged gay men to two years in jail for ‘debauchery’

Friday, September 26, 2014
Egypt
CAIRO -- Six alleged gay men were sentenced in an Egyptian court on Thursday to two years in jail with labor for "committing debauchery," a charge often leveled at gays for engaging in homosexual activity. ...

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Indonesian province considers caning for gay sex

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
This 2011 file photo shows a Sharia law official whipping a man during a public caning in Jantho, Aceh province, Indonesia.
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- Men and women caught having homosexual sex could be publicly caned in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province if an Islam-inspired draft law is approved this week. Lawmaker Moharriadi Syafari said a majority of provincial lawmakers supported criminalizing ...

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Chad latest African country to consider anti-gay legislation

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Chad
Amnesty International says a draft anti-gay bill in Chad represents a backward step for human rights in the country. The rights group said Tuesday that amendments to the penal code proposed by the government would criminalize same-sex conduct in Chad, ...

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Head of Serbia church denounces planned gay pride march

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Belgrade, Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia -- The head of Serbia's influential Christian Orthodox church on Tuesday denounced a gay pride march planned for the weekend, adding to tensions over the event, which has faced threats from extremists. Patriarch Irinej said in a statement ...

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French court extends adoption rights to married, lesbian couples

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Court-of-Cassation
PARIS -- France's highest court has ruled that married lesbian couples are allowed to adopt their spouse's child born through in vitro fertilization or other medically assisted reproduction. The Cour de Cassation's ruling is a consequence of the legalization of ...

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Men in ‘gay wedding’ video face charges of debauchery, offending public morality

Monday, September 22, 2014
Cairo
CAIRO -- Eight men arrested in Egypt for appearing in a video taken during an alleged same-sex "wedding" party, will face trial on charges of inciting debauchery and offending public morality. The men were detained earlier this month after the ...

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Prominent Ugandan gay activist to be granted asylum in U.S.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Ugandan gay-rights activist John Abdallah Wambere holds a Ugandan newspaper during a news conference Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Boston. Wambere is seeking asylum in the U.S. to escape a harsh anti-homosexual law in his home country. The 41-year-old, who now lives in Cambridge, Mass., said Tuesday it is heartbreaking he will have to leave his community at home as well as his 16-year-old daughter, but it is too dangerous to return.
BOSTON -- John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere, a prominent Ugandan gay activist for over 17 years, has been recommended for asylum in the United States, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced Tuesday. In a letter dated September 11, ...

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