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Former cop sues London police claiming years of anti-gay harassment

| Saturday, June 7, 2014
Kevin Maxwell
LONDON -- A former police officer is suing London's Metropolitan Police for discrimination, claiming he was forced to quit after being told his bosses monitor the gay hook-up app Grindr, and that fellow officers taunted him by saying he should become "a hairdresser or cabin crew."

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Graduating students sport rainbow socks in support of gay-straight alliance

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
Courtesy Leslie Leong, via CBC
WHITEHORSE, Yukon -- More than half of the graduating students at a Catholic school in Canada wore rainbow socks at their graduation ceremony over the weekend to support their school's newly formed gay-straight alliance.

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Slovakia parliament approves constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
Slovakia
Slovakia’s parliament approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, amending its definition of marriage to be the “unique bond between a man and a woman.” The bill, approved Wednesday by a vote of 102 to 18 with three abstentions, was jointly proposed by the ruling socialist Smer party and the Christian Democrats.

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George Takei sees movement toward gay pride beginning in Japan

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
Actor George Takei, left, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, center, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe toast during a reception at Kennedy's official residence Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Tokyo.
TOKYO — George Takei said he needed courage and anger to come out as gay and to join the equal rights movement for sexual minorities in the U.S., and he hopes his Japanese counterparts will do the same to make their society more equal. Takei said he has noticed a movement beginning in Japan, though the country of his ancestry has a long way to go.

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British consulates to allow same-sex marriages in Russia, 22 other countries

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office,
Whitehall, London
Same-sex marriages can take place in the British consulates of more than 20 countries where the ceremonies are currently not legal, including in Russia, Azerbaijan, Serbia and Hungary. Britain’s Foreign Office has opened the doors of its missions to British nationals and their partners who wish to wed but are unable to under foreign laws,.

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Three men sentenced in 2013 attack on gay couple in Paris

| Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Wilfred de Bruijn in a photo he posted to Facebook on Sunday (left), and during an interview Wednesday at his Paris apartment (right).
PARIS — Three French men were sentenced in Paris on Tuesday for a 2013 attack on a gay man and his partner who were walking arm-in-arm. The men were sentenced for the attack on Wilfred de Bruijn, who was beaten unconscious near his home early in central Paris on April 6, 2013, sustaining five fractures in his head and face, abrasions and a lost tooth.

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Thousands celebrate at Cyprus’ first ever LGBT pride parade

| Saturday, May 31, 2014
[cap]A participant dances as other people smile while taking part in the first gay pride parade in downtown Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, May 31, 2014. (Petros Karadjias,  AP)
NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Several thousand people have turned out for Cyprus' first gay pride parade, an event which organizers say show that Cypriots are shedding their conservative views.

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Moscow police detain two at unsanctioned gay pride demonstration

| Saturday, May 31, 2014
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MOSCOW -- Police in the Russian capital have detained two protesters who were holding an unsanctioned gay pride demonstration.

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South Africa elects country’s first openly gay, black MP

| Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Zakhele Mbhele
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa has elected the country’s first openly gay, black Member of Parliament (MP). Zakhele Mbhele, 29, was sworn in last week as part of South Africa’s fifth democratic Parliament, and is thought to be the first gay black MP on the African continent.

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South Africa ends blood donor ban on gay men

| Wednesday, May 21, 2014
South-Africa
PRETORIA, South Africa – South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has dropped a ban that prohibited gay men from donating blood.

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