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Islamic State claims 30 people were killed for sodomy

Monday, August 24, 2015
Images show the man sat on a plastic chair, while blindfolded, before being thrown off a seven-story building in Syria.
The head of an international gay rights organization is telling the U.N. Security Council that the Islamic State extremist group has executed at least 30 people for sodomy. ...

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US, Chile put spotlight on extremist attacks on LGBT people

Thursday, August 13, 2015
The two ambassadors said the objective of the meeting is to hear first-hand details of attacks against LGBT people.
At least 76 countries retain laws used to harass people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. ...

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UN expresses concern over LGBT rights in Turkey

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The two ambassadors said the objective of the meeting is to hear first-hand details of attacks against LGBT people.
ANKARA, Turkey –— The U.N. has expressed concern over a spate of violent and discriminatory acts against Turkey’s LGBT community and called on the country to combat homophobic acts and uphold gay rights. The statement from the U.N. High Commissioner ...

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UN Human Rights commissioner: LGBT people are victims of violent abuse all over the world

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Zeid Raad al-Hussein
The U.N. human rights chief said in a new report that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people are victims of "pervasive, violent abuse, harassment and discrimination" in all regions of the world and cites hundreds of hate-related killings. ...

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United Nations rebuffs Russia resolution, approves benefits for spouses of gay staffers

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
United-Nations
The U.N. budget committee has approved Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's plan to give benefits to all spouses of gay U.N. staffers who are legally wed in a defeat for Russia and opponents of same-sex marriage. ...

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Russia moves to stop United Nations staff benefits for married, same-sex couples

Monday, March 23, 2015
United Nations headquarters in New York.
Russia has asked a United Nations General Assembly committee to vote on its proposal to stop the world body extending staff benefits to all married same-sex couples. ...

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UN secretary general, Austria’s Conchita Wurst call for end to LGBT bias

Monday, November 3, 2014
Photo: Ronald Zak, AP
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Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, wave after Wurst's performance during the Secretary-General's visit to the United Nations in Vienna at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.
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Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, wave after Wurst's performance during the Secretary-General's visit to the United Nations in Vienna at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.
VIENNA -- U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has joined Austrian cross-dressing pop star Conchita Wurst in calling for an end to bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Wurst teamed up with Ban on Monday on the sidelines of ...

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United Nations chief shows off his purple tie, socks in observance of Spirit Day

Thursday, October 16, 2014
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shows off his purple socks and tie on Thursday in observance of Spirit Day.
UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has responded to the call to "go purple" on Spirit Day to show solidarity with LGBT youths who face bullying and discrimination. The U.N. chief pointed to his purple tie at a press ...

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Scotland’s marriage equality law to come into effect on New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Scotland
Same-sex couples in Scotland will be able to plan New Year's Eve weddings, the date the country's marriage equality law comes into effect. Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil said gay and lesbian couples will be able to marry beginning December ...

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UN Human Rights Council approves resolution supporting LGBT rights

Friday, September 26, 2014
United Nations headquarters in New York.
UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday approved a resolution condemning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution — led by Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay — followed a resolution in 2011 ...

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