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Netherlands adopts landmark gender identity law, bans forced sterilization

| Thursday, December 19, 2013
Binnenhof, meeting place of the Dutch parliament in The Netherlands.
THE HAUGE, Netherlands -- The Netherlands has adopted landmark legislation banning forced sterilization and allowing transgender people to change their identity on official documents with the requirement of gender reassignment surgery.

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Brazil, where 44% of world’s anti-LGBT violence occurs, kills discrimination bill

| Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Brazil
BRASILIA -- Brazil’s lawmakers on Wednesday killed a draft bill that would have prohibited discrimination or inciting violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Canadian law school approved despite plan enforce ban on ‘gay intimacy’

| Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Trinity Western University
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The B.C. government has approved the creation of a new law school at Trinity Western University in Langley B.C., despite concerns from gay rights advocates over its plans to enforce a policy prohibiting “gay intimacy” among staff and students.

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India political party leader says gay U.S. diplomats should be ‘arrested, punished’

| Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Yashwant Sinha
NEW DELHI, India -- The leader of India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Wednesday that India should “arrest and punish" U.S. diplomats in India who have “same sex companions” as same-sex acts is illegal in the country.

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Nelson Mandela was a hero to gays, yet anti-LGBT bias still rampant in Africa

| Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, APA flag of the South African gay community sits next to a portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela and other mementos in the Sandton area of Johannesburg, South Africa  on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
Africa's gays are looking for their own Nelson Mandela - someone who will rescue them from violence and a raft of laws that criminalize gay sex. In other words, precisely what Mandela could not do, despite his efforts.

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Brazil lawmaker to defy government order, will call for vote on LGBT discrimination bill

| Monday, December 16, 2013
Ana Rita
BRASILIA, Brazil — A Brazilian lawmaker plans to defy her government orders and call for a vote on a bill that would prohibit discrimination or inciting violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Russian toy store chain accused of ‘promoting homosexuality’

| Monday, December 16, 2013
Fanty
MOSCOW -- A Russian toy store chain is under investigation for selling a game that allegedly “promotes homosexuality," prosecutors said Friday.

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Democratic Republic of Congo to consider banning gay sex

| Sunday, December 15, 2013
DRC-map
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo -- A draft bill has been proposed to criminalize gay sex the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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Israel honors gay Holocaust victims in first national memorial

| Sunday, December 15, 2013
Workers install the memorial to gays persecuted by the Nazis.
TEL AVIV -- A new monument to pay tribute to Jewish and non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust who were persecuted by the Nazis for their sexual orientation has been unveiled in Tel Aviv.

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Indian gay activists protest top court’s ruling that criminalizes gay sex

| Sunday, December 15, 2013
India
NEW DELHI — Hundreds of gay rights activists gathered in India's capital and other cities across the country on Sunday to protest a decision by India's top court to uphold a law that criminalizes gay sex.

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