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Indonesian province considers caning for gay sex

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
This 2011 file photo shows a Sharia law official whipping a man during a public caning in Jantho, Aceh province, Indonesia.
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- Men and women caught having homosexual sex could be publicly caned in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province if an Islam-inspired draft law is approved this week. Lawmaker Moharriadi Syafari said a majority of provincial lawmakers supported criminalizing gay sex...

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Chad latest African country to consider anti-gay legislation

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Chad
Amnesty International says a draft anti-gay bill in Chad represents a backward step for human rights in the country. The rights group said Tuesday that amendments to the penal code proposed by the government would criminalize same-sex conduct in Chad, threatening jail sentences of between 15 and 20 years, and a fine ranging from $100 and $1,000.

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Head of Serbia church denounces planned gay pride march

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Belgrade, Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia -- The head of Serbia's influential Christian Orthodox church on Tuesday denounced a gay pride march planned for the weekend, adding to tensions over the event, which has faced threats from extremists. Patriarch Irinej said in a statement that the "shameless" event casts a moral shadow on Serbia — a conservative ...

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French court extends adoption rights to married, lesbian couples

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Court-of-Cassation
PARIS -- France's highest court has ruled that married lesbian couples are allowed to adopt their spouse's child born through in vitro fertilization or other medically assisted reproduction. The Cour de Cassation's ruling is a consequence of the legalization of same-sex marriage in France last year.

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Men in ‘gay wedding’ video face charges of debauchery, offending public morality

Monday, September 22, 2014
Cairo
CAIRO -- Eight men arrested in Egypt for appearing in a video taken during an alleged same-sex "wedding" party, will face trial on charges of inciting debauchery and offending public morality. The men were detained earlier this month after the video, reportedly dating back to April, surfaced online.

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Uganda foreign minister begins term as leader of UN General Assembly

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Sam Kutesa
UNITED NATIONS -- Sam Kutesa began his first day as president of the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday by describing the current year as "tumultuous" and the year ahead as "momentous" for the United Nations as it marks its 70th anniversary. The Ugandan foreign minister said his priority will be to ensure agreement on new U.N. goals to fight poverty and...

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Prominent Ugandan gay activist to be granted asylum in U.S.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Ugandan gay-rights activist John Abdallah Wambere holds a Ugandan newspaper during a news conference Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Boston. Wambere is seeking asylum in the U.S. to escape a harsh anti-homosexual law in his home country. The 41-year-old, who now lives in Cambridge, Mass., said Tuesday it is heartbreaking he will have to leave his community at home as well as his 16-year-old daughter, but it is too dangerous to return.
BOSTON -- John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere, a prominent Ugandan gay activist for over 17 years, has been recommended for asylum in the United States, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced Tuesday. In a letter dated September 11, 2014, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services informed Wambere that his application was...

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Photographer blinded by gasoline in alleged anti-gay hate crime

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tyler Maddick
SWANSEA, Wales -- A freelance photographer has been blinded in one eye following an alleged anti-gay hate crime late last week in which his attackers threw gasoline in his face. Tyler Maddick, 20, says he was targeted by three or four men in a car as he walked home in Swansea on Sept. 11, reports the BBC.

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Kazakhstan politician: Gays can be identified by colored pants, DNA test

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Dauren Babamuratov
A politician in Kazakhstan has claimed “blood tests for degeneratism” can identify gay people while calling for homosexuality to be criminalized, describing it as a threat to national security. Standing before a poster claiming "homosexuality is a threat to the nation," Dauren Babamuratov, leader of the nationalist “Bolashak” movement, petitioned the government ...

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Brutal attack leaves German gay rights activist with life-threatening injuries

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Belgrade, Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia -- A German man who took part in a gay rights conference suffered life-threatening brain injuries when he was severely beaten in downtown Belgrade on Saturday, Serbian police and gay activists said. The identity of the 27-year-old man has not been released. Jovanka Todorovic, from the Labris gay and lesbian group,

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