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Report: Anti-gay attacks in France up 78 percent in 2013

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Anti-gay marriage activists hold smoke flares with the color of the logo of the movement during a rally to protest the new law after French lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Paris.
PARIS -- A French gay rights groups says attacks against the LGBT community increased by 78 percent in France in 2013. [...]

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Uganda’s president urged to veto ‘flawed’ HIV transmission law

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Yoweri Museveni
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Human rights groups are urging Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni to veto a new measure that they say hurts the fight against HIV and AIDS in the country. [...]

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Two Ugandans go on trial for acts ‘against the order of nature’

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Stephen Wandera, APUgandan anti-gay activist Pastor Martin Ssempa posts up a public notice offering "rehabilitation" for homosexuals at Uganda’s National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- A Ugandan court has started hearing the case against two Ugandans accused of engaging in gay sex, the first trial since a severe new anti-homosexuality law was enacted in February. [...]

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Uganda to criminalize intentional HIV transmission

Friday, May 2, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Lawmakers in Uganda are set to pass a bill criminalizing the intentional transmission of the virus that causes AIDS, the latest measure by a government trying to stem the growing number of new infections in this East African country but one which activists fear will be used [...]

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Pope to convene synod to discuss gay marriage, divorce, contraception

Friday, May 2, 2014
Pope Francis
The Vatican will convene an meeting of senior clerics this fall to re-examine church teachings on its most controversial issues: same-sex relations, divorce and contraception. [...]

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Brunei embraces strict Islamic laws, calls for death by stoning for sodomy

Thursday, May 1, 2014
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei — Brunei on Thursday embraced a form of Islamic Shariah criminal law that includes harsh penalties, a move slammed by international rights group as a step backward for human rights. [...]

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United Nations goes ‘Bollywood’ in latest effort to promote LGBT rights

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
United Nations
MUMBAI -- The United Nations human rights office on Wednesday launched the latest phase of its global fight against homophobia: a Bollywood-style video called "The Welcome," accompanied by an appeal from the U.N. Secretary-General to end the prejudice that forces millions of LGBT people to live in fear or hide [...]

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Brunei to move forward with harsh law calling for death by stoning for gays

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The Great Mosque in Brunei
BANDAR SERI BEGWAN, Brunei -- The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, has announced that harsh Islamic punishments that call for the death penalty for numerous offenses, including same-sex sexual activity, will come into effect on Thursday despite international condemnation. [...]

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Recent upheaval in Ukraine adversely affects country’s LGBT population

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
BRUSSELS -- New concerns regarding the safety and welfare of LGBTQ people in Ukraine were raised Monday by members of the European Union's Parliament. [...]

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Pakistani man committed brutal murders because he wanted to punish gays

Monday, April 28, 2014
Muhammed Ejaz at a police station in Lahore on Sunday, Apil 27, 2014.
LAHORE, Pakistan -- A Pakistani man has confessed to the brutal murders of three gay men he met online, saying he wanted to send a message about the "evils" of homosexuality. [...]

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