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Boy Scouts removes gay troop leader in Seattle

Geoff McGrath displays his Boy Scout scoutmaster uniform shirt and other scout items for the Seattle troop he led, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Bellevue, Wash. The Boys Scouts of America has removed McGrath, an openly gay troop leader, after saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation. (AP)

The Boys Scouts of America has removed an openly gay troop leader in Seattle, saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Couples ready to tie the knot in UK’s first gay marriages

Lesbian couple, wearing a wedding veil, smiles, on December 16, 2012 in Paris during a demonstration for the legalisation of gay marriage and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) parenting. AFP FILE PHOTO

When the clock strikes midnight on Friday, gay and lesbian couples across England and Wales will begin exchanging vows as a historic law legalizing same-sex marriage finally comes into force.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Uganda newspaper names 200 ‘homos’ after anti-gay law signed

In this Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, file photo, Kenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity and one holds out a condom, as they stage a rare protest, against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality and in solidarity with their counterparts there, outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya.  AP PHOTO/BEN CURTIS

A Ugandan newspaper listed Tuesday 200 people it accused of being gay, a day after the president called homosexuals “mercenaries” and signing one of the world’s toughest anti-gay laws.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Laws on homosexuality in African nations

In this Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, file photo, Kenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity and one holds out a condom, as they stage a rare protest, against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality and in solidarity with their counterparts there, outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya.  AP PHOTO/BEN CURTIS

Many African countries, with the notable exception of South Africa, have laws that ban or repress homosexuality.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

For LGBTs, a wedding feel at UPLB

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Although the Philippines has yet to allow same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian couples at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in Laguna could have a feel of tying the knot—at least for a day.

Posted: February 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

UN panel: Russia should annul gay ‘propaganda’ law

Russian President Vladimir Putin. AP FILE PHOTO

A United Nations committee on children’s rights is urging Russia to repeal its law banning pro-gay “propaganda” that could be accessible to minors.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Russians jailed for stabbing, burning ‘gay man’

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A Russian court on Monday handed down long jail sentences to three men who stabbed and kicked a man they believed to be gay and then set him on fire.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Russian President Putin links gays to pedophiles

Russian President Vladimir Putin AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered new assurances to gay athletes and fans attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month. Yet he defends Russia’s anti-gay law by equating gays with pedophiles and says Russia needs to “cleanse” itself of homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate.

Posted: January 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth on Jan. 1

In this June 30, 2013 file photo, Boy Scouts from the Chief Seattle Council carry U.S. flags as they prepare to march in the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Seattle. The Boy Scouts of America, in the most contentious change of membership policy in a 103-year history, will accept openly gay youths in Scout units starting on New Year's Day 2014. AP

The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year’s Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications — ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades. Yet despite their be-prepared approach, BSA leaders are [...]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

EU court: gays in civil pacts have same benefits

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The European Union’s highest court has ruled that in EU countries where gay couples can’t marry, they must get the same benefits as married people if they enter into civil partnerships.

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

More lesbian sex please, we’re British

Lesbian couple, wearing a wedding veil, smiles, on December 16, 2012 in Paris during a demonstration for the legalisation of gay marriage and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) parenting. AFP FILE PHOTO

The number of British women having lesbian encounters has quadrupled in the last 20 years, according to the largest-ever survey of Britain’s sexual habits which was published on Tuesday.

Posted: November 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Gay rights controversy on sideline at worlds

In this file photo taken on Monday, May 30, 2011, Russian lawmaker Yelena Mizulina speaks during a news conference on proposed legislation to curb the number of abortions in Russia, in Moscow, Russia. Mizulina has used her position as the head of the Committee on Family, Women and Children to author increasingly conservative laws, including a new Russian bill outlawing “homosexual propaganda” that was signed into law in June. AP

Competitors at the world athletics championships are keeping their eyes focused on the finish line and relegating the controversy over Russia’s new ban on gay “propaganda” to their peripheral vision.

Posted: August 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

In Jamaica, transgender teen murdered by mob

This undated photo provided by Dwayne Jones' friend Jay via the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) advocacy group, shows Dwayne Jones in an unknown location in Jamaica. (AP Photo/Jay, J-FLAG)

Dwayne Jones was relentlessly teased in high school for being effeminate until he dropped out. His father not only kicked him out of the house at the age of 14 but also helped jeering neighbors push the youngster from the rough Jamaican slum where he grew up.

Posted: August 11th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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