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Macedonia: Gay rights activists attacked in Skopje cafe, two wounded

Friday, October 24, 2014
Macedonia
SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Police say about 30 people wearing masks and throwing rocks and bottles have attacked members of a gay rights activist group in Macedonia, wounding two of them. Friday's assault occurred at a coffee shop in the Old Bazaar section of Skopje, the capital, as the LGBT Association of Macedonia was...

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Rome mayor registers 16 gay marriages in open defiance of Italy’s government

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Rome gay marriages
ROME -- The gay marriage debate arrived within walking distance of the Vatican on Saturday as Rome's mayor registered 16 gay marriages celebrated abroad in open defiance of Italy's government. Gay marriage is illegal in Italy. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano recently sent a notice to local prefects saying any registrations of gay marriages ...

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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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Delay in allowing same-sex civil unions draws protests in Greece

Friday, September 5, 2014
A lesbian couple Christina, left, and Ioanna hold a banner that reads ''Same taxes, same rights'' during a protest outside Greece's Parliament in Athens on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.
ATHENS, Greece -- Gay rights protesters have gathered outside Greece's parliament after the government said it would delay legislation allowing civil unions for same-sex couples, despite a recent European court ruling against the country on the issue. About 500 people joined the peaceful protest in central Athens Friday, held while lawmakers prepared to vote on an anti-racism bill.

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Lawmaker blames Spain’s trillion dollar debt on ‘subsidies to homosexuals’

Friday, August 22, 2014
Luz Elena Sanín
A Spanish lawmaker is facing calls to resign after blaming Spain's $1 trillion deficit on "subsidies offered to homosexuals" by the previous socialist government. The Local reports that Popular Party senator Luz Elena Sanín told journalists that Spain’s ruling conservative party had increased its public spending due to “the debts” caused by “subsidies for...

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EU court: Homosexuality can be grounds for asylum

Thursday, November 7, 2013
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BRUSSELS -- Refugees facing imprisonment in their home country because they are gay may have grounds to be granted asylum in the European Union, the 28-nation bloc's top court ruled Thursday.

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Serbia government faces criticism over gay pride ban

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia — European Union officials have criticized the Serbian government's decision to ban a gay pride march for the third consecutive year because of threats from right-wing groups.

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Amnesty report slams European Union for failing to combat anti-LGBT violence

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Amnesty InternationalHuman rights advocates at an Amnesty International demonstration.
LONDON -- The European Union (EU) and its member-states are failing to tackle homophobic and transphobic hate crimes and fail to protect all individuals from discrimination, harassment and violence, Amnesty International said in a report published Wednesday.

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Amsterdam floods pink for annual Gay Pride festival

Saturday, August 3, 2013
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AMSTERDAM — Rainbow flags are flying from scores of Amsterdam buildings as tens of thousands of festival-goers, many dressed in pink or wearing studded leather, party it up at one of the city's biggest events: the annual Gay Pride celebration.

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Transgender woman killed in Istanbul, fourth trans victim in Turkey this year

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Istanbul
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- A transgender woman who worked as florist has been found dead in her Istanbul apartment, the fourth transgender person to be murdered in the country in the past seven months.

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