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Egypt’s gay community goes deeper underground, fearing crackdown

Friday, December 19, 2014
In this Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 photo, an Egyptian lesbian poses for a photograph in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s gay community is going deeper underground in fear after police arrest dozens of men at a Cairo bathhouse in a raid that was then featured on a lurid TV tabloid program stirring up public panic over “debauchery.”
Gays in Egypt are taking precautionary measures by avoiding public places where they used to gather and by staying away from Internet and dating applications, fearing police traps. [...]

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Beijing court orders ‘ex-gay’ electric shock therapy clinic to compensate gay man

Friday, December 19, 2014
A clinic has been ordered to comensate to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual, believed to be China's first case involving conversion therapy. [...]

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Egypt refers to trial 26 ‘suspected’ gay men arrested in bath house raid

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Cairo, Egypt
The official from the prosecutors' office said the trial will begin Sunday, only two weeks after the men were arrested in a much publicized raid on a Cairo bathhouse. [...]

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Ireland plans May vote on legalizing same-sex marriage

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Dublin, Ireland
DUBLIN — Prime Minister Enda Kenny says Ireland’s voters will be asked to legalize same-sex marriage, a government-backed measure that reflects rapid social change in the predominantly Catholic nation. Kenny told lawmakers Tuesday that the government would subject its planned Marriage Equality Bill to a public referendum in May, though [...]

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First same-sex couples marry in Scotland as new marriage law takes effect

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Douglas Pretsell and Peter Gloster.
Scotland’s first same-sex marriages can officially begin Tuesday as couples in Scottish civil partnerships can convert their union to marriage. [...]

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Finland’s parliament approves marriage equality proposal at second reading

Monday, December 15, 2014
The initiative to legalize same-sex marriage was approved 101–90 by the full session of Parliament at its second reading on December 12. [...]

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Report: Russian authorities fail to prevent, prosecute anti-LGBT attacks

Monday, December 15, 2014
In this June 29, 2013 photo, riot police (OMON) guard gay rights activists who have been beaten by anti-gay protesters during an authorized gay rights rally in St.Petersburg, Russia.
Human Rights Watch says growing numbers of LGBT people have been attacked and harassed across Russia in the lead-up and aftermath of the adoption of the 2013 anti-LGBT “propaganda” law. [...]

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U.S. Marine charged with murder of Filipino transgender woman

Monday, December 15, 2014
Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton
Prosecutors say there is "probable cause" that Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton killed Jennifer Laude in a Philippines motel room in October. [...]

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Albania gay rights groups open first LGBTI shelter in Balkan region

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Tirana, Albania
Streha, “the Shelter” in Albanian, is the first shelter of its kind for LGBTI individuals in the Balkan region and one of the first in Eastern Europe. [...]

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Advocates stage kiss-in at Madrid Burger King after gay couple kicked-out

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Gay rights advocates stage a kiss-in at a Burger King restaurant in Madrid.
Gay rights advocates staged a kiss-in at a Madrid Burger King where a same-sex couple was previously kicked out for kissing. [...]

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