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Dominican government won’t recognize same-sex marriage performed at Embassy

Thursday, January 1, 2015
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The statement comes two days after the British embassy tweeted that a Dominican man and his British partner had exchanged vows in its Santo Domingo offices. [...]

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Human rights group: LGBT Jamaicans targets of unchecked violence

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
David McFadden, APJamaican churchgoers hold signs while attending an anti-gay rally in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday, June 23, 2013.
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- LGBT people are the targets of unchecked violence and discrimination in Jamaica, frequently refused housing or employment in the Caribbean country typically described as the region's most hostile to LGBT citizens, a leading human rights group says in a report released Tuesday. [...]

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Bahamas gay pride weekend cut short by death threats

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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An inaugural gay pride weekend in the Bahamas was cut short as members of the LGBT community abandoned the planned events “out of fear” of repercussions from irate members of the public, reported the Nassau Guardian. Event organizer Victor Rollins said he received death threats on his Facebook page after [...]

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Jamaican activist ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law amid fears for his safety

Friday, August 29, 2014
Javed Jaghai
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A Jamaican gay rights activist who brought a legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law says he has withdrawn the case after growing fearful about his safety. Last year, Javed Jaghai made headlines after initiating a constitutional court challenge to Jamaica's 1864 law that bans sex [...]

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Dominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus for promoting ‘lesbian sex’

Friday, August 22, 2014
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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds and for allegedly inciting lesbian sex. The National Commission of Public Entertainment and Radio said in a statement Thursday that it took the action [...]

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U.S., British anti-gay activists spread homophobic messages at Jamaica conference

Monday, December 9, 2013
Peter LaBarbera
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Two prominent U.S. and British anti-gay activists attended a conference in Jamaica over the weekend to urge their counterparts and the Jamaican government to retain that country's colonial era law banning homosexual activity. [...]

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Amnesty International: Gay rights office in Haiti attacked, two beaten

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Amnesty International says the office of a gay rights group in Haiti has been ransacked and two of its members beaten. [...]

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Senate confirms James ‘Wally’ Brewster as fifth openly LGBT ambassador

Friday, November 15, 2013
US Embassy, via APJames "Wally" Brewster
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate has confirmed James “Wally” Brewster to serve as the country’s ambassador to the Dominican Republic. [...]

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UN criticized for HIV, human rights event in country that bars entry to gays

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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Gay rights activists blasted the United Nations on Tuesday for organizing a book launch in Trinidad to talk about HIV and human rights in the Caribbean, noting the island bars entry to homosexuals. [...]

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U.S. Senate conducts hearing for possible fifth openly LGBT ambassador

Friday, October 4, 2013
US Embassy, via APJames "Wally" Brewster
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday conducted a confirmation hearing on the appointment James “Wally” Brewster to serve as the country’s ambassador to the Dominican Republic. [...]

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