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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.

UN chief demands repeal of Uganda law, Netherlands freezes aid subsidy

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
WASHINGTON -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday demanded that Uganda revise or repeal the law imposing prison sentences for the "crime" of homosexuality, adding to the growing international criticism of the measure signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday. [ Read more → ]
Victor R. Caivano,  APRussian newlyweds Alexander Emereev, left, and Dmitry Zaytsev pose with their marriage book in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The two men, who are from Sochi, planned to apply for political asylum after their marriage ceremony at the civil registry in Buenos Aires.

Russian gay couple marries in Buenos Aires, will seek asylum in Argentina

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A same-sex couple from Russia's Olympic city of Sochi has married in Buenos Aires and plan to seek asylum in Argentina. [ Read more → ]
Stephen Wandera, APA Ugandan reads a copy of the "Red Pepper" tabloid newspaper in Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country's "200 top" homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay, one day after the president Yoweri Museveni enacted a harsh anti-gay law.

Uganda tabloid prints list of ‘top’ homosexuals

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda — A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country's "200 top" homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay one day after the president enacted a harsh anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
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Uganda president calls gays ‘disgusting’ in interview after signing anti-gay law

Monday, February 24, 2014
Just hours after signing a harsh anti-gay law that punishes gay sex with up to life in prison, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni called gays "disgusting" in an interview with CNN. [ Read more → ]
via Twitteruganda President Yoweri Museveni signs anti-gay bill into law.

International leaders, LGBT community react to signing of Uganda’s anti-gay bill

Monday, February 24, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- A look at world reactions after Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed a controversial anti-gay bill that calls for harsh penalties, including 14 years in jail for first-time offenders, and life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for, among other offenses, repeated gay sex between consenting adults. [ Read more → ]
Rebecca Vassie, APUganda's President Yoweri Museveni signs a new anti-gay bill that sets harsh penalties for homosexual sex, in Entebbe, Uganda Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

BREAKING: Uganda’s president signs harsh anti-gay bill into law

Sunday, February 23, 2014
ENTEBBE, Uganda — Uganda's president on Monday signed an anti-gay bill that punishes gay sex with up to life in prison, a measure likely to send Uganda's beleaguered gay community further underground as the police try to implement it amid fevered anti-gay sentiment across the country. [ Read more → ]
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Farewell, Sochi! Russia closes costly, political, controversial Olympics

Sunday, February 23, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity on Sunday night with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea. Said the head of the International Olympic Committee: "Russia delivered all what it had promised." [ Read more → ]
Schalk van Zuydam, APDesmond Tutu.

Desmond Tutu urges Uganda president to reject anti-gay bill

Sunday, February 23, 2014
JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa's retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Sunday made an impassioned plea to Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni not to sign into law a harsh Anti-Homosexuality Bill that calls for a life sentence for some same-sex relations. [ Read more → ]
Elena Klimova

Russian court dismisses case against journalist who founded LGBT teen support group

Saturday, February 22, 2014
NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia -- A Russian court on Friday dismissed the case against a freelance journalist who founded an online LGBT teen support group, ruling that it found no evidence that she had been promoting "non-traditional sexual relations." [ Read more → ]
Darron Cummings, APA fan carries a Russian flag while walking in the Olympic Plaza during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

Human rights pledge urged for future Olympic host countries

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Citing widespread dismay with Russia's anti-gay laws, a coalition of more than 30 human rights and gay rights groups is calling on the International Olympic Committee to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books. [ Read more → ]
Yoweri Museveni

Uganda’s president rebuffs U.S. criticism of anti-gay bill

Friday, February 21, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Uganda's president said he wants no lectures from Western governments opposed to the country's controversial anti-gay bill, signaling he is set to sign it into law. [ Read more → ]
Finland

Finland parliament begins debate on bill to legalize same-sex marriage

Thursday, February 20, 2014
HELSINKI, Finland -- The Finnish parliament began debate Thursday on a proposal that would legalize same-sex marriage. Should the legislation become law, Finland would become the final Nordic country to pass a law on gender-neutral marriage. [ Read more → ]
Uganda

‘Quiet diplomacy’ faulted for advancement of Africa’s anti-gay laws

Thursday, February 20, 2014
DAKAR, Senegal -- Last month, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni met in his office with a team of U.S.-based rights activists concerned about legislation that would impose life sentences for some homosexual acts. South African retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu joined them by phone, pointing out similarities between Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill and racist laws enforced under South Africa's former apartheid government. [ Read more → ]
Dr. Paul Semugoma

Prominent Ugandan doctor, LGBT rights activist detained in South Africa

Thursday, February 20, 2014
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Human rights activists are calling on the South African government to release a prominent Ugandan doctor and LGBT rights activist who is being held in an immigration detention facility at OR Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg pending further deportation proceedings. [ Read more → ]
Yahya Jammeh

Gambian president promises to ‘fight homosexuals like we fight malaria’

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
BANJUL, Gambia -- Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh said Tuesday that LGBTQ people are “vermin” and said his government would tackle them in the same way it fights malaria-causing mosquitoes. [ Read more → ]
Yoweri Museveni

Uganda takes ‘moral’ high ground, dismisses U.S. pressure on anti-gay law

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda’s government on Tuesday dismissed calls by U.S. President Barack Obama not to sign an anti-homosexuality law, saying it was determined to protect the country’s “morals” even if that meant losing international aid. [ Read more → ]
Russian punk group Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, in the blue balaclava, and Maria Alekhina, in the pink balaclava, make their way through a crowd after they were released from a police station, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Adler, Russia. No charges were filed against Tolokonnikova and Alekhina along with the three others who were detained. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Two members of punk group Pussy Riot released after being detained in Sochi

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — Russian punk group Pussy Riot burst onto the Olympic scene Tuesday when two of its members were picked up by police in host city Sochi — and then ran away defiant down a rain-soaked street a few hours later, shouting and wearing their trademark garish balaclavas. [ Read more → ]
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Gay rights activist wearing rainbow outfit, headdress arrested at Olympic Park

Monday, February 17, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- An Italian activist shouting "It's OK to be gay" and dressed in a rainbow-colored outfit and large headdress was detained Monday as she entered an arena to watch an Olympic hockey game. [ Read more → ]
Vladimir Luxuria

Russia: Activist and former Italian lawmaker was never detained in Sochi

Monday, February 17, 2014
SOCHI, Russia - Italian gay rights activist Vladimir Luxuria said she was detained by police at the Olympics after being stopped while carrying a rainbow flag that read in Russian: "Gay is OK." Police on Monday denied this happened, and the owner of Sochi's gay club said she was at his club that evening "enjoying" herself. [ Read more → ]
Vladimir Luxuria

Former Italian lawmaker briefly detained in Sochi for displaying ‘Gay is OK’ banner

Sunday, February 16, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- A transgender activist and former member of the Italian Parliament was arrested and briefly detained by Russian authorities in Sochi after she reportedly held up a banner that read “Gay is OK,” according to the leader of an Italian gay rights group. [ Read more → ]
Nigeria

Mob attacks suspected gays in Nigeria to ‘cleanse’ their neighborhood

Saturday, February 15, 2014
ABUJA, Nigeria -- A mob armed with wooden clubs and iron bars, screaming that they were going to "cleanse" their neighborhood of gay people, dragged 14 young men from their beds and assaulted them, human rights activists said Saturday. [ Read more → ]
Yoweri Museveni

Uganda president to sign bill imposing life in prison for convicted homosexuals

Friday, February 14, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will sign the country’s controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill that imposes life imprisonment for anyone convicted of homosexuality, according to a government spokesman. [ Read more → ]
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Russia bans adoptions from countries that allow same-sex marriage

Thursday, February 13, 2014
MOSCOW -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed an amendment to Russia's law prohibiting same-sex couples from adopting, extending the ban to foreign couples from nations where same-sex marriage is legal. [ Read more → ]
UK-immigration

British Immigration office criticized over ‘degrading’ LGBT questionnaire

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
LONDON -- A confidential internal report by the British government, leaked to the British press last week, details a series of graphic questions posed to LGBT people seeking political asylum in the United Kingdom, including inquiries into a person's sexual activity. [ Read more → ]
Turkey

Father gets life imprisonment for murdering gay son in Turkey

Monday, February 10, 2014
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey -- In a landmark Turkish case, a man who murdered his son because he was gay and “shaming” the family, has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to life in prison. [ Read more → ]
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