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Poland’s first openly gay lawmaker elected country’s first openly gay mayor

Monday, December 1, 2014
Robert Biedron was elected Sunday Nov. 30, 2014 to be the mayor of the northern Polish city of Slupsk, making him also the first openly gay mayor in Poland.
WARSAW, Poland -- Robert Biedron already made history once in Poland by becoming the first openly gay lawmaker in parliament in 2011. On Monday, he became the country's first openly gay mayor. The 38-year-old's political successes are a marker of how quickly this deeply conservative and Catholic country has changed [...]

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Gay rights activists march in New Delhi to demand an end to discrimination

Sunday, November 30, 2014
Participants carry placards and shout slogans during a gay rights parade in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Nearly a thousand gay rights activists marched Sunday to demand an end to discrimination against gays in India's deeply conservative society.
NEW DELHI -- Nearly a thousand gay rights activists marched through central New Delhi on Sunday to demand an end to discrimination against gays in India's deeply conservative society. Holding balloons, flags and placards, activists and their supporters sang songs and danced to the beat of ... [...]

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Gambia official rebuffs Western criticism of country’s anti-gay law

Sunday, November 30, 2014
Bala Garba Jahumpa
DAKAR, Senegal -- The Gambian government has lashed out at Western donor nations that have criticized a new law that punishes some homosexual acts with life in prison. The European Union and the United States recently expressed dismay at the law and discrimination against gay people in the West African [...]

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UK man jailed for 6 years for false claims that he was raped by four gay men

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Mark Wixey
A UK man who falsely claimed he was raped by four gay men he met on dating websites has been jailed for six years. Mark Wixey, 43, of Herefordshire, West Midlands, met three of the men on Gaydar and another on Plenty of Fish. [...]

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Finland’s parliament supports measure aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage

Friday, November 28, 2014
Finland
HELSINKI -- Finland's parliament on Friday narrowly approved a measure granting marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. [...]

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Austria politician tells Pope Francis to speak up for same-sex marriage

Friday, November 28, 2014
Ulrike Lunacek
STRASBOURG, France -- A prominent, openly lesbian politician from Austria presented Pope Francis with a rainbow scarf on Tuesday, and called on the Pontiff to speak up for women’s rights and same-sex marriage. [...]

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Slovakia president announces referendum on same-sex marriage

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Slovakia
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Slovakia will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage in the predominantly Roman Catholic country early next year. President Andrej Kiska announced the referendum Thursday, setting the date for Feb 7. [...]

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Report: Islamic State militants stone two gay men to death in Syria

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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The Islamic State group stoned two men to death in Syria on Tuesday after claiming they were gay, the jihadist organization's first known executions for alleged homosexuality. [...]

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Winnie the Pooh banned from Polish playground over ‘dubious sexuality’

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Winnie the Pooh
TUSZYN, Poland -- Authorities in the Polish town of Tuszyn have blocked a plan to have famed children's character Winnie the Pooh used as the public face of a local playground because the bear is of "dubious sexuality" and "inappropriately dressed" for children because he is "half naked". [...]

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Gambia leader approves harsh anti-gay law that includes lifetime prison sentences

Friday, November 21, 2014
Gambian president Yahya Jammeh
DAKAR, Senegal -- The president of Gambia has signed a bill into law that calls for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, the latest African country to codify harsh penalties for the gay community. [...]

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