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Simon Cazal (left) and Sergio Lopez. Photo: Jorge Saenz, AP

Paraguay gay couple demands legal recognition as spouses

Saturday, March 23, 2013
ASUNCION, Paraguay - A Paraguayan married, gay couple are demanding to be recognized as spouses under the law. [ Read more → ]
Steven Simpson (via Facebook), and Jordan Sheard (via South Yorkshire police).

U.K. man gets 42-months for killing autistic, gay teen by setting him on fire

Saturday, March 23, 2013
A young British man has been sentenced to 3 ½ in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter charges in the death of an openly gay, autistic teen at his birthday party last year by dousing him in oil and setting him on fire. [ Read more → ]
Competing ads: Stonewall UK's message (top) that "some people are gay;" Core Issues Trust's ad (below) that some people are "ex-gay" and proud.

Britain’s High Court says London mayor acted lawfully in banning anti-gay ads

Friday, March 22, 2013
LONDON — Britain's High Court ruled Friday that the mayor of London acted lawfully when he banned bus ads from a Christian group suggesting that homosexuality can be cured. [ Read more → ]

Questions on same-sex marriage greet new Archbishop of Canterbury

Thursday, March 21, 2013
LONDON — The new archbishop of Canterbury was formally enthroned Thursday — and questions about the Church of England's opposition to same-sex marriage greeted his promotion. [ Read more → ]

Report: Cameroon most aggressive country in prosecuting suspected gays

Thursday, March 21, 2013
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- Cameroon prosecutes people for consensual same-sex conduct more aggressively than almost any country in the world, four human rights organizations said in a report released Thursday. [ Read more → ]

Report that gay Somalian teen stoned to death in doubt due to fraudulent photos

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Reports by an LGBT activist group in Africa that a gay Somalian teenager was stoned to death last week as a punishment for the crime of homosexuality, and widely reported by LGBT bloggers on Wednesday, may prove to be false. [ Read more → ]

Canada’s House of Commons approves transgender rights bill

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
OTTAWA -- Canada's House of Commons on Wednesday passed a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against transgender people. The bill now goes to the Senate, which is unelected and is expected to approve it. [ Read more → ]
In this July 14, 2010 photo, a demonstrator looks on between banners that read in Spanish: "Satan take off your cassock," during a rally to support a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage.Photo: Natacha Pisarenko, AP

Argentina’s gay community not thrilled with selection of new pope

Friday, March 15, 2013
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — While the appointment of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as pope has filled many in this deeply Catholic country with pride, members of the gay community are unsurprisingly less than enthusiastic with the Vatican's choice. [ Read more → ]

Dutch lesbian couple raising Turkish foster son go into hiding

Friday, March 15, 2013
AMSTERDAM — A Dutch lesbian couple have gone into hiding with their foster son after the boy's biological parents said on television in Turkey that they object to the pair taking care of their child. [ Read more → ]

Argentine Cardinal elected pope — first pontiff from Americas

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
VATICAN CITY — Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis. [ Read more → ]
Lech Walesa

Walesa avoids hate crime charge for anti-gay remarks

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
WARSAW, Poland — Polish prosecutors say they will not charge former President Lech Walesa with hate crimes for recent remarks deemed offensive to gays. [ Read more → ]

New Zealand lawmakers approve gay marriage bill on second of three votes

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- New Zealand lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill allowing same-sex marriage Wednesday, all but assuring that it will soon become law. [ Read more → ]
Queen Elizabeth II

LGBT advocates disagree over Queen’s support of gay rights

Monday, March 11, 2013
LONDON -- Debate is raging between LGBT advocates over whether Queen Elizabeth II supports gay rights following a ceremony Monday in which the 86-year-old monarch signed a charter which calls for an end to discrimination across the 54 Commonwealth nations. [ Read more → ]
Queen Elizabeth IIAP

Queen Elizabeth to sign historic equal rights charter supporting women, gays

Sunday, March 10, 2013
LONDON -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Monday will sign a charter calling for an end to discrimination across the 54 Commonwealth nations, according to a statement by Buckingham Palace. [ Read more → ]

Canada kick starts funding for gay rights initiatives in Uganda

Friday, March 8, 2013
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada -- A Canadian foreign affairs official acknowledged Friday that there are ongoing efforts to fund grassroots Ugandan LGBTQ advocacy organizations who are battling efforts by the Ugandan Parliament to pass that country’s proposed anti-homosexuality bill. [ Read more → ]

Mexico’s high court: Homophobic slurs not protected as freedom of expression

Thursday, March 7, 2013
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's Supreme Court has ruled that two homophobic words commonly used in Mexico to humiliate gay men are not protected as freedom of expression under the constitution, allowing those offended by them to sue for moral damages. [ Read more → ]
Poland's first openly gay lawmaker, Robert Biedron (right), and first transsexual lawmaker, Anna Grodzka, center, took seats in the front bench of the parliament in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday to protest recent anti-gay remarks by former President Lech Walesa.Photo: Czarek Sokolowski, AP

Gay, transsexual Polish lawmakers protest Walesa’s anti-gay rant

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
WARSAW, Poland -- Poland's first openly gay and transsexual lawmakers took seats on the front bench of Parliament Wednesday to protest hostile remarks by former President Lech Walesa. [ Read more → ]

Claims of police brutality at Sydney gay Mardi Gras prompts internal investigation

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Police in Sydney, Australia have launched an internal investigation into the treatment of a young man at the city's famed gay Mardi Gras on Saturday after witnesses captured footage of him being violently thrown to the ground. [ Read more → ]
Jorge Fernandez Diaz

Spain official: Same-sex marriage jeopardizes ‘the survival of the species’

Monday, March 4, 2013
MADRID, Spain -- Spain's interior minister on Sunday waded into the ongoing debate over same-sex marriage, declaring that "the survival of the species" was at stake. Jorge Fernandez Diaz argued during a symposium on religion and state at the Spanish embassy in Rome, that "religious reasons" were not arguments against a law allowing same sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Lech Walesa

Focus on gay, transgender lawmakers in Poland after Walesa’s anti-gay remarks

Monday, March 4, 2013
WARSAW, Poland -- Poland's first gay and transgender lawmakers will sit on the front bench in Parliament this week in reaction to hostile remarks by former president Lech Walesa. [ Read more → ]
Keith O'Brien

Gay rights group says O’Brien should apologize for ‘vicious, cruel language’ about gays

Monday, March 4, 2013
LONDON — Britain's leading gay-rights group said Monday that Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who stepped down from church leadership after admitting sexual misconduct, should apologize to gay people for his years of "vicious and cruel language" about them. [ Read more → ]
An equal marriage rights float moves up the street during the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in  Sydney, Australia, Saturday, March 3, 2012.Photo: Rob Griffith, AP

Hundreds of thousands of spectators celebrate gay pride at Sydney Mardi Gras

Sunday, March 3, 2013
SYDNEY, New South Wales, Australia -- An estimated 10,000 revelers marched along side 115 floats on Saturday in the annual gay pride parade that celebrates Mardi Gras in Sydney, Australia. [ Read more → ]
Cardinal Keith O'Brien

UK’s Cardinal O’Brien admits to sexual misconduct following allegations

Sunday, March 3, 2013
LONDON — The cardinal who until recently served as Britain's highest-ranking Catholic leader on Sunday acknowledged unspecified sexual misbehavior and promised to play "no further part" in the public life of the church, an admission which comes at an awkward time for the Vatican. [ Read more → ]
Lech Walesa

Nobel peace prize winner Lech Walesa shocks Poland with anti-gay remarks

Sunday, March 3, 2013
WARSAW, Poland — Lech Walesa, the Polish democracy icon and Nobel peace prize winner, has sparked outrage in Poland by saying that gays have no right to a prominent role in politics and that as a minority they need to "adjust to smaller things." [ Read more → ]

PFLAG chapter in China demands marriage rights for their gay children

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
GUANGZHOU, China -- A PFLAG chapter in China has sent an open letter to delegates of China’s National People’s Congress demanding marriage equality for their children. [ Read more → ]
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